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Some questions about world touring.

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Some questions about world touring.

Hiya

I'm new to this forum and thinking of taking a world tour in 2014.
Tentative route would be down through Europe from Denmark,
via Turkey, Kasakhstan, China, Vietnam down to Singapore or maybe Malaysia.
Cross over to Australia and perhaps New Zealand. Then North America
and maybe South America, but skipping places like Mexico.

Planned duration 2 years and will try to avoid winter.

Some questions though:

Will I need to get all visas from home or just along the way?
It's a holiday as well as an adventure, so I won't be microplanning the route and journeytimes.

How civilized is it along the roads in Asia? Will bottled water, food and batteries etc. be easy to come by,
or do I have to adopt Bear Grylls' habits and go into full survival mode? Or will a water filter and multifuel stove suffice?

Anyone know of a good health insurance provider for the duration? Preferably one that does business in Europe.

Any good tips for not flying between the continents? I have looked at cargo ships that brings passengers,
but the rates are a wee bit steep. I wouldn't mind slaving on a cruise ship if it meant a free passage and perhaps
a meagre pay. Not really cut out for lazing about on a ship, but would consider taking a cruise ship if the fare was cheap.
Any ferries between Australia and Malaysia or New Zealand or are the distances simply too great?

I think thats all the silly questions I can come up with for now. Hope someone here can help me answer them. :-)

Cheers
Mikael

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Your trip

Hi Mikael,

I'm on a similar trip so may be able to help a little:

Will I need to get all visas from home or just along the way?

It would be a lot easier from home for some (e.g. Iran, China) but many are available on the road. I'm getting all mine while traveling because I didn't have time to do any planning.

How civilized is it along the roads in Asia? Will bottled water, food and batteries etc. be easy to come by,

Roads vary, see my blog. Bottled water is widely available, but so are many roadside (safe) water stops. Plan your food, but expect to eat local too. I have a water filter - not needed to use it yet. Batteries available in the bigger towns. Multi-fuel stove is great, (mine is multi-fuel) but so far gas cartridges have been available.

Anyone know of a good health insurance provider for the duration?

Sadly not an option for me (I'm seriously ill) but do a Google, there are lot's out there.

Any good tips for not flying between the continents?

I'm cycling round the world. Flights are not an option (for me) due to cost anyway. I will try and get alternative transport.

Go for it - it's an amazing experience.

You can find more details on my blog: http://www.dereksbiketrip.com

But please don't hesitate to ask any other questions, I've learned a lot from others too!

Derek

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Thanks

Thanks Derek. I hope you have a good trip and will follow your blog.

I'd be happy to hear how you crack the problem of transport over oceans.
I'm not a good swimmer and my recumbent won't float anyway. ;-)
I was looking at websites like this, but its not really cheaper,
so I might fly anyway on the longer stretches.
https://www.freightercruises.com/voyages.php

Info on the level of infrastructure or lack thereof would also be appreciated,
but probably a bit too tedious to include in your blog.

Heres what I'm planning on riding. A Toxy CL with discbrakes, suspension
and a SON-dynamohub. Bought it used for 300 GBP and restored it.
Sports an aluframe and bottlecages for 4,5 litres.
It should pack down fairly small for airtravel with a bit of disassembly.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/94856176@N02/8814756194/

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your trip

suggest you start reading some of the touring books that are out there suggest ; miles from no where another great book to read is :

A bike ride and lone
traveler by ann Mustoe

these last two books explains some of the problems encountered in world travel.
good luck and gods speed on your journey

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Few more questions

How about ATM's? I will probably bring a VISA- and perhaps Mastercard.

And internet cafes? I'm not into smartphones at all and my Nokia C1-01
can do email but usually packs it in when I try to use the interwebbie.
On the plus side its very cheap to use both subscription- and ratewise.

I will need to take care of finances and trip updates etc.

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Did you go on your World tour?

Hi Mikael
Just wondering how your tour went, were you able to get across the seas with your recumbent?