Since I have “the gift of gab” I tell everyone I know about how I want to travel the world. So over time I have been asked numerous questions about how I will go about planning my RTW trip. I have also asked numerous questions to those who have traveled a great deal. Those two combinations lead me to today’s blog entry — answering the FAQs that I encounter.
“When are going on your trip Eeva?” – Tough one. I’d like to say “tomorrow” but that isn’t going to happen. So for now, it’s “when the time is right”. I have been learning in the last few weeks to let the Universe do its thing and we’re working on an agreement so that I do my part and the Universe does it’s part.
“How long do you want to go for?” – A year + 1 day. So, that would be 366 days! That seems pretty cool to me.
“How do you raise/save the money for it?” – Good question. If anyone has an answer, please let me know. As well, if you have winning numbers to the upcoming lottery please pass them along. Also if you know of a cheaper but clean/safe apartment I can rent in Vancouver or Richmond that accepts cats please advise. I love where I live but a bit less rent would be helpful.
“Where do you want to go Eeva?” – Well I want to visit 6 continents. North America really would have one stop and that is going to Ontario to visit my parents before I leave. Then it’s the rest of the world. Which direction I go (east – west or west – east) will mainly be determined by airline costs. I will be budget traveling so cost of airline ticket(s) is key. Currently, my route (subject to change) looks a bit like this:
- North America
- Thunder Bay
- Turkey (maybe)
- South Africa
- Thailand (maybe)
“Will you stay in hostels?” – Yes!! I will definitely utilize the hosteling network. I intend to get a membership to Hosteling International so that I can get the perks (cheaper pricing, online booking, etc). I will also use Couchsurfing. Other options I will keep in mind is Air BnB which is renting out rooms/apartments. I’m also interested in volunteering sites like Help Exchange (where you work in exchange for your room). In addition, I just recently came across a website where you can house-sit for people while they are on vacation. I am going to research it some more to see if that is an option. And the final accommodations alternative is sleeping at airports. It’s more popular than you think and a great way to save money and be at the airport on time if you have a crazy early flight.
- Bootsnall – Oh the information I glean from this site!! This is my FAVOURITE indie travel webpage. They have so much info and tips. It pretty much covers it all. Most of what I have learned on the web has been from this site. It’s indispensable!!
- Normadic Matt – To be honest, although I have heard of Nomadic Matt’s site I didn’t read anything from until recently. I added it to my RSS feed on my phone’s Google Reader app the other day and I am impressed. I enjoy reading mainly his blog entries but the site looks great too.
- Air Asia – I did mention this site above but I often look at it to check out the fares. Some of them are so inexpensive that it just spurs me on! Silly – perhaps but it does stir excitement in me
- A Little Adrift – A friend posted on their Facebook page so I asked him about the page and he said it was helpful. I’ve found some good info on it. Though, as I said above, Bootsnall is probably where I’ve found most of my info.
- XE – This is a currency site. It is accurate, up to date and has pretty much every currency listed under the sun. I used it when going to Hawaii & Paris as well just to get an idea of what other currencies are compared to Canada.