Those of you who have followed this blog for a while and interact with me through Facebook might know already that I’m planning to do a Round the World (RTW) trip starting early next year. I’m really excited about this since it will be a huge thing in my life…
I’m literally leaving everything behind, except for what fits in my backpack.
The rough plan for the RTW is was to start in New Zealand, then Australia, and then jump to Southeast Asia and keep going westward to wherever I could. That was until two weeks ago when I was chatting with Aaron of Aaron’s Worldwide Adventures. You know, travel chat… as usual. At one point in the conversation, he reminded me to check @airfarewatchdog tweets because they usually tweet great deals. I’ve followed them for a while, but I don’t always pay attention to their tweets… not anymore. At that moment, I decided to take a peek at their tweets, and that when everything changed!
What would you have done if you saw a tweet that read like this…
That’s right, you wouldn’t have let it go either…
At first I planned on taking a short trip with that airfare but then the light bulb turned on… Why don’t I start my RTW in Nairobi?!!!!! I can go to Nairobi, spend 6 weeks in various African countries, then fly from Nairobi to Istanbul, ditch the Istanbul-NYC leg, and continue my way eastward through the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand!!!
Er, this is different from what I had in mind, but I’m extremely excited because this is an entirely new adventure I was not expecting to have during my RTW. Plus, I will hopefully achieve my dream of hiking Kilimanjaro!
So, when am I leaving? March 2, 2012. Far enough to allow me to save all the money I think I need (plus, paying off my credit cards… ugh), but close enough to feel it like it’s almost about to happen. Just nine months to go!
I hope to be on the road from 9 to 12 months, but I’m open to spending more time if I’m able to sustain myself economically (hence why I’m working hard right now building niche sites and other small projects).
UPDATE: I ended leaving on October 1, 2011, and started my trip in Belize! You can see some current stats about the RTW here.
What will you see here?
Well, there are many things to consider while planning a RTW, so every few weeks or so I will write a post focused on one of those planning details and tell you my experience with it.
So, you will start seeing more RTW oriented posts in here (as well as the regular content) now that I have my first tangible piece of the trip… my first two airfares!
Oh, and here’s my first RTW tip… DO follow @airfarewatchdog. You never know when the next crazy deal will come!
Do you have a RTW tip I (and everyone interested) could use? Have you done a RTW before? What’s your experience?
Image 1 from Flickr’s Creative Commons.