Gap Year & Round the World Travel
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Hello fellow travellers,
I'm looking for input from fellow Canadians on travel insurance.
I am about to sell everything I own to follow a nomad lifestyle for the foreseeable future. I am 44 years old and in good health but becoming injured or ill while wandering the world is not something I could afford on my own so I'm trying to find a decent but affordable travel insurance plan.
My own existing insurance company only offers travel insurance to existing policy holders which means once I divest myself of my tenant's package (because I'll no longer have an apartment) I'll lose access to their travel policy.
I've checked companies like Blue Cross and Manulife but all they seem to offer is your typical coverage for short-term trips south to Florida, Cuba, etc.
What I'm looking for is a basic policy that will cover medical emergencies and possibly also return travel ... more »
I am a young, Canadian female. I am planning on taking 6 months off to travel independently, starting January 2015.
I am in the process of saving and budgeting right now. I would ideally love to travel to the Middle East and maybe some of Europe. I have a few questions.
What would be an ideal travel plan for 6 months? My budget will be somewhere between $5000-$8000.
What countries would you suggest are must sees. I would love to go to Egypt at some point. I would also like to see Israel and Jordan.
How much time should I spend in each country, and which countries are the best to live in on my budget?
If I do decide to go to Europe, which countries would you recommend? (I have already been to Italy)
What is a good amount of time to spend in each country?
I am not focused on living in comfort, 4-5 star hotels are not necessary for me. I would just like to imme... more »
We are planning a holiday for this summer (mid August). We will have 2 weeks and are looking for suggestions on where to go. A perfect holiday for us has some or all of these:
* interesting wildlife - especially fans of monkeys and bears!
* be on the ocean and have nice beaches (not too built up) and marine life (whales would be great). Fan of boat trips
We're not big divers so scuba isn't so important. But coral / snorkelling is always nice. Also we like parks / rainforest but aren't crazy hikers. Like it don't love it :)
But something like 6-7 days of rainforest or animals or whale watching or snorkelling THEN followed by 4-5 days in a nice beach would be perfect...
Some more info on:
- rule out Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa Safari, Thailand & Costa Rica (been to all of these recently enough)
- our top 2 was actually Belize but ruled... more »
Been looking at multi-stop flights with ST travel and they are very keen to plug their multi-flex pass (http://www.statravel.co.uk/multiflex-pass.htm) which allows 3 date changes for £59 or unlimited for £99. However, some other well known rtw flight companies such as roundtheworldexperts.com offer all date changes for free. Is the STA offer actually a rip off that you can get for free from others or are they offering something better? Also what does this actually cover you for once you have paid, will you still have to pay further fees anyway once you have the pass due to availability etc??
I've decided to go on a big extended trip beginning in July. I will have about $10 000 for travel (ie. NOT flight, insurance, etc), and I'm planning to just go until the money runs out. The problem is that I don't know where to go first! I have three options in mind. I'm interested in which you would recommend personally, AND in light of what I want out of travel. I enjoy travelling for the sense of adventure, and I like scenery and the outdoors as well as experiencing authentic culture (whatever that is/not in some weird orientalist sense).
#1 - Fly to Singapore and explore Southeast Asia
-Pros: Great traveller infrastructure and food!
-Cons: Maybe too easy? too touristy?
#2 - Fly to Beijing and work my way to Pakistan via the Karakoram highway.
-Pros: I have travelled in China before and enjoyed it, Landscapes and scenery, feeling adventurous.
-Cons: Distances, visa hassle... more »
Hi guys. I could really do with the advice of experienced travelers as I am struggling to plan my trip.
I have been saving to go travelling for a very long time and I have been able to acquire £11,000 for spending money – my parents have been kind enough to offer to pay for the RTW ticket, so that is already taken care of.
Basically, as things stand, I'm going in mid August to Kenya. I'm doing a 4 week volunteer project than travelling around for a couple of weeks, so six weeks in all. Then I'm planning to do up to 4 months in South East Asia. This equates to 5.5 months total, leaving 6.5 months to do the rest of my trip - Australia, New Zealand and South America (countries in South East Asia and South America are yet to be specified, so I am open to suggestions).
6.5 months would probably be enough time as I would only travel for a month in Oz and a month in NZ, using the re... more »
Complicated scenario but we normally live in LA, I'm flying to UK in September with two small children. Want to book a ticket London-Seoul-Japan-LA (preferably stopping there but if its cheaper to book leg back to London no problem as ill be back next year)
Thought about trail finders but they do phone calls from what I can work out, any other ideas for companies/websites I could try?
Planning on travelling alone during the European summer (only for a week or two) and was hoping to explore the Italian Amalfi coast.
Does anyone have any suggestions/comments/advice on where would be best to stay (e.g. Sorrento, Ravello?) as a base whilst I do a couple of days looking around.
Also, suggestions/comments/advice is welcome on any sort of 'alone' travel i.e. places to see, things to do.
I like my independence so I'm not necessarily looking for a loud tour group or fellow gappies.. just need some suggestions
I'm planning my RTW trip that's been postponed for one year too many...!
The general itinerary at the moment is Utila Island for some scuba diving lessons - I've one deaf ear and wear contacts so I'm a little concerned from the medical point of view, anyone with any views on that?
Then on to the Galapagos; Easter Island, round the globe to NZ, got a sis in Oz so may stop off there, Cambodia, Thailand, (would love to do Egypt with a side trip to Jordan to see Petra, but I suspect it might be a little too 'interesting' for comfort there right now!), Turkey, then some Greek Island hopping.
I've two degrees in Ancient History (not to boast, but just to emphasise that half an hour round Angkor Wat, for example, isn't going to do it!) so my big thing is ruins, the older the better :-). Closely followed by wildlife (I'd love to do an elephant trek in Thailand) and landscape. I'm not... more »
I am thinking of cycling from England to Asia starting in July 2013. I have not really got a set route but would like to try to stay near the sea and in the sun whilst in Europe. I would also like to see Iran but from there on i am happy to go with the flow.
I am wondering if there is anyone out there who would like a few months on the road seeing new places and people?
I am a 37 year old guy and finally got bored with this mundane existance so need to find some adventure.I would look to do it on the cheap camping where ever possible and really just keep on the road until the money runs out.
If anyone is heading that way or likes the idea of hitting the road please leave me a message.
I know this is a little early but I intend to take a long vacation (approx five weeks) around Christmas and NYE, and I am keen on inventing the possibilities thoroughly.
Of course I want to have some fun during the holiday season. And I like swimming and watersports, beautiful places, some interesting things to see and some relaxing.
What destination(s) would you suggest?
It can be anywhere in the world. Not luxury and too expensive.
Currently I find myself in Namche Nepal resting and acclimating to the elevation as it snows outside so it seems like a good day to make this post.
I will be on this trek to Gokyo/Everest Base Camp for most of March then headed to do the Annapurna circuit after but once these treks are over it leaves me wondering where to go? I've heard of numerous people heading to Thailand which sounds wonderful and certainly strikes my interest due to the high activity of rock climbing, although I am solo and don't have a partner so maybe climbing wouldn't be so easy for a lone traveler?
I've looked into volunteer Oppurtunities a bit and found the need for climbing/hiking help in Jordan which sounds interesting but i would be upset if I spent much of my money on flights with little left over to travel... Although Egypt has always stirred my interests since I was little so maybe this would be... more »
Hello! I was wondering if anyone knew if it was possible to add additional pages TWICE to the same passport? I added some pages in Laos maybe 4 years ago, and need more pages now. I have Global Entry and Chile & China visas attached to this current passport so would rather add more pages to this passport again, than get a new one. I'm currently back in the US and need to travel internationally in three weeks.
I am wondering if anyone has suggestions of fun/cheap classes they have taken around the world. I'm in India right now, taking a class on mountaineering and then a yoga certification course. I'm looking for similar ways to spend a month, or 2, or 3, or 5 :) in one place. Or even advice on spending one semester taking a few classes somewhere. I know of woofing, work exchanges and all; I am looking for ways to spend time in places (cheaply or, even, making money!) so broader suggestions are also welcome. Any suggestions in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle-East are particularly appreciated!
Thank you :)
I am leaving to travel around the world. To experience life and beauty of nature. I plan to be gone for 4 years. I wanted to ask the people out there for recommendations on places to go see, short term reliable work (does not matter what), and places to meet people.
In my several years journey the plan is simple.
Travel Europe, all of it, backpacking. Work as much as i can in some areas to gain cash. Before leaving Europe i would like to work with shipping or fishing vessels along the coasts of Europe. Then travel to Asia to do the some but instead i want to be able to find a place to become a Buddhist monk and take a vow of silence. Working with the communities in the area, doing whatever i can to help. Then travel through Australia and the surrounding countries, work is always good. After Australia i would go to the middle east for a short while to see and learn the culture and ... more »
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