RTW 98-99

by wired2theworld on May 9, 2010

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In 1998 we left Los Angeles on a 9 month trip around the world. We planned, and scrimped and saved for more than two years before we left. People were shocked that we would quit our jobs, take all that money and spend it all “just to travel.” Why would we not settle down and buy a house? After all, we were almost thirty!

I’m here to tell you it was the best thing we ever did and we don’t regret it one bit. We did come home and “settle down and buy a house” but as you can see we are still traveling as often as we can. I encourage anyone who wants to do this to plan for it, save enough to have a cushion of cash to return home to, and then go!

Our trip, albeit over a decade ago is still available to see online. Yes, travel has changed quite a bit since then, and yes, the photo quality is not as good as now (what do you expect from a first-generation digital camera?) but it’s still fun to peruse the destinations.

Links to our travelogue and photos from the journey can be found below. Please forgive the ugly formatting on those pre-blogging pages.

KRISTINA’S PRE-DEPARTURE JOURNAL:

FEBRUARY, 1998   Preparation or Obsession?

MARCH, 1998  Do Your Homework

APRIL, 1998 The Big Computer Debate (or, Sometimes Size Really Does Matter)

MAY, 1998 Fear and Loathing in L.A

JUNE, 1998 Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

JULY, 1998 PART 1 Mexico…No Problema

JULY, 1998 PART 2 Nuns Who Drink Beer…

AUGUST, 1998 Fear and Loathing in L.A., Part 2

 

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, 1998

HAWAII– Kauai

FIJI-  Korotogo

NEW ZEALAND
Auckland
North Island: In The Campervan…
      Sheep Photos
South Island; In The Campervan…
Franz Josepf Glacier Photos
      Christchurch
More photos of all New Zealand

OCTOBER, 1998

AUSTRALIA
Sydney
Cairns
Photos of Australia

INDONESIA
Bali
Photos of Bali

MALAYSIA
Kuala Lumpur and Penang

NOVEMBER, 1998

THAILAND 
Southern Thailand/ Bangkok
Thailand Photos
Northern Thailand/ Bangkok
Hilltribe photos

DECEMBER, 1998

NEPAL
Kathmandu
Jomsom Trek
Jomsom Trek Photos
Back in Kathmandu
Nepal Photos

THAILAND

Bangkok Again

JANUARY, 1999

HONG KONG/MACAO

Hong Kong/Macao

MAINLAND CHINA

Beijing, China
Beijing Photos- The Forbidden City
Beijing Photos- Mao,Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace, The Great Wall and the MingTombs

TAWAN
Taiwan

THAILAND
Thailand, One Last Time…(includes visit to Ayuthaya and Khmer Ruins)
Photos for Eastern Thailand Ruins

ENGLAND
London, England
England Photos

HOLLAND –  Holland

FRANCE 
France
France Photos

SPAIN 
Northern Spain
Northern Spain Photos

MARCH, 1999

PORTUGAL –
Portugal
Photos from Portugal

SPAIN/MOROCCO
South of Spain and Barcelona
Photos from Barcelona

Morocco
Photos from Morocco

FRANCE
Another Visit to France

ITALY 
Tuscany and Poppi
Photos of Poppi
Photos of Florence
Photos of Tuscany

 

APRIL, 1999

ITALY 
Sicily
Photos of Taormina, Syracuse,and Agrigento
Photos of Palermo and Cefalu
Photos of Positano and Pompeii

 

MAY, 1999

 

SWITZERLAND 
Champery, Switzerland
Photos of Switzerland

GOING HOME…..May 20, 1999
Culture shock and what happened next.

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Planning Information (keep in mind, this is how it was done in 1998)

BUDGET:
The question on everybody’s lips…just how much did we spend?


PACKLISTS: 

Here’s where you can see just how much stuff we brought, what we wind up sending home, and what we have to buy…
KRISTINA’S CLOTHES
DAVID’S CLOTHES
OTHER STUFF

FAQ: 
Read more about who we are and what we’re planning on our
frequently asked questions page
See some of the answers to our “other questions” on our  answers page.

LINKS: 
Go to our links page for lots of great travel-related web sites.

RECIPES: 
Great recipes that Kristina collects and creates from all over the world.

READER’S COMMENTS: 
This is where we unabashedly toot our own horn with
some of the nice comments people have sent us via e mail.

TECHNICAL STUFF: 
Computer stuff, digital camera, accessories, in essence,  how we do it

TIPS AND TRICKS: 
Helpful hints we learned along the way.

 

 

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