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1. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I have exactly 13 months and a whole lot of countries I want to go to. I'm limiting myself a lot, but will 10 days in 36 countries be reasonable? Or should I aim for fewer countries and more time?

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I guess it really depends on what you want to achieve on your trip....

If you want to simply see the big sights in each country and work your way through a 'tick list' then you might be able to do 10 days in each of 36 countries, but if you really want to get a feel for the culture and meet local people, then I'd say it's unrealistic.

Your decision may also come down to which countries you are selecting and how much money you have... for example you may be able to cover a number of countries in a short time in Europe as the geographical area is not so great, but if you are visiting countries that are divided by a large mass of land or water - then your costs will go up significantly.....

You may also find that moving countries every 10 days for 13 months extremely tiring - I wouldn't be surprised if after a few months you want to just stay in one spot for a while. Personally if it was me travelling, I'd probably choose to visit less countries and spend more time in each country really getting to know the people and culture. Either way you decide though - enjoy it!

3. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

for you, as well as anyone else, how long in each country would a respectable amount of time be? 15 days? 20 days? A month?!
I'm just looking to get a grip on the country and it's lifestyle, not necessarily see all the major sights.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5160 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Depends entirely on the country. There's few countries which you can't spend at least a year in without getting bored, though likewise you can cover most any country extensively in three months. I'd personally say a month is the minimum for any country to really get a feel for it (outside of pipsqueak islands in the pacific and the like), though I've rushed through places in two weeks plenty of times, just because I wasn't really interested in them and only wanted to get an initial impression based on which I could decide if I should return for more some other time.
What might be more useful than looking at this on a "per country" level is looking at cities/regions of a country that you want to see. Calculate five days per such, plus one travel day if the distance between two of them would take more than 4 hours to cover. You won't necessarily spend the entire five days in each destination, but there's always plenty of little side trips to view other things, or other destinations which really need more days; I've found five to be a good average and starting point. (So for example in Peru you might want to see: 1) Arequipa, 2) Puno/Lake Titicaca, 3) Cuzco/Machu Picchu, 4) Cordillera Blanca, 5) rainforest, and would thus need 25 + 4 days. But maybe you're seeing plenty of rainforest somewhere else, and can make do without, which'd bring it down to 20 + 3 days.)

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5642 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey Lamar,
Like Sander pointed out, it depends on the country. Which 36 countries are on your list? Probably during travelling you will see that for example in South East Asia you don't need 5 months to see Thailand/Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam and Malaysia. If you would visit just one of the countries in one trip, I would advise to spend a month in each country (except probably Cambodia), but after a total of 4 or 5 months in South East Asia you will maybe be fed up with seeing temple number 34 or beach number 35.
In general, I would say though that 10 days on average won't be enough. It won't give you a good impression and you will get tired moving around constantly.
If I had more than a year and Oz was on my list, I wouldn't spend less than about 3 months in that country alone!

6. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm still a year away from this trip, so it's awesome to hear everyones take. I think I've already given myself way to many options. Its hard with so many amazing countries in the world. I'm going to split up my traveling into continents instead of countries, because I would like to travel without my tickets pre-bought, allowing me to go anywhere at anytime. I guess it's just a matter of how long I want to spend in each area.

7. Posted by MissCaswell (Budding Member 82 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Personally I find a few days in each town a bit daunting, I stay in each town for maybe a week or two, let alone each country.
So for me, I would try to narrow the list down a bit. Visit less countries and spend more time in each, get into the mood of the place and take it easy. Sure, some places are less interesting than others and sometimes you can stay overnight without really caring if you see the place or not.
Also set yourself a loose scedule, you might come to a place where you just want to stay in for a while and if your scedule is too tight you won't be able to do that. Also, as much fun as travelling is, you need to have some time to relax, if your just running though it country by country you'll end up wearing yourself out.