RTW in 12+ Months

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Dates 1 Jul '12 to 31 Jul '13

Flexible? Yeah, sure

Est. Cost 1 - 1 USD (USD United States Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name RTW in 12+ Months

1/8/12 UPDATE: My trip got delayed to July, but still on track. I now have a better idea of what the trip may entail and what it may look like, but I'm still flexible with locations and timing. I'm glad I joined this site and have already connected with some of great people here. If anyone else is interested let me know.
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I'm 35, live in California and have been working too much for too long to build a career, a name for myself and to secure my future, only to realize that I had forgotten to live my life today. I'm ready for the experience of a lifetime. I don't yet have any specific plans and haven't done a lot of research, but I'm hoping to find someone with similar interests that wants to plan this with me. I rather not do this on my own as the best memories are those you can share with someone for years. I'm very flexible and time and money are not an issue (to a certain degree). I welcome all ideas, tips and advice as I've never attempted anything remotely similar. I'd love to find someone to go with from start to finish, but I'm also interested in meeting other world travelers for legs of the trip. Let me know what you guys think.

RTW in 12+ Months

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Ariana
Ariana Damien your are so right we are so focused on working to create a life but it’s not really living the life (if that makes any sense). You have inspired me to get my trip where ever that is sorted sooner rather than later. I am so glad I finally found a site where there are genuinely real and honest people with the same free spirit I have. If you and your followers end up in Australia let me know and I will see what my position and may jump on board to your next destination.
2 years ago
Damian
Damian Hi Ariana, thanks for the note. I'll get in touch with you once I'm closer to Australia, which probably won't be until the latter part of the year.
2 years ago
mrigasira
mrigasira I am in a similar situation as you - 42, have been working for almost 25 years continuously now, loves to travel. I am from India. Unfortunately, it is difficult for me to take off for an year and go round the world. But I love your idea - so please keep me posted. I am planning Europe for a month this summer, so if we are in at the same time we could catch up. And if you need help travelling through India, please do let me know.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Thanks Mrigasira! I'll send you my contact info so we connect. I don't think I'll be in Europe in July. But we may be able to meet somewhere else. I will be spending sometime in India, but I don't know yet when.
3 years ago
mrigasira
mrigasira Sure...do let me know whenever you are in India. I have travelled quite a lot within India, and can help you with planning etc. I will keep you posted on my Europe plans.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Thanks!
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Sounds good. Thanks!
3 years ago
abhishektch
abhishektch I recently went to Paris for my office work and enjoyed a lot there. Its a beautiful city. You can also check <a href ="http://www.myrajasthantravel.com">Rajasthan Travel</a>
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Thanks! I'm def planning to spend some time there.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Hi Lisa, this is great. Let's connect. My trip is now delayed a few months because of some health issues. I need Spine Surgery, but hope to recover by July.
3 years ago
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3 years ago
Alobar00
Alobar00 Hi Damien. My situation is similar to yours. I'm 29 and have been working constantly since graduation. I want to give a 1-year break before taking the next step. I plan starting in New Zealand, travelling Australia and Pacific islands, heading to South east Asia over Indonesia, then India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey at the end. Not sure how long this would take. I didn't make any plans yet.
3 years ago
Rick L
Rick L Hi Damien.... Not sure if you finalized anything yet. I'm 56, live in SF, and am looking for a travel partner do China, February or March 2012. I'm in grat shape, etc, let me know your thoughts. Rick
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Damian, wow that's a lotta countries for 12 months! Will you be doing the trip on a budget (i.e. backpacking, hostels, couchsurfing) or more luxurious? And are you wanting to plan it all out before you jet off or just have a general plan and be able to stay longer/shorter in places when get there? I'm not sure where I'll be in the world, probably Australia, Chile or Canada in Mar'12, it would be great to meet up for a beer/coffee. What's your rough plan? Which continent first? Cheers
3 years ago
Todd
Todd We got "stuck" in India for 5 months straight :) So yeah, lots of countries. But I'm sure it would be a blast too. Highly recommend India, Egypt and Peru from that list. Australia is pretty expensive, but a good wind-down from the culture shock of Asia and elsewhere.
3 years ago
Damian

Damian Yea, I know I won't make it to all those countries in one year. That's my dream list. I don't want to rush, so even if I get to half the list I'll be happy. Todd, when you say 'stuck,' do you mean not by choice? Ouch. I'd like to hear that story.
Lauren, I want to do a little bit of everything. My plan is to stay in some nice hotels in key destination. Backpack, coach surf and hosteling for legs of the trip, get a car and road trip for other parts of the trip. I don't have anything planned yet, but I don't want to have a set itinerary. I'll figure it out as I go. Not sure yet if I want to start in South America or Australia. I want to leave Europe for last.

3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey Damian, no, I meant stuck as in we loved it so much that we didn't leave until our visas expired. There was adventure around every corner, as long as you keep away from the tourist hotspots. It's very easy to get off the tourist path in India. We only ran into too many tourists once we hit Goa.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Ok, that sounds much better now. Yea, I want to do a little of both. Some key tourist traps, but mostly out and about mingling with the locals and being exposed to the culture. I just started planning and have a million questions. Maybe I can run some by you and Lauren once I can get them all compiled. You guys seem to have a lot of experience in this.
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Give us a call whenever you like, my skype name is globetrooperlauren. My first piece of advice if you don't already have it, is get skype :) And be careful of Australia. It's big and expensive = budget blown for a lot of ppl.
3 years ago
frayknott
frayknott hi all...damian i wish i could leave everything and just go away for a year exploring the world myself!! i initialy thought about taking a month off work and seeing a couple of places but the more i think about it the more i want to leave it all behind and going for an amazing adventure around the world. add me on skype ana4blandiana. would love to keep in touch and if i cant do th whole year maybe i could meet you on some of the journey.
3 years ago
Matthew Hunt
Matthew Hunt in your trip don't forget the treasurers close to home. have you ever been to my home state Kentucky? we have the mammoth cave, land between the lakes, swamps, mountains, and one of the deepest rivers in the world.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Matthew, you are absolutely right. My idea is to do the US later on in life. On a bike or RV. I know, complete opposites. I think it will depend on my age, haha.
3 years ago
Matthew Hunt
Matthew Hunt very cool dude but if you will when all this is over. tell us about your trip on "Sun, Cload, & Halo." on Facebook... its this little page i made so that peaple can share trip info and stories on facebook. im not selling any thing there its just for fun. good luck bro.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian I could find that group on FB. Can you send me a link? I plan on blogging about it too. I will give the address once it's all set up.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Matt, I meant I could not find it.
3 years ago
Ludmila
Ludmila Hi Damian! Liked ur travel plan a lot! Have quite a similar intention in terms of career break and travelling the world though I plan to start a bit later. It would be great to learn more about ur Asia plan! Also let me know if you need info on Russia
3 years ago
Damian
Damian Hi! When are you planning to start? I will start in central and south America moving east then through French Polynesia, and Australia so it be be a little while before I get to SE Asia. I don't have all the details, but I know I want to visit Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore. Then move towards China and Japan.
3 years ago
Ludmila
Ludmila Hi, tentatively in August next year. I plan to start from Central Asia (Tadjikistan or Uzbekistan) moving eastwards covering almost every country and fly to South America from Hong Kong or smth. Thailand, Vientnam are on the list as well. I though plan to skip Australia and Polinesia due to visa implications.
3 years ago
Damian
Damian What kind of visa implications? Trying to figure out if there's something I should know.
3 years ago
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