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1. Posted by JimmyTravels (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hello,

I hope you are doing well. I currently live in California, USA. I am looking to start a trip next summer (summer 2023) where I will first visit all European Countries then proceed to visit all the countries in the world. I am aiming to travel for 1.5 - 2 years. I wanted to know if anyone would be interested in joining for all/ a portion of it. The plan as it stands now is:

Europe -> Asia -> Oceania -> Africa -> South America. (Still deciding on the order of countries).

Thank you!

Regards,

Jimmy

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2965 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

That sounds challenging in terms of visas.

I'm a little out of date but last time I looked, some places like Russia, Mongolia, China were restrictive about visas. Requiring you to apply from your home country, specify entry and exit dates, etc. I'd expect the countries of Central Asia to be difficult too, and Iran.

Are you planning on North Korea too?

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5652 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Too ambitious. Do you intend to work in any of these countries to augment your funding? Or, did you win a huge lottery?

If you just Willy-Nilly go from country to country without a care for weather or even politics you are going to have problems!

Good luck finding someone who has the time and money to hit up even some of these places.

Money! Visas. Safety. Weather. Time.

4. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 392 posts) 1y 2 Star this if you like it!

Each to their own but for me such box ticking has no appeal. Taking the full suggested 2 years would give you less than 4 days in each country. Deduct travelling there gives less than 3 days. Deduct admin to get visas for subsequent countries means you wont be seeing any countries and you'll just be spending money to tick a box whilst missing so many really amazing experiences.

But each to their own.

Ian

5. Posted by JimmyTravels (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

That sounds challenging in terms of visas.

I'm a little out of date but last time I looked, some places like Russia, Mongolia, China were restrictive about visas. Requiring you to apply from your home country, specify entry and exit dates, etc. I'd expect the countries of Central Asia to be difficult too, and Iran.

Are you planning on North Korea too?

I am planning to visit North Korea. I got quite a few of the visas already though.

6. Posted by JimmyTravels (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

That sounds challenging in terms of visas.

I'm a little out of date but last time I looked, some places like Russia, Mongolia, China were restrictive about visas. Requiring you to apply from your home country, specify entry and exit dates, etc. I'd expect the countries of Central Asia to be difficult too, and Iran.

Are you planning on North Korea too?

Yes I am, and I already got quite a few of the visas.

7. Posted by JimmyTravels (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Psamathe

Each to their own but for me such box ticking has no appeal. Taking the full suggested 2 years would give you less than 4 days in each country. Deduct travelling there gives less than 3 days. Deduct admin to get visas for subsequent countries means you wont be seeing any countries and you'll just be spending money to tick a box whilst missing so many really amazing experiences.

But each to their own.

Ian

Thank you! I did get quite a few of the difficult visas already however!

8. Posted by JimmyTravels (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

Too ambitious. Do you intend to work in any of these countries to augment your funding? Or, did you win a huge lottery?

If you just Willy-Nilly go from country to country without a care for weather or even politics you are going to have problems!

Good luck finding someone who has the time and money to hit up even some of these places.

Money! Visas. Safety. Weather. Time.

I have already considered all of that and I did stock investing so I have the funds. In addition, I have no worries about safety as I have already been to some dangerous countries and it went just fine.

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2965 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting JimmyTravels

I am planning to visit North Korea. I got quite a few of the visas already though.

I've read that the US government has banned its citizens from travelling to North Korea as tourists. Apparently a special permission from the state department is needed to get past this. Sounds like an obstacle.

I think the 3-days-per-country thing makes your plan unappealing. Spending that much time and money on travel could lead to a great trip but for me I'd want both a slower pace and some breaks amid the travel to recharge my batteries.

The most compact continent is Europe which has around 50 countries. I've done a 5-countries-in-10-days bus tour and it wasn't the most rewarding experience. Too hurried and no time to see what interested me. Hard to remember Prague from Budapest from Krakow. And these are the best case for quick hops.

At the other extreme, New Zealand requires a couple of months to see. Trying to visit in say a couple of weeks would be both frustrating and exhausting. I imagine the same can be said for Australia, Peru, Japan, China, etc.

What are your goals? Do you want to see the big sights / soak up the cultures a bit / tick countries off a list? I've been to around 100 countries and long ago stopped counting. Most of my travel in recent years has been revisits to the places I like to explore in more depth. I wonder if the same approach would work for you - as I suspect shuttling into your fifteenth African capital city in a row to spend a couple of days there won't be much fun nor very enlightening about the country and culture. It may be better to sample somewhere in each region and get a sense of where to revisit or linger?

10. Posted by JimmyTravels (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting JimmyTravels

I am planning to visit North Korea. I got quite a few of the visas already though.

I've read that the US government has banned its citizens from travelling to North Korea as tourists. Apparently a special permission from the state department is needed to get past this. Sounds like an obstacle.

I think the 3-days-per-country thing makes your plan unappealing. Spending that much time and money on travel could lead to a great trip but for me I'd want both a slower pace and some breaks amid the travel to recharge my batteries.

The most compact continent is Europe which has around 50 countries. I've done a 5-countries-in-10-days bus tour and it wasn't the most rewarding experience. Too hurried and no time to see what interested me. Hard to remember Prague from Budapest from Krakow. And these are the best case for quick hops.

At the other extreme, New Zealand requires a couple of months to see. Trying to visit in say a couple of weeks would be both frustrating and exhausting. I imagine the same can be said for Australia, Peru, Japan, China, etc.

What are your goals? Do you want to see the big sights / soak up the cultures a bit / tick countries off a list? I've been to around 100 countries and long ago stopped counting. Most of my travel in recent years has been revisits to the places I like to explore in more depth. I wonder if the same approach would work for you - as I suspect shuttling into your fifteenth African capital city in a row to spend a couple of days there won't be much fun nor very enlightening about the country and culture. It may be better to sample somewhere in each region and get a sense of where to revisit or linger?

Hello Andy! My goal is to see the main sites of each country in order to determine what to go back and visit in more depth. There are some countries such as the caribbean islands/ Vanuatu etc. that I think dont require more than 3 days to see each. However, some require more and I would go back and spend more time in those. Would you be interested in joining for even a portion of the travels if not all of them? I have a contact at the state department and am working on getting north korean approval.