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traveling the world for 6 years

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1. Posted by vagabonder (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

2 friends and myself are traveling the world for 6 years. backpacking if you will. in a non tourist fashion. it is planned that we ship out in a couple years. the itenerary is still sketchy, but heres the plan so far.

europe first, where were doing the plymouth, england to banjul, gambia race. do some african stuff. then probably head back up to europe to check it out. major cities for a couple months. then bullet train in russia to east asia. china, japan, etc. then hit up india. and some how work this around the 2014 world cup which takes place in brazil.
so we'll hop on a jet to argentina, theres a city down there where you can take a boat to antarctica and check it out. then hit up the world cup. rio, sao paolo, some amazonian cities. then jet to peru, galapagos islands. then back up through central america and mexico

i just want to hit up the major areas, the wonders. like angel falls in venezuela, pyramids of giza, great wall, stonehenge, the port of rio de janeiro, ANTARCTICA!,

so if anyone has any info on this, like
how much cash should i bring
travelers checks?
no money at all!?

what cool stuff to see, besides the well known.
what interesting food to eat in which region.

what shots do i need, and where?

thanks fellow tourists

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 8y

Well, you may as well get it out of your head right now that you'll be doing this "in a non tourist fashion" - in every place, and every town that you mention (with the exception of maybe Antartica) you'll be two of thousands of fellow young backpackers just like yourself taking extended trips around the world. Sorry, you'll be a tourist just like everyone else.

You also may as well ditch the idea of having any sort of even a rough plan for a 6 year trip. You can plan all you want, but I can guarantee that within the first year of traveling (or much less), your priorities will change, your wallet won't be so optimistic, you'll have desire to settle in one place and work/study for a while, you'll gain interest in new countries and loose interest in others etc... So think about what you want to do first, decide where your priority is right now, and go there for a while. While you are there you can decide if you want to move on to a new region, stay where you are, or even go home. I once left home with a similar idea - with a route to follow over the course of a few years. When I arrived home 3 1/2 years later I had finished a trip that didn't even resemble what I had set out to do.

For money, you better start saving up. If you actually plan to be on the road without working for 6 years, then I would say $10,000-15,000ish/year is a good place to start. Think $15-20/day in Indian Subcontinent, $30/day in much of Asia, $75/day for Europe and other industrialized countries, and somewhere in the middle for South America and probably Africa. Do the math based on where you want to go, add health insurance, vaccinations, flights, equipment, etc... and you can have a rough idea of what you are looking at. Consider taking out a mortgage for Antartica, I hear it's not cheap.
Consider options like working along the way - unfortunately for Americans you pretty much have the least amount of work options compared to your fellow backpackers from other countries, but slowly Americans are being offered working Holiday Visas in other countries such as New Zealand. And there are volunteer placements and the such that could get you in with a culture, save you some money, and result in something productive being done with your travels. Google WWOOFing if you haven't heard of it before.

Shots is something to sort out a month or two before you leave when you know where you are going. If you got them now you would need boosters before you even go. How to carry your money is again something to worry about in the final stage of planning when you know where you aer going. Its a different situation for every region. What to eat and what to see?...that's the fun of traveling - to discover this stuff on the road.

Feel free to PM me with any more specific questions.

3. Posted by I-Travel (Budding Member 48 posts) 8y

Wow! why six years?

I had originally planned to be away from my world for an undetermined amount of time. I bought a one way ticket to Ireland, figured I would go east and south until I ran out of time money of energy ending up some place in NZ.

for me the fun of traveling is the unexpected....I don't plan much of anything... I truly wandered Ireland for eight weeks this year. On three ocassions had to rely on the kindness of strangers to get me out of what ever fix I had myself in.

Anywho, my suggestion to you....stash a ton of cash in a high interest bearing account you can access with an ATM card anywhere in the world. Research generally the things you think you want to do...pick a spot to start and go.

by the by- I started my vaccines three months prior..I was vaccinated for every thing under the sun cause I have no idea where I might end up.

Have a grand old time.

4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 8y

I am a huge fan of long travels but 6 six years would classify you as a nomad not a traveller... haha. Enjoy

5. Posted by vagabonder (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

were actually gonna try and get funded by oprah for this journey. or fellow tourists around the world. so donations are accepted no problem. and our plan is to 1. live off the wonders the earth gives us. 2. when in dyer need, steal, kill, take over drug lords in columbia and rio, and maybe extend the market, even warm apple pies on window seals.
and yes. six years. and good to know on those shots.

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

If you add one year you might be able to spend some time in Tibet