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1. Posted by m07m (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hey! I am a 28yr old male from the UK, planning a trip around the world (or at least as far as I can get!) without once flying. I am thinking of starting around June 2008 and taking a few months to complete the trip. My rough plan at the moment: London - Moscow (train), Moscow - China (Trans-siberian and connections), China - Australia / NZ (train / ferry / bus), Austrailia / NZ - west US (ferry), across US (train), east US - UK (ferry). I plan to travel as a packbacker so cheap accomodation, sleeping on trains etc, definitely no luxury. :)

I have already travelled a lot around most of Europe but never much further so this is one of the main motivations for this trip, also I want to do something like this that is really going to be something to remember.

Interested in giving me some advice / experinces from similar travels or maybe joining me for some or all or the way? Drop me a mail! :)

2. Posted by mikcali86 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

read the book The Size of the World by Jeff Greenwald. its a little old, but it might be inspiring for you also. good luck!

3. Posted by happy_mel (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

Hi, this sounds like a really exciting trip! Iv just finished my travels in Europe and have still got the travel bug so im thinking of travelling some more. Can I be really nosy and ask how much you were planning on budgetting for? I think it may be unrealistic to fund this for myself for 2008, but im going to save really hard once I get home next month. I look forward to hearing more of your plans... Thanks Mel x

4. Posted by m07m (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Here's an update:

Plans as before and I've done more research on specific routes that I will be taking, all that's changed is that I will be spending a month or more in Japan doing voluntary work / WWOOFing putting my poor Japanese language skills to use, will also probably arrive by ferry in LA then travel across the US and Canada then leave from Montreal to UK.
I want to spend about 4 - 5 months altogether from June - Oct 08 and my planned budget of £5-6k will probably be hopelessly inadequate. :)

Thanks for the support, of course feel free to pm or post if you have advice or want to join me...

PS I ordered The Size of the World, look forward to reading it when it arrives...

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 27, 2007, at 1:46 AM by m07m ]

5. Posted by ndy (Budding Member 55 posts) 9y

hi everybody
try even COUCHSURFING is very cheap and you can have more information, by overland or is allowed even by sea, there are many connections with boat!

6. Posted by jth70 (Budding Member 37 posts) 9y

The trip sounds good but it will take a lot of time that I don't have but have fun!!

7. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 9y

wish i could join ya mate.... 'the wrong way home' by peter moore will likely make you giggle and is a great overlanding classic!

have a good one

joey :)

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

Just one piece of advice about reading: "A fortune-teller told me. Earthbound travels in the Far East"
by Tiziano Terzani.
...and travelling by bus: http://www.oz-bus.com/index.html

Enjoy!

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 18, 2007, at 2:27 PM by Mafalda_it ]

9. Posted by Robbiec (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi, Just wondered how you are getting on? have you finished the planning or maybe finished your trip?
let me know

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