Lauren

Co-founder of Globetrooper.com, traveller, adventurer, analyst, chocoholic, bookworm, girl guide leader, optimist & digital nomad wannabe.

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Lauren
Lauren I love your idea for this trip - train from India to Germany through Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. If only you were going the other way as I'll be in Berlin in December :( The train system in India is great, not sure about the rest though. IndiaMike.com is a good resource and you could prob get info on the rest of your trip too. Good luck
Trip | Dehli to Berlin
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3 years ago
Dapinder Zaildar
Dapinder Zaildar train trip from delhi or himalayas to kanyakumari is best option to explore cultural diversties in india....same here hav no knowledge of rest....
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey dottylena, you might want to talk to Allison who's planning a similar trip to Europe at the same time as you. Her trip is here: http://globetrooper.com/backpacking-europe-summer-2012-1
Chris
Chris I am biased in that I live in England and there is so much to see here, so it is a must visit but if you have the time hit the rest of western Europe, Portugal is nice also, I actually prefer it to Spain. Try Ireland also especially in the south, places like Cork area, very peaceful.
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
Trip | RTW in 12+ Months
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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 Have built the itinerary of my RTW trip that is planned to start in aug 2012. Anybody willing to join?
Lauren
Lauren Hi Ludmila, I love your EFOH spirit! Haha. I've been travelling for 18+ months now after escaping. Not sure where I'll be when you start but I'll keep you posted. It would be great to meet up. Have fun planning! Let me know if you need any help.
3 years ago
Ludmila
Ludmila Hi Lauren, thanks for commenting. Indeed EFOH is a truly relevant thing for me now especially if you choose between rat racing and travelling the world. I will actually appreciate if you give me hints on interesting non tourist spots in Asia and Latin America especially on those where I can do some adventurous stuff. Would really love to get to know your travel stories, recommendations on budget hotels and other info that might be useful. I actually enjoy planning, it s almost like travelling:) I would love to stay in touch and meet up somewhere. Have fun travelling, I m really jealous about your 18 months escape
3 years ago
Todd

Todd Hi Ludmilla, in Asia, India was my favourite. Such a diverse country (beaches, desert, mountains, etc, plus the culture) and train travel is such a blast. Very cheap of course and so many famous places to explore. Thailand is good if you need a rest. It's relatively developed, has fast internet in the big cities, the people are friendly, and it's very cheap. In South America, we loved Bolivia and Peru. Peru is an easy place with lots of history and nice people, while Bolivia has lots of adventure and our favourite, the San Pedro Prison. If you want a real adventure, give this a go > http://globetrooper.com/notes/how-to-get-into-san-pedro-prison-bolivia. Would love to hear about Russia too.

3 years ago
Ludmila

Ludmila Hi Todd, thanks for the info. I do plan to stay for a while in India and explore not only tourist spots but also some hidden non tourist places. If u know those that might be of interest and give me the list I ll be very thankful. I do plan to have some rest in Thailand indeed so probably will spend there a month too. I was in Peru 2 years ago and covered pretty much of the country but defo plan Bolivia. Not very aware about the country yet. I actually wanted to write some articles on Russia and also if you need I can correct the info you have in the Region guides - not sure how quick though..P.S. Liked ur profile pic - we have climbed Kilimanjaro this year too and I just loved it so def plan some treks during my trip as well

3 years ago
Todd
Todd Wow, sounds like you've really been places :) We wrote this post on our favourite places in India: http://globetrooper.com/notes/best-places-to-go-india There's an expedition coming up that involves riding Russian sidecars through Siberia. check it out here: http://www.theadventurists.com/the-adventures/ice-run
3 years ago
Ludmila
Ludmila Been some indeed;) still a beginner though. Thanks for a link to a great India article. Read about the Siberia expedition, these guys are strong. Wow! Should seem exotic for a non Russian;)
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren I wish I spent more time in the himalayas when we were there earlier this year. I liked Kerala more than Goa but I'm not a beach person. If I were to come back I'd choose to go to Mumbai again and Leh Ladakh. Have fun!
naman
naman oh great Lauren.. you stole my words... i am planning for a Leh-ladakh trip.. when you will be in India ?
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Sorry Naman, I was in India for 4 months earlier this year. I'm not sure when I'll be back, but have a good trip
3 years ago
naman
naman oh .. thts okay , do let me know when you come india again.
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hey Carly, I'm from Australia and might be around Sydney when you're there. Have you thought about buying an old campervan or a cheap car+tent combo to travel around in? I think this is a really good way to see Australia, giving you the freedom to go off the beaten track a bit more than a bus schedule.
Trip | Indian Adventure
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3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Definitely. Keep me posted about your plans and we'll grab a beer :)
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren gumtree.com.au is a good resource for getting lifts up/down the coast if you don't end up getting a bus pass.
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hi there, I'm from Sydney but have been travelling the world for the last 18 months. I might be back in Oz when you're there, so let me know if you want to meet up for a beer.
tmouzon@alum.emory.edu
tmouzon@alum.emory.edu Sure thing, thanks!
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren This expedition is being organised by Margaret Bowling, the first and only Australian woman to row an ocean. Check out more info about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure here: http://margaretbowling.wordpress.com/
Lauren
Lauren Hi Poya, you might be interested in talking with Claire as she has a similar trip planned: http://globetrooper.com/motorcycling-couchsurfing-wildcamping-europe-2012
Todd
Todd Hey Poya, have you seen Ewan McGregor's documentary of riding around the world on a motorcycle? We got out licenses before leaving Australia and have done a bit of riding in Thailand, but dreaming of doing a bigger trip one day.
3 years ago
poya p
poya p Hi Todd, I have always dreamed of a long motorcycle trip and I am sure I will do it soon. Your plan sounds good to me and I am sure we can figure something out and make our dreams come true. Keep in touch and let me know what you think. Are you flexible for changing the time to after April maybe? Thanks
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Hi Chelsea, whereabouts in Western Europe are you now? I'm in Berlin if you swing through and want a beer with a fellow Aussie :)
Trip | Summer 2012
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3 years ago
chelsealr
chelsealr I was in Berlin but left for Dresden yesterday and didn't check my computer! Otherwise that would've been great!
3 years ago
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