Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Preparing for departure.

Check List for Travels

  1. Complete Itinerary (Below!)
  2. Book Flight to Bangkok (Departs October 27th Delta Airlines from PDX)
  3. Register with Couch Surfers
  4. Find 2 hostels and 2 hotels in each city (back-up plan)
  5. Make appt. with Travel Clinic (August 3rd!)
  6. Open new "international/travel friendly" accounts (DONE!, WSECU)
  7. REI trip for new Backpack/other gear (NEW GEAR!)
  8. Register with Embassy (Embassies...) (Registered!)
  9. VISA for Vietnam   
  10. More Research! (doin' it!) 
So close!
Done as of 10/10/10!

Updated Itinerary

*Update of the Update. Shift everything ahead two days. I depart: October 27th 11:45am. 

Travel Itinerary for 2010/2011 Bonderman Fellowship

DEPARTURE: October 25th, 2010
         PDX (Portland, Or.) to Bangkok, Thailand
November 8th, 2010 to Si Racha (and/or Chon Buri)
November 15th, 2010 to Chiang Mai
Possible weekend trip to Rangoon, Myanmar

DEPARTURE: November 29th, 2010
Chaing Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos travel by bus/train/possibly plane direct from Chaing Mai to Luang Prabang. OR (from travelfish.com) The closest Thai-Lao border crossing to Chiang Mai is the Chiang Khong (Thailand), Huay Xai (Laos) crossing.
December 9th, 2010 – December 21st, 2010 between Luang Prabang and Vientiane

DEPARTURE: December 21st, 2010 to Hanoi, Vietnam
January 3rd, 2011 to Hong Gai. Move from North to South, end in Ho Chi Minh City January 13, 2011 – January 30, 2011.

DEPARTURE: January 30th or February 1st, 2011 from Tan Son Nhat (SGN) airport to Zagreb, Croatia
         February 19th, 2011 to Sibenik Croatia
         March 11th, 2011 to Sarajevo Bosnia
         April 1st, 2011 to Belgrade, Serbia
         April 20th, 2011 to Podgorioa, Montenegro
         May 1st, 2011 to Tirana, Albania

DEPARTURE: May 12th, 2011 Flight to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
         May 27th, 2011 to Nairobi, Kenya
Anticipated end date: June 25th, 2011 flight from Nairobi, Kenya to PDX Portland, Oregon

*If funds allow, might travel to India as well or possibly Mexico depending on political situation in each country. 

Monday, July 12, 2010