rough itinerary

Here’s me so far…

1. November 9-17: Samoa (7 days, free stopover to NZ)
2. November 18-22: Tonga (4 days, free stopover to NZ)
3. November 22-January 11, 2011: New Zealand (50 days, North and South Island. Bought a ticket to Rhythm and Vines Music Festival in Gisborne over New Year’s for December 29-January 1, 2010. Then around the East Cape January 2-7, 2010? My friend D is coming with for 3 weeks!)
4. January 11-17: Australia (6 days, Perth)
5. January 17 – February ?: Indonesia (3-4 weeks, Bali, Java, and Lombok, stay at least 3 weeks…I want even more time)

After this I have not booked anything else but think I will very shortly book Indonesia to Singapore to Malaysia to Sri Lanka to India.  A possible side trip to the Maldives if I can find cheap accommodation…wistful thinking…actually Male has budget accommodation and would be interesting to visit a less touristy part of the Maldives.  This TIME article says,  “Some 40% of the Maldives’ population still earns less than $2 a day.” and  “An estimated 30,000 Maldivian youths are addicts, almost 10% of the country’s population.”  That is insanity, especially when you compare that with the money spent at Maldivian all-inclusive resorts.  I didn’t want to plan so much of the trip but I do want to take advantage of some cheap sales and still entertain the possibility of making Oktoberfest 2011.  Reaching Germany in November or December 2011 seems much more likely.

After India, I’m thinking Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan (?), South East Asia, contemplating Bangladesh and Burma, probably skipping the Philippines (I really want to go but may have to save for another time if I want to attempt Oktoberfest 2011 and miss the Trans-Siberian in the dead of winter), China, Mongolia, Russia, Scandinavia, and Germany, roughly in that order.

My brother is also kind of blowing up in Shanghai and I want to spend more time there. He’s throwing parties with his company, The Ice Cream Truck, and seems like a bit of a wunderkind.  You can see what he does here: http://the-ice-cream-truck.com/. His most recent work includes curating a dance stage at the MIDI Music Festival this month.  It’s been a long time since I was last in Shanghai and wish I were there already.

I’m also interested in living in Berlin for a few months.  Need to figure out how to deal with Schengen visa restrictions (limited to 3 months).

I am looking at 1-2 years away, possibly more if I go to Africa and the Middle East.  Seriously looking at going overlanding for 10 months after this first leg.

Let me know if you have been to these places and have anything to recommend!

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9 responses to “rough itinerary

  1. I’m pretty sure Americans don’t need Schengen visas. A US passport is just as good. Technically you’re not supposed to spend more than 90 days but I don’t think it’s strictly enforced. If you’re worried make a pit stop in Switzerland. 🙂

  2. Enjoy Samoa! I had a great time there on my honeymoon. It’ll be interesting to see how things are rebuilt after the tsunami.

  3. Did not go to the fia fia at Aggie Grey’s, although we had lunch there one day. We did go to the one at the resort we stayed at, Coconuts, on the south side of U’polo, and it was pretty awesome, especially since we had become friendly with a lot of the people in the village (Maninoa) that were performing.

    There’s some kind of meat pastry you can get at the main market in Apia that is all sorts of awesome, and I highly recommend having their cute little bananas as frequently as you can, as they are sweeter than the clones we get in the US.

    Also, if you hike up to Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave site, I HIGHLY recommend wearing shoes instead of sandals, and to not wear a dress/skirt, as it’s a pretty steep hike through a muddy rain forest. Well worth it, though. The Baha’i temple up the road from there is pretty cool, too – beautiful gardens.

  4. Are you doing RTW tickets or are you just winging it and buying as you go along??

    • Hi!

      I bought tickets for my first 3 months because the countries I am visiting require exit flights before I can enter. New Zealand, Australia, and Indonesia are strict on this. I also wanted to take advantage of some cheap flights, which is best done earlier. After the first few months I will just buy as I go along. Much of my route at this point should be able to be covered overland. I want to keep it flexible in case my plans change or I want to stay somewhere longer. I want to spend some time and visit a number of places in each country rather than fly from major city to major city so I think this is the way that will work the best for me. I will post more about how it works out for me when I am actually on the trip.

      Are you planning a RTW trip?

  5. Hi yes…I am planning an RTW. A mix of visiting friends, family and exploration on my own. Going to OZ, NZ, different countries in SEA, Japan, HK and then to Europe. I’ve been going back on forth on the ticket situation but I think financially it probably makes the most sense with the destinations I have in mind and am only doing some overland in certain regions.

    Good luck with everything…you’re almost leaving…I’ll keep watching your blog. Who knows perhaps we’ll run into each other somewhere on the road.

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