On Our Way

After some very crazy, hectic, emotional weeks we are on our way.  We left on the first leg of our adventure on February 28, 2017!  Before I get into too much, we need to send a big thank you to Paul’s Mom and Dad.  We wouldn’t have made it through the last weekend without their help.  Between letting us store things, taking care of our mail and the car, helping us pack up and clean the apartment and taking us to the airport…  well needless to say we got it all done and I was even able to spend several hours with my Mom the day before we left with no stress.  Ok, this is me so there was some stress but it was under control.  🙂

We had our Phil’s breakies. Our first breakfast in Calgary in 1993 was Phil’s so we decided one of our last would be as well.  We went to the Pig and Duke the night before we left to celebrate being done and Paul’s Dads birthday.

On Our Way

We started with an early wake up on the 28th so we could make it to the airport and through any glitches with customs.  We shared a Tim’s with Paul’s Mom and Dad, then said goodbye.

That was it… we were now on our way!  Freaky? A little… exciting? Majorly! Security was smooth and after a bit we got on the plane to Chicago.  There was a minor issue with the carry on,  we weren’t the first people on board and the luggage area for our seats was already full. Paul managed to get ours a little further back and we settled in to our flight.

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Travel Banking For Canadians

We use different cards in Canada than when travelling.  At home we’ve churned cards for Aeroplan points and used different cash back cards.  This has saved us money on purchases and allowed us to build up a big pot of Aeroplan points.  These will allow us to fly with points between the major regions of our upcoming RTW trip.  When we are on the road though we are more concerned about the banking fees.  For that we need different accounts/cards.  Typically when we’ve gone on holiday, we haven’t worried too much about banking with credit (CC) or debit cards.   😯  Not too smart as travel banking for Canadians can eat up a good chunk of your funds.  We always made sure we had some local currency (from previous trips) and then just withdrew cash from ATMs at the airport or in the towns when we got there.High Canadian travel banking fees

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Planning Our RTW Route


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Airline Carry On Rules

Airline Carry On Rules

Airline carry on rules can vary wildly.  They each have their own specific guidelines for items that you can bring on-board a flight.  Some even allow for a secondary “personal item” like a purse or laptop bag.  If you do your research you’ll find lots of people saying a 45 L pack is good for carry on.  As you’ll find out, this is not always the case.  If you aren’t exactly within an airline’s requirements it’ll come down to the whim of the staff working on the day of your flight.  Unfortunately people are sometimes unpredictable and inconsistent.  So if someone tells you they were able to carry on a 45 L pack on say Ryanair, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to do the same the next day.

In 2015 the International Air Transport Association (IATA) attempted to standardize carry on rules for its member airlines with advice from the aircraft manufacturers.  This attempt didn’t last long as all members had their own agenda and so agreement between all proved impossible.

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Traveling With Carry On Only

Helen's Gregory J38
28 days later and we are back!  It wasn’t years on the road but it was a good test of living out of our new Gregory 38 L and 40 L bags (J38 and Z40).  The traveling with carry on only experiment was definitely a success.  It sure was liberating being able to walk off the plane with all our possessions on our backs.  We flew Air Canada, Thai Airways International and the regional Thai Smile.  Absolutely no problems on any of the flights.  Over the years we grew to hate waiting for our luggage to come out on the carousel.  That’s because twice it was lost and was a major hassle.  Eventually it showed up but this worry is no longer a concern.   😀

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