For a long time now I've wanted to be a PT, or Perpetual Traveler. My recent massive simplification has been a step in the right direction. I used to have too much stuff to even consider going on the road. Living in the RV has been another leap towards PT.
But first... why be a PT?
The idea, at least for me, is this : there is no "best" place to live in the world. Tokyo has the best trains and a fantastic culture. The Caribbean has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Europe has the history and food. "Settling down" in one place seems a lot like "settling" to me. If I live in Taiwan for a couple months out of the year I can brush up on my Chinese and become more fluent.
First I decided on the places to visit. I wanted to visit 7 or 8 places, giving me enough time to really experience each.
I wrote down a ton of places and then narrowed them down slowly. The countries had to be spaced out around the globe. I'd rent an apartment in each and use it as a home base to explore the surrounding area. I came up with a final list :
Next I opened up excel and a web browser and started plotting out when the best time to be in each country was. I wanted to avoid winter and summer. Cherry blossom season is April and March in Japan. I can't miss that.
Here's the final schedule :
There are a couple downsides to going. First, I'll miss some people here. Luckily a couple of my friends are coming with me and I hope that most of the rest of them will visit. I also have some friends in some of the places who I never get to see, so that will be fun. Also I'll have to give up the RV, which I really love.
It seems like having a rotating address would be super expensive, but it's actually not at all. The plane tickets will cost about $5-6k total and the apartment rentals are around $700/mo per person. Other than the RV, I haven't had monthly expenses that low since college.
Does anyone know anything about any of these places that I should know?
Hi Tynan - enjoyed your talk @ Hacker Dojo last night; re: SF...if you haven't been to Rainbow Grocery (13th/Folsom) yet....great store, lots of good stuff in bulk plus more, also Herbivore, Cha Ya, and Gracias Madre, Cafe Gratitude are great healthy restaurants I recommend. Cheers!
My wife and I traveled to Hawaii in the 80's...it was very expensive, but oh so beautiful and a real paradise! Love to visit again...look forward to your take on it. Darrell K.
im travelling atm and i dont think you've budgeted enough time in places, for instance in australia if your only planning on seeing sydney and melbourne your missing out on the best parts. and you should definitely see the south island of new zealand, and you should spend heaps of time in asia its beautiful and really easy to see places that have never been touched before.
In India stick with bottled water, even for brushing your teeth, and eat only piping hot food, morning noon and night I'm afraid. Stay away from any side salads too. Wish I was not chained to my career so, your freedom must be wonderful. Cheers, Mo
Holey crap We're a wicked lot alike.
I'm supprised tho... Do you do any music festivals?
Looks like you got the nomadic, Wally-centric, post-modern, neo-hippy, on/off-the-grid mind-set, just wonder what you have for tunes as the backdrop to life?
Hope we're able to wander in the same state / region within the next few years!
Hey, I am in Austin. We will have to hang out before you leave. Seems you could fit in some layovers in Europe while you are there, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy.
We just found out that we need visas for Taiwan. We probably should have thought about that before, but every problem is an opportunity. If we can't take care of this while we're in LA then we'll take a side trip to the Philippines or something so that we're not there for more than 30 days.
The power cord on my laptop broke the other day. I searched around Panama trying to find a replacement, but there wasn't one in sight. Right now we have a system where Todd charges batteries with his laptop and swaps them out with my dying ones. It's kind of like buddy breathing.
It seemed like we had so much time here, but all of a sudden we're leaving in two weeks. I can't believe how fast the trip has been going so far. We're just starting to feel like we're settling in. We have our routines that we go through, all of the friendly people we've gotten to know at all the places we frequent, and we even know our way around the city.
Making your first trip to East or Southeast Asia? Wondering where to go?
Okay, I've spent significant time in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. I can weigh in on those places for you. I haven't been to Macau, Laos, Burma, the Philippines, North Korea, or Indonesia yet - of them, I've heard great things about the Philippines and Indonesia in particular, but I can't comment.
So, some thoughts about every country -
Japan - Still the crown jewel of Asia, Japan has something for everyone. There's ancient and hyper-modern culture mixed all together. There's amazing technology, high levels of development, basically nonexistent crime, ridiculously high standards of quality and hygiene, and the people are friendly and polite. English isn't widely spoken, but the Japanese take being good hosts seriously and you'll be fine in any major city. You can find quite literally anything here - amazing camping and mountains and forests and oceans, or hyper-developed space-age districts in cities.
The downside of Japan - It's fucking expensive. Like, really really expensive. I hate spending money on eating and sleeping - every dollar I put into basic "staying alive" stuff is less money to be invested in commerce or philanthropy, or learning, or having unique experiences that are more interesting than... well, eating and sleeping. Yet, eating and sleeping is brutally expensive here. If you're not a veteran traveler and don't have friends here, you'll be hard pressed to spend less than $100/day in Japan. If you slum it hard, you can maybe get down to $50/day. Everything's ridiculously expensive, ranging from 400% to 2,000% higher than still-developing countries in Asia.