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Graeme Mulvaney – Round-the-World Traveler

  1. When do you leave?
    March 2006

  2. How long do you plan to be away?
    1-6 Months

  3. How much have you saved?
    I cheated – made a profit selling house

  4. How old are you?
    32

  5. Nationality
    Ireland

  6. Where do you live now?
    Coventry, England

  7. Occupation
    programmer

  8. Is this job one that you actually like, or are you only doing it to pay for the trip?
    One more paycheck and I’m gone

  9. Have you traveled around the world before?
    No

  10. What is the route you plan to take/places you plan to visit?
    Am going to catch a train in London and hopefully end up in Singapore, then across Australia and the USA/Canada by train before catching a slow boat back across the Atlantic via Iceland.

  11. Why did you decide to take this trip? What got you into this type of travel, and/or influenced you to go?
    The trains in England are terrible, expensive and unreliable – I used to commute the 100 miles to London blowing 80 quid a day on the train I wanted to see how far I could get on £1600 (basically one months fares).

    It started out as a bit of a joke, but the more I looked into it, the easier it was to put together a route that hit places I’d been dying to visit.

    When I get back I’m off to uni to train as an architect, what better way to get a handle on how cities work than to visit 30 of ‘em. :D

  12. What is your biggest fear about this trip?
    Two things worry me:

    Trains… I never have any luck with them.

    Oceans… I haven’t figured out how to cross them yet – trains only go so far.

    oh, yeah! and offending people – i.e. tipping at the wrong time, wearing shoes/being barefoot in the wrong places, wearing orange, etc.

  13. Are your family, friends, co-workers, etc., supportive of you? What is their opinion of your going around the world?
    Nah! they think I’m mental, they’re writing this of as a lower-mid-life crisis of sorts. But it’ll all change when I return bearing gifts form afar.

  14. How much planning and preparing have you done?
    To the Nth Degree

  15. What are you packing? What do you consider your most indispensable item(s)?
    A camera, memory cards, battery charger, USB memory card reader, a sketchbook, pencils and some paints, spare camera, more memory..

    probably the sketchbook and pencils

  16. How do you think your round-the-world trip will change your life? How do you think it will affect and change you as a person?
    Are you kidding – I’ve been dying to do this for years.

    This trip means a lot to me – things have been stressful recently, I’m going to have about 8 weeks to myself – complete freedom to ramble around and relax – I’m going to be so chilled out when I get back – :)

  17. If you had to sum up your thoughts/feelings about your round-the-world trip in one sentence, what would it be?
    …a very long sentence

  18. Why do you think people should go on round-the-world trips? Why not just take a regular old one- or two-week vacation instead?
    What better way to get away from it all then to go and see the rest of it.

  19. What is the biggest myth that people have about round-the-world traveling?
    That it’s difficult to plan…

    Having said that I’m probably going to arrive in Cambodia in the middle of a festival as my itinerary starts to unravel – but I guess that’s why they invented ‘standby tickets’.

  20. Why do you like to travel?
    You can only get so much from reading books or websites – I’d read all about the las vegas, but that doesn’t prepare you for the 48’C afternoon blast furnace that is ‘the strip’ in July.

  21. What is your advice for people planning their own RTW trip?
    Talk to everybody – local travel agents are a great source of information – and worth the extra cost.


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