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1. Posted by glennfree (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi, new member, just found this forum and it looks like there are some experienced and helpful folks so I wanted to bounce some ideas off of people, and see what bounces back. I'm taking the plunge and am in the planning stages of a one year WRT starting in Oct 09. My idea is to identify roughly 15-20 destinations around the globe, and hop from one to another, staying at each for anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. Being from Seattle, I crave sunny weather and so I'm hoping to plan my trip to maximize nice weather while still seeing interesting places and cultures... thus since my trip is starting in Oct, I'm thinking it will start south of, or close to, the equator.

I have the following places in mind to visit (below). If you have thoughts, or can suggest places to see in any country listed (or nearby), or great hostels or adventures, please respond. I'm planning this trip to include some structured adventure (a NOLS sailing course in Mexico), some volunteering (a school building project in Peru), maybe a Yoga immersion somewhere (India?) and some time to see and explore parts of the world I've never been to, which is most of it... (I have been to Belize, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and of course North America).

When I list a country, I'm not saying I plan to see that entire country or even most of it, rather, I just want to experience part of it... in France for example, I feel more interested in seeing Marseilles than I do in seeing Paris; also I know people can spend months in New Zealand... I don't need that on this trip, I'll be content to spend 2-4 weeks there... spread between just a couple of spots.

My travel style is that I'd like to get from point A to point B, find a place to stay (hostel, cheap hotel, etc) and then explore a location for a week or more -- ideally not carrying my backpack around everyday, and only changing residences and locations weekly or ideally twice a month. An exception I would make to that generalization is a long train ride or long ferry ride, I like both.

My current list is shown below, along with some random thoughts I have on each, I'm open to ideas on all of them.

My plan is to do this solo. I do enjoy meeting people though, as my destination dates become firmer, I'll post in the other companion forum to see if I can find people to meet anywhere (also have some friends that might want to meet me in a couple of spots).

I am a climber, but I really don't feel compelled to climb on this trip... though I might do some simple bouldering here and there... nothing that requires me to haul gear around. I plan to take a backpack, maybe an ultra light bivy in case I find myself sleeping outside once in a while, but I really don't plan to cook out or camp on any regular basis. I also plan to bring a 175 gram regulation frisbee/disc to see if I can get the occasional pickup ultimate game going once in a while :)

A bit about me, single male, late 30s, quitting my job (already gave notice, but have it until Sept), selling my house (enough equity that I don't care about the market downturn), and when this trip is over, I'm open to returning to one of the spots I explored and staying there rather than returning to the US, at least for a couple of years.

Ok... the list...

- Thailand (2-4 weeks) urban & beach, food, culture, cooking class?
- Vietnam (2 weeks) urban & beach, architecture, culture, food, people, cooking class?
- New Zealand (2-4 weeks) might have a friend living in Wellington by the time I arrive i've always heard NZ is fantastic, but much of what is great about it... the outdoor life, we also have around Seattle...i've already climbed on glaciers, kayaked in fjords, etc..., but I am interested in maybe doing some white water stuff there, maybe some sailing and or mountain biking
- Australia (2-4 weeks) sun... Sydney, Brisbane, some portion of the outback?
- India (2-4 weeks) food, culture, Yoga, other?

- Peru (2 weeks) (a friend is heading up a volunteer project there to build a school Dec-Feb)
- Cuba (2 weeks) just want to go... not sure what to do there... volunteer at something?
- Baja Mexico (3 weeks) (might do a 3 week NOLS sailing course while there, otherwise I'll skip Mexico)
- Brazil (2 weeks) (considering planning this to coincide with Carnival)
- Ecuador (2 weeks) (and maybe the Galapagos)

- Morocco (2 weeks) ???
- Madagascar (2 weeks) ???
- Other... I'm interested in other ideas for another African country to visit

- Greece (3-4 weeks) ancient sights, coastal villages, sailing
- France (3-4 weeks) Marseilles, Provence, maybe Paris if time
- Italy (3-4 weeks) Rome, food, culture & history
- Spain (3-4 weeks) Still gathering information, food, culture
- Germany (2-3 weeks) much of my ethnic heritage is German... so I've always wanted to
see parts of Germany, maybe ending there for Octoberfest 2010)
- Croatia (2 weeks) the coastal towns, Plitvice Lakes National Park, sailing

Thank you all. Open to feedback... this is just the start of my planning, and my journey. I'll update the Itinerary as I narrow in more on the dates.

- G

2. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

That sounds like a major trip with lots of interesting places. If it were me, I would identify the major areas to visit, and find out how to connect those areas on an RTW trip. Then, after that, you can do the fine tuning in each of those areas. For instance: Latin America then NZ/Oz, then SE Asia, and then Europe. If you really want to visit Madagascar there are a few flight connections between SE Asia and Madagascar (not many), and you could then fly from there to Europe (typically nonstop to Paris). I'm sure the Madagascar detour would make the trip a bit more expensive. How much - I have no idea! Also, keep in mind: there are VERY few flights across the South Pacific between South America and NZ/Oz. You might consider LAN Airlines, from Santiago and make a stop at Easter Island on the way!

3. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Quoting glennfree

Hi, new member, just found this forum and it looks like there are some experienced and helpful folks so I wanted to bounce some ideas off of people, and see what bounces back. I'm taking the plunge and am in the planning stages of a one year WRT starting in Oct 09. My idea is to identify roughly 15-20 destinations around the globe, and hop from one to another, staying at each for anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. Being from Seattle, I crave sunny weather and so I'm hoping to plan my trip to maximize nice weather while still seeing interesting places and cultures... thus since my trip is starting in Oct, I'm thinking it will start south of, or close to, the equator.

I have the following places in mind to visit (below). If you have thoughts, or can suggest places to see in any country listed (or nearby), or great hostels or adventures, please respond. I'm planning this trip to include some structured adventure (a NOLS sailing course in Mexico), some volunteering (a school building project in Peru), maybe a Yoga immersion somewhere (India?) and some time to see and explore parts of the world I've never been to, which is most of it... (I have been to Belize, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and of course North America).

When I list a country, I'm not saying I plan to see that entire country or even most of it, rather, I just want to experience part of it... in France for example, I feel more interested in seeing Marseilles than I do in seeing Paris; also I know people can spend months in New Zealand... I don't need that on this trip, I'll be content to spend 2-4 weeks there... spread between just a couple of spots.

My travel style is that I'd like to get from point A to point B, find a place to stay (hostel, cheap hotel, etc) and then explore a location for a week or more -- ideally not carrying my backpack around everyday, and only changing
residences and locations weekly or ideally twice a month. An exception I would make to that generalization is a long train ride or long ferry ride, I like both.

My current list is shown below, along with some random thoughts I have on each, I'm open to ideas on all of them.

My plan is to do this solo. I do enjoy meeting people though, as my destination dates become firmer, I'll post in the other companion forum to see if I can find people to meet anywhere (also have some friends that might want to meet me in a couple of spots).

I am a climber, but I really don't feel compelled to climb on this trip... though I might do some simple bouldering here and there... nothing that requires me to haul gear around. I plan to take a backpack, maybe an ultra light bivy in case I find myself sleeping outside once in a while, but I really don't plan to cook out or camp on any regular basis. I also plan to bring a 175 gram regulation frisbee/disc to see if I can get the occasional pickup ultimate game going once in a while :)

A bit about me, single male, late 30s, quitting my job (already gave notice, but have it until Sept), selling my house (enough equity that I don't care about the market downturn), and when this trip is over, I'm open to returning to one of the spots I explored and staying there rather than returning to the US, at least for a couple of years.

Ok... the list...

- Thailand (2-4 weeks) urban & beach, food, culture, cooking class?
- Vietnam (2 weeks) urban & beach, architecture, culture, food, people, cooking class?
- New Zealand (2-4 weeks) might have a friend living in Wellington by the time I arrive i've always heard NZ is fantastic, but much of what is great about it... the outdoor life, we also have around Seattle...i've already climbed on glaciers, kayaked in fjords, etc..., but I am interested in maybe doing some white water stuff there, maybe some sailing and or mountain biking
- Australia (2-4 weeks) sun... Sydney, Brisbane, some portion of the outback?
- India (2-4 weeks) food, culture, Yoga, other?

- Peru (2 weeks) (a friend is heading up a volunteer project there to build a school Dec-Feb)
- Cuba (2 weeks) just want to go... not sure what to do there... volunteer at something?
- Baja Mexico (3 weeks) (might do a 3 week NOLS sailing course while there, otherwise I'll skip Mexico)
- Brazil (2 weeks) (considering planning this to coincide with Carnival)
- Ecuador (2 weeks) (and maybe the Galapagos)

- Morocco (2 weeks) ???
- Madagascar (2 weeks) ???
- Other... I'm interested in other ideas for another African country to visit

- Greece (3-4 weeks) ancient sights, coastal villages, sailing
- France (3-4 weeks) Marseilles, Provence, maybe Paris if time
- Italy (3-4 weeks) Rome, food, culture & history
- Spain (3-4 weeks) Still gathering information, food, culture
- Germany (2-3 weeks) much of my ethnic heritage is German... so I've always wanted to
see parts of Germany, maybe ending there for Octoberfest 2010)
- Croatia (2 weeks) the coastal towns, Plitvice Lakes National Park, sailing

Thank you all. Open to feedback... this is just the start of my planning, and my journey. I'll update the Itinerary as I narrow in more on the dates.

- G

Hey G

Sounds like a really great intin im soo jealous always wanted to go to Morocco haha re: your european leg of the intin i defo say stay longer in croatia (personal opinion). The Plitvice Lakes National Park is just something else just amazin and great photos ops and you can camp though your not interested in that! Dubrovnik and split is a must. Makarska is also nice . I think hiring a car to the national park is a must. I really love Zagreb ive been back a few times and it feels like the first time always loads to do and during june-july there is a festival around this time it is quiet alot of the locals go to the coast. Sailing along the coast a good option to.

In relation to India and yoga i have some recommendations given to me by a friend for Goa. I am planning to go next year. Heres a few brahmaniyoga.com, purple vally retreat centre satssanga yoga centre and ashiyana.

Octoberfest now what a way to end it i read its great

Where were u thinking of going in greece, italy?

4. Posted by glennfree (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Quoting bgl

That sounds like a major trip with lots of interesting places. If it were me, I would identify the major areas to visit, and find out how to connect those areas on an RTW trip. Then, after that, you can do the fine tuning in each of those areas. For instance: Latin America then NZ/Oz, then SE Asia, and then Europe.

Yeah, I agree that is one of the next steps.

Quoting bgl

If you really want to visit Madagascar there are a few flight connections between SE Asia and Madagascar (not many), and you could then fly from there to Europe (typically nonstop to Paris). I'm sure the Madagascar detour would make the trip a bit more expensive. How much - I have no idea!

I'm not totally sold on Madagascar yet, it just looked interesting for the moment, I'm also open to some other area such as a nation on the east coast of Africa.

Quoting bgl

Also, keep in mind: there are VERY few flights across the South Pacific between South America and NZ/Oz. You might consider LAN Airlines, from Santiago and make a stop at Easter Island on the way!

I had noticed the same thing, also seem to be very few *direct* flights between South America and Africa... at least the ones I looked into last year to get from Rio to SA all seemed to go via Europe.

Thanks for the tips!

5. Posted by glennfree (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Quoting Annie0

Hey G

Sounds like a really great intin im soo jealous always wanted to go to Morocco haha re: your european leg of the intin i defo say stay longer in croatia (personal opinion). The Plitvice Lakes National Park is just something else just amazin and great photos ops and you can camp though your not interested in that! Dubrovnik and split is a must. Makarska is also nice . I think hiring a car to the national park is a must. I really love Zagreb ive been back a few times and it feels like the first time always loads to do and during june-july there is a festival around this time it is quiet alot of the locals go to the coast. Sailing along the coast a good option to.

Thanks for the ideas in Croatia! I don't mind a bit of camping, but I doubt I'll want to haul around a stove and cooking gear and such... I'll have to research the options there.

Quoting Annie0

In relation to India and yoga i have some recommendations given to me by a friend for Goa. I am planning to go next year. Heres a few brahmaniyoga.com, purple vally retreat centre satssanga yoga centre and ashiyana.

Octoberfest now what a way to end it i read its great

Where were u thinking of going in greece, italy?

Thanks for the urls with info on yoga in Goa, I will check those out.

I'm still researching Greece and Italy, my sister as been to both so I will be picking her brain, but I want to see some of the history from each, and also just enjoy the occasional beach.

Regards,
-G

6. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

Glennfree,

Yes, South America to Africa is another tricky one. But there might be a few nonstops. TAAG Angola Airlines announced a few months ago that they intend to begin Luanda-São Paulo service. No idea what the status is, though. And South African Airways announced early this year that they intend to resume Johannesburg-Buenos Aires service in June 2009. Again, not sure what the status is of this service, considering the recent downturn in airline traffic worldwide.