“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men often go awry”

With only one month to go, our trip is seeming a lot more real today. Below is a map of our route that should see us arriving in Guatemala around April next year. The green lines indicate flights and are pretty much set in stone.


After flying to Cancún in mid-December we really do hope to hang up our wings and travel by land leaving the whole experience much more open to wandering. Yet so much could happen along those little blue lines.

The permaculture design certificate course in France should introduce a new perspective on the natural world and how we interact with it. Once in Canada, we’re hoping to do a little work on an organic farm in Nelson, B.C. before heading up through Calgary to our friend’s wedding in Edmonton, A.B.

Then we meander down through the Rockies and onto Vancouver Island where we could have the privilege of helping out on a therapeutic farm for homeless people. Our flight takes us to Cancún before Christmas, perhaps helping out in an eco-hostel on the beach 😀 After that Belize and Guatemala, then it’s Southbound to God knows where.

Yet with all these ideas, we cannot plan everything. Nor would we wish to. The unpredictability and openness to diverge seems to offer more in terms of opportunities for growth and a building of trust in the world.

Martin & Olga

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About martin4olga

We're planning to travel as much of the world as possible and as inexpensively and environmentally as possible, with a view to having strong cultural experiences, building connections with native people through conversation and activity, and gaining a greater understanding of the interconnectivity of humanity.
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4 Responses to “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men often go awry”

  1. nicolejoslin says:

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Good luck, and I’m sure you;ll have the time of your lives! Free free to ask me any questions about my experiences in Guatemala.

    • martin4olga says:

      Thanks for the offer. Perhaps we will be writing with lots of questions by the time we get to Belize. Your blog was already very informative and has made us even more curious about Guatemala. All the best, Martin&Olga

  2. Alison says:

    Hi Olga and Martin, nice to meet you.
    No you can’t plan it all! You’ve planned quite enough for now. That’s how we do it too, having been on the road for nearly 2 years, we seem to have developed a rhythm – plan some big chunks, but few of the details – they emerge as you go. We’re in Oaxaca, Mexico at the moment, then Mexico city, then the last 2 weeks of August in Sweden to visit Don’s family, then September in Montreal to visit my family, then fly to Buenos Aires – after that we have no clue except to travel around South and Central America and to be back in Vancouver at the end of March in time to look at our mail and do our taxes. Phew! And then go somewhere else 🙂
    Have a wonderful trip! From all I’ve read of your blog I have no doubt you will. Maybe we’ll cross paths in Central/South America sometime.
    Thanks for visiting our blog, and for following. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.

    Also recommend this blog – a German/Dutch couple cycling from Europe to Asia

    • martin4olga says:

      Thanks Alison for the great blog recommendation and the words of kindness. We do plan on cycling a little of the way (perhaps in Central America) so all these tips are invaluable. Our minds keep jumping to Mexico because it’ll be such a change of culture but we’re got three months in amazing B.C. and A.B. before that. I’m sure once we’re on the organic farms around the Rockies it’ll be hard not to live in the moment.
      Sounds like an amazing journey you’ve both had so far. And great plans too. Oaxaca to Sweden in September… that’s a big leap. I hope you have a wonderful time with family and the bits in between, and I do hope we’ll meet in person in South America someday.
      Warmest Wishes from rainy Ireland,

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