The Planned Route – My Low Budget Journey Around the World


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.

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Michael October 17, 2009 at 5:01 pm

yer gonna love SEAsia
our last trip out, Nov/Dec 08, had 2 weeks around the southern part of Isaan Thailand and another 2 weeks in Southern Laos, in and around Champasak Province. Great trekking and village homestay opportunities around the province, and the gorgeous Khmer ruins of Wat Phu Champasak, not as spectacular or grand as Angkor Wat, but the lush cliffside setting is stunning. Saw some other Khmer temples in Issan as well, the beautifully and fully restored Prasat Phanom Rung and the atmospheric Prasat Muang Tam, Buriram Province. Great food in Isaan, Lao-influenced–pungent and very spicy.

planning to visit Myanmar for a month next year, timed to see the Taunggyi Tazaungmon Ballon Festival around the full moon in Nov. Participated in a similar festival in Issan last Nov’s full moon, Loi Krathong on the Moon River in Ubon Ratchathani, a celebration of the Hindu goddess of water, fun and festive!
chok dii


Joe Comfort November 19, 2009 at 4:51 am


You have a free place to stay in Costa Rica as long as you don’t come through from August-October, those are the rainy months and we usually skip town. We have a studio apartment with a loft that’s all yours otherwise.

Pura Vida,


wes November 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

awesome! thanks, Joe :)


TR November 29, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Sweet. We’ll have to figure out when I can breakaway from the Evil Empireand meet up . . . .


FC December 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Ya know, I went to school with this guy. Well, so, ok.. technically we didn’t “go to school” so much as we planned on where we were getting hammered that night AT a school (it was convenient). Wes, damn dude, I’m jealous.


julie December 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Wes, we are planning on being in Italy from early August through the end of October. If you will be in Europe then, it would be great to meet up somewhere. I think we could possibly be convinced to check out Greece for a couple days. Also, if you pass through (not sure exactly where we’ll be, but someplace awesome), you’ll have a place to sleep (in a bed one thinks) and a home-cooked meal.


wes December 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Wow, I’d love to meet up with y’all in Italy or Greece. That’s roughly the time I’m hoping to be in the area — who knows what will happen along the way, of course. If I can make it happen I will! Thanks :)


Jodi January 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Hey Wes – looking fwd to following your journey. Have you thought about including Laos? Definitely recommend keeping Vietnam and adding China. While we were in China, the overland routes to Tibet were closed – but it’s an ever changing environment. BTW, get your Vietnam visa DIY at embassy in Phnom Penh, one-day service US$35 with no extra charges.


wes January 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for the info on Tibet and the VISA, Jodi! I’m just gonna cross my fingers and hope for the best. I’m definitely considering Laos, especially if I can’t overland into Tibet.


marta January 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

if you want some lazy time on the beach while in Thailand than make sure you check it out Koh Tao. If you are planning to camp in Lido in Venice you might want to avoid August as if the busiest time ever in Italy when everybody goes on holiday or either book it well in advance. Hope this website could be of any use


wes January 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Thanks for the tips, Marta! I think I may have to give up on Venice this go ’round due to timing and weather.

Great site, btw :)


marta January 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

venice isn’t either backpacking friendly as the rest of italy. chris and i are backpacking as well around the world so if we can be of any help you could find us on
see you around
.-= marta´s last blog ..Tale from the road. Australia 4×4 warning =-.


Sarah February 9, 2010 at 12:57 am

have you considered adding australia to your travels? its an amazing place with beautiful oceans and bushlands. if you do happen to include australia in your upcoming trip or for future trips check out they do great day trips to the royal national park which is just south of sydney. its a a great day and definately a must do tour when in australia. goodluck with your trip, sounds amazing!!


TR February 9, 2010 at 1:47 am

Australia . . . . . .


Sarah February 9, 2010 at 4:17 am

definately Australia!!!


wes February 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Australia is on the definite maybe list. I had dropped Oz and NZ early on, due to budget concerns. Now I’m thinking it might be possible. I’ll have to see how the budget is holding up after a few months in SE Asia. Would certainly love to go — I’ve yet to meet an Aussie I didn’t like.


marta February 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

if you can stretch definitely i would consider both OZ ‘n NZ, they are just great. i think so far we might have spent around $40/50 each pd… but we travel a fairly time in Australia, bought a van and resold it so we got most of the money spent for it back
.-= marta´s last blog ..Our 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets =-.


wes February 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I’d love to if my budget can handle it. Both are a bit outside my target daily rate, but I’m hoping to make it happen.


johnny - March 31, 2010 at 1:15 am

awesome trip mate :) what’s your budget for the whole year? and how long can you extend it for?! i went to bangladesh, india, nepal, sri lanka last year – amazing experiences!


wes March 31, 2010 at 1:27 am

hoping to keep it around $15k for the year. If I can keep a little freelance work coming in I think I can extend it to 1.5 or even 2 years. Lotsa variables, there…


Donna Willingham September 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Wow, what a fantastic trip, Wes! I feel I should share with you an amazing course I did while I was in Cairo, Egypt – Sarah Merron of Fire Dragon Coaching teaches strategies that really helped me focus on getting the best out of myself and others around me, for both my work and personal life. She runs courses all over the world, so it’s a fantastic way to combine travel with self improvement. Here’s the link, I found it had a very powerful effect on my life: Have fun on your travels!


Garrett September 27, 2010 at 7:37 am

How’s the trip plan coming? Still on schedule to visit India and Nepal?


wes September 29, 2010 at 9:01 am

Yup, I’ll be heading into Thailand in a couple of days, spend about 2 weeks there, then it’s off to Calcutta and up into Nepal. Can’t wait — gonna be quite a change from SE Asia.


Jannell May 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Wow! My planned RTW itinerary is close to yours – can’t WAIT to read more :) Fun.


Garreth July 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I presume this plan has gone out the window :P


Hannah November 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

We have been reading your blog, and enjoy reading all your articles, especially the misadventures! We to are planning a RTW trip departing in under 8 months! Would love any feedback about our route and any other advice you may have!


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Ira Jones May 28, 2013 at 3:14 am

Wow, amazing plan. What’s your budget for this fantastic trip ?


Bo January 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

Wes you’re missing Scandinavia. Any plans on going there at some other point?
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wes January 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Would LOVE to — just need to get my finances in a better situation. I’m sticking to the developing world at the moment — no choice :)


Bo January 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm

That’s understandable, hope to see some posts from there someday though! Good luck and have a great travel year 2014!
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