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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Planning

Well, the first step in such a trip is of course to make a draft of a route.

My first draft included Tibet, New Guinea, East Timor and the Pacific Islands, in addition to the destinations mentioned in the itinerary. Reasons for having skipped those destinations were: the difficulty in getting the visa to Tibet, when traveling there from Nepal; with the route we planed it was hard to get to the other destinations. Of course time was also one of the reasons to skip some of these destinations.

I also read a little bit while preparing and planning the trip. The book by the Portuguese "professional" traveler Gonçalo Cadilhe (Planisfério Pessoal) was a big inspiration. Other books I used to prepare the trip:
- The Rough Guide To First-Time Around the World, from Rough Guides - I really enjoyed the book. It has a lot of nice comments and suggestions for both the rich and the budget travellers.
- Vagabonding by Rolf Pott, another "professional" traveler, was also a good source.
- Different guides about India and Nepal that I rented at the Public Library in Stockholm
- The internet, specially Wikitravel, travel-nation, lonely planet, blog Tempo de Viajar, among others.

But the best source of information was meeting friends that had been in the places I am going to visit. I have met friends who spoke about their experiences in India, Nepal, Thailand and New Zealand.

Budget:

We both have a similar budget. 10000 EUR.
We bought our Oneworld ticket from TravelNation . We paid around 3000 EUR (2305 british pounds) for the ticket and around 250 EUR(186 british pounds) for the insurance. The visa to India cost around 50 EUR (500 Swedish Crowns). The vaccines cost overall 150 euros (1500 SEK). Other basic things, including, clothes, books, travel guides, backpack, among other small things, were whether bought or offered by friends (thanks guys :)). Overall value is around 300 EUR.

My budget after all the expenses is around 40 EUR/day.

Luggage:
- 40l Backpack
- 20l bag
- Sleeping bag
- 4 T-shirts
- 2 Sweat-shirts
- 5 Socks and underwear
- Ski layers (they are light, warm and don't take much space)
- 1 polar coat
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 2 shirts
- 1 rain coat
- 1 pair of swimming shorts
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of trekking snickers
- 1 pair of sandals
- 1 pair of light shoes
- 1 bandana
- 1 towel
- 1 fast drying small towel
- First aid kit
- Toiletry
- Water purification drops
- Compact camera
- 16 Gb USB drive
- Ipod
- Books
- Travel guides
- Ear plugs

Toiletry
- Toothbrush
- Toothpaste
- Dental floss
- Perfume sample
- Lip cream
- Razor
- Razor cream
- Sunscrean
- Mosquito repellent
- Mirror
- Shampoo/Shower gel (2 in 1)
- Deodorant

1 comment:

Andreia said...

Could you up date us on how much do you spend on your journey by the end, please?