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Trip Start Sep 26, 2010
Trip End Jun 10, 2011

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

by Jeremy

 "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust

As we are at the jumping off point, some of those who are reading this may have a few questions for Adar and I for how, why, when, where, etc... In case you are curious, read on, otherwise you can skip to the next entry.  Consider this the FAQ page of this site, here we go:

Q: So... what are you two doing?
A: Traveling around the world - yippee!

Q: So, where are you going exactly?
A: The national parks of the Western United States and Canada (just completed), Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.  Specifically: Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Nepal, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali, and Fiji.  This is general plan which could be modified depending on a number of factors.  As of this writing we only have tickets into Nepal and the trip is open for change after that.

Q: How long will you two be traveling?
A: ... For as long as we can.  The current budget has us coming back to America in early June which will be eight months in total.

Q: How are you getting from place to place?
A: All intercontinental travel is via air, mostly at night.  Most intracountry travel is via bus or public transport for cost savings.  I imagine we will take cars, trains, ferries, and maybe even animals (camels and elephants) if the opportunity arises.

Q: Did you get an around-the-world ticket?
A: Several conglomerates offer round-the-world (RTW) tickets but more often than not leave off either South America or Africa or charge a pretty penny to detour to those continents.  That is, if you want to go to Europe, Asia, and America, airline alliances (such as Star Alliance and One World) offer fares with a reasonable amount of stops for $4000-7000 USD per person.  There are also consolidaters such as AirTreks that will help you design an RTW ticket, but we found them to be expensive for our particular destinations.  We ended getting one-way fares, most of which were at student rates as we qualified for student ID cards...we are students of life.  These tickets were approximately 20% less than those we found elsewhere.  

Q: What is your budget?
A: In short, about $42k  The rough breakdown is this:
- $10k for plane flights
- $30k for food, shelter, visas, activities, medical insurances, immunizations and medication, internet/mail, exit taxes, intercountry transport, misc.  For 8 months or roughly 240 days, this works out to $125/day for the two of us.  This is quite comfortable in some places, stretching it in others, and lavish every once and a while.
- $2k for miscellaneous items back home: public storage for our belongings, insurance.

Q: How did you save that on postdoc salaries?
A: When you have a goal, anything is possible.  It took us a little over two years to save the money for the trip, along with many generous donations from friends and family as wedding gifts.

Q: What are you taking with you?
A: We each have one Osprey bag which converts between a backpack and a roller suitcase and one smaller Osprey daypack.  In those, we each have:
- two pairs of pants
- one pair of shorts
- four shirts
- hats (sun and winter)
- socks and underwear
- long underwear
- sandals and hiking shoes
- swimsuit
- sarong
- bandana
- fleece 
- down jacket
- gloves and neck gaiter
- sleep sack
- 1 L nalgene water bottle
- toiletries and medications
- headlamp
- watch
- sunglasses
- rain jacket
- journal
- lock
- wallet, purse

Between the two of us we are carrying:
- three digital cameras (SLR with three lenses, a point and shoot, and a mini video camera), tripod, stove and pot, origami dishes and utensils, knife, bottle opener, duct tape and sharpie marker, 100´ of line, printer with ink and paper for (will explain later), snow pants (Adar gets cold), compass, a 1L camelbak, sink drain plug, door stop, poncho, hard drive, compression sacks, and an iPad (for reading, Internet, writing this, games, expense tracking, and music).

Q: And that all fits in your four bags?
A: Yes, although creative packing is required.  We tried not to pack too tight as we may want to pick up a few things (a small elephant statue) along the way.

Q: And how much does that weigh?
A: Adar´s main bag is about 35 lbs.  Jeremy´s bag is about 42 lbs.  Our day packs are about 7-10 lbs a piece.

Q: What are you going to do when you get back?
A: Make babies.  Sorry, that was just for our parents who will read this.  Seriously, we are going to look for full time positions and settle down for a little bit, dream up our next trip, ... and start a family.  Jeremy has a potential job in Boston at a medical device startup, and Adar is looking at a second postdoc in the effects of exercise on cognitive function. 

Q: What do I do if you did not answer my question?
A: Add a comment to this post or email us at adarandjeremy (oneword) at gmail dot com.

Q: What is the sink drain stop for?
A: Sink laundry (see picture).
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Hollace on

Doorstop? Sink drain plug? WhY? What an amazing list.

arcanum on

Either they've learned the hard way, or someone advised them that these little items are hard to find while traveling to remote places. It's the old, 'better to have and not need, than need and not have." Right AdJer? You could also be JerAd, but I think AdJer sounds more exotic. OK, it's December 1, World Aids Day and Chanukkah. Where the heck are you?

momoose on

I thought it was JerDar!! It has been so fun and educational following you and going ahead of you online to re-discover countries which I'd studied and in which others had visited or resided. Have you tasted many chichas?
Tom Mixon just took a job in Bolivia and his family will move there this summer. We are expected to visit them.

Bart on

Will you name your first born Bartly?

adarandjeremy on

Probably not Bartly, although might consider it....

Kace on

You will need those packing skills when y'all get back if plans go as well as your adventure! Babies will require a larger bag than you have packed for your world trip. :D But reading how much you have clearly researched to prepare, I am not worried about you at all. Jeremy, the pictures are fabulous! I have shutter envy!

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