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How to get where you want to go?

After getting the idea of what you want to do and where to go, the difficult part starts: How to get there? This is actually harder than I thought. Within Europe there’s no question. Start some of the comparing portals, throw in your dates. Give some details. A return flight or not? Flexible dates? How many persons? Choose the best airline you get according to your price limit and off you go. It doesn’t matter how much luggage you get for the price, as the trip is short. And, it doesn’t matter, if you can change the dates in case something goes wrong, as the dates are fixed anyway. All in all an easy thing, done within half an hour.

Planning a continuous trip covering at least three continents and quite some countries, without being quite sure about the destinations, dates and price limit for each segment is a different story. So we started researching. At the end, we found three reasonable ways to do it:

  1. Go to one of the big airline alliances and book your ticket
  2. Use online portals, like indie, to get help along the way.
  3. Do it yourself

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The idea

On January 12th of 2015 we will most likely enter a plane in Helsinki to Singapore, which will be the starting point of our trip around the world. It will last for around 7 months. My wife Annika and me will be joined by Linnéa and Niklas, our wonderful kids. By then they’ll be 3 years an 7 months old. Annika will work during the travel as freelance translator and journalist. Me, I’ll take care of the two little ones. And together we’ll spend every free second to experience new places, cultures and people. Sound exciting? A little crazy? Like a lot of fun? Right! But how did we get there?

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Vancouver Island

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I think the first thing you’ll notice planning a trip to Vancouver Island is, “wow, that’s bigger than I thought”. And you will think the same thing when you drive on the highway from Victoria to the north. Some Canadians told us that it’s a bit funny that the Island got the highway they are longing for on the mainland. But the first discovery on the island was: “wow, this is a lot of people going to the north” :) But here’s how we started. After arriving in Vancouver, we took over the rental car and took the ferry to Victoria. We went in the evening and the atmosphere on the sea with the setting sun and the cute little islands on the way is amazing.

The ferry to Victoria arrives in Sidney and after a 30km drive you’ll enter Victoria, the capital of BC. We spent the night in a nice inn with friendly stuff and spacious rooms, which was located close to the center and next to the Highway 17, so that it was really easy to reach. From there we started our trip to Tofino the next day. And we took it really easy stopping at almost every single viewpoint and checking out a winery (one out of plenty) on the way. The scenery on the highway 1 is amazing and it is definitely worth to take a rest every now and then, just enjoying it.

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