- When did you go on your RTW trip?
- How old were you when you took this trip?
- Including your air ticket and other expenses (from accommodation to souvenir-buying), about how much did your trip cost?
- Where do you live now?
- Before your trip: Office Manager
- Now: Office Manager
- How did your travels affect your career when you got back?
- What is the route you took/places you visited?
- Why did you decide to take this trip? What got you into this type of travel, and/or influenced you to go?
- Out of all your experiences traveling around the world, what was the:
March 2004-August 2004
San Francisco, USA
I was laid off from my position about 2 months before I had planned to quit to leave. Upon returning it took me a few months before finding a new job, but was able to get a better position in the same field. However, this is not a career for me, rather a job to save money for future travels and graduate school.
I flew from San Francisco to London, visiting London and Bristol before flying to Dublin, Ireland. From there I went to Madrid, Segovia, and Barcellona. After leaving Spain I headed to Carcasonne, France en route to Paris. From Paris I went to Florence, Sorrento, Amalfi, Napples, Rome, and Venice. I left Italy for Vienna, Austria before heading to Budapest, Hungry, and Prauge in the Czech Republic. From there it was on to Berlin, before Amsterdam, and back to London for a few days before heading north to Edinburgh, flying to Paris again for a couple of days, and finally the Cinque Terre in Italy. At which point it was back to London via Milan to catch a flight to Bangkok, before heading south in Thailand to Koh Tao, Koh Phangnan, Krabi, and Koh Phi Phi. After regroupuing in Bangkok, I headed north again to Kanchanaburi and Chaing Mai. From Thailand i flew to Bali, traveled most of the island as well as the Gili islands in Lombok, before heading to Sydney Australia. From Sydney I flew up north to Cairns and worked my way down the east coast stopping in Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Bryon Bay, and back to Syndey. From Sydney I flew to Christchurch, New Zealand and then onto Queenstown. Finally returning to San Francisco from Queenstown 5 1/2 months after my departure.
I have worked in the box office at a festival called Burningman that takes place in the Nevada Desert for the last 2 years. The first year that I was working there, my supervisor was from the UK, and I was chatting with her about how I wanted to travel, and how I had no idea how to fit all the places I wanted to see in time or money wise. Despite extensive domestic travels and mutliple trips to Mexico in the past, I had never really traveled abroad. She was the one who told me about the airline alliances and RTW tickets, and upon returning home circumstances fell into place and my research had led me to a ticket that let me see many of the countries I had always wanted to visit. Almost on impulse, I put a deposit down on a ticket about 4 months before my planned departure.
- Best Moment
- Worst Moment
- Biggest Hurdle, Obstacle or Difficulty?
- Biggest surprise?
It’s hard to choose just one.
There were times where things were difficult and challenging, but I think those experiences contributed to the overall experience.
I think the biggest challenge was overcomming my natural shy tendencies and learning to reach out and be more confident
When I realised that I didn’t care to come home.
I met many people who I have kept in contact with. I suposse the most memorable would have been a romanic interest that I met. We have kept in contact as friends however, as he lives in Europe. But I met many others that I still maintain contact with.
Winged it a lot
my digital camera
a water filtering system, flashlight that was too bulky and rarely used, too many clothes.
It affected my life and who I am in so many ways it is impossible to give a simple answer. It made me reevaluate what i want and am looking for in life, and it changed my personal values. It gave me a greater understanding of other cultures, and of myself. It taught me to be more confident and outgoing, and more self-reliant.
The best thing i have ever done.
Yes. I am going on a short trip to Guatemala and Honduras, and in the very early stages of planning a more organized and long-term RTW trip in the next few years.
I think it’s really hard to get out the tourist route and into a traveling mode in a one or two week period. Its also very difficult to see even one country in 1-2 weeks, let alone multiple places. You get a much better feel for the culture and lifestyle of a place by staying there longer, and you don’t feel as obligated to cram as much tourist stuff into your trip.
Life has its ups and downs where ever you are, and you cannot expect everything to go according to some plan anymore on the road than you can at home.
That they cannot afford to do it. Many people think it is something that only the very privillaged can do, and that they will never save enough money or have enough time to do it. But the reality is, it is about priorities, and there are many ways that people can save more money by making that goal their priority. And unfortunately many people feel like they cannot leave their jobs or careers.. but what most people don’t realize it that they will likely find something similar or better when they return, and in the long run, will have gained so much more by leaving that they would be giving up in job opportunity by staying.
I like the variety and excitement of new places, people, cultures, things to do, etc. I also love that it is a continual learning experience.
Planning ahead is great, but the best part of traveling is to have the flexibility to change your itinerary. Be open to suggestions from other travelers or locals you meet along the way. Some of my favorite places were places that I had not originally intended to go, but had learned about from the people I crossed paths with. And while guide books can be helpful, they are not the end all and be all. And more likely than not, will end up being dead weight in your pack.. Use them for your pre-trip reasearch, but don’t rely on them too much on the road.