Going round the world in the 21st century

So we’ve now got our e-tickets and seeing them on the computer screen and having a hard copy printed out somewhat loses the magic and allure of my envision of a ‘Round the World’ ticket.

Much like Charlie Bucket and Grandpa Joe jumping around the shack with the golden ticket in hand I half expected a similar feeling before this whole process began.  But the ordeal of having to give the travel specialist a detailed itinerary of where we will be, when we will be leaving, what we will be eating, where we’ll be sitting, takes away from the adventure of what I wanted it to be like.

What I craved for was our own golden tickets giving us exclusivity to the pre-determined countries, at any time on any flight. But I guess going gold costs more than we have.

We have two more possible destinations that we are waiting on; China and North Korea. If the latter grants  us a visa we will spend six days in May visiting the most secluded country on Earth.

6-8 weeks travelling from west coast to east.

That will effect how much time we have to spend in the USA, but it should be between six to eight weeks beginning in the middle or end of May. We plan to arc across the country beginning in San Diego, CA and ending in Alicia’s Boston, MA.

With the dates now finalised for our trip, we leave July 19th 2012, from New York to Cancun, Mexico.

We will spend 17 days in North/Central America, in Mexico and Guatemala. From there we fly to Quito, Ecuador.

47 days will be spent in South America, spread across Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

47 days will be spent in South America, spread across Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Then we fly onto Paris at the end of September and travel to the north of  England.

18 days spent, now in early October we are onto Marrakesh, Morocco, we then work our way east across the south of Europe our destination, Istanbul, Turkey. Hitting Spain, Andorra, France (again), Italy, and Greece along the way. Before heading back to northern Africa;  Cairo, Egypt.  This third leg is spread across 50 days.

68 days in Europe and N.Africa

By the end of November we move into the final parts of our journey; Mumbai, India. There we plan to spend almost two months travelling the country. After over 240 days travelling we make our final flight to Taipei, Taiwan to catch the Chinese New Year and hopefully find a teaching job.

We will be posting more detailed information of what we are planning to do on each leg of the trip in each respective country over the course of the next few months.

If any similar trips have been made or you would like to share your experiences about the countries then please leave a comment.

Thanks for reading.

© John Brownlie 2012

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World here we come

Red = Overland / Green = Flights

So last week Alicia and I booked our ‘Round the World’ tickets. We used Airtreks as they were the most reasonably priced.

I use the phrase ‘Round the World’ lightly, as we are in fact only going as far as Taiwan where we plan to teach English for a year.

So we start in San Diego, USA and work our way cross country, stopping at the Grand Canyon, Texas, New Orleans, Florida, D.C. and New York. Before heading to Alicia’s Beantown.

Then the journey begins; we fly to Cancun, Mexico, to see some Mayan temples and sites. Then heading south to Guatemala City via Flores, Tikal and Antigua.

Hopping on a plane to Ecuador, where we hope to get some extreme sports action. South again, through Peru catching the sunrise at Machu Picchu and doing some sand boarding near the Nazca lines. Climbing up Lake Titicaca and veering east to La Paz, Bolivia straight onto Rio de Janerio and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Changing continents to Europe, landing in Paris and then overland to the U.K. heading north to my home town, Baildon outside of Bradford. Back to London, fly to Marrakech, ferry to Spain. Eastwards via Madrid, Barcelona, Andorra, Monaco, Rome, Milan, Athens, Istanbul, then south to Cairo before heading to India.

We plan to travel for seven months, from May 2012 – February 2013.

We’ll be visiting 17 different countries* across four continents and over 50 cities.

The tickets cost £2082 ($3294), not including the flight for India to Taiwan, around  £370 ($590)**

We’ve budgeted about £12,500 ($20,000) spending money.

* This may change as we are currently waiting on a visa for North Korea, if successful we will be there for six days via Beijing.

** We were unable to book tickets more than a year in advance.

© John Brownlie 2012