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21. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

This is either quite funny or seriously becoming a rather pathetic situation...smathematical approaching RTW travel...oh jolly

22. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 7y

Quoting Marcus1

So over a period of 3-4 years you wouldn't be able to get around everywhere at some point?

As the other two reactions should've told you (as well as the response to your new South America thread), you're back to not asking the right questions. I don't understand how you could get that impression from what we said, but maybe you could try to explain what sort of answer you're actually expecting with the above question? (We could answer "yes", "no", "mu" or "only if you bring an inflatable sheep named Francine", and each of those answers would be correct for a specific set of criteria.)

There's an infinite number of variables involved in world travelling. We've given you answers over the last year for what we personally have done, and what we've observed the "average" backpacker to do. Each time we've done this, we've explained that there's a lot more possibilities, depending on what you personally prefer to do, and that there's always people whose behaviour is way off from that "average" which we've described. And yet you seem to keep returning to asking us to state categorically if doing something almost completely undefined with that infinite number of unknown variables is doable. Yes. No. Mu. Only if you bring an inflatable sheep named Francine.


The kind of questions we're good at answering is when you'd say, "I plan to go to X and stay there for Y months. I like doing foo and bar, but prefer not to deal with baz. What can you advice me to do for alpha, beta and gamma?" And then we can say "Ooh, awesome, we're jealous. You'll run into aleph, and have to take care with beth, but if you do gimel, then that won't be too much of a problem. Also make certain not to miss daleth!"
And then you'll have a rough idea of what to expect and will be better prepared. But in the end, the only way to find out how it all will work out is empirically. It's virtually impossible not to have a really good time, but you are also pretty much guaranteed to run into things you didn't know beforehand, and you'll have to deal with them then and there (having a buffer of money to fall back upon is often helpful in such cases, so you'll be fine with that), and change your plans to fit. And that's totally okay; that's an important part of what travel is all about. There's a world out there, waiting to be explored. Stop trying to take its measure through the filter of this forum, and instead go experience it firsthand.

23. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

With that kind of passive income, and that kind of a buffer, I'd say just freaking go.

Worst case scenario, you blow through all your money, and know better for next time. So you come home for a while and save up some more, but this time with a new perspective and a more specific plan.

But assuming you are not an ignoramus, you will over spend for the first while, until you learn how to cut the fat, so to speak.

If you have been reading up on that type of trip, you should already have a good base of theoretical knowledge that should be easy to put into practice (those bits that are suitable for you) once you are actually on the road.

Just do it, man. You are in a great position.

24. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

Or send me the dough, I would gladly let you travel vicariously through me. Then at the end I would hand deliver you a report on how I think you should have proceeded with that trip.

I would do that for you, even though you are a stranger. I'm just that kind of guy.

25. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

I appreciate all the advice, A great position though? Someone said I'm focusing too much on money but without money you can't get going. Does the idea of travelling indefinitely like this seem realistic?

26. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

We could answer "yes", "no", "mu" or "only if you bring an inflatable sheep named Francine"..." - Sander

Hostel friendly and easy to pack. Just don't try it with a live one.

edit: We've all got one. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jul-2009, at 05:43 by fabyomama ]

27. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Does the idea of travelling indefinitely like this seem realistic?

Yes, you can go indefinitely - if you do not spend more than 27 EUR per day.

You say you have 10,000 EUR every year from your income from rent.

10,000 EUR : 365 days = 27 EUR.

This money is ok for all countries when you have a tent and a good bicycle. Travel by cycling your bicycle and sleep in your tent.

Leave your savings (your 30,000 EUR) for emergencies.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jul-2009, at 05:28 by t_maia ]

28. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Can't remember if I said this before. Just book a cheap flight into Europe somewhere for look around. Nothing fancy - first few nights booked up somewhere, then hop on a train (30 day Euro ticket?) and go all over. Then make your return trip from a different airport - no point in going over old ground. It will hardly touch your budget but the experience will be valuable to wards your bigger plans.

Example: I'm thinking of flying to Rimini to flop around the beach for a few day. It's £2 return, but I'll have to book it today if I'm going. I'm not saying go to Rimini, but you get the idea. ;)

29. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

"If you dip into your savings regularly they will soon be gone. And you might need them later in life" - tmaia

You sound like his Mum. Sorry - couldn't resist. ;)

30. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

"If you dip into your savings regularly they will soon be gone. And you might need them later in life" - tmaia

You sound like his Mum. Sorry - couldn't resist.

If I had 10,000 EUR per year I would go and travel indefinitely - but I would do my hardest not to touch the savings! It is just common sense. If that means living off 27 EUR per day, well there are worse fates than sitting at the beach in Thailand or Egypt and sipping a cool drink or travelling around the world on a bicycle.