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PhillyB

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

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

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

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

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

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I have been to Albania. Would have to be paid a lot of money to go back. Not one of my favorite places. Same goes for Serbia and Bulgaria. But Slovenia, the Czech republic or Hungary would be fun.

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No suggestions really, just wanted to say I'm jealous and sounds like an amazing freaking experience. Good luck to ya.

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

iran is a beautiful country and i would love to go. for the most part the people are very accepting of americans and other outsiders (contrary to media reports) and the tourism industry is booming there. the visa application process is pretty rudimentary and you're almost guaranteed to be allowed entry.

same goes for afghanistan (as long as you stay away from the pakistani border/khyber pass.) we are considering, if we make it to central asia, working our way through to turkmenistan and applying for a visa at the embassy there... enough to take a bus across the border to mazar-i-sharif and staying for a couple of days. locals love americans... you just have to be smart.

same goes for burma (myanmar.) been twice, going back again this time for a more extensive exploration. certain countries get a bad rap by our media (some deservedly so) but it's unfair to judge a people by their government, and that's a fact that's helped me to keep an open mind traveling.

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

setting a cap at twenty grand for the two of us. if we get to twenty grand we come home.

we are cheap travelers... hostels, food stalls, economy class, the like. i've blown enough unnecessary money traveling over the last couple of years that i've gotten a pretty good handle on how to maximize a buck overseas.

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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.

Im sorry for being nosey, i really am. But how in the poo do you afford these trips :lol:

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