Post-Trip Video: Highlights From 7 Months Abroad

I always figured I would make some sort of amateur video or montage from the footage I took during my travels. It’s nothing fancy; I never really used a tripod and I didn’t use sophisticated software to edit the final product. That being said, it is pretty good quality footage of some very cool places. Hopefully it will inspire some people to visit one of them. Thanks, Dana, for the Hong Kong vids.

Oh, and it’s a nice tidy 31 minutes long (make sure to select 1080p for the best quality):

Living Costs per Day by Country

I remember researching the living costs for backpacking around the world and finding many different sources. I’d like to add my numbers to the mix.After perusing my credit card statements and ATM receipts, I have compiled the costs associated with my RTW trip broken down by country by day. These numbers are from my trip in 2013 and exclude flights (my RTW ticket, and a few other fares included below) and pre-trip expenses:

Average cost per day by country visited.

Average cost per day by country visited.

I have also included my pre-trip expenses:

Pre-trip expenses by category.

Pre-trip expenses by category.

I stayed in decent but cheap hostels everywhere except where I could get better accommodations for free (friends, family, free hotel nights, etc.). I certainly didn’t shy away from some more costly adventures/activities that can affect the daily budget, but if you read through the associated blog posts for a country, you can get a sense of how I traveled and budgeted my funds.

Visas: In Advance or On-The-Fly?

Just a few stamps from the trip.

Just a few stamps from the trip.

Yet another important area of pre-trip planning – once you have built your likely itinerary – is to assess the visa requirements in the countries you intend to visit. As an American, I have a couple sources I check first: Wikipedia Visa Map and U.S. State Department. The Wiki page will give you a good overall sense of where American citizens can travel: visa-free, visa on arrival, or prearranged visa. Then, of course, cross check that information with the State Department’s travel page where you can find more detailed information for each nation.

There are some interesting and unusual cases such as Chile, where you only pay a one-time fee (~$160) when entering via international flight into Santiago, but are free to enter overland.¬†Argentina changed it’s policy similar to Chile’s to a flat fee for any entry in January 2013…be sure to keep track of changing conditions! [Note: Chile got rid of their $160 fee for Americans in 2014]¬†Many countries that have more restrictive entry requirements make visas available at their Embassies or Consulates around the U.S. However, the process can be quite complicated, lengthy and sometimes rather expensive if you are on a budget. That said, the typical tourist visa does not require too much other than your passport, a photo and some personal information. Some of the key things to focus on are: the type of visa, the duration of validity, length of stay allowed, and if it is a single or multiple entry visa.

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Where I Slept…Round the World for 7 Months

– Over 64,000 miles traveled
– 5 continents, 20 countries
– Around 100 different beds, buses, trains, planes and airport lounge chairs