A trip in the making

Before the trip comes the planning. And sometimes the plan is more fun than the trip.

Planning is a time for making decisions, which isn’t always easy. Settling on an itinerary, selecting lodging, figuring out transportation and choosing activities and sights. Sometimes that means making sacrifices. There’s never as much time as I want to go everywhere I want to go.

It’s also a time for anticipation, for imagining the trip and learning about the places I’ll visit.

When planning a trip, everything goes smoothly. I am never tired, my feet never hurt, I don’t get lost or miss a train or lose anything. Planning is like the perfect dress rehearsal.

Usually, the performance doesn’t end up going quite so perfectly. But that’s part of the adventure!

An airplane with the Turkish Airlines name and logo, flying above clouds Turkey and the Caucasus: My final itinerary (9/5/2022)

With just nine days until I leave, I’ve settled on my final itinerary.

An itinerary is a constantly moving target. Things can happen, change is often necessary, and flexibility is absolutely essential.

Since I posted my original itinerary, things have happened, change has been necessary, and flexibility has come in handy. Some of the changes were based on decisions I made, and others were the result of things that were outside my control. And I added a number of activities to fill in some of the empty spaces.

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A rectangular flag with a field of red across the top, blue across the middle, and gold across the bottom My next adventure: The plan for Armenia (7/24/2022)

At the end of my last post I was in Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, and heading to Armenia. Here’s my plan for my four days there.

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My next adventure: The plan for Georgia (Part Two) (7/18/2022)

When last you heard from me, I was leaving Tbilisi, Georgia, on Day 26 of my trip to Turkey and the Caucasus. So I will pick it up there.

As I mentioned in Part One, I made some changes to my itinerary. I have decided to cut Batumi, the Black Sea resort city I was planning to visit. Read on to learn more about why. 

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My next adventure: The plan for Georgia (Part One) (7/3/2022)

I left off on Day 20 of my upcoming five-week adventure to Turkey and the Caucasus. I was traveling across the border from Azerbaijan to Georgia, so I’ll pick it up from there. 

I’m spending a total of eleven nights in Georgia, and that’s a lot to cover. So this post is about the first five days. I’ll do a part two soon.

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Flag of Azerbaijan, horizontal fields of blue, red, and green with a crescent moon and star in the middle My next adventure: The plan for Azerbaijan (6/24/2022)

My trip to Turkey and the Caucasus includes five nights in Azerbaijan: four in Baku, the capital city, and one in the mountain town of Sheki, in the northwest of the country. The basic itinerary is set, but I have a lot of day-tour options I still need to decide on.

I am using the same day numbering here as I used in my last posts. I arrive in Azerbaijan on Day 15 of my trip, so I’ll start from there.

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Why am I going to the Caucasus? (6/18/2022)

The Caucasus — Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia — have never been on my radar, much less on my bucket list.

So why am I going?

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My next adventure: (Turkey) Türkiye and the Caucasus (6/4/2022)

What do you do when you’ve been writing about your upcoming trip to Turkey, and now it turns out you’re going to Türkiye?

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Hot air balloons flying over a mountainous landscape My next adventure: Starting with Turkey (5/30/2022)

In my last post I shared my itinerary for my upcoming trip to Turkey and the Caucasus. 

Now here’s some detail about the Turkey portion.

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A maps showing Turkey and the Caucausus, with pinpoints on some locations My next adventure: Turkey and the Caucasus (5/25/2022)

Seems I just got back from South America, and I’m already just a few months away from my next adventure to Turkey and the Caucasus.

I settled on my plans sooner than normal, because I was concerned about rising airline prices. And now it’s just about 3 1/2 months until I leave.

So here’s the plan:

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Machu Picchu sunrise On my way to Peru (4/23/2022)

I’m heading to South America for the second time, and at 11:55 tonight I’ll be on my way to Peru. Right now I’m sitting in the AeroMexico lounge at the airport in Mexico City awaiting my flight.

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