Wednesday, November 28, 2012












We have some fairly significant news.

We've decided to spend the better part of next year traveling the world.  In July we'll celebrate 10 years together and what better (or more romantic!) way to ring it in than by traipsing all over the planet? We always said we'd do a trip like this, and it's time to get. it. done.

Around the world in 80 gays. Or more like 300.

So it's official. Jeff resigned from his job this week and we sold our apartment. With a quick 30-day closing just around the corner, there's lots to be done. We'll store some stuff, purge lots, and leave the delicate bits and bobs with friends. After Christmas we'll head to Fort Lauderdale for a few weeks, where we'll narrow our focus, research like mad, and plot the details.

One thing we have in mind is the Star Alliance Program, a network of airlines which offer round-the-world flights. Within one year you can fly as many as 39 000 miles (or 16 times, whichever comes first) at considerably lower rates. You must travel in one direction without backtracking. When you land at each hub you're free to roam regionally using other planes, trains, boats, and buses which you book separately. This will give our journey a good dose of structure, which will be nice for our mental health, with so many uncertainties sure to crop up. But other than knowing our major stops, I like the idea of keeping things loose. Australian escapades in February, India by April and an anniversary dinner in Paris by July. 

The world is a much smaller place these days, so be sure to stay tuned to Twitter and Instagram for up-to-the-minute stories and pictures. And I'll be blogging a lot. Over the next several weeks, as we begin to create our itinerary, I'll post our plans and very much encourage you to chime in and tell us what we must see and do at each stop along the way. Wish us luck.


(Only our potential itinerary. This is for illustrative purposes only.)




Illustration by the brilliantly talented Paul Dotey. Maps are his jam.





THE BUSINESS END: If you edit/operate a travel or food publication, I will happily make myself available for interesting jobs as we make our way around the world. I can be reached via email at jason@jasonhudson.com.


28 comments:

  1. Holy shit! This is awesome! When you hit Hawai'i, I am going to INUNDATE you with places to go/eat/see.

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  2. Congrats. I'm looking forward to following the journey online! xoxo

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  3. Happy trails, you two. We'll hold down the fort. xo

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  4. Yay! So glad I can tell people about your trip now and so excited to follow along.
    When you go to Mexico City, stay at The Red Tree House. You'll love it.

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  5. SO very excited for you two! Can't wait to follow your journey and see all of the amazing photos! Can't wait!

    xx

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  6. Awesome news. Very exciting for both of you. I started following you over a year ago and doing so has introduced me to several other excellent follows (Ashley Denton and Paul Dotey to name two). Your twitter is entertaining and your Instagram is fantastically well crafted; I look forward to seeing the world through your eyes.

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  7. you are awesome!!! this is amazing. can't wait to follow your adventures.

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  8. ahhhh! SO flippin' exciting. I cannot wait to follow along with your travels!! Yay! Great news.

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  9. I know I've known this for some time...but I just got really choked up...reading it on the internet made it so real. I'm so excited for you guys. And, of course I'll miss you like crazy.
    xo

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    1. Teeej, nothing on the internet is real. They're not leaving. They're just not.

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    2. phew!
      wait...NOTHING on the internet is real?! you mean, those pills I just ordered won't make my...oh, nevermind.

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  10. What a fantastic plan. A year ago, my partner of 23 years, and I chucked it all in LA and set a new course. Palm Springs & Mammoth for sun and ski, plus an 80 day road trip from CA to OR/WA/BC to see family and friends. Next year we will spend 6 months + 1 day in Canada as my husband re-establishes his Canadian residency. All of this, with an eye towards moving to Europe in 2014 and seeing what that holds for a couple of years. The one thing that slows us down is our dog. Every plan has to include the dog and so far he has never flown.

    I can't wait to see all your adventures. As Auntie Mame says, "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Apparently that won't be you two. Congratulations!

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  11. Amazing! I really can't wait to see all of the your photos and read all of your entries. I'm completely giddy!

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  12. Big ups to you both! Way to show 2013 who's boss and yolo like total pros. I can't wait to follow your adventure online. <3

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  13. Wow! Congrats guys! Hit me up if you need tips on places in New Zealand and Australia- I can fill you in on all the hip foodie spots. Tell Paul I love the map, as a fellow cartographer.

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  14. Holy crap!! That IS awesome news!! But hey, what about Japan??? So looking forward to seeing the world through your eyes :)

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  15. Congratulations!! I would love do to this, so will be following you with envy! You should try to get to Hong Kong, as I think you would love it. Might be worth checking out Kuala Lumpur as your hub in asia, as Air Asia operate out of there, and have ridiculously cheap flights all over Asia - to Bangkok, Hong Kong etc. We also flew to Phuket in Thailand from Bangkok with them, as I assume if you are going to Bangkok you'll want to see some of the islands.

    When you get to the UK please don't just stay in London (amazing though it is) get yourself up to Edinburgh (especially if you are going to be around in August when the festival is on) and take a road trip around the Highlands.

    Can't wait to see your itinerary!

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  16. This is epic. I can only imagine being able to do something like this... you're a very lucky man, indeed :)

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  17. Drop by Kuala Lumpur! And Borneo islands...will be following your updates. Have fun u two!

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  18. Congratulations, I can't wait to see your updates and pictures.

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  19. Just catching up. This is a beautiful idea! Congratulations! I am so looking forward to seeing pictures.

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  20. So so exciting. (Of course I'm jealous.) Can't wait to follow along on this adventure (and find inspiration for my own!)

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  21. What a wonderful adventure - I can't wait to read about it as it unfolds. BTW, yell if I can help with any Australian info.

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  22. What a fabulous adventure! Congrats on making it happen! Give us a little hint of the things you like that are not food :) and recommendations will come rolling in, no doubt. Things that would make the list (based on what I've done/seen) are: safari in Africa, hike on a glacier (I did it in Patagonia, which I also recommend highly, but do it where ever you have the chance), best ruins: Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Alaska, Patagonia, Africa, New Zealand--all exceptional. I will follow you, drooling, the whole year. Have the time of your lives.

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  23. Bit late in finding this, but am really excited to read along.

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