What is your itinerary?
Our itinerary can be greatly affected by how much fun we are having in a certain country. We do have a plan, however, and it is the following:
- Early September 2010: Leave Seattle and head south down the coast
- October 25th2010: Depart San Diego on the Baja HaHa Cruisers Rally and arrive in Cabo
- End of October 2010: Depart Cabo, Mexico and head south for Central and South America
- Spring 2011: Leave Galapagos Islands in Ecuador and depart for the Marquesas Islands
- Late October 2011: Depart for New Zealand
- Mid February 2012: Depart for New Zealand and see where things go from there.
What is your budget?
This question gets asked a lot. Since neither of us is independently wealthy or retired, we’ll be living very frugally. Based upon talking to other cruisers who have done similar trips we estimate that our burn rate will be an average of $1500/mo. Of course some places will be less expensive than others. We estimate that New Zealand and Australia will be the most costly.
How long can you stay in each place?
The length we stay in each place will be determined by numerous factors. The number one factor is how much fun we are having! Remember that the length of a travel visa for US citizens in most countries is a maximum of 3 months, so we will be limited by that unless we are able to get an extension if needed. We will definitely be in New Zealand a full three months while we wait out the cyclone season.
What is your longest ocean passage?
Our longest passage will be from the Galapagos to the Marquesas Islands. Depending on the wind, we estimate it will take us three to four weeks depending on the weather. The Trip back from Japan if we do it straight will be slightly longer if we decide not to stop over in Russia.
Will you stay on your boat the entire trip?
Yes, Piko will be our home. However in New Zealand we may need to put her on land during the cyclone season during which we will make other arrangements such as backpacking or renting a Vanagon.
What will you do with all your belongings?
Both of us have gone through our items and have paired down to what is absolutely essential to keep (documents, family keepsakes, etc.). We will rent a small storage unit while we are gone to keep anything we don’t take on Piko.