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Title: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 24, 2009, 11:44
So, I just gave notice at work that I will be quitting to go on a year long trip around the world. I couldn't have done this without stock photography, although not a lot the money is going to go a long way over the next year. I'm heading to Barcelona, Spain for a few days from here in the US to start my around the world trip. I'll be going to Argentina, Peru, Canada, China, India, and Europe.

I'd love to hear any thoughts on these countries, general or specific, especially China, India and Peru because those will be the most open parts of the trip with no time limits and little restrictions due to cost of living. Also if anyone lives there and would like to meet up, shoot some, give me a tour, get a beer or something I would love to hear from you.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: antoniodalbore on January 24, 2009, 12:28
Hi,

feel free to contact me for China or Asia in general, although I am European is where I spend most of my time.

Specifically about China, if you are looking special place for travel photography just try to avoid the east side along the coast as if very much developed and not too much unique you can see there, except millions of people everywhere.

Personally I am most keen to explore the few, least, genuine place remained in China. If u also like that then don't miss:

- Inner Mongolia (Neimongguo) - vast steppe and semi-desertic area with strong winds - coming from siberia / mongolia - for most of the year.

- Great Wall - DON'T GO TO THE USUAL BADALING OR SIMATAI OR OTHER TOURISTIC PLACES AROUND BEIJING. You will see a pieces of fake wall made of fake old bricks... Instead try to get some local contact and go on visit real section of the GW. Anyhow it's log enough to find hundreds of real spots.

- Bamboo forests in Sichuan, is where Chinese Government is freeing pandas in forest. Find a contact over there and enjoy some fine hiking.

- Shangrila Alpine area in west Sichuan. Amazing places with many people living as nomands along alpine-style valleys. Amazing if you like wild flora and fauna.

- Tibet (Xizhang) - one of the best place to go in China. Avoid Lhasa and surrounding and don't go there with an organized tour: they will show you what they want u to see. please write private for more info on how to enjoy Tibet with no risks...

- Xinjiang - the north-west province of China where live th Yugur and few other ethnic groups. Nice and welcoming people, spectacular desert (tamalakan), old cities. Don't miss the Flaming Mountains and see the production of Silk, Cotton and Grape.

- Yunnan - famous for their hills covered of tea plantations, also nice semi-tropical area near the border with Vietnam. Don't go them alone, is dangerous and very controlled by the Army. Also worth to visit the local ethnic group Bai (colorful traditional clothes) and few other I don't recall the name right now.

- Hainan island - I don't like, too hot and humid for me. Nice to hike on the top of the main mountain of the island. Good place if you want relax, sun and beaches.

- Shaanxi. The provine of the Terracotta Army. Altough very touristic is worth to visit. When you are in town (Xi'an), don't forget to visit the muslim district and the two pagodas.

Well... it need few hours to add the hundreds or more places I have been there...
Anyhow, pls check out my website (www.antoniodalbore.it) and feel free to contact me if I can help u for more tips of Asia and Middle East.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: Pixart on January 24, 2009, 12:50
I'm in central Canada, which isn't much of a destination, but let me know your itinerary in Canada when you have it, if it's over the summer especially I travel around quite a bit and we may be on the same path.   Many people fly to Winnipeg (where I am) for a connection to Churchill, where the polar bears are.  I lived in Toronto for a long time and know it quite well if you have questions about that part of Canada.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: charlesknox on January 24, 2009, 12:53
Im from montreal! Nice city, great nightlife if you come by let me know!
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: sharply_done on January 24, 2009, 13:05
Wow, what a great adventure ... have a blast!
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: PeterChigmaroff on January 24, 2009, 13:06
I did this in 1992. I quit a long standing job as did my wife. We spent most of our savings and came back broke. It was the absolutely best thing I ever did. We bought a Volks van and lived in it for 9 months. Travelled from Vancouver to the Baja then up north to Inuvik and back again. Climbed, hiked, kayaked... Then spent 3 months in Asia, India and Nepal backpacking.

The whole event allowed a compete and total severing of "normal life" and showed us that risks taken, often followed with rewards given an that what is perceived as risky or stressful in daily life is just BS. We understood afterwards  that it is easy to get by with less which spawned opportunities to make more. A wonderful paradox really.

Have fun.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: madelaide on January 24, 2009, 13:24
Big adventure indeed and I wish you all the best. 

I've met many people who quit their jobs, travel for months, then go back and find some new work.  I am amazed with the simplicity of their decision, but then it must be explained by a favourable economical factor in their professions and where they live.  Here in Brazil it is very difficult for someone to leave a decent job for an adventure.

Regards,
Adelaide
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: yingyang0 on January 24, 2009, 13:34
Wow, congrats on the big adventure. I've always wanted to do the same, but I've never had the cojones to just quit and go on a vacation.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: leaf on January 24, 2009, 14:03
wow, that sounds great.

When are you going to be in europe?  If you come all the way up to Norway let me know :)
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 24, 2009, 14:36
antoniodalbore,
Thanks so much all that info is extremely helpful and I will definitely be contacting you before I get to China, which should be in around 6 months.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 24, 2009, 14:37
Pixart, I think I will just be visiting Vancouver and nearby but nothing is set in stone.  Thanks.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 24, 2009, 14:37
Wow, what a great adventure ... have a blast!


Thanks
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 24, 2009, 14:39
I did this in 1992. I quit a long standing job as did my wife. We spent most of our savings and came back broke. It was the absolutely best thing I ever did. We bought a Volks van and lived in it for 9 months. Travelled from Vancouver to the Baja then up north to Inuvik and back again. Climbed, hiked, kayaked... Then spent 3 months in Asia, India and Nepal backpacking.

The whole event allowed a compete and total severing of "normal life" and showed us that risks taken, often followed with rewards given an that what is perceived as risky or stressful in daily life is just BS. We understood afterwards  that it is easy to get by with less which spawned opportunities to make more. A wonderful paradox really.

Have fun.

Sounds great I hope I get the same out of my experience.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: lisafx on January 24, 2009, 14:41
Sounds wonderful!  You will definitely be living up to your screen name :D

Have a great time!!
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 24, 2009, 14:41
wow, that sounds great.

When are you going to be in europe?  If you come all the way up to Norway let me know :)

I'll probably be broke by then it will be the last stop on the trip before coming back to the US and that area of Europe is pretty expensive from what I hear.  Who knows maybe the pictures I take along the way will allow it, thanks for the invite though I'd love to go there one day.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 24, 2009, 14:42
Sounds wonderful!  You will definitely be living up to your screen name :D

Have a great time!!

I have to, it would be false advertising if I didn't do this.  Thanks Lisa.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: RT on January 24, 2009, 14:56
It's something I wish I'd done when I was young and single, have fun.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: Phil on January 24, 2009, 22:42
So, I just gave notice at work that I will be quitting to go on a year long trip around the world. I couldn't have done this without stock photography, although not a lot the money is going to go a long way over the next year. I'm heading to Barcelona, Spain for a few days from here in the US to start my around the world trip. I'll be going to Argentina, Peru, Canada, China, India, and Europe.

I'd love to hear any thoughts on these countries, general or specific, especially China, India and Peru because those will be the most open parts of the trip with no time limits and little restrictions due to cost of living. Also if anyone lives there and would like to meet up, shoot some, give me a tour, get a beer or something I would love to hear from you.

congrats.  you are a year ahead of me!

this year we are bringing up the stock a bit further and I will finish my contract at work at the end of the year, and then my family and I going travelling again (we went touring australia a couple of years ago and the travel bug has been biting since :) 

Have Fun, Phil

Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: mantonino on January 25, 2009, 00:39
If you ever want to read a great "world traveler story" check out http://www.2ridetheworld.com We met Simon & Lisa on one of OUR adventures.  :)
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: Phil on January 25, 2009, 00:40
my wife hates you LOL (she wants to go now :))
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: goldenangel on January 25, 2009, 01:13
Such a great adventure, I envy you! :) I hope you enjoy every day of it!

Where in Europe are you planning to go? It might be a good idea to visit some countries in eastern Europe as well. I think there are quite a few forum members from that region to give you useful info, myself included as I grew up there. Too bad you're not going to Brazil when you are in South America, there are some amazing places there, although I'm sure Argentina is very nice as well.

Antonio has given you some great info about China. Regarding Hainan Island, I really enjoyed it, but then I don't mind spending vacation time in humid places :)

Pixart, I spent some years in Winnipeg. Too bad I never got to see northern Manitoba. I still have it in my to do list to go up to Churchill and do that!
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: le_cyclope on January 25, 2009, 10:11
Wow, what an experience!

Is there a way you can keep us informed? Blog or something?

I would love to follow you throught internet!

Claude
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 25, 2009, 11:36
Wow, what an experience!

Is there a way you can keep us informed? Blog or something?

I would love to follow you throught internet!

Claude
As soon as the trip starts, in a month almost exactly now I will put out a link to the blog so if you are interested you can follow along. 
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: pixel86 on January 25, 2009, 11:47
I am so envious!

I may be doing the same thing, kind of un-voluntarily, if my job keeps up on the path it is on. I think it would be a great adventure. I hope I can save a little more money though before it comes to that. And I always have my microstock income, good for a few meals a month, to fall back on.   :-\

Have a great trip, Traveler!
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 25, 2009, 14:57
I am so envious!

I may be doing the same thing, kind of un-voluntarily, if my job keeps up on the path it is on. I think it would be a great adventure. I hope I can save a little more money though before it comes to that. And I always have my microstock income, good for a few meals a month, to fall back on.   :-\

Have a great trip, Traveler!
Yeah we are living in tough times, I do feel bad about leaving a job that I enjoy and feel has some security but there will be other jobs down the road.  Good luck whatever happens.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: leaf on January 25, 2009, 15:45
wow, that sounds great.

When are you going to be in europe?  If you come all the way up to Norway let me know :)

I'll probably be broke by then it will be the last stop on the trip before coming back to the US and that area of Europe is pretty expensive from what I hear.  Who knows maybe the pictures I take along the way will allow it, thanks for the invite though I'd love to go there one day.

yes it is very expensive, but you could do it a bit cheaper by only going to Oslo, staying for just a day, and taking a night train back to sweden :)

A beer costs $8
A movie costs $12
gas costs $1.4 /litre
A cappucino at a regular cafe costs $3.9
You can have a nice dinner for two at a quite cheap indian restaurant for $60
A hot dog with all the fixings $6.00
A kebab $5.00
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 25, 2009, 15:59
wow, that sounds great.

When are you going to be in europe?  If you come all the way up to Norway let me know :)

I'll probably be broke by then it will be the last stop on the trip before coming back to the US and that area of Europe is pretty expensive from what I hear.  Who knows maybe the pictures I take along the way will allow it, thanks for the invite though I'd love to go there one day.

yes it is very expensive, but you could do it a bit cheaper by only going to Oslo, staying for just a day, and taking a night train back to sweden :)

A beer costs $8
A movie costs $12
gas costs $1.4 /litre
A cappucino at a regular cafe costs $3.9
You can have a nice dinner for two at a quite cheap indian restaurant for $60
A hot dog with all the fixings $6.00
A kebab $5.00
I've got to sell a lot of pictures to make that trip, a few beers could blow my whole budget. 
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on January 25, 2009, 16:08
Update:
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on August 27, 2009, 10:27
Update, in case anyone cares.  Back in the USA for a couple weeks, just got my visas and next week I'm on my way to Canada, China, India, and then to Europe hopefully for 8 months or so.  South America was amazing, go to Colombia!  Had a few adventures including a couple robberies, my girlfriend got bitten by a monkey, and we hiked to Machu Picchu.  I didn't get a chance to meet any fellow microstockers on the way, just missed Holgs in Colombia but hopefully someone will be around in Asia while I'm there.  So if you live there or are going to be there in the next few months please contact me and we will see about doing a shoot or getting a beer along the way.
-G
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: Fran on August 27, 2009, 11:18
I truly envy you. Good luck :)
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: cascoly on August 27, 2009, 14:42
good luck on your travels -  we tend to take shorter trips of 4-6 wks

last summer we spent a month in Peru - travel's easy, the bus system is very good & comfortable on the long hauls.

http://cascoly.com/trav/south/peru.asp (http://cascoly.com/trav/south/peru.asp)

time your cusco stay to visit the Pisac market. rather than a sacred valley  tour you can also take a taxi to the end of the valley at Puca Pucare.  then you have your own pace to walk down the 8 km to Cusoc, visiting the various sites, ending at Sacsayhuaman

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India's my favorite place - we spent 6 wks there a few years ago and are going back for 6 wks in Nov without covering much of what we did before. 

 absolute highlights were our trip to palitana in gujarat http://cascoly.com/trav/india/palitana.asp (http://cascoly.com/trav/india/palitana.asp)  and the Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan http://cascoly.com/trav/india/pushkar.asp (http://cascoly.com/trav/india/pushkar.asp)

 this time we're spending a week visiting hill tribe markets in Orissa

i'd be happy to answer any specific questions.

we have good friends who are travel guides in turkey and in india, if you need any specific arrangements while in those countries or as a contact while in the country.   

steve
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on August 27, 2009, 15:38
good luck on your travels -  we tend to take shorter trips of 4-6 wks

last summer we spent a month in Peru - travel's easy, the bus system is very good & comfortable on the long hauls.

[url]http://cascoly.com/trav/south/peru.asp[/url] ([url]http://cascoly.com/trav/south/peru.asp[/url])

time your cusco stay to visit the Pisac market. rather than a sacred valley  tour you can also take a taxi to the end of the valley at Puca Pucare.  then you have your own pace to walk down the 8 km to Cusoc, visiting the various sites, ending at Sacsayhuaman

====
India's my favorite place - we spent 6 wks there a few years ago and are going back for 6 wks in Nov without covering much of what we did before. 

 absolute highlights were our trip to palitana in gujarat [url]http://cascoly.com/trav/india/palitana.asp[/url] ([url]http://cascoly.com/trav/india/palitana.asp[/url])  and the Pushkar camel fair in Rajasthan [url]http://cascoly.com/trav/india/pushkar.asp[/url] ([url]http://cascoly.com/trav/india/pushkar.asp[/url])

 this time we're spending a week visiting hill tribe markets in Orissa

i'd be happy to answer any specific questions.

we have good friends who are travel guides in turkey and in india, if you need any specific arrangements while in those countries or as a contact while in the country.   

steve


We spent almost three weeks in the cusco/machu picchu area, partly because I was sick for about 6 days but it was a lot of fun.  I'm guessing I will arrive in india in december in bangalore maybe you'll be around then?   Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: cascoly on August 27, 2009, 16:23
we're ending our stay in eastern india yb flying from bangalore or chennai to rajasthan at the end of Nov, so  we may just miss;  but i'll have reasonable internet access

steve
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: arquiplay77 on August 28, 2009, 04:26
This is one thing almost everybody wants to do, but very few have the guts to do it.
wish you the best
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: Fran on August 28, 2009, 05:04
If you pass by Frankfurt (and you will, believe me ;)), just send me an email. I can also host you if you need it.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on August 28, 2009, 12:22
If you pass by Frankfurt (and you will, believe me ;)), just send me an email. I can also host you if you need it.

I am going to try to make it to Berlin, everyone has such great things to say about that city but if I have money left I'd love to see more of the country.  I went to munich a couple years ago and really enjoyed the city.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: erwinova on August 28, 2009, 12:57
No Indonesia in your list?, it's country with 17,000 islands.
Let me know if you come to indonesia, you can stay in my house and pay it with model release. I'm looking for caucasian model :)
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on August 28, 2009, 13:09
No Indonesia in your list?, it's country with 17,000 islands.
Let me know if you come to indonesia, you can stay in my house and pay it with model release. I'm looking for caucasian model :)

Thats very tempting but I just don't have time to see everything now, maybe I'll do another just south east asia trip in a year or two if the offer is still open.
Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: erwinova on August 28, 2009, 21:44
No Indonesia in your list?, it's country with 17,000 islands.
Let me know if you come to indonesia, you can stay in my house and pay it with model release. I'm looking for caucasian model :)

Thats very tempting but I just don't have time to see everything now, maybe I'll do another just south east asia trip in a year or two if the offer is still open.

Next year? hmm I dont know...bacause I don't have family, I can invite everyone to stay in my house, but next year i'm not sure if I still single :). But I'm ready to guide you if you in my city ....

Title: Re: Quit Job To See The World
Post by: traveler1116 on August 28, 2009, 22:08
No Indonesia in your list?, it's country with 17,000 islands.
Let me know if you come to indonesia, you can stay in my house and pay it with model release. I'm looking for caucasian model :)

Thats very tempting but I just don't have time to see everything now, maybe I'll do another just south east asia trip in a year or two if the offer is still open.

Next year? hmm I dont know...bacause I don't have family, I can invite everyone to stay in my house, but next year i'm not sure if I still single :). But I'm ready to guide you if you in my city ....



Well family might be a little more important, good luck with that!