Why only a month??
I anticipate mixed reactions about the length of time which my trip will take. I understand that most people equate a trip around the world with a 80 day minimum, such as in the case of Phileas Fogg, or longer trips such as the ever popular gap year. Although I would love to increase my trip length this year, it’s really not possible. This month-long trip is a very last-minute thought, and that’s why I limited my travels to only 3 continents.
However, what I have realized, is that most persons who embark on these longer journeys, took a shorter trip of around 3-6 weeks in order to see whether they could handle the long-term commitment comfortably. I am doing the same thing. I eventually plan to do a longer trip, but I just felt like I absolutely had to do this right now. I love my job and I’m still training (kind of like school). However, I am lucky enough to live in a country where it is not unheard of for people to be granted long vacations, once they are owed the days.
So this month, will be my experiment. I have so many things I want to find out during my RTW trip. Can I take care of myself, while I travel solo for 2 weeks in South East Asia? Can I live out of a small backpack? What is my minimum comfort level? Can I manage a budget overseas for 4 weeks? Am I brave enough to face transport options which are not available on my tiny island? Tuk Tuks, motodops and metros are all foreign concepts here. Yes, metros are not in Antigua. I’ve had some previous experience with the subways in New York, but only once was I truly involved in the process of purchasing the tickets. Yikes!
This trip will be the longest period of time, that I have been away from family and friends. If this trip works out as well as I hope, you can bet that there’ll be no stopping me. One trip will blend into two… then three and who knows when the cycle will end. After this trip, the website will continue to function, while I make plans for a longer trip in the near future. I will most definitely be revisiting several of the countries on my current itinerary, but different cities instead. For example, I plan on visiting Saigon for 3 nights this September, so during my next trip, I would visit Hanoi for sure.
I will definitely need some help with ideas and words of encouragement. I am a bit nervous yes, but my thirst for adventure and the excitement of the unknown are even stronger emotions. Bring it on….I’m ready!