This is my intended route at the moment. Some destinations may be added or dropped as time, money, and whims allow. (Rollover for destinations)
Postscript (12.31.09): I’m now seriously considering dropping Greece and Turkey (would have to rush to get there during nice weather) and adding China instead. I can enter China from Vietnam, then (hopefully) make my way to Tibet overland and drop into Nepal. Anyone have experience with this route? Please leave a comment.
Thailand and SE Asia – I’ll land in Bangkok in early March, after 30 hours in transit, and spend 2-3 months wandering about Thailand, Cambodia, and hopefully Vietnam. Angkor Wat in Cambodia, some lazy time at the beach, and possibly taking a diving course are top of the list of things to do.
India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka – Flying from Bangkok to Calcutta, I’ll make my way down to Sri Lanka, back up to Bangladesh and onto Nepal.
Nepal – I’ll make my way overland into Nepal for trekking and exploring Kathmandu.
Egypt - I hope to catch a cheap flight from Nepal to Egypt, though I may have to make my way back down to New Delhi to save money. I hope to spend a couple of months in Egypt.
Turkey and Greece – I’ll only spend a few weeks in Turkey, due to higher living costs. From there I’ll make my way to Greece for another 2-3 weeks. Where possible, I’ll camp to save cash.
Venice, Italy – A possible splurge trip, if my budget is holding up; I’d love to take the ferry from Athens to Venice and camp on the Lido. Funds and weather may force me to cross this off the itinerary.
Morocco – Another possible leg. I’d fly from Venice to Barcelona and make my way into Morocco and back to Madrid. Probably a 50/50 chance of this happening :/
Brazil – The cheapest entrance into South America appears to be Rio. Cash allowing, I’d like to explore Brazil before making my way to Peru.
Peru – The main focus of my South American leg, I’ll spend a good couple of months visiting ruins and roaming the Andes.
Costa Rica, Belize, and Mexico – Planning for this portion of the trip is pretty fuzzy at this point, but visiting the jungle, poking around Mayan ruins, and spending some quality hammock-time at a beach with a fruity drink or five should all make for a nice wrap up to my grand adventure. I’ll be carrying a ridiculous amount of gear around the world, so I suspect I’ll need the down time.