Our Itinerary

At our family 4th of July gathering, I had many requests to post our itinerary. After much debate and reworking and cost analysis, our final route is complete. This is an overview of our trip. I have decided that trip planning is much more fun than packing and moving, so the majority of our transportation and housing has been planned and reserved. On the other front, very little of our house packing and purging has been completed.

Aug 31: Fly from Nashville to Stockholm. We have a 10 hour layover in NYC, I am hoping to be able to get out into the city for a few hours. Any suggestions on something to do?

– 4 days in Stockholm.

– 4 weeks in Paris.

Caleb is a huge WWII history buff, at his request we are spending 2 weeks in Normandy with plans to visit the D-day beaches.

Mid-October we fly to Beijing. A long 8 hour layover in Berlin, we are again hoping to see a little of Berlin during those hours.

We are visiting 4 places in China:

Beijing — long enough to see the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The pollution in Beijing (combined with my boys’ asthma) has me hesitant to spend more time.

The Great Wall outside of Beijing. We will spend 4 days hiking and exploring the wall and surrounding area.

We will train to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors.  It is fascinating that each soldier has a different face.

We will then train to Yangshou. I am personally very excited about this area. Rice and tea plantations, mountains, river, bamboo boats, bicycling, cormorant fishing, caves, hiking, and much, much more to discover during our 2 week stay.

Mid-November we leave China to travel to Vietnam by train.

In Vietnam we will visit Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, the beach (for what I am sure will be a much needed 2 weeks of downtime), then Saigon for 2 days.

In Halong Bay, our plan is to book a 2 night cruise.  A cruise was Anna’s most often requested item during our trip planning.  From everything we read online, the best options (and deals) are booked in Hanoi the day before the cruise departs.

We will be in Hoi An during a Full Moon Festival.

Our next stay will be almost a week in Siem Reap, Cambodia to see Ankor Wat. The last few days, I have been attempting to figure out transportation from Saigon to Siem Reap. It will most likely be by bus. While the speed boat option looks fun, I cannot get over the safety reviews. 😐

Chiang Mai, Thailand is our next stop. Also still planning this transportation – most likely a combination of bus and train. Southeast Asia has an extensive and inexpensive train system connecting all countries except Cambodia.   This is our least planned portion of the trip. 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year’s in Chiang Mai is the plan, but we have an unplanned week before we fly from Bangkok to Kathmandu.

From Kathmandu, we will bus to Pokhara, Nepal. We have 3 weeks in Nepal, the majority of which will be spent in Pokhara and on a trek along the Annapurna Circuit. Our current goal is to trek to Annapurna Base Camp including a trip to Poon Hill. These plans do not have to be finalized until arrival, so we will decide when we get there how ambitious we are feeling. A trek in Nepal consists of hiring porters and an English speaking guide to lead us on a hike between villages. The villages have teahouses that serve trekkers food and provide shelter for the night. I am thinking about 8 days of this will be my limit – we will see!

The beginning of February has us returning to Europe for a month in Greece.  Greece has the warmest weather of any European country in February. Weather has played a significant role in setting up this itinerary — trying to avoid really cold and/or really wet climates.

2 weeks in Santorini (on the beach again recovering from our travels and trekking)

2 weeks in Athens including a short road trip.

We have 4 weeks left at this point.

1 week in Pisa, Italy (another Anna request).  We found a great rental that includes 4 bikes.  🙂


2 weeks in Rome.

I week in Istanbul.


Home to MS by April – ready to start another adventure. 😉  -KLaff 7/11/15

9 thoughts on “Our Itinerary

  1. David Gaul

    Wishing ya’ll the most exciting and wonderful roadtrip that a family can imagine. Please send pictures and have a great experience —and be Safe.

    1. 4laffs Post author

      Awesome. Thanks Dave. Check on us here every so often. We will try to post regularly. I look forward to some tips from you at some of our stops!

  2. Eric Sterling

    I just stumbled across this site earlier tonight and wanted to say hi. I’m so glad you and your family are able to take this opportunity to immerse yourself in your travels and explore the world. I chuckled reading your account of Beijing – my wife and I experienced very similar sentiments in February this year around the Chinese New Year time. I wish you well!

  3. Mike McFadden

    Hi guys! I’d love to follow you on Facebook but I can’t access the link you reference from the mobile site. Can you friend me or send me a message with your link imbedded? It was great to meet you at ENP. – Mike

    1. 4laffs Post author

      Hi Mike,
      Hope you got the link for the FB page. Good to see you and Jade again today in Chiang Mai (if just for a second!).

  4. Peter Andersen


    Thanks for the nice conversations in Nepal, before you went on the trek.

    You have a really interesting journey going on here and I hope you enjoyed the trek alot

    I hope the Annapurnas showed themself from their best side

    Kind regards,Peter from Denmark

  5. Jessica Fiveash

    Hi Lafferty’s!

    This is Tim’s wife, Jessica, and I am writing this comment from my 3rd grade classroom! We are studying different countries around the world and I thought about your travels. Would you be interested in Skype conferencing with my class? I know you are in Greece right now and one of my students has Greece as their assignment research report topic.

    We are learning about the government, traditions, food, interesting facts, and what would they do if they lived in their country assigned to them.

    My school is equipped with a wonderful Skype camera and I would LOVE it if we could set this up soon before you go home!!! Just message or write me on Facebook and we will talk about it!


  6. Jamie Anderson

    Karen– I can’t believe you have 4 weeks left! What a crazy family you are– so glad to be along with you on your journey. I love knowing you chose to do something entirely out of the box, ran with it, planned your hearts out to make it happen and now are reaping in its fruition! Looking ff to reconnecting with you stateside… any way I can talk you to coming to the southwest?

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