Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jun 25, 2013 10:12 AM Last Post By: geverett
Nov 26, 2012 4:40 AM
Unplanned TripHi All,
Next year around July, August time I'm planning on starting a trip. I've saved £10,000 and want to do a completely unplanned trip. I'm thinking about starting in France and seeing where I go from there.
I would like to make my way round the world, I've got unlimited time and wanted to ask whether people think doing this is a bad idea?
How far/ How long do you think I can manage to get if I am careful with my money?
Also does anyone know if its possible to buy something like a "get me home" flight. So a flight back to England from anywhere and anytime?
Any help and advice would be much appreciated
Nov 26, 2012 8:23 AM
1So you are 'planning' to do an 'unplanned' trip? That's great, fantastic way to travel. So all you need to do now is forget about it until you leave as it's going to be unplanned. Don't worry about how far you can go, in any case there is no way of telling. It depends on what direction you travel (from France you could go east towards Asia, South towards Africa, north towards Scandinavia, even west by boat to the Americas.... It also depends on how you travel, hitch-hiking, train, bus, plane, pogo stick.... It depends on where you stay, what you eat........ But again, if unplanned then don't worry about it.
As for some kind of magical flight back to the UK from wherever. I suspect you don't really believe there is such a thing. Just put £1000 aside for your flight home.
Nov 26, 2012 5:19 PM
Nov 27, 2012 12:35 AM
3As Toad says...just leave some money aside for a return flight when you need it.
And as ohwell says....unplanned is a good idea..I've done plenty of those ;-)...but have a look at visa requirements,medical requirements etc.before you head in a particular direction.Otherwise you might find it rather frustrating ;-)
Nov 27, 2012 1:02 AM
Dec 3, 2012 1:52 AM
5If it were me? I'd spend some time learning to fix motorcycles, especially small dirt bikes (mtx stuff).
Then I'd fly someplace very far away (like Singapore or Kyoto) buy a Yamaha DT or similar bike, and try to make my way home.
Before I left, I'd write to Yamaha several times explaining what I'm doing in the off chance that they might be willing to sponsor me (or at least provide free replacement parts) along the way, and yes, I'd keep return air far off to the side just in case.
Of course, I'm weird so maybe the above is not such a good idea.
Dec 6, 2012 5:24 PM
6Sorry to hijack thread but I think #5's idea is pretty brilliant.
Anyways, an unplanned trip sounds pretty cool. But as others mentionned, I'd look into the medical requirements and make sure I have the required visas for the aforementionned 'unplanned' destinations. And put aside money for a return flight.
Dec 15, 2012 7:44 AM
7Will you be wanting the information guide books provide? Then you at least need to plan which guide books to buy, or download, in that case. Which means..planning! :-) Although, if you take an iPad or something like that with you, you can download guide books on the way, as you need them. And visas..often you need to obtain them in the country in which you are a citizen. So get it before you go...or else not at all or else return home to make the application.
Dec 15, 2012 10:28 AM
8And some countries require a return or onward ticket, b4 entering their country. Like Costa Rica.
And you need to get a whv from home first.
Dec 15, 2012 12:39 PM
9I lived in China for a year and in Taiwan for ~4, and that was a long time ago, when visas were trickier than today. Everyone I knew in the travel set took multiple side trips and none of us had any trouble getting a visa. (okay well, I couldn’t get a Taiwan visa in PR China, I had to stay a few days in Hong Kong to do that.)
If for any reason that doesn’t work,
I got my original China visa by mailing my passport to the embassy in Washington DC. Basically I wouldn’t worry about getting ever single visa before leaving the UK.
If you are travelling by public transport virtually every visa-requiring country will require an onward ticket or some other evidence of plans to travel onward (or return home.) Frequently, they will also want proof of sufficient funds to stay in the country without working.
The US (and probably some other countries) require certain medical clearances, you don’t have TB, proof your vaccinations are up-to-date etc..I don't think you NEED proof of that, but it is adivsable to have it available./EDIT All of that is a lot easier from home, but at the very minimum get your medical records organized, make of photocopy of everything from birth certificate to passport to drivers license and diplomas and leave that with a family member.
These days I don’t remember phone numbers. Every # I have is in a phonebook in my phone. Keep records of at least one key phone number even if you have to tattoo it to your butt.
I’m not trying to scare you, and though I traveled for years and never fell into desperate need for anything besides a hangover cure, but it makes sense to take precautions.
I’ll dream up some “destination ideas” and get back to you in a while.
Edited by: LongIslandBob
Jun 25, 2013 10:12 AM
10Unplanned trips are great - most of mine have been and I always try and get more people to just try going along with the flow.
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