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ulrike
ulrike Tucker: do you know roughly the dates you'll be in each continent? It's hard to tell if I'll be in the same places because your list covers a whole year. For example, I'll be in Asia early 2011 onwards.
Todd
Todd Ulrike/Tucker, we'll be in India in Feb '11. Should catch up if you're around then. Also Tucker, we're in Montreal now. We'll be in Toronto for a wedding next weekend (3rd), maybe we can catch up before you go.
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond When in middle east? Theres a few of us here doing meet ups in egypt or jordan, depending on final dates.
4 years ago
TuckerWasHere

TuckerWasHere Hey everyone - I'm still new to GlobeTrooper, so bear with me! Because I've bought an around the world ticket with OneWorld, the dates are flexible. However, I expect the trip to be something like this: Europe until mid Sep (ish), Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, kenya/Tanzania until end Oct... (depends if I decide to climb Kili or not). India, Nepal, Tibet until end of Nov, SE Asia for 2-3 months (until end of Feb). Australia for 6-8 weeks (visiting Family etc...), NZ for 3 weeks perhaps until May, then Los Angeles + visiting places in the US, visiting friends etc... until the end of June then back home to TO. Everything is flexi at this point, and I'm going to play a lot by ear and just go with the flow. I may chose to stay in certain places longer, or cut short other locations. I'm not sure! :)

Todd - a catch up would be great... send me a message directly and we can go from there. BTW, you HAVE to go to Boustan restaurant on Crescent. Great Lebanese food! I used to live around the corner and got to know the owners quite well - great price, great food if you like Lebanese! :)

4 years ago
reginatravelsworld
reginatravelsworld real quick...doing the same thing I let end of May in Africa...now in England...going to Russia, Jordan, Egypt after this...maybe you're around there now? Sorry, I don't know how to send you a private message so doing it on here...
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond I'm looking to do the trans manchurian next year, not sure exactly on dates yet. But i cam across this site that has helpful informtion on booking tickets. http://www.seat61.com/Trans-Siberian.htm
Andreas
Andreas Thanks vagabond, seat61.com is very helpful indeed. And that's not limited to the Transsib :)
4 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Anyone keen to climb Aconcagua or do the Inca Trail early next year? And any other ideas for adventures in South America?
Region | Latin America Travel Forum 4 years ago
Todd
Todd Absolument! Check out this trip... not for the faint-hearted http://globetrooper.com/buenos-aires-to-aconcagua-polish-traverse-route-2011
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Go the Galapagos! Best trip I've done in my entire life! Heading back next year if all goes to plan.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey tachyon, why so? Is it more than the unique wildlife? Did you trek much? I suspect it's much less commercial than the Inca Trail.
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond The machu picchu trail is still quite difficult, no matter how many people do it each year. The elevation really gets to some people.
4 years ago
Suzy
Suzy Hello Lauren. I am hopeful to do the Inca Trail in Feb next year. I will need to train a bit, I haven't done any hiking before this and I hear it is very strenuous with a lot of staircases
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Todd: there's not much trekking to be done, as you're required to stay on very limited paths around the islands and have a guide with you at all times. But the wildlife is just so...Words can't really describe it. I'm planning to go back next year to do a liveaboard diving trip there (budget pending). It's certainly not cheap to get there or go on a cruise, but for anybody who has even the remotest interest in natural history, it's one of the most amazing places on the planet.
4 years ago
tachyon
tachyon Also, I did the Inca Trail last year. It's not *that* bad. It's the altitude rather than the distance that will get you.
4 years ago
Meg
Meg The Inca Trail really isn't that bad as long as you take a few days to acclimatise to the altitude before you actually start hiking! By biggest tip would be blister plasters though! It doesn't matter how comfy your shoes are for normal hiking, that many staircases means blisters - prevention's better than having to hike 2 more days with blisters...
4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike Great tip! It's these things that turn an "okay" adventure into a "great" adventure.
4 years ago
scottooooo
scottooooo Hey there giulia.I will be getting to Cairo on the 11 of September.I'm going to spend 4 or five days in Egypt and then head to Jordan next.I'm trying to figure out the Israel/Syria deal.Syria won't let you in if you have been to Israel,so maybe Syria after Jordan and then Israel.
Trip | Cairo to Istanbul
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4 years ago
giuliadventures
giuliadventures But only 4/5 days in Egypt? Anyway, I'll skip the Egypt tour coz I've been there 4 times already/I'm officially going there for work! I know about some friends who went to Israel and got a visa on a separate piece of paper, not on the passport (I think it's something they do for tourists). It would be nice to get that if possibile! Anyway Im pretty sure Sep 10th is too early for me, I have to settle down in Cairo and everything. Sorry:(
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond giuli... what sort of work? i wish i had a job that would send me all over the world. but i'll just have to do with taking lots of holidays for now. :)
4 years ago
giuliadventures
giuliadventures no no no I don't work at the moment, lol. I will look for something when I'm there... usually I work in hotels where you work like 9 months a year then I travel. But this time I still don't know what I'm going to find and I'm super-curious:)))
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi guys, Someone else has posted a trip with *exactly* the same name and the same picture, but going at a different time. Maybe it's worth sharing ideas on itineraries. The other trip is here: http://globetrooper.com/cairo-to-istanbul-2011
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Hi Todd & Lauren, I'm still keen to join on at least some of these treks - I don't know if i'd be able to train before the Aconcagua climb in Jan but would be keen to do some climbs / treks in 2011. Vanessa
Todd
Todd Hey Vanessa; great to hear from you. Maybe we should get together for Mont Blanc in 2011. Have never been to Chamonix, but it sounds like a nice place to call 'lower base camp' :)
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond There's this Mont Blanc course with Adventure Consultants (famous guiding company for anyone that reads mtn literature). See this link http://www.adventureconsultants.com/adventure/MontBlancCourseAscent/
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond Though this AMS 12-day prep is probably the worldwide standard http://www.climbalaska.org/mtc-12day.html
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Mt Blanc sounds great - would be a first for me too. If don't manage the mountain there's always the cable car back to Chamonix :P vagabond - the climbalaska course looks amazing (and slightly terrifying...) thanks for the link. Would definitely want to do some high altitude training to adjust - last time I got a bit headachy above 4500m - might have to head to NZ for that. :)
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi all, I'm really eager to climb Ama Dablam sometime in the next three years (it's even at the top of my bucket list - http://globetrooper.com/trooper/todd). So I'm looking for anyone interested in developing their mountaineering skills. I'm not sure of the best path, but maybe a 10-day technical course in Alaska, then Aconcagua in Argentina, then Mont Blanc in France, and then finally Ama Dablam. Anyone interested?
Region | Greater Asia Travel Forum 4 years ago
comehikewithmike
comehikewithmike I recommend the courses at AMS. It's a stunning environment to 'learn the ropes' - excuse the pun. Here's a link to the 12-day technical course. http://www.climbalaska.org/mtc-12day.html
4 years ago
vagabond
vagabond You guys are giving me shivers just talking about it. Give me a hot desert, jungle or city any day.
4 years ago
Vanessa
Vanessa Todd when are you thinking of doing the technical course in Alaska? Depending on timelne might be able to join!
4 years ago
Todd
Todd There are a few options for this: Alaska, France, Colorado, BC (Canada), NZ, etc. The Alaskan Mountaineering School has quite a reputation (and plenty of training ground). France may be the second best option combining the mountaineering course with a summit of Mont Blanc.
4 years ago
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