RTW 2012 – The Long Way Home

In March, my sister and I decided to take a trip.  At the time, I was really in the mood to get away for a bit and Amber needs to get out and see more of the world.  And, like a lot of siblings, we haven’t spent enough time together the past few years so it was time for a brother & sister trip – and it should be a “big” one.

Cansler Family, left to right, Amber – Sister, Joel – Dad, Me – G.C., and Debbie – Mom. (I know, I got the looks…no need to comment on that below as Amber has heard how handsome I am her whole life…)

We discussed her top destination ideas and the only rule was our destination needed to be somewhere I had never been.  (Click here for the current travel resume.) This way, we could experience something new together.

New Zealand was the winner.

As we began planning, I realized I had the opportunity at this point in my life to stop dreaming about other travel destinations and start doing them.  Not that New Zealand is really close to a ton of other countries but two weeks in NZ just didn’t seem long enough…and I’m fortunate enough to have some time to fulfill a couple of dreams.

“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences”

 – Into the Wild

For reasons I cannot fully explain, I’ve always been drawn to Asia.  Specifically, I have been drawn to countries with Himalayan views and rampant Buddhism.  Once I recovered from the Giardia I picked up on my first trip to Nepal in 2001, I’ve wanted to go back.  Nepal is certainly not close to New Zealand but it’s a lot closer to Kiwi Kountry than Kansas City, Missouri. (We spell Country with a K in Missouri sometimes, FYI.  If you head down highway 13 from Kansas City to Springfield, as you pass Osceola and pit stop at Fuzzy’s Bait & Booze for some fresh night crawlers and Natural Ice 30 packs, a store, restaurant, t shirt or tattoo just after this spot will have Country spelled with a K. Trying to keep it real here.)  Regardless, the thought of Nepal lit a fire to travel.

I decided to take the long way home. 

Leaving September 5th and returning before Christmas Day,  look for many colorful posts from these exciting destinations:

  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Bhutan – yep, travel dream #1 is locked in.
  • Nepal
  • China
  • Trans-Mongolian Train – with stopovers in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, Irktusk & Moscow in Russia.
  • Italy, Milan & Rome – I’m going to Italy not just because I’m a chef at an Italian restaurant.  I spent 7 months in Milan in 2001 and I’m ready to go back. (I really just want pizza from Carmen Due and a few Panzerotti from Luini’s.) I figured Milan and Moscow are “close” enough to warrant the stop and not continue on the train from Moscow to London, which would be the proper route.
  • Dublin – Never been and found a CHEAP flight from Rome, through Dublin to NYC.  
  • NYC  
  • Virgin Islands – Going to need a vacation after all of this travel and it will be a good time to be with friends after a few months rolling solo
  • San Francisco – Going here to eat…This meal is kind of a Christmas Tradition
  • Kansas City Christmas – I’ve missed many birthdays, (I will actually miss my Dad’s, Sister’s and Mom’s Birthdays again on this trip), Thanksgivings, Mothers & Fathers days, Easters and one Christmas – spent in Dubai – because of travel…not going to do that in 2012.
  • Post Christmas & New YearsBack to Magnolia Grove for 5 days of practice with the monastics.

2013 – The end of one adventure only signifies the beginning of another – 

Get ready for an exciting few months of travel


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8 Responses to “RTW 2012 – The Long Way Home”

  1. Mom
    August 23, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    What a wonderful adventure you are going to have! You know I will be checking every day for posts….oh yes probably more than once during the day!

  2. Jim TIllman
    September 6, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    looking forward to seeing your posts! enjoy every moment! See you in Batesville for the new years retreat!

    • September 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks Jim! Yes, looking forward to New Years in Mississippi. Thanks!

  3. Sharon Glass
    September 12, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    Wow Grant,
    What a trip! I will look forward to sharing your journey and will pray for your protection and joy.
    Can I just copy and paste your whole itinerary onto my bucket list??
    See you at Magnolia Grove next fall.

    • September 13, 2012 at 3:22 am #

      Thanks Sharon very much for the kind thoughts! I think a cut a paste is a good idea – I look forward to catching up at Magnolia Grove.


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