Hi! I've been reading this thread since it started and I wanted to post my reply to like-minded people. It sounds like a very eclectic group of adventurers. I've been travelling and teaching English abroad for the past three-and-a-half years. It was how I could finance my trips. I'm currently resting at home with the parents in Canada. I've asked myself if I would do it all over again, and the answer is "YES!" I would. Although this time, maybe a little bit wiser and I would put some more planning into the places I visit. I've thought about this lately and if I were to do it again, I would really like to rough it and do it as cheaply as possible. Camping and seeing places on motorbikes or even "a rickety old van." Two of my best trips took place in China this past year: completing a 10-km hike of the unrestored part of the Great Wall and going on the Chinese Silk Road on motorbikes with five other companions - camping out underneath the stars most nights. It was this trip that I wished we could have extended for a bit longer...Am I trying to re-live the moment? Perhaps, but I do know that my wandering lust has not been extinguished. I would like to go on another round-the-world trip in mid-2010. (BTW - roarkingoa - your itinerary is a great!) At the moment, I've got some responsibilities that I'd like to complete and get off my shoulders. In addition, I need to work and save, so that when I do travel (probably eight months to a year), it would be uninterrupted with the demands of work. If I could meet with like-minded individuals by then, it would be lovely to start another brand new chapter of our lives. Otherwise, it was nice to post this reply,so that I've got some sort of goals written down to see.
Man!! You hit the nail right on the head!! I was almost killed in a motorcycle accident a few months back and realized i'm just living to work!! I am so in! Where to and when?
I am also currently saving money for my trip. I like lots of different opinions on how much it would cost. How much do you plan to save to allow you no work restrictions for 8 months or however long you are going for ?!
I was planning to travel through Asia (Nepal, Tibet, China, Loas, Cambodia, Vietnam, China again and Mongolia) with a friend but she got a great job offer so decided to do that instead of traveling.The idea was to start in the beginning of April and travel for about 5-6 months.
I'm a belgian girl of 25 years old. I love to travel, discover new cultures and quite easy going ( if I say so myself ;-) ). I don't feel like traveling for 6 months all by myself. I like to meet new people but at the same time I like to share new impressions with people I know (or at least longer than a few days...).
If anyone would like to travel round the same period and has a great suggestion for a great adventure (doesn't need to be the same countries at the moment anywhere outside of Europe is ok by me)just le me know.
-One of the earlier post to this thread (might be post #2 or 3) had a really good idea about seeing one geographical area in a vehicle.
-Travel throughout Western & Eastern Europe in van. One couple that I met on a previous trip traveled from Switzerland thru to China in their own pick-up truck which they’ve custom built the back part into a sleeping and storage area. I don’t remember their travel route and might not want to do it like this, but we know it’s achievable. At this time, I’m keen on seeing Eastern Europe because it might be cheaper than Western Europe.
-Spend 3-4 weeks in Vietnam. Would prefer to see this country on a motorbike or even go with a bicycling tour group. Met a Kiwi traveling solo and he said that he traveled from South to North Vietnam, thru to Laos, and then to Urumqi, P.R.China (northwestern China where I met him) on a scooter! His goal was to go on through Asia Minor countries, Europe, and then ending up in Scotland – on his scooter.
The reason I want to spend a long time in Vietnam is because it’s my heritage and when I get there, it will be the first time I would have been back after leaving almost 30 years ago. (I do speak the language, so you'll have a personal translator at your service ) If we do get a group together, then the rest of the members do not have to spend so much time in this country. I could meet up with the group in another Asian country at a later time.
- *Atherinton: some travelers I've met mentioned at least $10,000 USD-it depends on where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there. Some ppl. who started the threads in the Round-the-World forum talked about having upwards of 30,000-50,000 grand!! That's a heck of a lot and I'm not in that exclusive category. I'd just concentrate on saving & saving for now... . As Canadians, starting next year, we get the benefit of Tax-Free Interest Plus savings account, so sock your $$ in there until you're ready to head out.
As a final note, I have this crazy idea of shooting a reality show/documentory of this trip. Who knows, it might pay off
Have a great Holiday Season everyone!