Greetings. There are only 16 days left until Jerod and I get on a plane for Israel (via England). We leave February 28th and get into Tel Aviv mid-day on the 1st of March. I'm definitely excited, but have a few reservations as well; specifically, financial concerns. I am not quite where I was hoping to be at this point, and am still waiting on some tax and insurance documents to come through. Talk about waiting until the last minute, huh? I still have a few tricks up my sleeve, though, and won't let a little thing like money stand in my way. The good news is that our flights to the Middle East and from Egypt to Turkey are already paid for, so there shouldn't be much in the way of transportation costs or the first three months or so.
For those of you interested in our itinerary, I can give you a rough snapshot:
March 1 - March 15: Israel
March 15 - late March: Jordan
Late March: Back to Israel for Passover
Early April - April 15: Egypt
April 15 - early June: Turkey (including 30 days hiking the Lycian Way)
After Turkey we will be heading to Greece to try and meet up with some friends that will be over there around the same time. Once we are done in Greece our plan rapidly deteriorates. Some likely destinations are Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Krakow, and the Carpathian mountains. Depending on time and budget we may look into a trip on the trans-siberian railroad, and are definitely interested in Nepal and India.