Around the world February 2004

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1. Posted by Jim (Budding Member 5 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
a long time ago I dreamed of a backpacker's tour around the world. And now, I have the time and the money to make it.
Now I'm 39 years old, live in Germany and I've started planning to start with Africa, making it down to SA more or less on the west coast. Moving up along the east coast to Egypt. I'd like to fly to India from there and make it through China, Indonesia down to Australia. After a while get a flight to Chile. Getting through Brasil and central America up to Mexico.

My plans are not quite tight up to now, however it must be possable to find a way through all these countries with all these lifestyles and all of this nature with as less of money as possable. This trip with a bicycle or a motorbike could also be possible.

I know it won't be easy -the first time anyway- but I believe the reward will pay more than everything back.

If someone is out there willing to take this opportunity, please send a note and we will see how far we can get.

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jim,

Sounds like a GREAT trip! Wish I could go along...but think my wedding is in the way :)

Keep us posted on how it goes!



3. Posted by Jim (Budding Member 5 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

These are further thoughts to Africa: somehow to Egypt, then along the Nile through Sudan, then Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mocambique, South Afrika and then a flight to... The turnaround from softy to hard bone(hotels to outdoor) should proceed smoothly and get more and more inexpensive... Vehicle: open, probably Motorbike

Thanks Sam, I hope your journey is a happy one. Congratulations !!

4. Posted by merlot (Budding Member 2 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Just wonderful to find people who have not curled up and died after 30!!!

Good luck and thanks for the inspiration.


5. Posted by toufon (Budding Member 12 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

you lead the way, ill follow. 36, toronto canada. going long term, dont care where or how long. 20K to bring with me. when do u estimate going?


6. Posted by damianmex (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I love the travel u r planing to do... I'm 25 yo, mexican (well.. u can c my profile) I think I have no 20K, but maybe 10K... I speak spanish, english and a little bit of french...

How much r u planing to spend?


7. Posted by toufon (Budding Member 12 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

how much? heh, all of it? !!! I keep most of it in the stock market as that is what i do...daytrade, and ill withdraw money when i need it. Almost confirmed that i'm starting in Australia in January. I love Mexico, been up and down the Yucatan Penninsula, loved Playa del Carmen. Didnt like was the USA in Mexico. When are you going?

8. Posted by Yag (Budding Member 7 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hey Jim,

You will follow almost exactly the same route I've planned for my own 2004 RTW: Europe - Eastern Mediterranean coast - Egypt - Tanzania - India - SouthEast Asia - Australia - South Pacific Islands - South America - Centre America - Back home in Europe.

One question tho: Will you buy a OneWorld or StarAlliance RTW ticket or will you just wing it and buy flight tickets as you go? I have managed to get a rather cheap OneWorld price quote, but the problem I got is Africa: I want to see, above all, Egypt and Tanzania, but it REALLY is getting difficult to match any flights combination linking those two african stopovers with the rest of the OneWorld RTW flight destinations. Specially Tanzania.

How do you plan on working this out without spending a fortune on single one-way flight tickets?

Also, have you found a cheap travel insurance for us euros? I've been browsing the net but I cannot find anything cheaper than 600 euros per year abroad.

Keep me updated Jim, since our route is similar and we might share useful info.

Leaving for a RTW in January 2004.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 6853 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi Yag,

The cheapest insurance I've seen on offer is the one we offer here at Travellerspoint as well at US $395 per year - flat rate no matter where you're from or where you're heading. (it's available elsewhere too, but we get a small cut if you get it from here ;)). If you click on the 'tools' link you will see a link to it. Keep researching though and make sure to check that the policy covers you for everything you need to be covered for.


10. Posted by Jim (Budding Member 5 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi everybody,

it's nice to know that so many interesting people are willing to take the challenge around the world. However, as time has gone by, decisions had to be made and here's the worked out route which I can not change any more:
A found travel companion will start off with his motorbike by the 3rd Jan '04 from Cologne to Genua. He'll be off to Tunesia and ride through Lybia. I'll be setting my Honda Africa Twin on a ship from Hamburg to Alexandria sometime around the 20th Jan. Since my financial situation won't let me go until the end of Jan, I'll be flying to Cairo at the 5th Feb. to meet with Joe. After reassembling my bike, we'll be moving down Egypt and Sudan to Ethiopia. Nairobi is the next stop which we need to reach by the 2nd May. From there on, my girlfriend will be riding on the back.
We're planing to take a guided tour (if possible) in Uganda to see some gorillas, moving later on to Kilimanjaro. After laying around on the beach of Sansibar we'll head to Malawi doing some diving. Zambia, Botswana, Namibia are the next stops to end up in SA by Nov. We need to come back to Germany a couple of days before Christmas and stay for a couple of months for tax reasons.
So, it seems the RTW tour of mine will be devided in seperate parts and the next part will most likely be finding a way down to through Asia heading for Australia with as least of shipping as possible.

Driving a motorbike has shown to be the best way for me since you're not too far away from life as by car/jeep and you're still mobile enough to move through Africa (reaching the sights) within 11 months, among many other advantages. Joe and I have the same bike, so exchanging spare parts would be easier,, carrying, danger, electricity,...

I'll be happy to hear if this suits anyone who may like to join.

From every internet cafè available, we'll be checking and sending mails. So, let me know if we can meet sometime and somewhere!