Category Archives: Round the World

Visas: For Everywhere You Want to Be – Part 2: China and India

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In yesturday’s post I discussed Visas and the process we went through the get our Russian Visa. As you may recall, I had some frustration with the intricacies of the process. However, the good news is things got easier once we move onto China and India. China This Chinese visa was far and away the easiest one to get. After the Russian Visa I was really paranoid about needing proof of residence, letters of intent, and other such things. However, really all we needed was our Visa paperwork with an attached picture. We dropped it off and a week later … Read More

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Visas: For Everywhere You Want to Be – Part 1 Russia

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If you have been following me on facebook you know how much fun I have had in obtaining all the various visas required for my upcoming trip. (Read: not) In my experience there are three basic “visa situations” when visiting a country: The type where no visa is required for entrance The type where a visa is required but it can be purchased for a $20-$30 fee at the airport The type where a visa is required and it will require massive amounts of pain and energy to procure said visa (Note: Please keep in mind that the same country … Read More

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Confession: I have too much stuff

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I have a lot of stuff. I don’t think I realized this until very recently. After all I live in a dining room. How much could I possibly have room for? The answer is a lot. Obviously. I guess when I orginially decided that I didn’t have that much I forgot about the boxes under my bed. Or the two walk in closets. Or the book sheleves. Or the kitchen. Eek. For the last two weeks its been my personal mission to declutter my life. After all for the next 6 months or so I will be living with nothing … Read More

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State of the Budget

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Hard to believe that in two short weeks Shannon and I will be departing on my RTW trip. To help out the old budget, I’m working up until Friday the 17th which gives me just two short days off before our plane to Moscow on Monday August 20th. Needless to say, its been a stressful last couple of days and it promises to be an action packed two weeks. I’m slowly but surely checking things of my To-Do list: Last Friday I was able to get my pre-trip vaccianations taken care of and I was able to spent the weekend … Read More

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Shots Shots Shots Shots Everybody!

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As you might have seen on my to-do list, one of the items I needed to cross off was getting all the immunizations and medications that I would need on my trip. Based on a recommendation from another Travel Blog, I headed to Capitol Travel Medicine in Arlington, VA. I was able to make an appointment for a consultation during which time they would review my shot record, recommend immunizations and medications and educate me on any potential health risks that I might not realize. Travel Vaccinations can be one of the largest hidden cots of a trip. When I … Read More

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Choosing Electronics for My RTW Trip

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Whenever I travel, packing is always an issue – especially with a trip this size. As I mentioned on my RTW to-do list, one of the issues I’m been struggling with is choosing which electronics to bring with me for my RTW trip. There are so many new and helpful gadgets out there – the trouble is figuring out which ones will be helpful and which one are just going to be a burden (literally). The Contenders: Digital Camera -I already own a digital camera, but its not that great since I bought it second hand in Cambodia after I … Read More

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Reaching my RTW savings goal

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Yesterday, I discussed my RTW budget and how I had tracked my savings over the course of the past 8 months. Whenever I tell people about my trip, they always ask how much money I am budgeting and then respond with something along the lines of: “Wow, did your parents give you money?” “You must have been saving forever!” “Are you a drug dealer?” Well, no. My parents didn’t foot my RTW bill, I’m not a drug dealer and I haven’t been saving for this trip forever. However,  I have been working hard to save every possible penny since I … Read More

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My RTW Budget

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A few days ago, I shared with you my itinerary for our upcoming round the world trip. To summarize: it involves long train rides and intense treks through multiple countries over several months. As you may have guessed, a trip of this size isn’t free… and it isn’t cheap. Luckily we do have a few things going for us: For the most part, we are traveling through Asia which is relatively cheap We are traveling as a pair (sometimes more) so we can share on accommodations, food, etc. We are planning on budget travel – hostels, overnight trains, street food. … Read More

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The Bird Meets World RTW To-Do List

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I’m in the final trip countdown. Less than a month until Shannon and I set off to Russia. However, despite all of this I still have a ton to do. And now, that I’ve gone public with my trip I can share my ever growing to do list.  Get Visas: China Russia India Despite all my complaining about the Russia Visa process, we actually already got our Russian Visas. So score one for the good guys (us- if that wasn’t obvious). My passport is currently at the Chinese Embassy awaiting a China Visa. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed. I’ll be sharing … Read More

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My RTW Itinerary

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Yesterday, I gave you all the details of the who, what ,when, and where of the “Bird Meets World” tour. Okay…maybe not ALL the details. I revealed pretty much nothing about my trip Itinerary. Well, no worries – today I’m spilling all the beans. (Well the beans that I know about). A word about planning In the world of travel there are many philosophies on trip planning. Some argue that all you need is a one way plane ticket and a passport. Others claim that each day should be meticulously scheduled. However, for the most part, people seem to lean … Read More

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