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1. Posted by flipy (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hello!
I am planning on doing some kind of RTW but only focused in Asia (maybe later Australia and South America).
I'll be departing from Barcelona and my first goal is to go to Japan by train and boat, and then start travelling around Asia but I don't have any good plan yet, since I don't know much about that continent (just some general culture).
It is not a time trip, I've been saving some money and, as long as I have some I'll keep traveling. And I don't want to take any airplanes as long as it is possible.

The reason of this post is to ask about important things to have in mind in order to do that kind of trip, hopefully to be prepared for almost any kind of problem that I could find.
I guess meals, medicines, acquiring VISA and so on is the first thing I need to worry about.
But, what about clothes? shoes? what kind of backpack I need to carry (50l, 60l, 75l)? do I need things to cook?

I'm starting to read some great books and some guides here, but I'd like to have the point of view from someone that has done something similar in the last year or so.

Anyway, thanks in advance!

2. Posted by silk_route (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

heloo

3. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

I've only been to a few countries in Asia so I can't help with a lot, but here's a few things to consider:

Barcelona to Japan overland/boat is very broad, to get more specific advice you'll have to narrow down the countries. Eg. would you go through Russia/Kazakhstan/Mongolia/China? Or through India/Burma/Thailand etc?
The hardest thing might be to coordinate your visas, some countries you can get on arrival (eg. Thailand, Nepal) others you may not (India, although Indian visa lasts 6 months).

I'd say do some basic research, with your interests in mind and try narrow down a specific path. Research on visa rules and how you can obtain them, also the security situation (Afghanistan, Pakistan would be risky). This is something you can only do on a country-by-country basis.

The same goes with what to bring. You could go trekking in the Himilayas and need thermal gear, big jacket, etc. Or you could go through the south of India and get away with light clothing. The time of year will also affect this (July/August is monsoon season for a lot of Asian countries).
Food in most parts of Asia is cheap, and easily come by - in India/SE Asia there'd be no need to cook, not sure about the rest.
With medicines - Hep A, B, Cholera, Malaria, Dengue Fever, Typhoid, Rabies, Tetanis, Iodine etc. may all be on the cards, wait til you have a specific trip planned and get tickets before you see a doctor for this though.
Since it's a long trip over many developing countries, with probably diverse weather conditions - I'd advise to get a 75l backpack.

So do some research, perhaps others will reply with routes that will inspire you, get some specific countries and look them up - the more specific you are with where you want to go, the more helpful answers you'll get :)

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jan-2009, at 03:43 by Erik85 ]

4. Posted by LadyCroft (Budding Member 41 posts) 7y

Important: carry the smallest bag you can manage. You'll thank yourself later.

I got a pair of Keen's shoes instead of hiking boots. They're good for water/dry land and semi-protect your feet. Hiking boots are heavy and get stinky in hot weather. Course, if you hiking the Himilayas, i guess it might be a good idea to bring em anyways!!

5. Posted by hunzaguy (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Quoting flipy

Hello!
I am planning on doing some kind of RTW but only focused in Asia (maybe later Australia and South America).
I'll be departing from Barcelona and my first goal is to go to Japan by train and boat, and then start travelling around Asia but I don't have any good plan yet, since I don't know much about that continent (just some general culture).
It is not a time trip, I've been saving some money and, as long as I have some I'll keep traveling. And I don't want to take any airplanes as long as it is possible.

The reason of this post is to ask about important things to have in mind in order to do that kind of trip, hopefully to be prepared for almost any kind of problem that I could find.
I guess meals, medicines, acquiring VISA and so on is the first thing I need to worry about.
But, what about clothes? shoes? what kind of backpack I need to carry (50l, 60l, 75l)? do I need things to cook?

I'm starting to read some great books and some guides here, but I'd like to have the point of view from someone that has done something similar in the last year or so.

Anyway, thanks in advance!

If you're planning to visit Pakistan its safe and Pakistan has more beauitful mountains and different culture in different areas.. About Visa you need visa to get in Pakistan. Beautiful places in Pakistan . Hunza valley, Skardu , Chitral & Kalash and Lahore is the histrical city ..

please feel free to PM me if you need any information or help

HAPPY TRAVEL

6. Posted by pPamela (Full Member 158 posts) 7y

Have to agree with Lady Croft about the shoes. Keen sandals with covered toe area get my vote.
Wonderful for trekking in places like my favourite country of Indonesia. Now that is one place
you should have on your radar. Different cultures on different islands and the friendliest people
you could ever imagine to meet.
They keep me going back- 8 trips so far and my 9th in 2010.
Pamela

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Quoting silk_route

heloo

Can this person get some kind of reward in the "most obscure single posting in a forum that made me laugh" category?

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Mar-2009, at 02:00 by bwiiian ]

8. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting bwiiian

Quoting silk_route

heloo

Can this person get some kind of reward in the "most obscure single posting in a forum that made me laugh" category?

it should.

9. Posted by musebay (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

I've been to several places in Asia: Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and of course my homeland -- the Philippines.

I suggest you stop-over in Cebu then to Boracay for a couple of days. A must-see for all adventurers and fun-lovers. I've been to Boracay a couple of times already but I keep on coming back.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]