I just want to post on here my intentions for traveling around the world without flying. I don't have much against flying, but I think it would be a cool challenge to try circumnavigate the globe by only land and sea. I want to take my time with this, live for several months in a few different places along the way. I estimate it will take at least three years to get all the way around.
I'm currently living in Spain but will be back in Ireland in September for my cousin's wedding. My journey will start from there. I don't have anything set in stone yet, but I'll throw out my loose plan here:
- Use Bunkabus to get from Ireland to Istanbul.
- Backtrack a little to spend a couple of months in Greece, Egypt and Israel.
- Somehow get to India by February 2012. I expect I'll go back to Turkey, then on through Iran and Pakistan.
- Spend four months in India and Nepal, then head towards Vietnam.
- Arrive in Vietnam no later than July 2012. Spend four months living there.
- Make my way through China, heading NE.
- Arrive in Japan in time for the new year. Spend four months living there.
- Take my time moving South through the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia.
- Arrive in New Zealand by September of 2013. Spend 3-4 months living there.
- Cross the Pacific Ocean by boat.
- Explore the Eastern part of South America for a few months.
- Arrive in Rio De Janerio by May 2014. Live there for 3-4 months (while the World Cup is going on).
- Will probably head North then to the USA, before making my way back to Ireland across the Atlantic (somehow).
Yup, lots of unknowns in there, plenty of things I need to figure out. I've just started researching visas and the like. And I'm not even sure if it's possible to cross the Pacific or Atlantic by boat without paying an absolute fortune or having your own sailboat; I'm hoping a solution will become clear to me as the time draws near.
If anyone has any tips or comments, please feel free to share. Looking forward to learning from and sharing with this community.