Discuss long-term and Round the World Travel. Share experiences, tips and encourage others to take the plunge. Help others plan their itineraries and budgets for upcoming epic adventures.

Going overland from Belgium to South East Asia

trailofthegadabout

User avatar
Thorn Tree Refugee
 
Posts: 5
Joined: November 28th, 2011

Share on Orkut

This thread doesn't have any tags.

You can still check out the tag index though.

What are tags?
  • Added on: December 5th, 2012
Hello everyone,

As many of you I have big travel plans in my head. I just lived one year of full adventure in East Africa and I pretty much became a travel and adrenaline junkie. Anyway I'm playing with the idea of going fully hardcore unplanned into the east.

Meaning: I saved enough money, about 15000 euro, and I would pack my bags, either start hitchhiking or book a cheap low cost flight to Eastern europe. From there go on backpacking without a strong focus, couchsurfing,staying with friends and taking advantage of situations which could perhaps alter my direction (travelling with others, recommendations, etc) . I would keep cost quite low by as mentioned CS and hostels, travel with local transport or hugely discounted fligths and in this way I would hope to go through the middle east, India, China, Nepal, etc. and eventually end up in South east Asia, probably Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, ... I have university degrees in various subjects like economics and sociology and am physically quite fit so if necessary I can work at places if the need is there. I intent to spend money on unique adventures whenever necessary (climbing mountains, rare sights, adventure sports, nightlife).

Now what I want to know is from the more experienced ones here is. What could make this trip difficult or in a way unrealistic?? (cost of visa perhaps?, vacinations??). Do you know anyone who has done it this way (blogs would help) ?. Recommendations of must see things? Timespan? (I'm thinking max. one year but then again theres no reason for fixed timespan). Any input is greatly appreciated.

An itinerary could for instance be like: -Belgium-fligh to Sarajevo-Montenegro-Albania-Greece-Turkey- fly to Israel-Lebanon-Jordan-back Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India-Nepal-China-Laos-Cambodja-Thailand-Belgium

Something along those lines...

Sophie9

User avatar
Knows What a Schengen Visa Is
 
Posts: 425
Joined: January 4th, 2007

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 5th, 2012
You haven't given us your passport citizenship country. Nationality makes a huge difference in visa requirements.

My guess, looking at your trip planner, is that visas may be the biggest issue. You need to look into the visa requirements of each and every country you plan to visit. Some countries require that visas may only be applied for from the travelers' home country. It can be a very sticky problem getting visas on the road.

trailofthegadabout

User avatar
Thorn Tree Refugee
 
Posts: 5
Joined: November 28th, 2011

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 6th, 2012
Hmm, Im a Belgian national. I imagine a passport for Iran to be tricky indeed, what other countries? Is there any site which bundles visa info?

busman7

User avatar
Began Gap Year Trip Six Years Ago
 
Posts: 2026
Joined: January 12th, 2008
Location: El Salvador

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 6th, 2012
Visa info can be found here http://www.visahq.ca/visas.php the site will say Canada, US, UK but if you click the country you wish to visit a drop down menu will appear simply enter Belgium as country of passport & the same for country of residence.

All the visa info will appear. Take note of the number of passport pictures required as it saves time getting them at home rather than at the border.

Personally I would stick to overland travel rather than air.

If it is possible to travel through Tibet from Nepal to China, when you travel, I highly recommend doing so. That trip will have to be done as part of a group & the tour company will get the Chinese visa for you as part of the package. I used these guys http://www.trekking-in-nepal.com they were great, also arranged a trip to Chitawin National Park in Nepal.
"Being normal? Ugh. I can't imagine how awful that must be" unknown

Wishful Thinking

User avatar
Guidebook Dependent
 
Posts: 15
Joined: September 30th, 2011
Location: California, United States

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 6th, 2012
Thanks Busman7, that is a great website.

Fluffy_bunny

User avatar
Holds PhD in Packing
 
Posts: 116
Joined: October 28th, 2010
Location: Erbil, Iraq

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 7th, 2012
1) NEVER count on picking up work on the road. While you may find a volunteer teaching gig, or a hostel that'll let you temp for a place to stay, you certainly will not make any money without a significant commitment to a company.

2) Visas: You biggest issue will be Pakistan. This visa you cannot get anywhere except your home country. And they are time specific. You will not have time to get in in your home country, travel for a few months, then enter the country. This means you will have to fly over Pakistan.

Problem 2 is Tibet. It is frequently closed to foreigners with no notice what-so-ever. Be prepared to fly if need be.

Also your travel plan as laid out won't work. It is not possible to go from Israel to Lebanon. The borders are completely closed and there are no transport links (flights, boats, trains, buses, camels... nothing). Furthermore, if you have a stamp from Israel in your passport, you be 100% be denied entry to Lebanon, Iran or Pakistan.
For tips and storied on Central Asia, the Middle East and Central America, check out my blog
http://joestrippin.blogspot.com

trailofthegadabout

User avatar
Thorn Tree Refugee
 
Posts: 5
Joined: November 28th, 2011

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 8th, 2012
Thanks for the info. Didnt know about Pakistan beeing such a pain in the ass. Israel I knew off but I thought it was possible to get a stamp on a separate paper. Doesnt solve the transport problem though.

In any event things with travel like this you know there will be big difficulties, just hope to find out most of them beforehand ;-).

busman7

User avatar
Began Gap Year Trip Six Years Ago
 
Posts: 2026
Joined: January 12th, 2008
Location: El Salvador

Share on Orkut

  • Added on: December 8th, 2012
Really no big difficulties, it's just as matter of researching the visa requirements then planning your trip accordingly.

You now know what Pakistan requires so plan your trip to take that into account.

For Israel just visit the countries not allowing entry with their stamp first, although personally the way Israel is acting lately, I would just forget about going there!
"Being normal? Ugh. I can't imagine how awful that must be" unknown



Return to Around the World and Vagabonding Travel

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Your original BootsnAll Boards Member login still works by logging in below on the Boards.
We have a new BootsnAll Account that you will start seeing around the BootsnAll Travel Network. This new login is not yet linked to your current Boards Account. In the meantime, you will need to sign up (for a BootsnAll Account) to use Account features like Indie ™ , Traveler Profiles etc.

Quick Links

Community Activity

Statistics for the last 7 days

New posts:
20
Newest Member:
wanderlust2k


Indie - Multi Country Flight Finder
Round the World Travelers


Join BootsnAll on Facebook

1 (503) 528-1005

© 2014 BootsnAll Travel Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.