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Budget Travel:Around the World on a Shoestring               Randy Ross, publisher,               RossTravels.com
Why Am I Here?                             Publish site for first-                             time world travelers.      ...
Why Are You Here?                             Curiosity?                             Ready to plan a trip?                ...
Format for Tonight 6:00 to 7:20: Presentation. Questions on material I presented welcome. 7:30 to 7:40 break 7:40 to 8:40 ...
Assumptions                   “Independent Traveler” Not                   looking for prepackaged tour.                  ...
Four Steps for Extended Trips I) Destinations: 3 to 4 months out. II) Transportation: flight 6 to 8 weeks out. III) Accomm...
Step I: Destinations (3 months out)                               Interests?                               Length of Trip?...
Interests                                Sight-seeing.                                Exotic food, culture.               ...
Sight-Seeing                                World Heritage Sites.                                Unofficial Web site:     ...
Parties and Festivals                                    Rough Guide                                    sort-able         ...
Sports                           Riverboarding                         www.riverboarding.co.nz                           B...
Sample pagefrom “First TimeAround the World”                    Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
A Word About Guide Books                                      Outdated/InaccurateBest I                                (Re...
My Preliminary Destination List Windsurfing: Google search found velawindsurf.com (Brazil, Greece, Egypt). Sports: New Zea...
Destinations: Safety                                     State Department                                     Internationa...
Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
Current Warning for Thailand          Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
Country-Specific Info           Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
Length of Trip                               At least two weeks                               in a location.              ...
Budget: Destination vs Cost                                        Developing World is                                    ...
Budget: Accommodations vs Cost $500 a night (Hoi An beach, Vietnam)                Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
Budget: Accommodations vs Cost $11 a night dorm room, Storms River, South Africa                Randy Ross, Publisher, Ros...
4-Month Budget: Lower EndThird World                      SE Asia, India, China,                                 parts of ...
4-Month Budget: Mid-RangeFirst, Second, Third World        New Zealand, Venezuela,                                  SE Asi...
Fine Tune Your Itinerary: Season                               Europe: July/August                               crowded/p...
Good Deals Right Now                              Less Developed                                –   Thailand (deals once  ...
Traveling Solo: Do it!                               Pros:                                – Do what you want,             ...
Traveling Solo: Do it! Cons: – Will get lonely. – Women need to be a little more careful. – Single supplements. But: – I m...
Paperwork: Passports ASAP                                           Go to Post Office                                     ...
Paperwork: Visas ASAP                             Some countries let you                             order online.        ...
More on Visas                              Photos: Fed Ex Kinkos                              Not cheap: $12.95 for       ...
Step II: Transportation (2 Months Out) Have a rough list of destinations. Travel in one continuous direction: Boston acros...
Transportation Overview                              Handful of companies                              specialize in multi...
Airfare Strategies for Multi-Stops                                 Buy tickets upfront:                                 Lo...
Where to Look for Deals                              airtreks.com                              airbrokers.com             ...
Good for 6                                                    months,                                                    f...
Deal #1: Interesting                                       Airtreks.com$1399 to $1399-          Taxes:$1825 $1825         ...
Deal #2: Not So Good           Airtreks.com                     Airfare to S.F.?$1599 to$2099Tax:$600                     ...
More Deals: Airbrokers.com                       -Note max length of trip.                       -Add $150 for NYC departu...
Interesting but lots of hiddencharges:-Old listing: add $200-Taxes and fees: $400-Baggage fees unknown-Flight leaves from ...
www.circletheplanet.com      Interesting: Middle      East, India, SE Asia      Site made me a      little nervous: No    ...
No Deals? Price Estimation Tools                          Enter cities/pick from list.                            Choices ...
Another Tool: www.oneworld.com                                      Click tab in middle of                                ...
Now Contact Travel Agents                              Get quotes from:                              airtreks.com,        ...
Questions to Ask Travel Agents Overnights in pricey               What if airline cancels a countries I can avoid?        ...
Cost-Cutting: Airfare                               Open jaw: fly to one                               country and out oth...
Open JawFly into BangkokFly out ofSingapore 5weeks later.                   Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
Local Flights Web sites, Kayak.com, work from overseas. Ask hostels, guest houses for best fares. For SE Asia, www.airasia...
Buses: Hop on, Hop Off                              Get on/off, like T-pass                              (Baz 2wks = $271)...
Sample Hop On, Off BusesAustralia      Oz Bus         20-day $461        www.ozexperience.com(Sydney/Cairns               ...
Local Travel: Boats, Ferries                               Comfortable.                               I took ferries in Gr...
Cambodian-Style Tuk-Tuk          Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
Quick and Dirty Recommendations                              S. Africa: Baz Bus up                              and down t...
Travel Insurance                              Big name insurer –                              Squaremouth.com             ...
Step III: Accommodations                                               Hostel: Not just for                               ...
More on Accommodations                                       A/C: usually extra, not                                      ...
Lonely Planet Pick: The King “Elvis lives on in Phnom Penh, in name at least! The range of rooms is as wide as the kings g...
price for   price for cheapest                                  City            Hostel                           Room     ...
Accommodation Strategies Check options: guest houses, hostels See www.hostelworld.com, www.hostels.com Once you have fligh...
Ways to Cut Room/Board Costs Stick to Third World countries. If traveling in First World, buy groceries. Sleep in dorms in...
Recap: 6 to 8 Weeks Before Trip Once plane tix purchased  –   Buy travel insurance.  –   Pre-book hostel for first night o...
Step IV: Pre-Trip Prep Travel clinic. Gear and clothes. Money and security. Care for your Boston apartment/home.          ...
The Travel Clinic                               Vaccines and visit                               usually covered.         ...
More on Travel Clinic                               What to expect:                                 –   Shots (I got 7 and...
What I Did in Dodgy Countries Drank only bottled water and beer. (No ice). Brushed teeth with bottled water. Kept mouth sh...
Results                              Never got food                              poisoning.                              D...
Luggage: The Back Pack                               –   40 to 60 liters                                   (2400 to 3700  ...
The Day Pack                             Need a second small bag, or                             day pack.                ...
Clothes Bring few as possible (multipurpose). Quick-dry for hand washing. (camping). Zip pockets for securing valuables. S...
Clothes: Best Things I Bought                                -   REI Sahara Tech Long-                                    ...
Packing Tips                              Like items in trash bags.                              Airlines with strict weig...
Carry-On Weight Restrictions                              American/BA: 40 lbs +                              Cathay/Qantas...
Dress Code: Conservative                              No expensive jewelry,                              watches.         ...
Money                            Local cash for cab to                            first hotel.                            ...
Top Travel Tips Long flights: 5 hours been transfers. Bring bags on-board. Split a big bag in two. Center overhead bins ar...
Misc: Laundry                              Most hostels have                              laundry – long lines.           ...
Sign-Up Sheet                              List of urls                              E-mail newsletter                    ...
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  1. 1. Budget Travel:Around the World on a Shoestring Randy Ross, publisher, RossTravels.com
  2. 2. Why Am I Here? Publish site for first- time world travelers. Tips/Advice blogger for TravelBeat.net Circulating novel to agents based on trip around the world. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  3. 3. Why Are You Here? Curiosity? Ready to plan a trip? Reasons to travel: – “Laid off with severance.” – “Cheaper to ride out recession overseas.” – “Relatives bet I wouldn’t last 2 weeks abroad.” – “Fiancé dumped me and parents moved to Spain.” Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  4. 4. Format for Tonight 6:00 to 7:20: Presentation. Questions on material I presented welcome. 7:30 to 7:40 break 7:40 to 8:40 Presentation and related questions. 8:40 any remaining questions. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  5. 5. Assumptions “Independent Traveler” Not looking for prepackaged tour. Want to do what you want, when you want. Traveling on a budget. Starting to plan three to four months before trip. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  6. 6. Four Steps for Extended Trips I) Destinations: 3 to 4 months out. II) Transportation: flight 6 to 8 weeks out. III) Accommodations: 6 weeks out. IV) Pre-trip Preparations: 6 weeks out. All urls and resources are on my Web site -- see sign-up sheet. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  7. 7. Step I: Destinations (3 months out) Interests? Length of Trip? Budget? Solo travel? Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  8. 8. Interests Sight-seeing. Exotic food, culture. Partying. Beach or mountains. Sports or activities. No idea? Try Rough Guide “First Time Around the World.” Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  9. 9. Sight-Seeing World Heritage Sites. Unofficial Web site: worldheritagesite.org Lists 878 lakes, mountains, temples, monuments, etc. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  10. 10. Parties and Festivals Rough Guide sort-able calendar worldparty.rough guides.com/ Druggy raves to wine-tastings to nudity events. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  11. 11. Sports Riverboarding www.riverboarding.co.nz Bungy www.ajhackett.com www.faceadrenalin.com Windsurfing www.velawindsurf.com www.club-mistral.com/en Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  12. 12. Sample pagefrom “First TimeAround the World” Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  13. 13. A Word About Guide Books Outdated/InaccurateBest I (Read: “Do Travel Writersfound. Go to Hell”) Heavy (almost 1lb) Expensive. ($11 - $20)A New Too much infoversionFeb 2010 Not tailored to U.S. Borrow them: New – Library, other travelers. 312 pages Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  14. 14. My Preliminary Destination List Windsurfing: Google search found velawindsurf.com (Brazil, Greece, Egypt). Sports: New Zealand. Cousin at game reserve in South Africa. I liked “Apocalypse Now.” (Vietnam, Laos) Asian architecture: Cambodia, Myanmar Partying: Beaches of Thailand. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  15. 15. Destinations: Safety State Department International Herald Tribune BBC News Oriental Expat (Asia, Thailand) Thorn Tree Travel Forum (Lonely Planet) Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  16. 16. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  17. 17. Current Warning for Thailand Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  18. 18. Country-Specific Info Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  19. 19. Length of Trip At least two weeks in a location. Three weeks is better. Don’t cram too much. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  20. 20. Budget: Destination vs Cost Developing World is cheaper. (Asia, Africa,500KVietnamese China, India, evenDong $26 South America)50 S. African Hanoi: dorm, food, beerRand $6 $18/day, $125 week, $6.5k a year. Melbourne: $55/day $385/week, $20k/yr Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  21. 21. Budget: Accommodations vs Cost $500 a night (Hoi An beach, Vietnam) Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  22. 22. Budget: Accommodations vs Cost $11 a night dorm room, Storms River, South Africa Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  23. 23. 4-Month Budget: Lower EndThird World SE Asia, India, China, parts of AfricaAirfare and insurance $3k to 3.5kDorm room $10/night (120 days)Food/ day: 2 meals and $10/day (120 days) ($5/beers from street stall. meal)20 percent contingency for $1500travel, activities, etc.Total About $7,500 Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  24. 24. 4-Month Budget: Mid-RangeFirst, Second, Third World New Zealand, Venezuela, SE Asia*Airfare and insurance $3.5k to $5k*Rooms: singles/dorms. Avg: $30/night (120 days)*2 meals and beers from Avg: $15/day (120 days)cheap establishment. ($7/ meal)20 percent contingency for $2000travel, activities, etc.Total: $12,500 Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  25. 25. Fine Tune Your Itinerary: Season Europe: July/August crowded/pricey. South East Asia: Monsoons June to Oct. Southern Hemisphere: (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand). Our winter is their summer Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  26. 26. Good Deals Right Now Less Developed – Thailand (deals once political climate settles.) More Developed – Euro Countries ($1.23), Ireland, Hungary, U.K., Australian ($.85), NZ.($.67) Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  27. 27. Traveling Solo: Do it! Pros: – Do what you want, when you want. – Meet more people; lose fewer friends. – Hard to find someone else with same time off. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  28. 28. Traveling Solo: Do it! Cons: – Will get lonely. – Women need to be a little more careful. – Single supplements. But: – I met plenty of men and women ranging from 20 to 70 who were traveling alone. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  29. 29. Paperwork: Passports ASAP Go to Post Office – First passport, – Old passport was lost, damaged. Issued when under 16. (4 wks $100, 2 wks: $160) Mail to renew (4wks/2wks) For travel in less than877-487-2778, 14 days, Bostonwww.travel.state.gov passport service. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  30. 30. Paperwork: Visas ASAP Some countries let you order online. (Cambodia, Australia) D.C. consulates may want passport. If time is tight, ask if you can send Xerox. Visa expediting a rip- off. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  31. 31. More on Visas Photos: Fed Ex Kinkos Not cheap: $12.95 for two, $5.99 for extra sets of two. Bring extra photos for visas overseas. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  32. 32. Step II: Transportation (2 Months Out) Have a rough list of destinations. Travel in one continuous direction: Boston across Atlantic or Boston to West Coast across Pacific. Zig-zagging from northern to southern hemispheres can add to fare price. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  33. 33. Transportation Overview Handful of companies specialize in multi-stop. Kayak.com, Expedia, difficult for complex, multi-stop tickets. Traveling overland or by local transport to saves money. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  34. 34. Airfare Strategies for Multi-Stops Buy tickets upfront: Low stress, $$$ Find deal that’s close enough: Low Stress, $$ Buy ticket to one city and travel. Not for newbies, $ Get best price and haggle with agent. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  35. 35. Where to Look for Deals airtreks.com airbrokers.com statravel.com (Student? Office in Boston.) Only a few stops? Kayak.com, etc. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  36. 36. Good for 6 months, flexible.Pass vs. RT Taxes? Fees? Kayak: Boston- Bangkok: 8/31-9/30 – Prices about $1200 RT – Check fees and taxes – About 28 hours Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  37. 37. Deal #1: Interesting Airtreks.com$1399 to $1399- Taxes:$1825 $1825 $500. Any other fees? $2,400 three regions: Asia, Middle East, Europe. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  38. 38. Deal #2: Not So Good Airtreks.com Airfare to S.F.?$1599 to$2099Tax:$600 Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  39. 39. More Deals: Airbrokers.com -Note max length of trip. -Add $150 for NYC departure. -Compare to Kayak/Orbitz at $2139- Taxes or fees? (Add $125 for Boston –takeFung Wa bus and train to Kennedy? – plus $500or so for taxes.)- Interesting itinerary: Iceland, Moscow, SouthEast Asia, gateway to China. (Europe, CentralAsia, East Asia.)Randy Bangkok to Boston on Kayak.com-R/T Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com $1300(includes taxes and fees). 26 hours, 2 stops.
  40. 40. Interesting but lots of hiddencharges:-Old listing: add $200-Taxes and fees: $400-Baggage fees unknown-Flight leaves from JFK?-New total at least $2000 Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  41. 41. www.circletheplanet.com Interesting: Middle East, India, SE Asia Site made me a little nervous: No “About Us” page, got voice mail when I called, unclear about taxes and fees. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  42. 42. No Deals? Price Estimation Tools Enter cities/pick from list. Choices appear in itinerary box. Produces vague price range – then click to request quote. They tend to use lower tier carriers. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  43. 43. Another Tool: www.oneworld.com Click tab in middle of page for “Itinerary Planner. Click “Create New Round-the-world…” Price by number of continents. Expensive but uses big name airlines. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  44. 44. Now Contact Travel Agents Get quotes from: airtreks.com, airbrokers.com, STA Travel agents. (Star Alliance, OneWorld.) Play agent prices against each other. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  45. 45. Questions to Ask Travel Agents Overnights in pricey What if airline cancels a countries I can avoid? flight? (Bangkok, India) Pre-book travel dates? Can I have 4 - 5 hours Penalties for change? between connections? Names of airlines? Can I get estimate in (United vs. Air writing with all fees? Afghanistan?) Replace flights w/ Pay by credit card? overland/open jaw? Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  46. 46. Cost-Cutting: Airfare Open jaw: fly to one country and out other. Local transport/easy to book. Common routes: into Bangkok out of Singapore. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  47. 47. Open JawFly into BangkokFly out ofSingapore 5weeks later. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  48. 48. Local Flights Web sites, Kayak.com, work from overseas. Ask hostels, guest houses for best fares. For SE Asia, www.airasia.com: – One way Bangkok to Hanoi: $13 – Best fare on Kayak.com: $204 Greece, Venez. – countries have local air. Vietnam Air only option and not cheap. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  49. 49. Buses: Hop on, Hop Off Get on/off, like T-pass (Baz 2wks = $271) Stop at hostels, guest houses. Easy way to see S. Africa, New Zealand. Hanoi to Saigon: $32 by bus, $464 by plane. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  50. 50. Sample Hop On, Off BusesAustralia Oz Bus 20-day $461 www.ozexperience.com(Sydney/Cairns Bruce PassNew Zealand Magic Bus 20-day min. www.magicbus.co.nz $587 Wayward WandererVietnam TNK-An $32 Hanoi to http://www.tnktravelvi(very rough!) Phu “open Saigon etnam.com/html/open bus” (3 months) tour.htmVietnam “sleeper n/a n/a bus”S. Africa Baz Bus 21-day $376 www.bazbus.com Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  51. 51. Local Travel: Boats, Ferries Comfortable. I took ferries in Greece, Vietnam, Cambodia. 3-day, 2-night boat from Saigon to Phnom Penh for $47. (TSK Travel) 2-day to Halong Bay Keep receipts handy! Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  52. 52. Cambodian-Style Tuk-Tuk Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  53. 53. Quick and Dirty Recommendations S. Africa: Baz Bus up and down the coast. SE Asia: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia by land, boat, air. New Zealand: Magic Bus N. and S. Islands. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  54. 54. Travel Insurance Big name insurer – Squaremouth.com Get health – does yours cover overseas? Evacuation? Get trip interruption, trip cancellation. Make sure covered for whole trip. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  55. 55. Step III: Accommodations Hostel: Not just for kids. Guest House: Not a quaint Vermont B&B! Homestay: with a family. (Nice, France) Multi-night discount? Online booking: often Lungile, Port Elizabeth, S. Africa. per person! Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  56. 56. More on Accommodations A/C: usually extra, not always available. Quality: tough to tell from books, travelers. See room before signing in. Lie down on bed, check a/c and reading lamp. Inn Longstreet, S. Africa Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  57. 57. Lonely Planet Pick: The King “Elvis lives on in Phnom Penh, in name at least! The range of rooms is as wide as the kings girth in the later years of his life, and there is a huge restaurant and a travel centre downstairs. Check out the handouts, with a handy ticklist of what all the rooms include.” Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  58. 58. price for price for cheapest City Hostel Room my rating books travel? 10/8/08 dorm bed Dumpy, but in nice part of town.Sample hostels and prices Athens Dioskouros double $60 $25 Mid-construction during my visit (hopefully). Note on toilet: dont ? flush toilet paper -- a little scary.in Athens, South Africa, But manager said it was ok. Breakfast included. A Lonely Planet authors pick,South East Asia, Australia, Cape Town Inn Longstreet double $37 $12 but I thought it was a dump, noisy (my room across from the yesand New Zealand. bars. Noisy till 4:00 a.m.), somewhat social. Web access. Social, nice accommodations, *Oudtshoorn Backpackers Paradise double, priv bath $42 $8 yes bar. Personal favorite. Set deep in the woods, nice room with *Storms River Dijembe queen, priv bath $35 $11 yes queen bed, like a little bungalo, bar, very social. Nice room, dumpy part of town, near sad aquarium. I had a cold the whole time, which didnt *Port Elizabeth Lungile Backpackers queen, priv bath $40 $13 yes help. Good social scene, but early 20s and younger (locals would stop by to play pool.) Nice location deep in the woods, room had decent bed, shared *Wilderness Fairy Knowe double $33 $11 bathroom and shower were yes sketchy, not much social scene when I was there. Most were booked *Plettenburg Bay Albergo double <two $32 $11 Double room had two single beds, instead of one large one; a waste of money. Good social yes single beds> with hostelworld.com scene, bonfire every night, long, but do-able walk to beach. Dumpy, somewhat social; not Bangkok HI-Sukhumvit single $21 $8 ? near legendary Khaosan Road. Very nice!, great social scene, bar happy hour. Includes Web Hanoi Hanoi Backpackers double $18 $8 yes access, but it was almost always in use. Very nice, had a small pool. I negotiated and got "Superior" Dorm rooms in Asia, Hoi An An Phu (budget hotel) single, priv bath $30 n/a (midrange) room for $20. But advertising is misleading: claims hotel is .5 miles from beach. Its yes S. Africa about $10 a actually 2.4 miles. I believe hotel is owned by same company that ran bus company, which made it night. Cheap room in easy to arrange bus transport. Little flies in the room, checked Red Sun Hotel (budget Australia $20-$35. Saigon hotel) single, priv bath $16 $9 out after one night. Includes breakfast and Web access. Lonely Planet pick, one of my ? favorites. Great location near $20 river, great staff, travel desk. My (online ** Phnom Penh Indochine II (budget hotel) single, priv bath n/a room had no windows. Window yes price: add $5. Hotel fills up fast. Rated $27) as a two star hotel, but it was brand new and clean. No a/c, checked out. Little yes, but not great -- Melbourne City Centre Budget Hotel single NO A/C $71 $35 social activity. Includes Web never mentioned OZ access. bus. Dumpy, room had no window; Auckland The Nomads Fat Camel double $55 $19 yes great bar. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  59. 59. Accommodation Strategies Check options: guest houses, hostels See www.hostelworld.com, www.hostels.com Once you have flights, book at least first night, I prefer two. (Can leave after one.) Pre-book cheap hotel with travel agent and cancel if you find something cheaper. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  60. 60. Ways to Cut Room/Board Costs Stick to Third World countries. If traveling in First World, buy groceries. Sleep in dorms instead of single (or rotate). Work/barter – read fine print and fees www.eslcafe.com, www.wwoof.org Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  61. 61. Recap: 6 to 8 Weeks Before Trip Once plane tix purchased – Buy travel insurance. – Pre-book hostel for first night or two after red-eye. – Passport all set? – Visas? SE Asia: get them in Bangkok? (don’t need for Thailand) S. America: Venezuela (no), Brazil (yes). Western countries: Generally, no. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  62. 62. Step IV: Pre-Trip Prep Travel clinic. Gear and clothes. Money and security. Care for your Boston apartment/home. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  63. 63. The Travel Clinic Vaccines and visit usually covered. Clinics all around: Mt. Auburn, Deaconess. Primary care will refer you. No fear! Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  64. 64. More on Travel Clinic What to expect: – Shots (I got 7 and had to go back 3 times). – Blood drawing – Prescriptions for anti- malarial pills. – Map of malarial zones. – Pamphlet that says not to eat, drink, or leave your hotel. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  65. 65. What I Did in Dodgy Countries Drank only bottled water and beer. (No ice). Brushed teeth with bottled water. Kept mouth shut in shower. Didn’t swim in fresh water or walk barefoot. (Wore Tevas even on beach) Ate anything and everything that was cooked and hot. Bought food from street vendors. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  66. 66. Results Never got food poisoning. Didn’t meet anyone who did. Caught three colds, two in Western countries, one in Cambodia. Tip: be careful on mopeds. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  67. 67. Luggage: The Back Pack – 40 to 60 liters (2400 to 3700 cubic inches). – Prices: $200+. – Test Drive: 30 lbs/15 mins – Pack at home to check fit. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  68. 68. The Day Pack Need a second small bag, or day pack. For long trips, use it for items that you may need immediately, such as reading material, a toothbrush, snacks. On short sight-seeing forays, pack water, maps, snacks, and the like instead of lugging your back pack. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  69. 69. Clothes Bring few as possible (multipurpose). Quick-dry for hand washing. (camping). Zip pockets for securing valuables. Shop at camping stores: – EMS – REI Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  70. 70. Clothes: Best Things I Bought - REI Sahara Tech Long- Sleeve ($50) - Ex Officio Amphi Pant (couldn’t find women’s version) - Coolibar swim tights (www.coolibar.com) - Wide-brim hat Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  71. 71. Packing Tips Like items in trash bags. Airlines with strict weight policies, splitinto two bags. Use backpack cover Put heavy, bulky items at bottom of pack. Leave guidebooks, jewelry, items you can buy overseas Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  72. 72. Carry-On Weight Restrictions American/BA: 40 lbs + Cathay/Qantas: 15 lbs Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  73. 73. Dress Code: Conservative No expensive jewelry, watches. Wear swim shorts or the like for beach. When visiting religious sites and temples: – no bare skin,tight clothes. – No singlets, shorts, dresses, skirts, tops with low neck lines. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  74. 74. Money Local cash for cab to first hotel. Stash $100 bill in pack. Money belt on plane and airports. Zip pockets. Out and about: small amounts of cash. ATMs in most countries Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  75. 75. Top Travel Tips Long flights: 5 hours been transfers. Bring bags on-board. Split a big bag in two. Center overhead bins are larger. Late arrival? Ask hostel for airport pickup. Pre-book first night in a new city. Miss flight? Check monitors not ticket agents. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  76. 76. Misc: Laundry Most hostels have laundry – long lines. Wear clothes in shower, soap, rinse, hang to dry. Handwash in sink, dry outside. Southeast Asia: cheap to send out. Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
  77. 77. Sign-Up Sheet List of urls E-mail newsletter Publisher@rosstravels.com Randy Ross, Publisher, RossTravels.com
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