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#1 PhillyB

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:04 AM

and trekking around the world for half a year with my wife.

any thoughts on where i should go/what i should do?



my general route is largely determined by continental efficiency... i want to cover as much ground as possible without backtracking. so far my basic plan is to fly to panama, work my way into colombia around the darien gap and down into ecuador, raft the amazon river from its headwaters in the andes down to the atlantic in brazil, fly to s. africa, work my way up to north africa, hit parts of europe (western europe very briefly because it's mad expensive) and make my way to istanbul, possibly swing into central asia i stay on track financially, and then down into india, nepal, mainland southeast asia and end in borneo/indonesia.


i'm open to any changes, modifications, whimsical tangents, zephyrs, etc.

#2 PhillyB

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:05 AM

oh and i'll be flooding this forum with pictures

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:29 AM

Albania and the rest of the Balkans.

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#4 PhillyB

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:45 AM

western europe is expensive, but eastern europe and the balkan states are pretty cheap, so that'll be an area of interest... croatia, serbia, albania, montenegro, whatever we can do in a couple of weeks (brief as that is) en route to istanbul.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:47 AM

how would you feel about stuffing me into your luggage?

#6 PhillyB

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:49 AM

how would you feel about stuffing me into your luggage?


can you bring along a ground-penetrating radar unit or the lab materials necessary to carbon date organic material? if so we'll make this an archaeological expedition and you may travel in my old-ass external frame backpack.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:51 AM

western europe is expensive, but eastern europe and the balkan states are pretty cheap, so that'll be an area of interest... croatia, serbia, albania, montenegro, whatever we can do in a couple of weeks (brief as that is) en route to istanbul.



Yeah i've heard its quite inexpensive. And due to the Cold war and the conflicts of the 90's not very known to western travelers.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 03:39 AM

I've been doing this the wrong way all my life. I should have been a bartender...

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 06:01 AM

Lots of places but New Zealand is high on my list.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:14 AM

Scotland! poo weather, poo economy and if you're lucky you might see some neds.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:17 AM

Spain is relatively cheap and on your way. The Netherlands and Belgium are probably the most affordable Northern European countries.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:21 AM

I heard Iran is pretty this time of year. Def should visit.

#13 Shufdog

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:18 AM

If you don't mind me asking, how much does something like this cost?

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:27 AM

If you don't mind me asking, how much does something like this cost?





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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:59 AM

You are a braver man than me. I like to visit countries where I don't stick out.


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