Planning our adventures for 2014

I know we’ve mentioned it a few times already, but we’re currently living on a tropical island, house-sitting on what’s known as The Caribbean’s Nature Island – Dominica.

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Dominica – a special place we call home for the time being

Because we’re here for two months, we didn’t really think about where we were headed next. Which made me realise just how much I’ve changed since we’ve become nomadic. I used to plan all our destinations down to every single activity but now I would rather simply go with the flow.

This new attitude backfired somewhat when we found ourselves unable to board our flight to Dominica at the check-in desk in Miami.

“Were we going to Dominica for work?” the check-in assistant demanded.

Er, no.

“Did we live there?”

Er, no.

“Did we have a return ticket?”

No again.

It turns out you need to have a return ticket to prove your departure and that it’s not your final destination.

Cue panic. We hurriedly logged online and bought a ticket to Guadeloupe. So that’s our next destination – the island located above Dominica and we’ll be getting there by ferry.

But where to after that?

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Me stepping off the plane in Dominica – and very excited to be there!

 Our adventures for 2014

We want to head to Central America but there aren’t any direct flights from The Caribbean. Which, considering it’s so close, is a little silly.

To get a flight from Guadeloupe to Mexico is going to set us back more than US$1,000. So we scrapped that idea and have decided to buy round-the-world tickets and incorporate our destinations into that.

But round-the-world tickets aren’t cheap either – although they are good value. In total, ours are going to set us back around US$7,500. So how to pay for it? Should we take out loans to cover the costs? Or start freelancing like mad workers and stop enjoying our time on the island?

Luckily we still have savings – but to take them out from our bank account early is going to mean we forfeit some of our interest we’re making.


Selfie on our island home of Dominica Double-barrelled Travel

Where to next?

A map of our adventures for 2014

This is the itinerary we have in mind so far:

Guadeloupe >> Santiago, Chile >> La Paz, Bolivia >> overland to Mexico City >> London, UK >> Delhi, India >> Perth, Western Australia.

That’s right, we’re aiming to finish up back home. It (probably) won’t be permanent but I think it’ll be about time we re-visited our home and our families and friends.

So, why the other destinations?

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A village in Ecuador


Dave’s best friend Maudy is from Santiago and he heard all about it growing up. Although Maudy lives in Australia, he owns an apartment in Santiago which it looks like we might be able to rent while we’re there.

It’s about an hour or so out of the city along the coast, and we’re planning to stay for about two weeks.

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Santiago, Chile

La Paz

We’re heard really good things about Bolivia. Not only does the culture sound really interesting, but it’s cheap to travel there and the natural beauty sounds outstanding. Lake Titicaca and the Salt Flats are definitely on the list.

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A woman on the street in Bolivia

Overland to Mexico

We’re planning to catch buses from La Paz to Mexico City. We’re probably crazy. BUT we really want to visit all that’s inbetween and we figure it’s the cheapest way to do it.

We want to hike the Inca Trail in Peru, live for a month in an apartment in Quito, Ecuador, experience the nature in Costa Rica and enjoy Mexican food. Our plans are pretty loose for the time being.

Beautiful flowers in Costa Rica

Beautiful flowers in Costa Rica


We have to be in London for our good friends’ wedding at the beginning of July. It’ll be great to go back and catch up with all our friends from there too – plus it’ll be summer so we can (hopefully) catch some British sunshine.


We would love to visit our friends in Delhi. Dave’s old university friend is a foreign correspondent there for the ABC and he lives in Delhi with his wife and child. It’ll be great to be shown around by them and we hope to travel through India independently afterwards.

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A street food stall in Delhi

So there you have it – our rough plans for the first eight months of next year.

Do you have any recommendations or advice on these places? We’d love to hear your comments below!

Please note: This food was written in partnership with Halifax. But as always, our views are our own and we’ll certainly be going to these places!


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About the author

Carmen has been nomadic since May 2013 and the co-founder of Double-Barrelled Travel. She loves experiencing new cultures and learning new languages. She is having the most fun when skiing down a mountain, scuba diving in the Caribbean or curled up with a good book.

4 comments on “Planning our adventures for 2014”

  1. Brigid Reply

    Wow, sounds like 2014 is going to be an amazing year for you guys! Glad to see you’re heading to Bolivia…my husband and I loved the country so much we decided to settle down in Sucre for the time being. It’s a gorgeous city with so much history…def try and put it on your list of places to go!

    Also we traveled overland from Mexico to Colombia over the first 9 months of this year…I would highly recommend sailing from Colombia to Panama, it was an amazing adventure! Here’s some info if you’d like to see

    Happy planning 🙂

    • Carmen Allan-Petale Reply

      We ended up staying in an apartment and it was good… didn’t get robbed which was a relief 🙂 We didn’t really leave the apartment much though, we were (unfortunately) working too much.
      Didn’t have time to check out Canoa unfortunately – will have to get round to that next time! Thanks for the tip!

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