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1. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Morning Everyone,
First time poster here, but I frequent a lot of web forums around the dub-dub-dub (www). I'm 28 and I've been working my tail off for the past 8 years, sacrificed family vacations, friends weddings, friends, hanging out, all of it. I put and or pushed all that aside so I could be successful and earn a lot of money. I wanted that Status Quo. The guy with the nice car and all the cool stuff. It cost me a lot, and hasn't gained me anything but stress and anxiety. I've never left the country before, I've always done what my parents said was the sensible thing to do. I'm not telling them either, It's part of my need to let go. I do rely on my parents a lot, mainly for my decisions and what I should do with my life. Never really took the route I wanted to go. They wont like this, and will try and stop me, but I need this.

I'm selling everything.... Cashing out the 240 hours of vacation time and I'm just going to go wherever the world takes me. I plan to leave by mid July, make a stop in Hawaii and see an old friend and my god kids before I leave, then I' gone and want to be gone for a few year or two. Work and live where I end up, volunteer, reflect, get some culture and lifestyle. Figure out a lot of things.

So I figure I'm gonna stop in Fiji first after I leave Hawaii. A buddy of mine went there a few years ago and showed me some awesome pictures. I think that would be a good place to start off, get my mind right for what I'm about to do. The big question is, what kind of backpack do I need, supplies, clothes, etc... What are good all terrain boots for hiking and such? Also, I'm pretty nervous about doing something like this... is that normal?

Well, there it is. I'm gonna have a blog that I'm gonna post on every now and then, post some flickr shots and videos, but not gonna start publishing my pre-flight thoughts until after I left... My brother frequents it a lot.

Thanks for any info and advice! Lates
Tim

2. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Ive been using these for a year now and they've held up well on everything from hot days in Thailand to 250km walks in Nepal. They dont give as much support as a full on hiking boot, but they are much lighter and more versatile. I came acoss mine in New Zealand on sale for $170NZ. If you can't find these one's, my general advice would be look for something light that you can use in various situations. There will be times when your wearing them for days, so big heavy hiking boots dont work so well for backpackers.

http://www.keenfootwear.co.nz/footwear-detail.php?sku=1271-BIRU&sex=M

As far as backpacks. Most people make the mistake in the beginning of taking everything including the kitchen sink. It starts out, "all I need is this shirt, and these pants" and then starts going like this "I can't live without taking my favorite pj's and this hair dryer, and these are my best *pulling* pants" next thing you know you've got the standard Goliath backpack, with another across your chest to balance you out. Be brutal with your choice of cloths, they are cheap in Asia and its far better to travel light and buy things as you go. If your lucky you'll even run into people trying to give things away as they head for hotter lands and your going to cold ones. You can always tell a good backpacker, by looking at his travel photos. Wait that's the same shirt you were wearing in every shot!

If you've been around the websites then you should have found dozens of threads about what to take, etc. I think if you search this one you'll come up with some.

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Apr-2009, at 16:00 by Dodger ]

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4. Posted by Blinq (Inactive 341 posts) 7y

Hi Webguy,

First of all, congratulations on the decision you've taken! It will definitely turn out to be a life changing experience for you I'm sure.

So Hawaii to see your buddy and the kids is OK, no problem there, but Fiji is on the other side of the world. Also, the democratic government was ousted in December, 2006 by a military dictatorship. It's been in a state of turmoil since then with the currency being devalued by 20% just last week in an effort to boost the flagging economy. See Fiji devalues dollar in crackdown
So maybe this might not be the best place to embark on your big adventure.

Also, I'd advise you to get a TEFL qualification so that you can teach English as a means of earning a living. English teachers are very sought after in Asia, but most schools do require that qualification.

So decide which country (other than Fiji) where you'd like to go and then do the course locally in that area. Most schools will find work for you as part of the cost of the course. Here are some TEFL related sites:
TEFL Thailand
TEFL jobs ads
TEFL courses worldwide

You'll find plenty more just by Googling "TEFL courses" as a search string.

I've chosen Thailand because in spite of all the bureaucracy and political instability, the people are fantastic and I know you'd feel at home there instantaneously.

To get some background on the country, read Phil's blog @ Thailand travels He's very well travelled in the country and provides a good insight into Thai life.

I wish you the best of luck wherever you decide to go!

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Apr-2009, at 13:59 by Blinq ]

5. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Thanks for the info Dodger, def helped me pick out the shoes and pack I needed. Also went to REI and talked to a few of those guys. ;)

Blinq, good stuff as well. I actually did some more Googling on Fiji after your post and found enough news stories to ward me away from there for the first part of my trip.... maybe things will get better.. Bet hey, that changed my route and now I'm gonna head from San Diego to Auckland, NZ for about $700 less, and then it's only about $100 to get to Sydney, so I think that is a much better route to start things off for me. Thanks for the info man!

Good stuff!

6. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Quoting WebGuy

Morning Everyone,
First time poster here, but I frequent a lot of web forums around the dub-dub-dub (www). I'm 28 and I've been working my tail off for the past 8 years, sacrificed family vacations, friends weddings, friends, hanging out, all of it. I put and or pushed all that aside so I could be successful and earn a lot of money. I wanted that Status Quo. The guy with the nice car and all the cool stuff. It cost me a lot, and hasn't gained me anything but stress and anxiety. I've never left the country before, I've always done what my parents said was the sensible thing to do. I'm not telling them either, It's part of my need to let go. I do rely on my parents a lot, mainly for my decisions and what I should do with my life. Never really took the route I wanted to go. They wont like this, and will try and stop me, but I need this.

I'm selling everything.... Cashing out the 240 hours of vacation time and I'm just going to go wherever the world takes me. I plan to leave by mid July, make a stop in Hawaii and see an old friend and my god kids before I leave, then I' gone and want to be gone for a few year or two. Work and live where I end up, volunteer, reflect, get some culture and lifestyle. Figure out a lot of things.

So I figure I'm gonna stop in Fiji first after I leave Hawaii. A buddy of mine went there a few years ago and showed me some awesome pictures. I think that would be a good place to start off, get my mind right for what I'm about to do. The big question is, what kind of backpack do I need, supplies, clothes, etc... What are good all terrain boots for hiking and such? Also, I'm pretty nervous about doing something like this... is that normal?

Well, there it is. I'm gonna have a blog that I'm gonna post on every now and then, post some flickr shots and videos, but not gonna start publishing my pre-flight thoughts until after I left... My brother frequents it a lot.

Thanks for any info and advice! Lates
Tim

Im in the same boat, good on you
Good luck:)

7. Posted by magus (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Me too.
I've got the same problem, Webguy.

8. Posted by magus (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

Quoting Blinq

Hi Webguy,

First of all, congratulations on the decision you've taken! It will definitely turn out to be a life changing experience for you I'm sure.

So Hawaii to see your buddy and the kids is OK, no problem there, but Fiji is on the other side of the world. Also, the democratic government was ousted in December, 2006 by a military dictatorship. It's been in a state of turmoil since then with the currency being devalued by 20% just last week in an effort to boost the flagging economy. See Fiji devalues dollar in crackdown
So maybe this might not be the best place to embark on your big adventure.

Also, I'd advise you to get a TEFL qualification so that you can teach English as a means of earning a living. English teachers are very sought after in Asia, but most schools do require that qualification.

So decide which country (other than Fiji) where you'd like to go and then do the course locally in that area. Most schools will find work for you as part of the cost of the course. Here are some TEFL related sites:
TEFL Thailand
TEFL jobs ads
TEFL courses worldwide

You'll find plenty more just by Googling "TEFL courses" as a search string.

I've chosen Thailand because in spite of all the bureaucracy and political instability, the people are fantastic and I know you'd feel at home there instantaneously.

To get some background on the country, read Phil's blog @ Thailand travels He's very well travelled in the country and provides a good insight into Thai life.

I wish you the best of luck wherever you decide to go!

thanks for the advice.
i've heard smth. about TEFL, but never taken an interest in it.

9. Posted by gr8honor (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Ditto, my friend. We float in the same boat. I too, decided to embark upon this epic journey around the world after a glimpse of a travel-high I experienced Costa Rica that I hope: will foreshadow many adventures to come.

My ITEN as of now:

Australia
Indochina
Japan
China
Europe
Quebec
New Zealand
Australia ... to live.

Salut!
Derek

10. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

When are you leaving dude?