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PhillyB

in six months i will be taking a leave of absence from my job

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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.

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

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