There was a Portuguese poet that once said: “feel everything in every way” (Fernando Pessoa). I relate a lot to that so, basically, I want to see/smell/taste/touch/listen every place and living being of the Universe. As going on a space tour is still to expensive I had to stick with planet Earth. And as my boss only gave me one year of leave without payment I had to plan this trip for that time. Hence, I started to pin on a map all the places I want to go (obviously it didn’t work well because I ended up with 182 pins), then I decided to prioritise and visit the top 15 countries, only 15 because I don’t want to simply go to the touristic places, tick the box and move on, rather I desire to understand the cultures and learn new philosophies of life as well as to explore the wild Nature, which requires more time in each place (one month is a nice standard).
My top 15 countries were:
- Antarctica (does it count?)
As you can see this covers 6 continents (there’s no Europe in it because I grew up in there and know it quite well), which means a lot of air travelling and, consequently, high costs. Thus, I started to look for round the world airfares and found out that it isn’t as simple and cheap as they say; it comes with a lot of constraints and restraints, like maximum number of flights, maximum mileage (overland also counts), mandatory direction (west to east or vice versa) and you have to book all the flights when you buy it (travel dates are possible to change but locations have an extra cost), meaning you totally lose your freedom and flexibility. Therefore I quit that idea and started to think that I should focus just on a particular area where overland travelling would be possible most of the way, hence Asia!
That being said, the actual plan is to spend one month on each of the following countries, if possible doing couchsurfing, woofing, volunteering and living like the locals do:
But hey, keep your options open and follow the Sun!