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Budget and Itinerary for 2007-2009 'Round the World Trip by David Lee

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Initial CostsDaily Costs (US $)

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Accessories, guidebook, etc.$100Time of YearRegionCost per Day# of DaysTotalVisa Req?CostNotes

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ImmunizationsInsuranceDec 07French Polynesia (Tahiti)$505$250no$0Proof of onward travel required.

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Medical Insurance$2,040Dec 07New Zealand$4521$945no$0From NZ Immigration site: Visitors entering NZ without a visa (US citizens), must have valid onward travel arrangements (ie. return ticket or official confirmation that a ticket is booked and paid for) when entering New Zealand. The return ticket must also be from NZ to a country they can enter. Please note that having funds to purchase a ticket is not sufficient evidence of onward travel arrangements. 7/13/07

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Travel Insurance (medical evacuation)$240Dec 07-Jan 08Australia$4521$945yes$20Electronic Visa purchased. Ref #6496724. Valid for 12 months through July 14, 2008, for up to 3 month stay. No working. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAAusXEn.html

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Renter's Insurance$150Jan 08Indonesia (Bali)$2510$250yes$2530-day Visa avail on arrival. 7/15/07 Proof of onward travel required - purchase next airfare from Australia.

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Storage$1,450Jan 08Singapore$504$200no$0Social visit pass granted upon arrival. Proof of onward travel required. 11/11/07

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Total$3,980.00Feb 08Hong Kong$505$250no$0No Visa required for up to 90-day stay. No onward ticket required if traveling overland to mainland China. 11/11/07

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Feb 08China$3025$750yes$130Visa required in advance of arrival. Obtain Multiple Entry Visa for 12 months - valid for 180 days from Embassy in DC. $100 for Americans + $30 extra for same-day service. Bought 11/26/07 - valid for entry within next 12 months.

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Transportation Costs (Major)March 08Tibet$2515$375yes$0Chinese Visa required. Need to coordinate via travel agent once in China. Take rail to Lhasa.

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Airfare (Airtreks.com) - NYC to Tahiti to New Zealand to Australia to Bali$2,091March-April 08Nepal$300$0yes$3060-day Visa avail on arrival - 7/15/07. Best trekking seasons - Sept/Oct or March/April. See Activities for cost of 26 day Karnali Excursions agency tour of Annapurna circuit (covers all transport to/from airport, arrival/departure stay in Katmandu, 20 day trek, 3 meals/day, teahouse lodging, guide, 1 porter)

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Airfare - Bali to Singapore$75May 08India$2030$600yes$30180-day Visa must be obtained in advance. 7/28/07

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Airfare - Singapore to Hong Kong$110Thailand$3530$1,050yes$030-day Visa avail on arrival. 60-day tourist Visa avail for about $25. 7/15/07

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Cambodia$2521$525yes$2030-day Visa avail on arrival. 7/28/07

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Train (hard sleeper) - Beijing to Lhasa$108Vietnam$3021$630yes$8530-day Visa avail at embassy in DC (5-7 day processing, apply and pick up in person). Obtain up to 6 months prior to entry. 7/28/07

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Overland? - Lhasa to Kathmandu$150

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Overland? - Kathmandu to ?, IndiaSouth Africa$2521$525no$0No Visa required. 7/28/07

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Airfare - ?, India to BangkokZimbabwe$2510$250yes$30Visa avail on arrival. 7/28/07

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Airfare - Bangkok to Cape Town, South AfricaTanzania$2510$250$50

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Air/sea - Egypt to Greece?Kenya$2510$250$50

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Airfare - Madrid to Rio$725Ethiopia$2510$250$68

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Columbia to PanamaEgypt$2515$375$22

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Total$3,259Greece$6015$900N/A

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Eastern Europe$5021$1,050N/A

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Extra ActivitiesItaly$7010$700N/A

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Jetboat in NZ$60Switzerland$7010$700N/A

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Canyoning in NZ$85Spain$6015$900N/A

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Hike Fox Glacier in NZ$65Brazil$4030$1,200$65

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Scuba dive in Australia$100Peru$2021$420N/A

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Climb Gunung Batur volcano in Bali$40Columbia$2521$525N/A

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Hill tribe trek in Ching Mai, Thailand$50Panama$3015$450N/A

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Annapurna trek in Nepal (26 days)$1,350Guatemala$2515$375N/A

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Safari in Africa (ballpark)$500Mexico$3021$630$18

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United States$5530$1,650no$0CA, OR, WA, CO, FL (Miami)

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Hike Macchu Picchu in Peru$400

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Total$2,650

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Average Cost per Day$37503$17,920$643

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Total Trip CostsAvg Cost per Day (w/Activities)$4116.8Trip length in months

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Initial Costs$3,980

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Daily Costs$17,920Footnotes

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Transportation Costs$3,259StorageExtra Space Storage, 50 sq. ft. climate controlled in Northern VA, 18 months ($1090 for first 15 months, $90/month therafter)

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Visa Costs$643Medical InsuranceCOBRA (Lumenos HRA) month-to-month. Re-apply May 23, 2008 for IMG Global Medical Insurance (Gold) - $915/year for $1,000 deductible. Renewal is on annual basis, therefore it would cover me through end of trip and until I find new job upon conclusion of trip in 2009. Eligibility is dependent upon intention to spend 6 of the 12 months outside USA.

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Extra Activities$2,650

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Savings for Return$5,000Travel InsuranceWorld Nomads - 6 months - paid through May 28, 2008

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Total$33,452

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Total Average Cost per DayBolded CountriesMust see places

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AirfareAiport codes: Dulles, VA - IAD / Auckland, NZ - AKL / Sydney, AUS - SYD / Kathmandu, Nepal - KTH / Cape Town, South Africa - CPT / Madrid, Spain - MAD / Rio de Janerio, Brazil - GIG

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Current as of11/30/2007

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Assets

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ING Direct Savings$5,039

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E*Trade Savings$21,751

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E*Trade Checking$2,003

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Suntrust Checking$1,028

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Total$29,821

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Debts

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Credit Card / Bills$0

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Total$0

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Net Savings$29,821

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Remainder Left to Save*$3,631

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* Remainder left to save does not take into account the fact that I fully paid for 15 months of storage, 4 flights, 6 months of travel insurance, gear, etc. before leaving. For my actual pre-departure funds, see the Savings Plan tab.