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Going around the world for a year - Advice

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1. Posted by Furton (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

On the 1st of December me and 3 other mates will be flying out to India to start our around the world trip for a year, we've booked our flights for the following dates

01/12/2006 Manchester – London Heathrow, UK

01/12/2006 London Heathrow, UK - Mumbai, India

30/12/2006 Delhi, India - Hong Kong

09/1/2007 Hong Kong – Tokyo, Japan

14/1/2007 Tokyo - Hong Kong – Bangkok, Thailand

14/4/2007 Singapore - Perth, Australia

15/4/2007 Darwin – Alice Springs – Cairns

19/4/2007 Alice Springs – Cairns

14/7/2007 Melbourne - Christchurch, New Zealand

1/9/2007 Auckland – Santiago, Chile

1/10/2007 Lima, Chile - Buenos Aires, Argentina

1/11/2007 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Santiago, Chile

30/11/2007 Santiago – Sao Paulo, Rio, Brazil

Rio – Sao Paulo - London Heathrow, UK

I'm hoping that a few peeps on these forums might have visted a few of these places and could offer some insights on what to look out for, although I'm aware that most of this will be play it by ear.

However I do have some more definate questions that I could do with being answered.

1: What's a good rucksack to get? From what I've read Karrimor seem to be the best and I'm looking at a Karrimor 75L+25L rucksack.

2: Will I need to take a sleeping bag? I'm hoping to get away with just a sleeping bag liner.

3: I need a bank account that lets me withdraw cash with no charges abroad, not found one yet, do these exist?

4: My passport photo is a bit dated, will this cause a problem in some countries?

5: I'm looking to get a decent MP3 player, I've got 40GB worth of Music, are iPods still the best?

6: What sort of clothes/Footware should I initially take with me?

7: Any specific supplies I should take with me?

Any suggestions would be most welcome

2. Posted by holybinch (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

2/ I would say no, from reports of people in the areas you're going to.
However it can be chilly in South America, so you might have to buy one over there.

3/Nationwide Flex account (you can do a search on the forums, plenty of returns)

4/That could pose a problem in some countries, better check maybe with an embassy or 2 ?

5/iPod still rules imo, but I believe it's personal (just get rid of the headphones)

6/Check a few packing lists, but generally speaking, take some light and thin clothing, meaning you'll be able to stack different layers.
If you intend to trek quite a bit, take some trekking shoes, if not, sneakers should be enough. And of course Teva or good fliflops/sandals.

7/once again, plenty to look for on the packing lists and/or forums.
I'd say : a solar calculator, to give/ask price, some string, tape, and plenty more :)

Good luck with your trip
Ol (leaving in 10 days !)

3. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

1: What's a good rucksack to get? From what I've read Karrimor seem to be the best and I'm looking at a Karrimor 75L+25L rucksack.

you really dont need one that big, I took a 50L and that was fine. My girlfriend only took a 35L and got on fine - just makes life easier while travelling.

2: Will I need to take a sleeping bag? I'm hoping to get away with just a sleeping bag liner.

You wont need either.

3: I need a bank account that lets me withdraw cash with no charges abroad, not found one yet, do these exist?

Your best bet is a nationwide flexiaccount. This means you wont be charged by your english bank, but you MAY be charged by the local bank depending upon where you are. theres no way around this - its tour cheapest option short of bringing cash.

4: My passport photo is a bit dated, will this cause a problem in some countries?

Wouldnt imagine so, just make sure its valid for at least 6 months after you return to England and youll be grand.

5: I'm looking to get a decent MP3 player, I've got 40GB worth of Music, are iPods still the best?

sorry, dont know about that

6: What sort of clothes/Footware should I initially take with me?

As little as possible. - Good boots/walking shoes though - dont scrimp on them. Clothes are cheap in virtually all the countries you are going to and local clothes will be more suitable for the local environment.

7: Any specific supplies I should take with me?
I brought all sorts of junk I never used. A battery charger will save you money. Duct tape is extremely useful as it can fix virtually anything. String is good and a medical kits a good idea though your unlikely to use anything other than plasters.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

1. Go with whatever is comfortable for YOU. Having said that, 75+25 sounds crazily lareg for me. I wouldn't suggest anybody takes more than 50-60l (including day sack) unless they are doing serious amounts of unsupported camping. I use a 26l which is fine, 50 is plenty.

2. No. Sleeping bag liners can be good for hostels (many in Europe, for example, charge you unless you have your own sheets). Apart from that, they can be used when you are wary of the clenliness of the sheets provided, or for security of stuff when sleeping in dorms etc (assuming the bag is stiched all the way around, you wallet etc will be safe inside the liner at night). Take a silk one though, for weight/size and also temperature reasons.

4. Occassionally it can, especially if you had a large beard etc on your photo but not now and vv (when I reentered China from Lao, all 4 foreigners were grilled for a while, and one guy actually ended up shaving on the spot so that he looked more like his photo, but that sort of stiff is rare). But unless you look completely different, its unlikely to cause more than the very occassional delay, and then only for at most an hour or so. That might sound bad, but problems at only 1 border crossing on a world trip isn't too bad!

5. Despite being a Mac/Apple person, i have always avoided Ipods, and currently swear by my Creative Zen Micro 40gb, but it's your choice. Long battery life is a big advantage though.

6. Not much. Most of the places you will be in at those times should be warm enough that you only really need 1/2 thin long sleeved tops (as much against Mozzies) and maybe 1 fleece. Zip off trousers double as shorts. Etc. Clothing will be cheaper everywhere else you go, so you can stock up/replace stuff with local clothes as and when you need. And local stuff will make you stand out a bit less. Good walking shoes are essential though. As are pair of sandals or flipflops. Walking sandals are good, but some are happy enough to get by with flip flops.

7. You can buy virtually anything you will need on the way if you discover you do need somthing, so start with as little as you can. With the exception of a small first aid kit and document photocpies/emergency cash, you don't want to be taking anything that you would not be using/needing at least every, say, 2 weeks or so.

You don't need much fancy stuff. Having said that, I never travel anywhere without a Swiss army knife (but I also don't fly so don't have to check stuff in). Some prefer a leathermans or other similar tool. A little pocket atlas to draw your route in, check up basic ideas/places that people tell you etc and also to show locals where you are from can be useful; similarly A few pics of friends/Family/home town etc can help make conversation with locals on buses etc; some duct tape (rolled around a pen/pencil to save space) is useful as are a couple of pens/pencils. A head torch can be good (for reading on night buses as well as in places where electricity can be hit and miss) and should be kept in your day sack. A prit stick/glue stick &/or small toll of selotape is very useful if you want to stick stuff into your journal (if you have one).

But:

ALWAYS have at least a couple of photocopies of your passport info page kept in different places (and the numbers of your credit cards etc), and a few large US notes also hidden around your clothing/person/bag in case of emergencies.