rtw rookie: the reveal

theromanticBack in November, we introduced a new feature called RTW Rookie. Over the past few months, our mystery man has detailed his plans of an upcoming five month trip around the world, using this site as his only real outlet until he quit his job.

So far, he’s detailed his plans to visit Hawaii, Fiji, and New Zealand, but we’re taking a break from this regularly scheduled programming for an announcement:

RTW Rookie officially gave his job notice on Friday, and is now able to reveal himself.

Are you ready?

Without further ado, RTW Rookie is…



Which, in case you need to catch up, means that in less than two weeks, this duo is off to see the world (or at least a pretty big part of it):


Yes, it’s true. Starting March 1st, the hubs and I will begin a five month journey to parts of Hawaii, Oceania, Southeast Asia, and 10 countries across Europe. We’ve been planning like crazy, and keeping it a secret about 80% of the time. Meaning… I am terrible at keeping my own secrets, so all of our friends and close family has known for months, but the hubs had to keep it hush hush from his company. This was easy in the real world since we didn’t have much of an overlap, but I was BANNED from detailing our plans around here.

(I’m still debating whether or not this was the hubs’s way of sneaking in a few guest posts, but I’ll let it slide).

It’s been an incredibly exciting, stressful, overwhelming, and emotional few months of planning, and I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that in 12 days, we’ll be kicking off our trip in Hawaii. The hubs will be back with more posts detailing the rest of our plans, because apparently someone fancies himself to be a blogger-in-training, and I’m thrilled to be able to reveal all the logistics… namely the big three:

  • Why five months?
  • What about our jobs?
  • What are we doing after our trip ends in July?

We’ll get to all of this and more, but first I have to say that, like most of our travels, this trip isn’t following the typical RTW trajectory. In true Lazy Travelers fashion, we’ll be practicing our usual high-low mix of travel planning–and one company that’s helping us achieve this is HostelBookers.com.

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Though we won’t be staying in hostels our entire trip, HostelBookers has generously offered to sponsor a few of our stays in New Zealand and Singapore. I’m still waiting for all of the details, but I do know that this sponsorship will allow for us to mix in a few alternatives, and we’ll be staying everywhere from luxury hotels to apartments to a campervan. Yes, for real. Yes, I’m excited.

Stay tuned for more, because I have SO many things to share before we depart.


your rtw rookies in training: the romantic & the hubs

P.S. Remember the time I had enough trouble fitting my life into a backpack for one week and now I have to do it for 20 weeks? GOOD TIMES.



    • February 18, 2013 / 10:20

      thank you!! it’s been soo hard not to write about it the past few months. i’m excited to be able to finally share the process.
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  1. carla
    February 18, 2013 / 10:50

    Enjoy your trip! Are you going to the Philippines?

    • February 18, 2013 / 16:34

      noo, unfortunately!! there are so many options that it was hard to narrow it down, but we picked vietnam, cambodia, and thailand for our time in southeast asia. someday!
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      • carla
        February 19, 2013 / 00:33

        have fun!! thailand is fun 🙂 lemme know if you want some thailand tips. have a few places in mind for food trip

        • February 19, 2013 / 12:36

          yes please!! will be splitting our time between chiang mai and bangkok. if you have any tips and could send to thelazytravelers [at] gmail [dot] com, that would be amazing 🙂
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  2. February 18, 2013 / 11:27

    That’s so exciting!! Hit me up if you need Singapore tips, you know I’ve got ’em.
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    • February 19, 2013 / 12:37

      TONS of starpoints–have been saving for over a year, so we’re already scouting out hotels in australia and southeast asia. possibly also istanbul? so many options.
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  3. February 20, 2013 / 12:47

    I am so excited for you two and thrilled to know you’re going to get to explore New Zealand and Singapore. Those are two of my very favorite places. This is going to be fun to follow your journey. Soooo jealous, I might add.
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  4. February 20, 2013 / 12:54

    So so SO exciting! I can’t wait to read your posts and be virtually introduced to the (in)famous Hubs’ and his blogging. You guys are going to have a blast!
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