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North America » United States February 19th 2011

(I am only listing things I want to see on this trip for the first time and not including sites I have already seen) 1. Forbidden City (Beijing, China) 2. Auschwitz-Birkenau (Krakow, Poland) 3. Machu Picchu (Urubamba Valley, Peru) 4. Angkor Wat (Angkor, Cambodia) 5. Iguazu Falls (Brazil-Argentina boarder) 6. Taj Mahal (Agra, India) 7. Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 8. The Great Wall Of China (Beijing, China) 9. The Parthenon & Acropolis of Athens (Athens, Greece) 10. The Amazon River & Amazon Rainforest (Brazil, Peru) I guess I should also add the Plaza de Toros in Pamplona, Spain cause that would mean I survived the run!... read more

North America » United States February 19th 2011

Well I had to get my wisdom teeth out yesterday so I am using the next few days to get some stuff done. I did end up getting a hotel in Pamplona, Spain for the St. Fermin / Running of the Bulls Festival. So today I will be watching clips of past runnings and see if there is some type of strategy to it. I did find a good site that explains the stats of the ranches each bull is coming from this year. It lists the number of gorings, contusions, and runners that need medical treatment. This reminds me that I still need to find a travel medical kit. I also still need to get travel insurance. I've been calling around but its hard to find a company that will cover a trip as long ... read more

North America » United States February 19th 2011

I've been working on getting travel/medical insurance and also a hotel room in Pamplona, Spain. However, I did read a great article on Tallinn, Estonia and I think I will add it to my trip. You should lookup this city and country for that matter... read more

North America » United States February 19th 2011

*It helps if this step is done the same time as your visas because this can help show proof of what you will be doing in each country, where you will be staying, and that you will be moving on. While my plane tickets are getting me to different regions, I next had to figure out some of my overland routes. In Europe, I bought a unlimited use 3 month EuroRail pass from their website for $2,000. This allows me to travel freely between 22 countries. I picked to fly into Germany because it is in central Europe and will let me see northern & western France on my way down to Portugal and Spain for the running of the bulls. After that, I am not really planning to much and will go where & when ... read more

North America » United States February 19th 2011

The next step is to get travel visas to be allowed into some of these countries. If the plane tickets were the longest part, the most stressful is getting visas for a multi-country trip. Visas requirements are always changing and several countries require you to use it within a given time period, which makes getting visas to the countries at the end of your trip difficult. For each visa, you are required to send your physical passport to that country's embassy, which means you can only get one at a time. Some countries take 3-5 business days, some take 20-25. Some countries charge $30, some charge $170 (and the prices just about double if you need them rushed). You can do this by yourself if you are looking to save some money but after one day ... read more

North America » United States February 19th 2011

Vaccinations can get expensive but I'm guessing getting yellow fever in another country might be more expensive. In addition, some countries require proof that you have vaccinations for certain things before being allowed in. So the first thing I did was to track down my childhood vaccinations to find out what I have already had. Next I found a travel clinic the specializes in this stuff and I picked Passport Health. Due to the number of different regions I am going, there were a good number of diseases I had to be protected from. Yellow fever is a big one, flu, measles, mumps, Hep A & B, meningitis, rabies, polio, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, and of course travelers diarrhea are some other things we addressed (some I already had vaccines for). In total mine cost roughly $1,000 ... read more

North America » United States February 19th 2011

To give people that might be interested in doing a trip similar to this an idea of my planning process and big ticket purchases, here is part I. Besides picking a few destinations I want to see, one of the more time consuming steps was buying my plane tickets. After doing some research I decided that a Round-The-World ticket was the best option. I looked at the two major airline alliance that sell this type of ticket 1. Star Alliance 2. OneWorld Alliance These tickets have certain criteria (i.e., must travel in one direction between zones, can only cross oceans once, etc.) so thats what took the most time. One of the best benefits of these tickets is the fact you can change the dates of the flights anytime without being charged, but you cannot change ... read more

North America » United States February 19th 2011

29-31 Countries ; Departs Apr 5, 2011 China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, (if time Norway and Sweden), Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru Picking the route can get tough and I have been changing mine everyday. I am trying to keep my destinations to warm weather places because I come from Cleveland, Ohio. Also because it makes packing slightly easier. The hard part is avoiding the bad seasons in each country, like monsoon season in India and the rest of Asia, the cold in northern Europe, or the extreme heat all over. I hope I planned this well as I will be in China as it is getting warmer, southeast asia before the wet season, India ... read more




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