So, less than 8 days before I go on the 1st leg of my round the world (RTW) trip and I am cool, calm, and collected. Not! I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I woke up last night and seemingly had this feeling of dread. Why? Not because of the trip itself. No biggie there . . . Rather, I keep thinking I am going to forget something that I have to take care of before I go on my journey. Hmm. Continue reading
I have less than a couple of weeks before I go on my Round The World (RTW) trip and I think I have a handle on just about everything I still need to do. I did an earlier post about what I was bringing and this is a much more detailed post on my back pack equipment. As noted previously, I have ordered and received my new back pack, an Eagle Creek Adero 45 liter/2850 cu pack that sells regularly for $215 and I got at Sierra Trading Post for $79. Which was a fantastic deal. Continue reading
Always on a quest for Giants fans . . . Found her in a Costa Rican jungle, Manuel Antonio Park (February 2012)
I did quite a bit of research about airfare cost prior to booking with AirTreks. To the novice, buying a round the world (RTW) plane ticket can be a daunting process. Who do you go to? How much will it cost? Unlike buying a simple one-way or round-trip ticket, you can’t plug in Priceline or Expedia and click the “Everywhere” tab. Umm, good luck finding such a thing, because it doesn’t exist. Continue reading
Fran, Ale, and Cam – Lovely young Chilean women I met while in Ecuador
I have been asked the following questions numerous times:
1. Why are you going on this RTW trip?
2. Aren’t you scared to go alone?
3. Don’t you have to plan everything out, such as making reservations for your hotels; tours; ground transportation (Eurorail pass); what you are going to do and see in each country; etc.?
Most people when they hear the term “solo travel,” they take that to mean “all by yourself, all the time, always alone” – and nothing could be further from the truth. Unless you are antisocial, a monk, or an introvert, you’ll find that you will meet plenty of people on your journey. This may sound counter-intuitive, but you will in fact have plenty of opportunities to meet people versus traveling with a companion. Why is that? Continue reading
Most of the things I am taking on my RTW trip. The back pack and lumbar pack (which converts to a day/back pack) is in the background. Basically, I am taking the following: 4 pairs of long athletic socks; 4 pairs of short athletic socks; 4 t shirts; 2 long sleeve shirts; 2 tank tops; 1 bathing suit; 6 boxers; 2 pairs of shorts; 2 pairs of pants (convertible); hoodie and vest down jacket (both will be in a compression bag); 1 pair Nikes; 1 Keen sandals; 3 Doo Rags and 1 beanie for my bald head; sunglasses; LED light; Samsung 7″ Galaxy Plus Tablet; Apple IPod Touch; Canon Powershot SD 1400 IS camera; money belt; small first aid kit/medication; vitamins; and, toiletries.