I’ve been on the road over two weeks and I’ve seen a repeated pattern of questions people ask me. I thought I would answer the vast majority of them in what I call nodebtworldtravel.com’s Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ.
Q: Let’s get down to it Brian. How much is this costing you?
- Miami – Rio de Janeiro – Buenos Aires – Santiago – Lima – Cusco – Quito – San Jose – Guatemala City – Miami from US$1749 (plus taxes)
- Chicago – Tokyo – Bangkok – surface – Kuala Lumpur – Delhi – Vienna – surface – Paris – Chicago from US$1999 (plus taxes)
- Los Angeles – London – Paris – Cape Town – surface – Johannesburg – Hong Kong – Beijing – Los Angeles from US$2499 (plus taxes)
The hostel in Hawaii cost me $25 a night and here in Tokyo is costs about $30. That is with me sharing a room. When I got to Thailand private rooms go for less than $20, sometimes less than $10. And I haven’t even touched on homestays or couchsurfing….
The most money I’ve spend has been on tours in Hawaii, which were about $100 a pop. I limit those and I save the cash.
Q: So what is staying at a hostel like?
First, get the Hollywood horror flick imagery out of your head. It’s like living in a dorm in college. That is the best, shortest answer. You’re sharing a room with 5 to 7 other people in bunk beds. I laugh when I think about it because it seems so funny. But it works. The rooms generally are single sex, but you can have males and females in the same room. I’ve done that for a couple of nights here in Tokyo. No problem there.
In fact the only problem we’ve had in a room was a loud, chainsaw snorer – and it was a woman!
There are lockers in the rooms for valuables, passports and anything you would not want to have lost or stolen. Bring your own lock and you’re ready.
There are shared kitchens and bathrooms, again just like in a college dorm. The best way to save money is to cook in the kitchens and save the food.
It takes a certain personality to do this and I’ve seen it in the people I’ve met and in myself. If you’re a type A control freak, round the world may not be for you. If you’re the type who needs to travel in luxury, this is definitely not for you. If you’re the type who can’t stand to be around people, this is REALLY not for you.
Q: I know you didn’t bring a big suitcase. What did you pack and what are you carrying?
(1) pair of jeans
(1) pair travel pants
(2) pair shorts
(1) travel towel
(2) base layer tops
(1) base layer
(1) Nike Dri Fit Long Sleeve
(1) Nike shorts
(3) travel underwear
3oz or less of toothpaste, bar of soap
Everything you forget or decided to leave behind you can get on the road.
Here’s the list of thing I’ve purchased since I’ve been out.
(1) long sleeve shirt
(1) pair of flipflops
(1) lock and key
I also have a shoulder bag with my laptop and cameras. Both bags fit on the plane with me and save me money because I don’t need to check any luggage. That is at least $25 right there.
Q: Why are you doing this again?
Because the opportunity arose that I could not pass up. The world is a big place and we get so locked in our routines that we don’t realize that there is MUCH more beyond what we can see, touch, taste, smell and hear on a daily basis.
Q: Why are you going to these places and not others?
Click here to see my previous post on the locations and reasons. You’ve got make choices and the locations I’m going to have some significance to me. All the other spots, maybe next time.
Q: When is your trip over?
Sometime next year. I am not specific because I honestly don’t know. You never know what might come up.