I am going to Myanmar at the end of 2012 and am looking for a travel buddy or two(or three).
It is a trip with a Difference.
I am sick of being a consumerist tourist-over consuming banana pancakes and seeing one million pagodas and Buddhas.
I want to be more of an altruistic philanthropist type traveler.
As well as seeing all the sight and sounds and tasting all the food and sampling all the other delights I will be doing a little philanthropy along the way. I might deviate and visit an orphanage for the day which you are welcome to come along or do your own day trip
I am budgeting for a few hundred extra purely for the purpose of distributing it to worthy poverty-stricken individuals in Burma/Myanmar.
Maybe helping a Burmese breadwinner start a small business (like a food stall) by providing the necessary cash $$$.
Maybe provide the school fees for a poverty-stricken family with many children.
I already support people through Kiva.org and Good Return.org but I also want to be like Marc Gold (www.100friends.org) a bit.
Yes there will still be sightseeing and god forbid for any female travelers who comes along, some serious shopping; but punctuated between these activities there will be the opportunity to be on the lookout for people who can be helped financially. You don't have to be involved but if I am absent for a few hours it may be doing that.
I am a mature aged(n=62) Aussi male-experienced traveler.
I usually travel through Asia by myself but this time I thought it would be different to share the road with someone and share the myriad of experiences that traveling in Asia brings.
Plan = Sydney(Australia) to Kuala Lumpur ($150) Nov/Dec on Air Asia then connecting flight to Myanmar with AA ($75-$100).
Spend 28 days+ there and maybe head off to India.
It is possible to extend the 30 day customary visa.
Return with Air Asia via KL.
Need a good sense of humour, plenty of patience[not with me but the Asian culture] and to be flexible in thought.
And a generous spirit.
How does that sound? Interested?????????????
So what do you think?
Trip to Burma/Myanmar in November/December 2012
Still looking for flights? You can have flight experts compete against one another to find you the absolute best and cheapest flights.
When I get some committed people.Nobody yet.
There are no specifics. Raise money at home; go to Burma with it. Distribute it to worthy local people.
I like to keep it simple.
5 years ago
travelinhappy Wow, this sounds like an awesome concept. I am in the midst of preparing for an RTW representing the 28 million people currently living with cancer. Can you tell me the specifics of what you are doing and when?
5 years ago
Brooks Hi Dali, I'm headed to Thailand in Mid-November to start a rtw. I briefly went to Burma in 2008, and can't wait to go back to travel more extensively. Do you know more specifically where you'd like to go and what your dates will be? Thanks!
5 years ago
dali Thanks for the India trip info.
I am not really into long train trips.