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W5: Who, What, Why, When and Where?

An introduction to us and our RTW plans.

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Montréal, Canada
July 22nd, 2009

Hello to you and welcome to our little place in cyberspace!

We figured we would introduce ourselves and our trip using the good 'ol reliable W5:


We are Thanh Nguyen, and Mark Lemoine. We are a young couple, in our thirties, from Montréal, Québec, Canada.


Thanh went to Concordia U. She loves her family, a good laugh, great food, lululemon, and her make-up. She speaks Vietnamese, French and English.


Mark went to Mount Allison U. He loves Thanh, his passport, OKA cheese, HD TV, and the Montréal Canadiens (he loves his family too!). He speaks Québecois and English. GO HABS GO!!!

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This late July we are embarking on a nine month journey together casually travelling around the globe. Although it looks like we may spend most of our time in Asia, especially South East Asia, we still like to call this adventure our “Round The World” (RTW) trip.

Friends and family are welcome to join us!


Globetrotting for months, even years at a time is a dream that we share together, and luckily we now find ourselves with the opportunity to do it.

We are both are very passionate about travelling and we have visited over 30 different countries and territories combined. We have loved all the different and exotic places, people, cuisine and cultures we encountered. Before losing our jobs this past spring (donations welcome!), we had often discussed the idea of travelling abroad for a long period of time, perhaps even settling and finding new employment there.

Yes, we are both fortunately/unfortunately, victims of the world’s economic recession. Until this spring, Thanh was working as an aerospace engineer for a large international aerospace technologies company. I, along with my parents, were forced to sell our chain of 14 car rental franchises this summer, which we owned and ran for over 19 years. Since we both lost our jobs at the same time, we see this as the perfect opportunity to ‘backpack’ and not just vacation.

So, considering that we are both passionate globetrotters and that we presently have no commitments (no job, no mortgage, no kids), we figured we might as well make ourselves happy, live out our common dream before resuming our careers and life back home together next spring.


Beginning July 25th 2009 to, unfortunately no later than, April 1st, 2010.

First it must be made clear that we LOVE warm weather and have always wanted to completely escape the crazy, cold Canadian winter. We essentially planned this voyage during this time period in order to (for once on our lives!) avoid the snow and deep cold, which usually occurs between mid-October to early April.

Another important reason explaning our return date is the fact that Thanh has been anointed to be her cousin Priscilla’s maid of honour next summer, therefore she must be back in Montreal to help the future bride prepare for the nuptials.

We have also assumed that the funds budgeted will not be sufficient enough to continue support us past the month of March. So for now, we have ourselves a timeframe and budget (please see our 2nd blog entry) that we are comfortable with to explore the world

With all that said, although we plan to come back home in the spring, in order to extend this adventure we do plan to have our résumés on hand if we ever chance upon a permanent, or short-term job opportunity while we are roaming around.


See the itinerary of this trip, and details about each destination.

Now who knows if we’ll actually make it to all these places, but the locations in bold are pretty much guaranteed that we will be going simply because we have our hearts set on them (and in a few cases our flights!). Except for the ones in July, August and September, none of the destinations are definite, so basically beginning in October we are free to go anywhere, at anytime. We consider ourselves very open minded and flexible regardng our plans.

To simplify things, we listed the main cities and countries we expect to visit. We mostly plan to spend our time in rural, quiet, “off the beaten track” types of places, so that we can better get acquainted with the local culture and food, and also save money.

JULY 2009
Montreal, Canada
Rehoboth Beach, USA
Wildwood, USA
Philadelphia, USA

Ottawa/Chelsea, Canada
Mirimichi, Canada
Moncton, Canada

Halifax, Canada

Vancouver, Canada
Tokyo, Japan
Kyoto, Japan
Nara, Japan
Osaka, Japan
Hong Kong, HK SAR
Macau, Macau SAR

Guangzhou, China
Zhongshan, China

Nanning, China
Hanoi, Vietnam

Luang Prabang, Laos
Vientiane, Laos

Savannakhet, Laos
Pakse, Laos
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Phnom Phenh, Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Singapore, Singapore
Jakarta, Indonesia

New Delhi, India
Agra, India,
Varanasi, India

MARCH 2010
Mumbai, India
Cairo, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt

If we get lucky, and money and time permits, here are other places we would love to add to our itinerary (in no particular order):

Moscow, Russia
Istanbul, Turkey
Athens, Greece
Helsinki, Finland
Venice, Italy
Hamburg, Germany
Munich, Germany
Paris, France
London, England
Dublin, Ireland
Madrid, Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Casablanca, Morocco
Tunis, Tunisia
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Machu Picchu, Peru
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Manus, Brazil
Isla los Roques, Venezuela
Havana, Cuba
Cancun, Mexico

And much, much more….

This was a pretty long blog entry…

- Thanh and Mark

Note: We will attempt to keep this blog, Bloggin’ N Globetrottin’, alive throughout our big adventure. Our idea is to keep in touch with our friends, family and share our experiences with them through this site. We will update this blog and answer you guys as often as we can. As many of you may know, internet access is not always easy when travelling to exotic places, so we would ask you to please be patient with us.

Posted by malmn 11:40 Tagged round_the_world

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Your plans sound great. I strongly recommend Helsinki;)! Seriously, I heard from our diving guide in Colombia that the world's best scuba diving is in the Red Sea. If you plan to visit Egypt, be sure to take a trip there. And if you pass by Riyadh, Saudi Arabia you should go greet my dad:).

All the best 4 your journey!


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