I will be around the world this November.
Listed below are my destinations.
(Depart from and end at Kuala Lumpur)
My problem is between Egypt an Morocco, I don't know which one to choose. Because of my limited time, I have to choose 1.
Please advise me.
I have decided.
in 16 days
Thank you very much.
Not to be too critical, but in 16 days for so many countries, I frankly think you are wasting your $ and time to do this trip. What are you going to see? probably the airport of the capital of each country...
hi Tigger2, that's good question , and why I do this ? Here are my answers.
1. I've won a photo competition and my Round The World (RTW) trip is sponsored. Thanks to my sponsor
2. Why RTW in 16 weeks in many countries? for the terms & conditions, I MUST travel AROUND the world. Simply said, make 1 round. 16 days is the day that I can afford for the leave. Too bad.
(or maybe I extend to 3 weeks leave but I don't like to stay more than 3 days in one country).
3. Who say I can't see any interest places in 3 days in each country.
- in India, I land in Delhi and continue to Agra, (just need 3-4 days) there's Taj Mahal in Agra.
- in Egypt, there's sphinx/pyramid in Giza, 1 day trip from Cairo. (3-4 days will do)
- in Portugal, Lisbon the city itself will do.
- Mexico, I just want to land on America Continent for the first time.
- Korea, will spend 3 days.
Influenced by Round The World in 88 days etc, I make it in 16 days. I know I'm not the 1st but at least this is one of my personal achievement in travelling.... aha
Man oh man! Egypt in 4 Days, that is a joke! Last year I did a round the world trip covering 27 countries in 4 months, and that was RUSHED!!! I did a similar thing to yours with only spending a few days in a country and being out from first day light to dark sight seeing and catching night buses and trains where possible. I saw loads of stuff in each place, but as for 3-4 days in Egypt, you'll miss most of the things worth seeing. I was in Egypt for 10 days, and I still missed a number of things, but after the 10th day managed to see all the main tourist things. You'll miss things like Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Abu Simbel, Mt Sinai, Dahab, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria and more. All of those places are well worth a visit. You'll just be lucky and get the Egyptian Museum, Pyramid/ Sphinx site in Giza and maybe a bit more. You'd probably miss going to the step pyramid of Saqqara which is a bit of a trip out side of Cairo, miss the most magical experience in Egypt (a felucca up or down the Nile), going to local villages down the Nile. You could spend 3 weeks in Egypt and still not run out of things to see and do moving about every single day.
India 3-4 days and the only things worth seeing Delhi, Taj Mahal (Agra)! Although I have not been to India yet but will do in a few months time, half the country is more interesting than the Taj Mahal according to roughly one hundred replies to a post made recently on another travel website. What about seeing Varanasi (which to Indians has the sacred waters of the Ganges), Kolkata (Calcutta)? Those are meant to be more interesting and more of the real India than Agra/Taj Mahal.
If you were able to get more time off work if you had the money, you could see about getting a bit more time off with "leave without pay", if your company does that. It would be wasting an amazing opportunity to only spend 16 days and have some of the most interesting countries in the world to see for a couple of days. Especially after you will have spent quite a bit on an Indian Visa, pay a $15US fee for an Egytian visa on arrival and then probably more visas for the other countries. Anyway that is my view on it. Have a great trip anyway. When you are in Egypt remember to bargain for anything you want to buy, because they'll try and rip you off when they know you are a tourist, and from what I've heard India is the same.
Thanks Harrold, you are from Hobart ? I was there last Nov. I find that Tasmania is beautiful and the people are so nice. And your advice is really helpful.
Initially, I want to visit as many as I can and to spend at least a week in each country. Unfortunately, it is not easy for me to make the decision as I just join the company.
Thanks for sharing your Egypt experience. And also about Varanasi.
By the way, where's the nearest international airport nearby Varanasi.
Really appreciate your suggestion.
I don't know where the nearest big airport that would be part of a Round the world ticket is to varanasi. It is kind of half way between Delhi and Kolkata (Calcutta). Looking through the Lonely Planet India guide, it says to get to Varanasi by air, the nearest airport is Babatpur Airport. From Agra to Varanasi if you were to buy the ticket individually, it says in the LP guide that it is $115US one way! According to the LP guide which was printed September 2005, you can get a train that departs Delhi at 6.25pm and takes 12.5hours. So you'd be able to not miss any daylight stuff by getting there on the train. Coming back from Varanasi-Delhi, a train is mentioned that departs at 1.05am from Mughal Serai train station and takes 9 hours to get to Delhi. That train is rather pricey compared to the slower 14 hour one. The other train departs at 3.15pm and takes 14 hours. So you would be wasting a few hours of daylight on the train but saving quite a bit in money and arriving earlier. The expensive train's cheapest seat is 1085Rs, the cheaper train's cheapest seat is 259R's, it does end up varying by 1305R's the further up the class categories you go. Those prices and times were at September 2005 when the book was printed, so it's possible the times and prices may have changed since then.
Really even if you have only moved in to the company you should seriously think how much do you really like the job and the company, and do you feel that you have got a long a good future in it? Because this opportunity you have been given doesn't come round more than once a life time unless you win lotto. It would be such a shame to have such a trip on the offering to only see a few places all because of work not giving you any more time off. I'm quitting my job in a few weeks time to start a 7 month Round the world trip and I have been in this company for 5 years. You've sometimes got to take a bit of risk in things. I mean I could come back home after this trip and be unemployed for the next 3 years, or I could come back and get a job the day after I get back. Even if I was unemployed for 3 years, I would always be able to remember fondly of the amazing times I had travelling whilst other people were there working their arse off and getting next to nothing for it. Isn't the chance to fulfil some of your fantasies in this world better than a shitty job where most the time they couldn't care less if the employee in the company died? I'd rather achieve my dreams and goals outside of work, than work my arse of, die and never have achieved any of the things I wanted to as a child and as a adult growing up. When I went on my last trip which was way rushed most the time, well the only thing I regret is having not quit my job totally to allow myself more freedom and time to see this amazing world even better. This upcoming trip, I am still going to be rushing, but nothing compared to last time or not even in the same world as yours is! Make sure you keep a travel journal and write lots of detail in it. When I was away, I wrote almost every detail of my day, writing 2A4 pages on every day (with a bit of space left for some cut outs of pictures of attractions I went to, or tickets to the attractions). Since being back every couple of days I have referred to my travel journal to refresh my memory on costs of things, names of hostels I stayed at, what thoughts and sensations were going through my head in certain places or certain key moments in a day. It also allows me to return some of the help that lots of people gave to me on another travel forum before I went away. Reading all the good things that happens make all those hours I spent writing in that diary worth it.
When you do go to Egypt, if you have an ISIC Youth travel card or ISIC Student card which isn't a fake one, take it because you get big discounts to the attractions. They know a fake card in Egypt, because 3 of the people in a group I went in had fake cards, and the guide noticed they were fake and told them that the people at the entrance would confiscate their card if they used it.
Anyway hope everything turns out good for your trip. Enjoy it while you can.