Get out 2011

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Dates 1 Feb '11 to 2 Feb '12

Flexible? Yeah, sure

Est. Cost 10,000 - 20,000 AUD (AUD Australia Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Get out 2011

I will be finishing up my job at the end of Jan 2011 and departing 1st February 2011 to USA west coast for 2 weeks then heading over to Language school (Spanish) in Guatemala (and surrounding countries) for 5 - 12 weeks.

After that I am going to go with the flow, but am open to going to:
- Central/South america
- North America
- Europe

I have nowhere in mind to go second, but lots of places/things I want to see and do. It all depends who I meet along the way and how things go. I went to Peru, Chile and Bolivia for 1 month this year (2010) and it was great but not long enough. All other places in the regions mentioned above I have never been to, but plan on seeing as much as I can.

I plan to be away from Australia for at least 6 months, the longer the better.

I don't plan on working while away, but may try things out for the experience, which may even include volunteer work, fruit picking, whatever.

If anyone would like to meet up along the way, or invite me along feel free to contact me.

email: brovah@gmail.com

Get out 2011

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brovah
brovah It's the final count down and I will be setting off. For those interested or in the region, I will be heading to Tikal (from Quetxaltenango) in Gatemala around the 12th March.
4 years ago
brovah
brovah I will be getting my tickets this week. Will be going to the US for probably the first 2 weeks of Feb 2011. Then moving into Central America from there.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Sounds like a great trip. Were you in software or another part of IT? Will you write a blog about your adventures? We're actually just about to leave Montreal to go to Peru (originally from Sydney). We think we'll spend a few months in Argentina, but who knows, wherever the wind takes us. We may still be in Latin America when you arrive. Would be great to catch up.
4 years ago
brovah
brovah Yeah I may have a blog, something to keep the people back home up on my latest adventures :) . I work as a software tester. I live in the Penrith region of Sydney :) It would be great to meet as many people as possible :) Keep watching this space :)
4 years ago
Todd

Todd Ahh, at the foot of the blue mountains. We'd get up to the mountains every easter, we'd love it up there. I think spending time there, away from computers, etc., is part of the reason we're now exploring the world and not stuck in offices.

You mention you'll buy a one-way ticket. You may already know this, but the trick is to buy the one-way ticket using reward points. If you pay cash, it will cost just as much as a return ticket. But it only takes half as many points. So if you plan it properly (and don't have any Qantas points now), find a credit card deal where you get lots of bonus points up front. Sign up for it, do whatever you have to do to get the point, cancel the card, and get your free one-way ticket. That's how we got to Montreal one-way.

Just to let you know, the reason we have to leave Latin America by mid-Feb is for this trip: http://globetrooper.com/the-great-circular-indian-railway-challenge-2011. It's going to be crazy. We think there'll be 30-50 people joining.

4 years ago
brovah

brovah Interesting to know about the credit card, however a) ive never had a credit card, only a debit card, b) i am not spending any money, I am totally in tight ass mode hahaha so dont think I would be able to aquire more points, but I will look into it (any companys to recommend as a starting point). I was thinking if the price was close for a return, i would get it and put a far off date on it, that way i could take it or leave it.

How to open ended tickets work? I gather you have to be a full fare ticket holder to get this option?

Yeah, being in an office all day sucks hard. It's all I have done and you can waste your life doing it for nothing. One of the aims of my trip is to get away from computers. Plus I am looking for my passion in life, another reason to get out of Sydney - it's expensive and after 26 years of living here, I need to be somewhere else :P

4 years ago
Todd

Todd We only had debit cards too at the time. We signed up for the Qantas American Express Ultimate card. We both received 50,000 points for signing up. But we had to spend $4k on each card within 3 months to qualify. Sounds like a lot, but we just put everything on the card and paid it back straight away. I even bought a couple of Macbook Pro 13s from JB Hifi and sold them on eBay straight away to hit the target. We needed 64,000 points to get to Montreal, but we did a few other things to get the numbers up. It took a bit of effort, and we weren't really strapped for cash, but it's a real bonus not paying for the flight, especially from Sydney. Since being here, we've seen return flights to Sydney from North America for as little as $650. Crazy.

I only realised how expensive Sydney was once we spent some time OS. In Montreal we live in what I think is the nicest area possible, and it's $200 (CAD) per week including elec, water, phone and broadband. Food isn't much cheaper, but you'd pay $400-600 for accomm in a similar area in Syd. If you're willing to share a house, you could get it down to $100-150 a week in Montreal. About half the cost of staying in a hostel.

4 years ago
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Highlights

  • neuschwanstein
  • hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Salsa Dancing
  • Language school
  • Mayan Pyramid
  • Europe !
  • Quetzaltenango (xela)
  • alcatraz
  • Hollywood

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  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Scuba & Snorkelling
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Railway Touring
  • Backpacking
  • Volunteering