“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
CREDITABLE: Who Am I
Explorer (Road Scholar) | Travel Log: 101 countries (6 continents) + All 50 U.S. States…
Countries I Have Visited:
Seen so far… 101 Countries:
Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco (Western Sahara), Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea (DMZ), Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Bahamas, The Netherlands, Togo, Turkey (Northern Cyprus), Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom (Gibraltar, North Ireland, Scotland, Wales), United States (All 50 states, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Washington D.C.), Uruguay, Vatican City, Zambia, Zimbabwe
U.S. States I Have Visited:
Seen all 50 States: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, TEXAS, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Countries and the U.S. States I Have Lived In:
Afghanistan, Belgium, United Kingdom, United States (Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, Puerto Rico, TEXAS, Virginia)
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” – Benjamin Franklin
UK to CAIRO (52 weeks) Trans Africa Overland Expedition (26+ Countries) was started in early November 2018 to November 2019…
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
- In the summer of 2021, myself & a friend will drive up to Alaska then motorcycle down from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina in about 7 months:) … a distance of around 19,000 miles (30,000 kilometers).
Other Alternative Plans
- Timing???: Houston – Bangkok-byland-Hanoi – (Manila?) – Beijing-byland(Trans-Siberian Railroad(JUN-AUG)-Saint Petersburg – ??? – London – Houston
- SEPT: Houston – London – ??? – Saint Petersburg-byland(Trans-Siberian Railroad(JUN-AUG))-Beijing – (Manila?) – Hanoi-byland-Bangkok- Houston
- 2022-2023: Adventure Sailing… “The World ARC” – Full Round the World (15 months) with Rubicon 3 – Sailing holidays that combine genuine adventure, top quality sail training, and time to head ashore and explore some of the most beautiful places in the world.
“We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.” – Gloria Gaither
KNOW THYSELF: What Traveler Type Are You?
Three different quizzes to choose from:
- What kind of traveler are you? A QUIZ
- Quiz: What Kind of Traveler Are You?
- Broad Search of Traveler Types: Google Search
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
LOCATION / PLACES: Where do you want to go?
Things to consider:
Cost / Expense
- Cost Tip:
- Move from Expensive to Cheaper Destination:
- It is easier to budget your money by first visiting an expensive destination by spending less there then passing on the money/savings to a cheaper destination to enjoy more there.
- Travel in a circle (Clockwise or Counterclockwise) from Entry/Departure airport to save money.
- Expense Index Data: DoD Defense Travel Management Office Per Diem Rates Query
- Move from Expensive to Cheaper Destination:
- Google Search: Travel Cost
- Hopper (app) (no ads) – A mobile application that uses big data (Three & half years of data) to predict (one year in advance) and analyze airfare (within $5). Consequently, it provides travelers with the information they need to get the best deals on flights and notifies them when prices for their flights are at their predicted lowest points.
- Hopper Info Video (04:12) on Bloomberg – Hopper App Takes the Guesswork Out Of Hidden Airfare Fees
- Wikivoyage – Public domain and user-contributed travel information.
Time of Year / Season / Weather
- Weather Tip:
- Cold/Cool to Warm destinations (More stuff to carry to fewer things)
- Best Time To Go – Best month to travel to some of the most popular cities. Get info on weather, cost of living, holidays, festivals, cafes, and restaurants all in one …
- The Best Time To Visit – When To go – Best Weather & Climate
- US Weather Road Trip Planner – Get weather conditions for your road trip
- Google Earth (Standalone Program) – Weather (Quick way to see current conditions over a large area)
- Weather (app) – Download a weather app
Travel Log Tracker
- PolarSteps – The Personal Travel Log in Your Pocket. Track and share your journeys quickly and beautifully, turning your travel moments into lifetime memories.
“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Barbara Hoffman
TRANSPORTATION: How are you getting around?
- Airfare Tips:
- Least costly days to fly: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday [Source].
- Best time to Buy low-cost airline tickets: Tuesday 3 pm Eastern Time.
- If you have a flexible schedule, ask the gate attendant to put you on the overbooked short-list.
- You can save money on food if you bring your brown bag food (Subway foot long) and an empty water bottle.
- SeatGuru – Airline Seating Charts – Best Airplane Seats – The ultimate source for airplane seating, in-flight amenities, and airline information.
- If needed, FlyOnward – A Flight Ticket Rental Service that provides you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad. Because, in many countries around the world, you will not be allowed to enter as a tourist without proof of onward travel. The service gives you a proof of onward travel, without the hassle of paying for expensive airfares upfront. You simply “rent” the ticket for a small fee.
- 1st Search Step – Google Flights – Choose your flight from a simple list of results, explore destinations on a map, and find travel dates with the lowest fare with Flight Search.
- Positive Strengths: Finding Availability and Searching Quickly
- Negative Weaknesses: Cheapest Price and Mistake Fares
- Outcome: Exact location and Exact dates
Now for the travel platform transition from Google Flights to Momondo for a possible cheaper airline price. Now do a Momondo search with that exact location and exact dates from the Google Flights search.
- 2nd Search Step – Momondo – Find and compare cheap fares from 700+ travel sites, giving you access to the best rates for airline tickets online.
- Positive Strengths: Searching Online Travel Agency (OTAs) and Cheapest Price
- Negative Weaknesses: Range of Dates and Searches Quickly
- Outcome: Possible cheaper airline flight
- Skyscanner – Flight search tool with no fees will help you find cheap flights, plane tickets, and travel deals with hundreds of airlines to your favorite destinations.
- If stranded at an airport and you do not care about the location:
- Select ‘One way’
- From ‘The Airport you are in’
- To ‘Leave Blank’
- Depart ‘Today Date’
- Select ‘Search flights,’ and the results will be the cheapest fare out of that location
- If stranded at an airport and you do not care about the location:
- Rome2Rio – An online multimodal transport search engine. It is a worldwide covering platform capable of long-distance trip planning as well as local journey planning.
- GateGuru (app) – Flight and airport information
- FlyLC – Cheap Flights in Europe – All Routes and low fare Airlines
- Rideways – Affordable Airport Transfers & Taxi Service – Pre-book quality airport transfers, taxi and chauffeur services, trains, and buses in over 500 cities worldwide. Book online, save time, and reduce hassle.
- Wikivoyage – Round the world flights
- AirTreks: Around the World Tickets and Multi-Stop Flights – Explore routes for multi-stop international flights with TripPlanner, our tool for finding the most effortless way to fly around the world.
- Some examples of Budget Airlines – List of low-cost airlines
- Wikivoyage – Round the world overland
- AutoSlash (Car Rental) – Site that automatically lowers/switches your rate when prices drop
- Uber (app) – A peer-to-peer ridesharing, taxi cab, food delivery, bicycle-sharing, and transportation network company with operations in 785 metropolitan areas worldwide.
- Lyft (app) – An on-demand transportation company that operates in approximately 300 U.S. cities and Canada.
- RV Rental – ???
Bus / Train
- Wanderu – Search Cheap Bus & Train Tickets: Search hundreds of carriers across North America & Europe and never charge any extra booking by comparing bus and train options, prices and scanning for last-minute getaways
- Trainline (app)- Europe’s leading independent train ticket retailer. Book domestic & cross-border train tickets in 35 European countries. No hidden fees. It sells tickets through its website, by telephone, and through its mobile app. The main offices are in London, Paris, and Edinburgh.
- Rail Europe – A North American distributor of European train tickets and rail pass, representing over 50 railroads throughout Europe.
- The Man in Seat 61 – The guide to train travel in the UK, Europe & worldwide, with occasional ferry recommendations.
Cruise Ship + Airlines
- Cruisesheet – Get cruise deals sent to your inbox such as Last Minute Cruise Deals and repositioning cruises.
Maps (In order of preference)
- Google Maps (app) – A web mapping service that offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle, or public transportation. Offline maps are available too.
- MAPS.ME (app) (download) – Offline maps of the whole world.
- CityMaps2Go (app) – An iPhone and Android app for travel and navigation, developed by Ulmon.
- Citymapper (app) – A mobile urban travel app and route calculator.
“To those who stay put, the world is but an imaginary place. But to the movers, the makers, and the shakers, the world is all around, an endless invitation.” – Unknown
LODGING (In order of preference): Where are you staying?
- Hostelworld.com (app) – Online confirmed bookings for backpacker hostels around the world. City guides, sightseeing, entertainment, and backpacking information for hostels.
- CouchSurfing (CS) (app) – A volunteer-based worldwide network is connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice.
- Airbnb (app) – Rent unique accommodations from local hosts in 191+ countries
- iOverlander (app) – A nonprofit mapping website of places for overlanders and travelers. It includes camping, hotels, restaurants, mechanics, water, propane filling, and many other things.
- Free Campsites – A simple, map-based search engine to find free and cheap camping areas.
- Hipcamp – An online travel service designed to help people discover and book camping experiences: From public parks to private land, it is a comprehensive guide to camping across the US. Camp on ranches, farms, vineyards, and land preserves.
- DayUse – a booking platform for hotel rooms during part of the day to shower & nap…
- HostelBookers – Hostels, Youth Hostels & Cheap Hotels – Hostels & cheap hotels available in over 100 countries worldwide. Backpackers, students, and budget travelers get the best prices for youth hostels and cheap …
- Roomer – A travel marketplace in which users can list their non-refundable hotel reservations for sale and offer them to buyers at a discounted price.
“A traveling fool is better than a sitting wise person.” – Mongolian Proverb
ACTIVITIES / EXPERIENCES (See, Do, Eat, & Drink)(In order of preference):
- Wikivoyage (app) – Review the ‘See’ | ‘Do’ | ‘Eat’ | ‘Drink’ | sections of location.
- CouchSurfing (CS) (app) – A worldwide volunteer-based network connecting travelers with members of local communities using:
- The ‘Hangout Now’ function
- The ‘Events’ in the area function
- Meetup (app) – an online social networking portal that allows members to find and join offline group meetings in various localities around the world unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies.
- TripAdvisor (app) – Unbiased hotel reviews, photos, and travel advice for hotels and vacations – Compare prices with just one click.
- AAA TripTik Travel Planner – AAA maps provide accurate routing for trips you’re planning.
- Roadside America – A travel tool and guide to unusual attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and road trips in the United States.
- Airbnb Experiences (Crowd-sourcing) – Book experiences designed and led by some of the most interesting people out there (aka Custom/Private Experience).
- Foursquare (app) – A local search-and-discovery service mobile app which provides search results for its users based on users’ “previous browsing history, purchases, or check-in history.”
- Yelp (app) – Publish crowd-sourced reviews about local businesses, as well as the online reservation service and online food-delivery service.
“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain
- TourRadar – [WORLDWIDE] An online travel agency and reviews website that specializes in multi-day tours. It claims to have more than 40,000 tours available from more than 1,500 different tour operators worldwide and acts as an online marketplace for third party tour operators to list their trips so travelers can find and book them.
- SafariBookings – [AFRICA] An online marketplace that compares African safari offers from 1,271 specialized tour operators.
“The Greatest Travel Stories are LIVED… Not Told…” – Kb
IT / TECHNOLOGY (COMMUNICATION):
- Google Fi – Google Fi is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) telecommunications service by Google that provides telephone calls, SMS, and mobile broadband using cellular networks and WiFi. Roam for the same price as the home in 200+ countries and territories for a plan that starts at $20/month for unlimited calls and texts.
- In case of emergencies, scan & backup with email and/or memory cards essential documents: Passports, Passport photos, Visas, Credit cards (both sides), Vaccination Records, and Driver’s license.
- Google Sheets – Spreadsheet: I like to plan things out day by day.
- Skype (app) – Free calls and cheap calls to phones – Make internet calls for free with Skype. Call friends and family on any phone with Pay As You Go and Pay Monthly subscriptions.
- Face Time – With FaceTime for Mac, you can make video calls to over WiFi to someone else’s FaceTime-enabled iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.
- Snapchat (app) – An image messaging and multimedia mobile application that lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover.
- Smartphone – Complete communication center with WIFI access to your email box, FB, and Instagram
- Computer / Tablet –
- Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) – The History of Travel Technology
- Whatsapp (app) – A freeware, cross-platform, and end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application for smartphones using standard cellular mobile numbers. It incorporates a feature called Status, which allows users to upload to a 24-hours-lifetime feed. It uses the Internet to make/send:
- voice calls, one to one video calls, text messages, images, GIF, videos, documents, user location, audio files, phone contacts, voice notes, to other users
- WiFi Map (app) – Passwords for WiFi in cafes, restaurants, and other public places around the world. Most popular WiFi app in AppStore & Google Play.
- Mains electricity by country – A list of countries and territories, with the plugs, voltages, and frequencies they commonly use for providing electrical power to appliances. Or World Voltages By Country. Plug Type World map.
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
- Passport Tip:
- A better way to organize your Passport Book stamps by using ‘Post-it Notes,’ which say, “Reserved for VISA” on every empty page. [Source: Andrej – Czech World Traveller]
- Mobile Passport (app) – Speeds you through U.S. Customs and Border Protection at 1 cruise port and 21 airports.
- If needed, FlyOnward – A Flight Ticket Rental Service that provides you with international flight tickets (travel itineraries) with your name on them to use as proof of onward travel plans when you travel abroad. Because, in many countries around the world, you will not be allowed to enter as a tourist without proof of onward travel. The service gives you proof of onward travel, without the hassle of paying for expensive airfares upfront. You simply “rent” the ticket for a small fee.
- US Travel Country Advisory – Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
- My Passport Photos – Cheap passport photos online: Which you can get pictures mailed to your home or same day pickup at any major drugstore.
- Money Orders – When to Use, Where to Get and How to Cash Them
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
- InsureMyTrip – Travel Insurance Comparisons
- World Nomads – A website that provides international travel insurance and travel safety services for people from 151 countries. Customers can buy insurance after they have already left home and are already away traveling.
- Leather Money Belt – Google Image Search
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
- US Travel Country Advisory
- UK Foreign Travel Advice
- Travel Risk Map provides a comprehensive overview of Travel Medical Risk Map and Travel Security Risk Map by destination from International SOS .
“The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.” – St Augustine
- Lonely Planet Travel Guides and Travel Information – Travel guides and guidebooks. Travel advice tips and destination information to inspire you.
- Eyewitness Travel Guides – Filled with expert advice, beautiful photographs, and detailed illustrations, our highly visual guides show you what others only tell you. We publish guides to more than 200 destinations, from handy pocket-sized city guides to comprehensive country guides.
- Let’s Go Travel Guides – The Leader in Budget Travel – Young and budget-savvy travelers turn to Let’s Go for the freshest coverage, insider tips, and an authentic perspective.
- Wikivoyage – Public domain and user-contributed travel information.
- Italki – Learn a language online: A platform that connects language teachers and students.
- Google Translate (app) – A free multilingual machine translation service that translates text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another. It supports over 100 languages at various levels.
- Duolingo or app – A free language-learning platform that offers 81 different language courses across 37 languages includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam.
- Anytime Mailbox – A Virtual Digital Mailbox that gets your postal mail online at 420+ locations. View and manage your snail mail from your computer or any mobile device.
- Kb’s Tip: I found one for $6.99 month in Fort Mill, South Carolina
- The United States Postal Service (USPS) requires you to complete and notarize an USPS Form 1583, giving our partner mail center permission to receive your mail because this form is required for all applicants regardless of their residence or citizenship. After you have completed your application, you will be able to download a pre-populated USPS Form 1583 easily. Now with that form completed, you can do an online notarization ASAP.
- Safedocs – Online Notary Service that provides online video notarization services.
- Google Packing List – Travel Packing List
- BackPack – My favorite design is a Meridian 75L/28″ backpack/wheel design from Osprey (+ Lifetime Guarantee)
- Tablet computers
- Primary Camera should be your Smartphone (My camera pictures are on Instagram) – As of 16APR2019, I am using the LG G7 ThinQ
- Secondary Camera should be a GoPro or a Waterproof Camera with the highest Optical Zoom… As of April 29, 2018, I would choose this: Nikon COOLPIX AW130 (Google Search) Waterproof & Shockproof Digital Camera, 16MP, 5x Optical Zoom, 3″ Display, Full HD 1080p Video, 100′ Dive Rating, WiFi/NFC, GPS
- Travel Adaptors
- Quick Drying Travel Towel
Travel Exchange Rates
- fxCheatSheet – A pocket-sized rates table for travelers
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac
- HelpX.net – Connects volunteers, or Helpers, who are seeking accommodations rather than a salary with hosts seeking help.
- Workaway – An international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organize homestays and cultural exchange.
- WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF, /ˈwʊf/), or Willing Workers on Organic Farms, is a hospitality service operated by a loose network of national organizations that facilitate homestays on organic farms.
- TIPS: HelpX and Workaway, you can peruse all work-exchange offerings before registering; Workaway even lets you read other volunteer reviews before registering. Start with keyword searches to find appealing options based on your interests, such as construction, cooking, and children, or you might base it on hobbies like yoga, sailing, or woodworking.
“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar
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