The 2018-2019 G&J World Tour kicked off on May 24th with a 2-week cruise aboard the Norwegian Jade, where we made pitstops in Norway, Iceland and Scotland (posts on these gems to follow). It was a week of firsts: Graham celebrated the Capitals' first Stanley Cup win and I celebrated surviving my first cruise. While the average age of my fellow cruisers was around 70 years old, they outdid me: they partied harder, stayed up longer and consistently beat me to the front of the buffet line. I forgot to pack my A-game. Next time, Senior Citizens of the world, next time.
As we said goodbye to all-you-can-eat, daily housekeeping and free Sudoku games, we said hello to what we've been planning for the last 5 months. Below are key tour dates. If we're coming to a town near you, give us a shout. If not, no shame in being a Groupie - book a ticket and come meet us.
Part I: The Highway Vagabond Tour*
June 10-14 Normandy Coast
June 15-July 4 Ireland
July 5-July 12 France, by way of Switzerland
July 13-August 2 Italy
August 3-18 Croatia
August 19-22 Montenegro
August 23-September 2 South of France, by way of Bosnia
Part II: Planes, Trains and Automobiles**
October 3-November 6 Spain
November 9-12 Singapore
November 13-December 9 Thailand
December 10-January 3 Australia
January 4-February 4 New Zealand
February 5-March 2 Vietnam
March 3-8 Cambodia
Part III: Parts Unknown***
March 9-April South East Asia
September-October US/Canada (discovering and re-discovering our own home countries)
*Apparently, this is the name of Miranda Lambert's 2017 tour. Do we have to pay royalties to use this? If so... Miranda Lambert, please don't sue us. We have no money. We just spent it all on this trip.
**John Hughes and Paramount Pictures, please see above.
***This stays. An homage to Anthony Bourdain, who was curious, daring and hungry (in more ways than one)... the perfect traveler. RIP.