I got a message from 'Conor' but do not have his email to reply, so I'll post here. Hopefully other people will find it helpful
Q.I was wondering, do you always travel overland, taking in many countries in your trip?
A.I've been travelling for about 8 years on and off. first went to Thailand in 97 - got the bug.
Then fly over to see a friend in Cyprus a month after and threw away my return ticket and did the overland back to England ...and I was hooked.
completed my degree...
Then went off to Indonesia for 4 months, then Australia, for 4 months and travelled around Eastern Europe.
made a few short trips to the Middle east (flying).
completed my masters...
then I did almost a year from Mexico overland to Brasil (through the Darien gap)
Last trip I went from India to South Africa overland.
..and this time...well you know...but where I am going next nobody knows? can anyone suggest somewhere?
Q.How do you finance your travels?
A.I work a bit back in Europe, doing absolutely anything; I get my head down, spend as little cash as possible at the weekends and then I'm away!
Q.I hope I'm not getting too personal, but roughly, what age are you?
Q.Unlike you, I'm planning on going through Iran rather than the Caucusus, and then taking the KKH, rather than the interesting, but tough route you chose through Tibet, to India.
I just have a couple of questions:
Q.How long did you wait for your Uzbek and Kyrygz visas in Istanbul?
A.I didn't get them in Istanbul... got my Uzbek in England. then my Kygyz in Uzbekistan (it took about 5 days) but it is very easy to get visas whilst travelling there so don't worry!
Q.Did you hear of any travellers being issued with transit visas for Turkmenistan?
A.It's tough and there are no set rules, but if you already have your Uzbek and are in iran go to Mashad and they will probably issue you one. Although very short - perhaps just 3-5 days!
Q.Could you please tell me, if you have the time, about your previous trips? Just where you went, your favourite places etc.
My favourite places are (in no particular order):
Georgia, Iran, Colombia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil and Ethiopia -
for me it's the people that make a place, and I find the least touristy places nearly always have the most hospitable people.
but there is not really such a thing as an 'unfavourite country' - except maybe Egypt! ;-)
Q. How was the ferry to the Andamans? - it's definately in my head to go there, and I love ferries.
A. you may hear horror stories about it being dirty and crowded - it is but it's really not a problem.
>Sorry if this is really long, your journey has fascinated me, I always look forward to your next entry.
Conor, from Dublin.
I would also like to add comments about what others have written here:
$10,000 will should last you 18 months, if your not going to the west i.e. US, Western Europe etal.
Central America is actually quite 'pricey' - maybe $20+ a day.and maybe more nowadays. But that's also because they have good beer!
South America was cheaper to travel, even though you are travelling larger distances.
(but Venezuala is very expensive)
Last trip I spent approx. $12 a day from India to South Africa.
This trip approx. $16 a day. but the dollar has plummted 30%!i(MISSING)n the last year - so this trip is comaparable to my last.
These prices are based on living fairly cheaply but not being tight!
and bring what you think you'll need and can't live without. I always have too much: incl. a tent, stove and hammock and a fluctuating library of about ten books!!!
I never travel with travellers cheques but use a visa card and always have a stash of US dollars, of about $500 when I set out, with some small denominations. I am yet to travel anywhere where these things aren't liquid.
hope it helps.
If anyone has any specific questions just PM me.
I'm in madras at the moment twiddling my thumbs until I meet my mother next week!;-)