Over the past few months, many people have asked us questions about long-term international travel. We’ve selected a few of those questions and are sharing our responses below. Feel free to send us your questions/comments.
Are you in any danger of filling up your passport?
Yes! Brian needed to add pages to his passport– as a result, we had to visit a local US consulate office to resolve this issue in order to continue traveling. If you are able to, it’s best to take care of this prior to your departure– it will make life a lot easier!
With limited suitcase space…are you able to buy souvenirs?
Yes, we have purchased a few souvenirs–mostly small ones. However, we feel that our greatest souvenirs are our memories, photographs, and videos.
Speaking of souvenirs…is there any one thing that you are collecting from each spot or some kind of consistent way you’re commemorating each place you go?
Initially, we had thought about doing something like this; however, since we are traveling lightly and on a strict budget, we decided to forgo this idea and focus on the experience instead.
How do you get around?
Planes, trains, buses, boats, and automobiles have been our primary modes of transportation. We also do A LOT of walking– probably 6-10 miles on any given day. Some of our more adventurous types of transportation include elephant, horse carriage, and rickshaw.
Have you experienced any problems– lost/stolen luggage, scams, severe illness, etc.?
Thankfully, for the most part, we haven’t had any major problems. Although Catherine’s suitcase was sliced at an airport in Ecuador, it is still fine to use until the end of our trip. As for scams, so far so good. We did get duped into doing an expensive and incredibly cheesy photo shoot at the Taj Mahal– but really it’s more of a hoot than anything else! We’ve had some minor colds and slight stomach discomfort, but nothing major. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the rest of our trip goes as smoothly!
What is your advice for people planning a world trip?
Go for it! Create your dream list of places to visit and start planning. Often times, people might think that the timing isn’t right, they’ll wait until next year, or travel later in life. Avoid making excuses. Sure, you might need to make sacrifices like sell your car, rent your home, etc.; however, it will be worth it and definitely one of the best decisions in your life.