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11. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 430 posts) 5w

The link didn't work - try this http://tvnz.co.nz/first-crossings/kevin-biggar-4945092. (I can't get the hang of this iPad!)

12. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 5w

Who is Kevin Biggar?

http://tvnz.co.nz/first-crossings/kevin-biggar-4945092

13. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 430 posts) 5w

Sorry karazyal, the link didn't seem to work on the first post and then the iPad wouldn't do the link as an actual link.

Kevin Biggar also has his own site here (while not wishing to advertise) which is a plug for his speaking engagements but also talks about some of the adventures he's done.

He was a pupil at my school (well before I arrived) and worked in the corporate world before deciding to ditch it all to row across the Atlantic in a two-man boat with Jamie Fitzgerald in a race - they won. The pair were later dropped off on the coast of Antarctica with a couple of sleds and they walked their way to the South Pole unsupported. Since then the pair have presented TV shows here re-enacting the journeys of the first European settlers who arrived in New Zealand and explored the country. This series also includes dives on wrecks and some of Ed Hillary's early climbs before he set out in John Hunt's expedition to conquer Everest.

Although much of what he does has been done before, this is (planned) adventure travel of the highest order.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2016, at 16:12 by Borisborough ]

14. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 5w

When friends ask about travel I tell them to get the basics down! Passport! Budget worked out! WHERE to go to! When to go! (Weather conditions. Skiing you need snow, swimming you need warm weather and a beach, etc.) How long depends on how much money and how much time you can take from a job. (For those who are working that is.)

Some first time travelers drop everything in the hands of a travel agency. They book the flights and maybe the first few nights for the hotel stay. Or even book hotels for every night. Things are a lot easier now with being able to book flights and hotels using the internet. The internet is handy for Google type searches too! What to see and do, safety issues, scams to avoid, how much money, visa requirements, etc. There are many travel forums where you can ask for hotel suggestions but include a price range. (Use the currency for the country you are interested in.)

PatsyRose94. Decide where to go and for how long. If overseas travel that is far from home requiring a long and expensive flight consider at least 2 weeks with a round trip flight. Most flights land at or near a major city. From there you decide if beach or skiing or some sort of city for "cultural" or "carnal" pursuits is your goal. Then maybe return to the arrival city for a day or two of shopping and walking and gawking before the flight home.

Up to you what you do!

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18. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 219 posts) 5w

I agree with everything said to an extent. That there is no right or wrong way to travel as berner256 says and that it never hurts to 'hope for the best and plan for the worst' as Borisborough suggests. I would add the caveat to the plan for the worst part however that you can only do that IF you are planning to begin with. If you are going to plan to row across an ocean, then you might as well plan for everything you can think of. But what if you never planned to row across an ocean to begin with?

For example, here is a link to a trip that includes crossing Africa from north to south. The only initial planning involved was a discussion over a couple of beers in Rome. No one could have planned on being arrested for murder or being taken at gunpoint down a track by rebels in a war torn country etc. Read more here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/gap-year-round-the-world-travel/topics/unplanned-travel

While I'm sure there is lots to be learned about planning from someone who has rowed across an ocean, I think there may be some things to learn from someone who has never done that but regularly arrives somewhere without having pre-booked accommodation. I would also suggest that most travellers will probably never find themselves trying to row across an ocean but just might find themselves arriving without a hotel reservation. So hearing how someone goes about finding a bed, might be a lot more useful than reading about how to fend off a shark when in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean.

Overall I do agree that we are all different and our comfort zones can differ considerably. For some people, trying Thai food is an adventure involving risk and the unknown. I would never try to suggest that everyone should wing it when travelling as I have already said. I think those who plan can still learn from those who wing it. Not because they may decide to start winging it but because they might find themselves needing to. Similarly, those who wing it and decide to take a package trip to a beach can learn from those who regularly do that. What I don't think is productive is someone of either preference who tries to suggest there is something WRONG or nothing to learn from someone who has the opposite preference.

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19. Posted by elena_helena (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w

I always try to plan everything, 'cause i'm really afraid of new countries and unknown languages. so, i plan everything: flights, how to get from the airport and back, where to stay, where to go, etc.
for me the biggest problem is to get to my hotel from the airport with my stuff. i don't really like using taxi, 'cause it's unsafe and very very expensive! last December i made the present for myself and went skiing in Chamonix. by chance i came across -snip- and booked the transfer. i was nervous about it! but i was surprised when i saw the driver waiting for me with a nameplate! it was really great!!! and by the way my trip was really successful. and i regret that i didn't book round trip!
so, it's my experience, may be someone can recommend other sites with transfers in different countries and cities.
p.s. i stayed at -snip- really luxurious and cool

Thank you in advance!

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20. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 4w

"if you are planning to trip first time its a good idea if you select a Best areas like India. Where you find people speaking good English , Good food , good hotels , shopping malls , beaches , Historical places every you need at low before that you have to plan well . Booking tickets in Indian Festival seasons the flight tickets are little bit expansive to India i suggest you to check IndianEagle.com where the flight tickets are at low cost and no hidden charges . You need to carry plenty of amount for shopping"

I'd love to see India, but I feel it's just the wrong place for a totally green, young traveler to head. That first trip should be someplace not too far away - a neighboring country or someplace that speaks your native tongue. India would be a good place for an experienced person who has already experienced some of the developing world, in my opinion.