Bucket List

We plan to take anywhere from six months  to a year off to travel. Here is our bucket list. We plan to do the trip in 2-3 segments. Quan is finishing a year long course at New Venture West to get her Integral Coaching certification so we will return to San Francisco twice during our sabbatical for her course work.


SEGMENT ONE: USA, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, & Europe

  • USA July 8- August 3
  • Central Asia “The Stans” & the Pamir Highway August 4- August 20th
    • One Day in Istanbul (layover enroute to Kazkstan)
    • One Day in Almaty, Kazakhstan
    • Pamir Highway
    • The Lake Ala-Kol & Hot Spring Altyn-Arashan: This is a 5 day trek in Karakol with our friends Oihane & Aitor who are flying in from Spain to meet us. This portion is fully booked because they did all the planning and booking for us! (Thank you mei-mei!)
  • Europe & (maybe North Africa) August 20th – Sept 27th
    • Greek Islands/ Croatia/ Balkan: This portion is TBD, but we’d like to spend the week after our time “roughing it” in mountains the ‘Stans relaxing in a location near water. We are hoping to plan a weekend meet up with some old friends from the UK during this time (Mad Love crew shout out!)
    • Phil & Tommy’s Wedding: Our dear friends from Shanghai are getting married in Verona, Italy. We will have a reunion with Shanghai peng yous (friends) during our time in Italy.
    • Europe/ North Africa TBD: Much still to be planned but on our list
      • Visiting Quan’s family in Germany
      • Meeting up with Helen, our Swedish friend, somewhere exciting (Morocco, Bulgaria, Motenegro all on the list)
      • Visiting Oihane & Aitor in the Basque region of Spain
    • Paris: Only because we found a cheap flight from Paris to San Francisco for Quan’s NWV class
  • San Francisco: Sept 28- Oct 2nd
    • New Venture West Session 3 for Quan, lots of napping & hiking time for Jesse

SEGMENT TWO: Asia, Africa, and Latin America

  • Mongolia/ Western China: Oct 2 – TBD
    • Mongolia: Gobi Desert & Independent Trekking: A lot still to be planned, but we once again love this couple’s approach
  • Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet: TBD -TBD (this is where thing get fuzzier)
    • Sri Lanka: Ayurveda treatments, train through the country side, tea plantations, hikes
    • Nepal: Everest Base Camp, Pokhara (one of Quan’s favorite place), and time to relax in Kathmandu
    • Tibet: Treks, Yurts, Yaks
  • Africa: TBD – Jan 1/ Jan 16 – Plan are a shot in the dark now, so welcome suggestions!
    • Namibia: Basically everything Quan’s sister Phi and her husband Matt did during their shabbatical 
    • Zanzibar: So Quan can check out the surf shop/ yoga studio of Maria who she did a retreat with in Tanzania 4 years ago
    • The rest is wide open, we’ve booked two different refundable low cost tickets for the Africa to LATAM leg with departure from Jo’burg.  Whenever we figure out how to do polling on this blog, we will open a poll for suggestions!
  • Latin America: Jan 1/ Jan 16 – Feb 20
    • #1 on the list is Patagonia: lots of planning here still, but this may take the entire time in LATAM as we plan to do the W trek.
    • Lots of Wine & Coffee Drinking (if time permits): TBD
  • San Francisco:  Feb 20- TBD
    • The 4th and last session  of Quan’s NVW course and when she will interview for her coaching certification!! (More napping & outdoor hikes for Jesse)


It’s too far ahead to tell from here. We know that we don’t want to take more than a year off, so this will probably be when we both start looking for opportunities.  We may also be tired of traveling by then and may want to find a place to settle (hopefully in South East Asia!) and build a home.  We also love the idea of spending 3 months in Latin America to learn Spanish before we both return to work. Time will tell with this!