A round the world trip, in long term, seems something so big that is easy to lose track and not know even where to begin. Here we list some of the phases which helped make our plan gain form and some curiosities.
We’ve been around several times alone and others as a pair, some on normal job vacation and most of it during the gap year (or maybe year and a half) that took us through Asia, Africa and Europe. This trip lasted from May/2014 till September/2015 and now we’re back to tell the stories.
0. Beggining from the beggining… Where we’ve been? Check out the map!
1. Where to go?
Like in any trip, we think about the places we want to go. The list was just too huge and wouldn’t stop growing, generating a constelation of stars on a map. There was no clear path along these points. Some countries were desired by both of us and were elected priorities. So diverse among them as Italy and China. Others seemed to be interesting but tough for “only” a gap year, be it for the price, monsoom or other conditions which would make us dictate a rythim we were not willing to do. Americas (unfortunately) got out of the plan and desires on short notice. It’s more expensive to get to New Zealand from Brazil during vacation than to our dear neighbours. And related to another countries we had such few info that it was even impossible to have an opinion, but this changes with the road: this is the beauty of having a route permanently in construction.
2. The route
The next step was to study the places in general. It was clear that traveling among countries in Europe we would have many options, such as trains, buses and flights. But was it true also for Asia and Africa?
According to this thought the first draft was produced, resulting in a continuous line around the globe.
The beggining and the direction of the trip had to be defined. There we came to many variables which were easy to administer in short term trips, but added up in a long one were making it much more complex.
While traveling in Brazil, worrying about the season and temperature is useful, but doesn’t really limit your trip as the weather is more or less good all year round. Altough, in places with great variation of latitude and altitude it might make the trip impossible. China, Nepal and some countries in Africa are examples of places in which the snow or melting sun could make the experience really tough. This way, our route should pursue a forever lasting Spring in most of the places.
This got a definite name: monsoom. This phenomenon affects specially India, China and Southeast Asia, making the levels of rain go up to 20x more than in most times of the year, ruining mostly transportation.
If you are able to choose the best season in each place the ideal is to avoid great masses of tourists on high season which make the prices double up. The shoulder seasons are usually best, a month or two around this period.
Brazilian passport is quite well accepted throughout the world, avoiding visas in several different places. You need to take care with the validity of your passport as most places demand 6 months till the expiration date to allow a visa to be granted. Another important limitation with the route is validity time for the visas: they usually expire between 3 to 6 months after being granted, so you gotta study where they should be collected so that the timing works out well in your trip. Sometimes there are restrictions related to entry or exit stamps you might have, such as visiting Israel after going to islamic countries, such as Iran.