great deal of the information we gathered to plan this trip came from
websites similar in scope to this one. We owe alot to the people that
went before us and have taken the time to document their packing lists,
budgets and travel tips for public perusal. This section is our way
of adding two cents to the wealth of information available to anyone
interested in a trip like ours.
1. How much did it cost?
Ahhh. The question
that everyone is dying to ask: how could you afford to travel for
a year and exactly how much did this trip set you back? We are not
rich. We did not win the lottery. But we are willing to stay in cheap
hotels and ride rickety old buses. For the most part, we choose countries
where travel costs less than maintaining a normal lifestyle in the
take a look at the average gross national
income per capita of these countries and you'll understand why
America is so much more expensive - it has the fifth largest GNI per
capita in the world. We're lucky to be from such a prosperous place.
If you're curious (now that's a silly question) this is what we
spent while traveling the world. Daily totals are for both of
us and include all transportation, food and lodging expenses broken
down by country. Pre-trip
stuff like airfares and insurance is not included.
2. What health precautions did you take? I know this is MY favorite
3. What did you pack?
Take a look at our original detailed
packing list, which we trimmed down as we traveled along. The
important thing to remember before you leave home is that most essential
items will be available wherever you go. They will be cheaper in second/third
world countries than in first world countries. So try not to worry
too much about forgetting something.
4. How do you maintain your
We travel with an IBM Thinkpad (~ 3 lbs, although the cords are surprisingly
heavy) and a Canon G2 digital camera. We also have an external I-Omega
Predator CD burner though it flakes out a lot, so we don't recommend
this model. We subscribe to an international dial up service called
IPass, which has
connections in most major cities throughout the world for $4-15 per
hour. However it's faster and cheaper to burn the website to a CD
and upload at an internet shop. Most budget guesthouses don't have
a phone line to connect to the Internet with anyway. The CD burner
is also necessary for backing up digital photo files and mailing them
Some people have asked if it's really necessary
to travel with a laptop. The answer for us is an enthusiastic YES!
This is for a couple of reasons - digital images need to be backed
up on a laptop or a CD (preferably both) and we spend a lot of time
formatting images and writing.