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Claire Hankey – Round-the-World Traveler

  1. When do you leave?
    September 2006

  2. How long do you plan to be away?
    6-12 Months

  3. How much have you saved?
    £3000

  4. How old are you?
    22

  5. Nationality
    England

  6. Where do you live now?
    Leeds, England

  7. Occupation
    Bar Tender

  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?
    London – LA – Fiji – NZ – Aus – Indonesia – Asia

  11. Why did you decide to take this trip? What got you into this type of travel, and/or influenced you to go?
    Going alone and first major trip so chose’easy’ route plus want to work in Australia. Had enough of the rat race back at home so just wanna get away.

  12. What is your biggest fear about this trip?
    Getting started, getting lost, having everything stolen.

  13. Are your family, friends, co-workers, etc., supportive of you? What is their opinion of your going around the world?
    Yes but think my mum would be happier if I was going with someone.

  14. How much planning and preparing have you done?
    Just Enough

  15. What are you packing? What do you consider your most indispensable item(s)?
    Preparing myself for taking very little, I’m only small so scared about the backpack although sure there’ll be room for a few luxieries (straighteners)

  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?
    Make me confident and experienced and maybe help me decide what to do in life.

  17. If you had to sum up your thoughts/feelings about your round-the-world trip in one sentence, what would it be?
    Excited, nervous, itching to go and experience once in a lifetime chance.

  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?
    To experience new things and to really forget about back home. See things from the locals points of view and find out what’s really needed and what is really important in life.

  19. What is the biggest myth that people have about round-the-world traveling?
    That it’s full of people who just don’t want to work.

  20. Why do you like to travel?
    To try new things and see things that I never will in England.

  21. What is your advice for people planning their own RTW trip?
    Just go for it, don’t plan too much or rely on anyone else.


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