Every time we talk to our family or friends about our trip, we are asked many questions. Here are some of those questions and the short answers for those:
- How much is all of this going to cost? We have approximately $55,000/USD to spend on our trip. This is after buying all gear and our first few plane/bus tickets. Hopefully, we will have some of this left over afterwards. This will pay for all transportation (planes, trains, buses, ships, etc.), food, shelter, sights, souvenirs, and excurions/activities. We will budget generally around $50-$75 per day without transportation and large activities. Note: If people donate, this number could change…This will vary as living in Nepal should cost us around $20-$30/day and Europe may cost up to $120/day.
- How will you save that much money? Key word here: SAVE! We don’t consider ourselves better with our money than anyone else or better off than anyone else. What we have comes from two key things: We work very hard and we make conscious decisions about what we do with our money as opposed to letting our money decide what we will/can do. We each work 2 jobs at present and would like to do more to save. We also have had yard sales, are taking donations, and using our faith entirely. Any ideas/suggestions/work that needs doing? Send us a Comment.
- How long have you been planning? How long will you be gone? We started planning/saving in the Fall of 2006. We will be gone for 18 months approximately.
- Where are you going? We are hoping to travel to around 70 countries/islands on 6 continents. For more information, look at our Itinerary page.
- Why are you doing this? We are still young! It has always been both of our dream to see the world, experience it, and to somehow hopefully make our mark upon it. What better learning experience could we give ourselves? None! We are sure that we will come back to the U.S. more intelligent, more tolerant, and more ready to face whatever we encounter in our lives. Throughout our lives, we have both felt a great desire to help other people. This trip will allow us to do a lot of volunteer work, to share our views, and to gain the knowledge to possibly continue this work throughout our lifetime.
- Are your family and friends supportive of this, or do they think you are nuts? We have found most people to be at least interested. There have been a few people that seemed indifferent or even offended by the idea of us going on this trip. Those people are no longer our friends. We wish, of course, that more people would do these sorts of things, since we believe that knowledge is the only way to empower our world to change for the better in how we treat one another.
- What do you plan to do when you return? We have no clue where we will be! Start back to work to save for our next adventure. Then again, we may just decide to move overseas for awhile.
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