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Sarah Jane Armitage – Round-the-World Traveler

  1. When do you leave?
    April 2007

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

  3. How much have you saved?
    £1000 so far

  4. How old are you?
    23

  5. Nationality
    England

  6. Where do you live now?
    Leeds, England

  7. Occupation
    massage therapist

  8. Is this job one that you actually like, or are you only doing it to pay for the trip?
    I’ll come back if they’ll have me

  9. Have you traveled around the world before?
    No

  10. What is the route you plan to take/places you plan to visit?
    erm… i think i am flying to florida to see family first, then overland through americas, fly to nz or oz, fly to asia – maybe singapore, overland through asia, trans siberian railway to moscow and then couple places in europe before back here. very interested in brazil, china and russia – would like to see thailand again.

  11. Why did you decide to take this trip? What got you into this type of travel, and/or influenced you to go?
    have worked in turkey, greece and thailand before and owned restaurant in India (south goa)for a year with my partner but have always wanted to do rtw trip to see more of whats out there. there are quite a few places i have always been interested in.

  12. What is your biggest fear about this trip?
    that my funds will run out and will have to miss out on things

  13. Are your family, friends, co-workers, etc., supportive of you? What is their opinion of your going around the world?
    travelled quite a bit so they are used to it and very supportive.

  14. How much planning and preparing have you done?
    Control Freak

  15. What are you packing? What do you consider your most indispensable item(s)?
    a pillowcase, hairbands and notebooks most indispensible. travel fairly light – one medium size rucksack, not full.

  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?
    any travelling helps you to understand yourself a bit better and gives you a realistic view of the world and how it works. would like to find somewhere i really love to settle down.

  17. If you had to sum up your thoughts/feelings about your round-the-world trip in one sentence, what would it be?
    On the road again,just cant wait to be back on the road again..

  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?
    you cant interact with people when you are only there for two weeks – you end up just seeing the usual sites and dont get a taste for the country, culture or, usually, the food.

  19. What is the biggest myth that people have about round-the-world traveling?
    that they will ‘find’ themselves

  20. Why do you like to travel?
    all the usual reasons but also theres a little bit of me that loves it and i dont know why. its all i have ever been interested in – maybe because i am looking for somewhere that i love to stay.

  21. What is your advice for people planning their own RTW trip?
    have fun planning it – it makes the trip so much more exciting then the whole experience lasts for longer. also avoid monkeys. they are not cute they are just evil balls of fur and in no way resemble king louis from the jungle book as i first thought.


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