Round the world ticket

Warning: This is a personal post, not the regular stuff of E-Nagar.

I am finishing my MBA on 13th March 2010. Like a bird that has spent his last 2 years inside a gilded prison I want to travel and explore the world. These are the places I want to go:

1. Melbourne
2. Johannesburg
3. Cairo
4. Istanbul
5. Mexico City
6. Hong Kong
7. Shanghai
8. Kerela
9. And lot more

I know for sure that if I don’t take this trip now, the next time I will be able to would be after 35 years maybe more. Star alliance, along with its partner airline, is able to give me a good deal on the flights and I am tempted to buy their tickets. However there are a lot of serious concerns that I have.

In the past, I applied for visas from USA, Singapore, Thailand, S Korea, Taiwan but it took me more time, trouble and money to obtain one from France. And this makes me think will it be a good idea to apply for a VISA from 15 countries. How much time will I have to spend at the embassy?

About the finances, I think I should be able to obtain a bank loan at 11-12% interest rate. This along with some of the money I had saved from my previous stint in gambling, stock market and betting should suffice for another 3 month long vacation.

Next and most important concern is a partner. No one in their right mind can take this 3 month long wild goose chase alone and I am finding it real hard to find one. The most optimistic reply I have received is that “there is an 80% chance that I won’t be able to make it to this trip”.

Probably it’s because of this I will either not take this trip or take a short trip to 1-2 country as a consolidation prize. I have been planning this trip (with different itinerary every time) for 4 years now, but every time had to put it off because of one reason or the other. Maybe it’s like the Hajj, there are 100 reasons why one should postpone, but when one is mentally ready he finds a way out of all the troubles.
Anyways the reason why I posted it here is because much like in the movie ‘Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain’ I would feel happy if someone else would live my dream or even better inspire me to take the journey.

 

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4 thoughts on “Round the world ticket

  1. Any reason why these particular cities and why not others?
    And you are right.. if not now then it’ll get postponed to a much later date.

    What’s your idea of travelling?
    I have been to 15 countries and except for Melbourne have not touched any of the above. All of them are in my list too. 🙂

    Right now, contemplating of a month long solo backpacking trip to 2 countries early next year. Solo b’coz I couldn’t get any partner. 🙂
    Maybe this comment will inspire you to go alone. Keep updating us.

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  2. @nisha….
    I have already travelled much of SE Asia one country at a time. Then for the past 4 months I have been traveling and trekking all around Western Europe (I will return this Tuesday) Then over 10 years I have traveled to almost every region of the country (except the islands and Pondicherry)
    I am not going to USA/Canada because I am confident that some time in the future I will get a chance to visit there.

    I intend to do a 3 month long summer trip and the cities mentioned above are hubs from where I will head to nearby places, return and head to the next destination. So basically on this globe throttling trip, I am trying to cover as vast a region as possible.
    Its fun to travel alone and you meet a lot of interesting people on the way. However sooner or later one realizes that 3 months is too long a time and planning etc saps ones energy away.

    Which 2 countries are you planning to backpack in? and what 15 countries you have already been to?

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  3. You are a pro in travelling then. 🙂

    Yes, I know 3 months is a long time to be alone. Homesickness starts eating us up. I guess it’s more for us Indians; we have attached ourselves to family system or bond.

    Well, I haven’t explored or done any bookings till now but will book air tickets soon. 2 countries are Malaysia & Thailand.

    USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mauritius, Malaysia and rest are from Europe.

    And yes, Nepal too. 😛

    What are yours?

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