My Solo Round The World (RTW) Trip to Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Middle East.
Family, friends, countrymen, lend me your ears; I write here to tell you that I shall be backpacking across the globe. Even though I believe that time is a social construct, I think life is too short to achieve many of my personal and professional goals. I cannot accomplish them in one lifetime. However, that's not going to stop me because I'm so gangsta and I'm keep'n it real. Translation: I'm taking the opportunity I have right now prior to starting graduate school and pursuing my professional goals. I hope to build on the previous international experience I have learned from my Summer 2009 trip to this next international trip. In my previous trip, I carried my Samsonite luggage everywhere with me. I'm not joking. It was easier to carry it than to pull it because of the bumpy roads and many staircase steps. This time I bought a noice Osprey 55L backpack, which also can be a carry-on item, allowing me to eliminate check-in baggage costs. While meeting fellow solo backpackers, beggars, cougars, students, etc., learning new cultures, and eating delish food, I plan to explore life from a social, cultural, and political perspective, allowing me to gain a better appreciation and understanding what the world has to offer. This time I'll be a lil bit nicer to foreigners--ahem, French men-- who complain about US (Bush) foreign policy and stop being super duper stingy which almost cost my health. I was coughing bloody mucus!
I have to admit it is no easy task trying to plan my own solo RTW Trip. Though I could always hire someone to do it for me or buy the RTW Trip tickets sold by one of the 3 main RTW Trip service airlines: OneWorld Explorer , Skyteam, and I forget the last one. I realized I can save up to $2500 from the main airplane tickets. I've spent countless hours doing research on places where I want to go and eat. Seeking advice from globe trotting friends whom I've meet in Summer 2009 and friends whom I've met because we keep it real help a lot. However, researching and planning still continues!
On January 16, 2012, I will be flying out to Tokyo, Japan and heading back to hegemonic US from Cairo, Egypt to Washington, DC in mid-July 2012.
Please check the Google Map to see where I shall be visiting. If you have a google account, I can share my google cal with you, allowing you to know where and when I will be! If you had access to my cal but not anymore, I accidentally deleted you, so ask me for the access again!
I plan to video tape my journey as well! I am taking a GoPro Hero2 HD camera with me.
I also plan to do the 14-day trek with Sherpas to Mt. Everest base camp in May 2012. I'm seeking a partner or two, which reduces costs!
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