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Origami Guides: A Local's 3 Day Itinerary Through Taipei

Taipei, Taiwan
台北市, 台灣 

Ivan here. 

Taipei is the gateway drug to Asia. It’s Japan without the rigidness, Hong Kong without the hyperactivity, and China without the pollution.  It’s also one of the most socially liberal democracies this side of the Pacific. The people here are warm, friendly, and laid back. English signs are everywhere and everywhere is just a subway ride away. 

What’s the best way to experience Taipei? 

Glacially. With a beer in one hand, a snack in another, and a view to look at. Maybe a good conversation if you're lucky. For me, I’m just happy to be part of the scenery. I’ve learned that that’s all it takes when I’m in Taipei. Because being home is enough.  

Who should use this guide/itinerary?

Independent couples or small groups (i.e. 3-5) who are looking to avoid the crowded tourist traps in favor of a slower and less conventional way to experience Taipei. 

What’s the best time of the year to visit? 

Avoid the summers and typhoon season, which runs from June to early October. Taipei in the summer is a humid and miserable experience. Like swimming through the intestinal tract of a gassy farm animal. Also, steer clear of Chinese New Years, which runs from late January to mid-February. 

Where should I stay in Taipei? 

Stay within walking distance of Taipei Main Station. From there, it’s less than a half hour subway ride anywhere in the city.  

For mid-range accommodation, we’d recommend the Cosmos Hotel ($100-120) for maximum comfort and convenience. More frugal, minimalist alternatives include the Star Hostel ($60-70) and Meander Taipei Hostel ($60-70)

How do I use this guide? 

The map is divided into three areas by color: 

  • Day 1 attractions are in blue
  • Day 2 attractions are in red
  • Day 3 attractions are in yellow
  • The gray markers are for optional sites

Note: For simplicity’s sake, this guide assumes that you’re staying at either the Cosmos Hotel or within walking distance of Taipei Main Station. All prices below are in USD.

A Three Day Taipei Itinerary

Day 1 (Blue) 

Morning

  • Land in Taoyuan International Airport. Follow the signs to the buses and take the Kuo Kuang 1819 Express Bus ($4) which takes you straight to Taipei Main Station and lets you off right across the street from the Cosmos Hotel. The journey takes 45 minutes. The taxi is more expensive ($35) and is only 15 minutes faster. We timed it. IMPORTANT: By mid-2017, the long-delayed subway line should be open, which will take you from the airport to downtown in under 35 minutes.  
  • Arrive at the Cosmos hotel. Freshen up. Then head out to explore the surrounding area. Lunch nearby at Liu Shandong Beef Noodles ($5-7), a local hole in the wall serving piping hot bowls of beef noodle soup. 

Afternoon

  • Book an appointment for a body and foot massage to relax after an international flight. The most popular is Manyi Ting Massage Parlor ($30 per hour), but we recommend the smaller, family run Jingqi Massage Parlor ($30 for 90 minutes). To get there, take the escalators down into Taipei Main Station from the Cosmos (Exit M3) and follow the underground signs to Exit M8. Cross the street, make a left. The place should be on the second floor up a narrow flight of stairs. The staff there speak English and know what they’re doing. Feel born again. 
  • After the massage, take the subway a few stops down to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (free). There’s a changing of the guard ceremony every hour from 9 to 5. 

Evening

  • Dinner at Hangzhou Xiaolongbao ($15-20) for soup dumplings. We prefer this place over the more prestigious, Michelin star rated Din Tai Feng ($25-30).  Prestige is basically another way of saying that everyone else thinks a certain way. When it comes to food (as opposed to the laws of physics), this is both irrelevant and meaningless. 
  • Take the subway north to Jiantan Station. Exit 2 leads you to the Shilin Night Market. It’s gotten touristy (and crowded) over the years, but it’s still the best that Taipei has to offer. Get there well after dinner (8 or 9). 
  • Time to go late night shrimp fishing. Take a taxi from Jiantan Station ($8-10) and ask your driver to take you to Zhishan Road Section 2 (‘Zhishan lu er dwan’), where you’ll see a row of buildings with large indoor pools. These places have similar prices and are open twenty four hours a day. Grab your bait and fishing pole. Drink your weight in Taiwan beer as you wait for the shrimp to bite. After you’re done, you get to clean and cook them yourself on an open grill. Don’t worry, there’s staff onsite to help the beginners and the squeamish.
  • Taxi back to the hotel and pass out ($15-20)
Din Tai Fung (Taipei);  s  ource: Tripadvisor

Din Tai Fung (Taipei); source: Tripadvisor

Shilin Night Market;  source: Wikimedia Commons

Shilin Night Market; source: Wikimedia Commons

Day 2 (Red)

Morning

Afternoon

  • Take the MRT to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. Follow these directions to get to Jiufen Old Street. The bus ride should take about an hour. We recommend going to Jiufen on a weekday to avoid the crowds. The scenery allegedly served as inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. Our favorite thing to do in the afternoons is to find a cafe with a nice view to watch the sunset. 
  • Grab a taxi and head over to the nearby Houtong Cat Village. The name says it all. This sleepy former coal mining town is now overrun by cats. Everything here is cat themed.
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Evening

  • Take the final half hour taxi ride of the day to Keelung Miaokou Night Market. Keelung is a small port city about a 45 drive north of Taipei and Miaokou is probably the most “authentic” night market in northern Taiwan. It’s renowned for its cheap, fresh seafood which is cooked to order (crabs and shellfish).
  • Walk along the harbor towards Keelung Railway Station. Take the train back to Taipei Main Station ($4-5)

Day 3 (Yellow)

Morning

  • Breakfast at hotel or take an order of Taiwanese savory breakfast crepes to go from Dasifang Egg Pancake (大四方蛋餅). The old man who runs the stall is the real deal and typically drops the mic (closes up shop) by 10 am. 
  • Skip the Taipei 101 Observatory (not worth the $20 admission) and instead hike up Xiangshan (free) for a nicer view. It only takes 20 minutes to reach the summit. 
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Afternoon

  • Lunch at one of the many basement food courts beneath Taipei 101. Snap an obligatory photo in front of the building as you leave.  
  • Head over to MRT Taipei Zoo Station. Follow the signs to catch the Maokong Gondola (closed on Mondays) up to Maokong scenic area, known for its teahouses.  

Evening

  • Most of the teahouses in Maokong are touristy. Locals prefer the mile long hike away from such establishments to Yao Yue Teahouse (open 24 hours). It’s the perfect place to while away an afternoon brewing your own tea leaves from traditional clay pots, playing cards and eating tea infused dim sum while enjoying a gorgeous view of the city.  Watch the sunset and wait for the city lights to come on. It’s magical.
  • Make your way back to the Maokong Gondola (shuts down by 9 pm). The ride down in the darkness will take your breath away. 
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Origami Guides: A 3 Day Itinerary Through Okinawa (Without a Car)

Naha, Okinawa
那覇市, 沖縄

Jennie here!

After our wedding reception, Ivan and I went on a three-day honeymoon to Okinawa. Okinawa is like Japan’s younger, more easy-going brother. The language and the traditional Japanese politeness are the same, but Okinawans are also more laid back in attitude with a slower pace of living. For us, the experience was like visiting a completely different country.


Who should use this itinerary?


Solo travelers and couples who are time constrained and prefer to get around by public transportation.


What are the best times in the year to visit? 


We recommend visiting Okinawa in late October/early November to avoid typhoon season, which runs from July to early October in some years. It still feels like summer this time of year, and you avoid the tourists and salarymen who flock to the island in the spring (from March to June). 


How do I get to Okinawa? 


If you want to avoid a 40+ hour ferry ride, your only option is to fly. From Tokyo, it’s a 2.5 hour flight. Most likely, you’re going to begin and end your trip in Naha International Airport. 


Where should I stay in Okinawa? 


For the Budget-conscious:

  • Myplace Guest House - If you’re comfortable staying with shared rooms, then Myplace Guest House is the place to be. And at a hard-to-beat price of ~$24 USD per night, it’s hard to complain. Also, it’s great to keep in mind that these hostels also have fantastic partnerships with diving/snorkeling tour groups and plans that often include island hopping, rental gear, lunch, and transport back to your hostel.

Moderately Budget:

  • Estinate Hotel - For a single standard room, the prices in November ranges between $70 to $79 per night. This being our honeymoon, Ivan and I were looking to take it easy and go a little bit above our normal budget. We booked our stay with Estinate Hotel (through Agoda.com) for three nights in Naha. The total (including taxes) came to $77.80 USD per night. The room was small, clean and had everything we needed.


How do I use this okinawa guide? 


The map is divided into three color-coded areas:

  • Day 1 attractions are in Blue
  • Day 2 attractions are in Pink
  • Day 3 attractions are in Orange
  • The grey markers are for optional sites

For simplicity’s sake, this itinerary assumes that you’ll be based in Naha City.

Note: Feel free to add this map to your own Google Map list. You can also filter out different days of this guide on the map by clicking the top left icon on the map title bar.


Day 1: WWII, Soba, Castles, and Gardens in Naha, Okinawa (BLUE)


Note: Remember to show your Yui Rail Day Passes to get admission discounts for several attractions in Naha. Discounts will vary, but you will save a few dollars at each attraction.

Morning

  • Purchase the Yui Rail One Day (~$6.40). When you arrive at Naha airport, the first thing you should do is follow the signs to the monorail station and purchase your Yui Rail Day Pass from the machines outside. This pass not only gives you 24-hour access to the monorail but also provides discounts to several attractions. There’s also a two-day option for those that are less time constrained.
  • Begin your day early and get to the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters (Tomigusuku) (opens 8:30am - 5:30pm). Out of all the attractions, this was probably our favorite. The only word to describe it is eerie. It’s also not for the faint of heart. You can actually walk through the system of underground bunkers and tunnels where the Japanese made their last stand in WWII. The bullet holes on the walls are from the soldiers who committed suicide. A lot of local Okinawans died here and it’s a disturbing reminder of the horrors of war.
    Note: This place is a bit of a pain to get to because it’s not close to a monorail station. I’d suggest taking a taxi from Onoyama Koen monorail station. 
  • Lunch at Shuri Soba ($4 - $6, opens at 11am - 2pm -- or until they run out; closed on Sundays). Hop on a train and head over to Shurijo (aka Shuri Castle) station to grab a bowl of Okinawa soba at Shuri Soba (首里そば). Okinawa soba is like the best of both worlds between ramen and udon. The broth is light, the noodles chewy, and it’s usually topped with marbled cuts of pork.
  • Stop by Sairaiin Temple (Free). Located right across the street from Shuri Soba. This Buddhist temple is not a tourist attraction so much as a window into the spiritual lives of Okinawan suburbanites.
  • Shurijo (Shuri Castle) (~$7.50; opens 8am–6:30pm) and the Tamaudun Mausoleum (~$3, opens 9am - 6pm). Honestly, we weren’t all that impressed with Shuri Castle. The majority of the castle was completely ‘modernized’ and rebuilt due to the destruction from the war. It’s an obligatory stop more than anything. The Tamaudun Mausoleum (玉陵) on the other hand, which houses the royal family of the Ryukyu Kingdom, is well worth seeing.

Afternoon

  • Stroll through Fukushu-en Garden (Free; opens 9am to 6pm, closed Wednesdays). Hop back onto the monorail and head towards Kencho-Mae Station (県庁前駅) and take a five-minute walk to the garden. It’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle and you won’t come across many other tourists.

Evening

  • Stroll around Makishi Market (Free, unless you buy stuff; opens 8am–9pm). For anyone interested in checking out souvenirs, I’d check out this market. But I’d definitely urge anyone to beeline straight to the Fish Market. You can check out vendors and fresh seafood; you can also buy seafood and have it made right in the building! I actually saw the largest lobster that I’d ever seen in my life in one of those tanks.
  • Dinner at Yunangi (opens 12–3pm, 5:30–10:30pm, closed on Sundays). If you’re up for trying anything, you should order the dinner set menu for about $27. You’ll get everything including: chanpuru, pig ears, tofu, grilled fish, braised pork, miso soup, and rice. It’s very filling and is a perfect amount for two people.  Get there early, it gets crowded early and often.
  • Get a Single or Double Scoop of Blue Seal ice cream (hours vary by location). The quintessential Okinawan ice cream chain. A daily of our visit. Our favorite combination was Okinawan salted cookie and beni imo.
  • Check out Parker's Mood (opens 10pm - 1:30am). A jazz club hidden on the 5th floor of an apartment complex. There’s usually live music between 9:00pm and 12:30am, but I think the owner, who’s an amazing jazz guitarist, just plays whenever he feels like it. We love jazz so we sat and listened for a few hours and chatted about our lives together while enjoying a local Orion beer and ume-shu (plum wine).

Day 2: Going Outside of Naha - Aquarium, Aimless Wandering, and Simple Meals (PINK)


Morning

  • Take the Yanbaru express to Northern Okinawa (~$18 one-way).  The two hour bus ride will go from Night Takahashi (Tomari Port Tomarin) at (departing at 6:56am) to Churaumi Aquarium (arriving at 8:58am).
    Note: If you miss the scheduled bus, there won’t be another one for about two hours. Check the bus schedule here. And the last departing bus headed back to the Naha area is around 4 - 5pm.
  • Arrive at Churaumi Aquarium (~$17 admission; opens 8:30am–5:30pm) Get there early to check out the main highlight of this aquarium: The Kuroshio Sea Tank. It’s Japan’s largest aquarium and is full of diverse marine life.

Afternoon

After staring deeply into one of the world’s largest marine tanks, try wandering around the area and villages outside of the aquarium.

  • Grab a quick lunch at Coco Shokudo (コッコ食堂 ) (~$10; opens 11am - 5pm, limited hours on the weekend). The humble family-owned restaurant serves dishes centered around eggs.
  • Walk along Emerald Beach and take in the ocean scenery (Free).
  • Enjoy the gorgeous gardens at the Tropical Dream Center (~$6.30 and ~$3.30 if you visited the aquarium; opens 8:30am - 5:30pm).
  • Bise is a small village by the Aquarium and known for is its little alleyway that is flanked by Fukugi trees (Free)
  • Take a 20-minute walk to Bise no Warumi to experience a private beach where the Gods first descended. (Free)

Evening

  • Head back to Naha via the Yanbaru Express bus (~$18 one-way). Leave around 4:30 to 5pm and get back into the city around 7pm.
  • Grab a simple dinner at Mikasa near the hotel (less than $10). Huge portions and the restaurant is open relatively late; finish up and get ready for an early day tomorrow morning.

Day 3: Beautiful Beaches, Relaxation, and More Okinawa Soba  (ORANGE)


Morning

Early Afternoon

  • Pick an island and go snorkeling. If it’s still warm enough to swim, I’d suggest checking out one of the Kerama Islands for some snorkelling or diving. The islands are so beautiful and the water is super blue and clear. Choose any of the islands to settle into and you should be able to rent snorkeling gear for about less than $10 USD. Ivan and I spent $80 USD for an umbrella, chairs, and snorkeling gear.
  • Relax for a few hours. It’s vacation after all. Swim, snorkel, and soak in the beautiful son, clear waters, and likely a sparse/tourist free beach.

Evening

  • Take a ferry back to Naha and walk towards Makishi Market for a bonus Okinawa soba round (~$3.60, opens 11am - 5 or 6pm, depends on the mood of the owner). Soki Soba (aka Country Side Public Market on TripAdvisor). The place is small and seats about 10 people. A bowl of soba is super cheap! The broth is light and fragrant and the pork meat practically melts away in your mouth.
    Note: If Soki Soba is closed, head over to our alternative soba restaurant here: Gabusoka Shokudo Miebashi Ekimae
  • And to finish off the evening -- do whatever floats your boat after swimming and travelling for several hours. In our case, we grabbed some more delicious Blue Seal ice cream. Yes, it’s that good. And a perfect ending to our Okinawa trip.

We hoped this was helpful! If you liked this post, be sure to check out a related Okinawa post we published titled "11 Things We Like and Dislike About Okinawa"



Origami Guides: A 3 Day Itinerary Through Kyoto (on a Budget)

Kyoto is the city where we met and fell in love. During the twelve months that we lived there, we biked through every square inch of the city and remember it with greater clarity than the places where we grew up. 

Over the years, a lot of friends have asked us for suggestions on what to do when they visit our favorite city. In the future, we can just refer them to this post. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to experience Kyoto as a local for $100 a day. 


Who should use this itinerary? 

Budget conscious solo travelers, couples or small groups of 3-5 looking for ways to avoid the tourist traps in favor of a quieter, slower pace of travel.

What are the best times in the year to visit? 

There are only two correct answers to this question: 

  1. During the first two weeks of April or, 
  2. During the last two weeks of November  

For reasons that should be obvious:                                

            First two weeks of April

           First two weeks of April

                             Last two weeks of November

                            Last two weeks of November

And here’s what you can expect when you visit outside of Spring and Fall:

                                        Summers in Kyoto

                                        Summers in Kyoto

                                             Winters in Kyoto

                                            Winters in Kyoto

What’s the best way to experience Kyoto? 

By bicycle.

Where should I stay in Kyoto? 

Western Kyoto (near Arashiyama) is an extremely peaceful and underrated area. Staying here allows you to steer clear of downtown and the accompanying tourist traffic. 

The Utano Youth Hostel is located right across the street from the dorms we stayed in during our one year abroad. You can get a room for as little as $35 per night. Plus they offer bike rentals for $6 a day on a first-come first-serve basis. 

How do I use this guide? 

The map is divided into three color-coded areas:

  • Day 1 attractions are in Blue (Western & Northern Kyoto)
  • Day 2 attractions are in Red (Eastern Kyoto)
  • Day 3 attractions are in Yellow (Southern & Downtown Kyoto)
  • The grey markers are for optional sites

For simplicity’s sake, this itinerary assumes that you’ll be visiting in the springtime. If you’re visiting during the autumn, just replace Ninnaji Temple and Hirano Shrine with Tofukuji (grey) and Eikando (grey). Kodaiji Temple (grey) is probably the best place to see the momiji/autumn leaves light-up after sunset. 

Note: All currencies below are in USD.

A 3 Day Kyoto Itinerary

Day 1 (Blue) 

Morning

  • Rise early. Breakfast at Utano Youth Hostel ($6) or stop by a Japanese bakery on your bike ride to Arashiyama. Bakeries open as early as six. 
  • Rent a bike ($6) from the hostel and make your way to  Hirosawa Pond (free). We went on our first date here and not many people know about this place. It’s perfect for a secluded picnic or to watch the sunset. You can also rent little rowboats and head out onto the water. 
  • Arrive at Arashiyama, it’s a popular weekend spot for locals so you should arrive early to avoid the crowds. Walk through the Bamboo Forest (free). If you insist on visiting a temple here, we suggest Adashino Nen-Butsu ($5, opens at 9) to see 8,000 moss-covered Buddhist statues. 
  • Visit the Arashiyama Monkey Park ($5.50). Hide your food and watch out for poop.
  • Find the super secret temple. It’s called Senko-ji ($4). When you come down from Monkey Park, stay on that side of the river and walk until you see a narrow flight of steps to your left. At the summit of this magical trail is a tatami hut lined with calligraphy boasting an equally magical view of Kyoto. Sign the book before you leave. You’re welcome. 

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Unagiya Hirokawa for grilled eel. Basic grilled eel set costs around $20-25. Get some cherry blossom flavored ice cream for dessert from one of the Arashiyama vendors. 
  • Ditch Arashiyama before the tourists arrive. Head to Ninnaji Temple ($5) and local favorite Hirano Shrine (free) for cherry blossoms. 
  • Make the obligatory stop to the Kinkaku Temple/Golden Temple ($4). In our opinion, this is the most overrated of Kyoto’s well-known attractions. Looks way better in photos.   
  • Visit Kitano Tenman-gu ($3). This temple is popular with students studying for exams. It’s known for its plum blossoms in late February and the flea market held on the 25th of every month.  

Evening

  • Head back to Hirosawa Pond to watch the sunset. 
  • Dinner at Jumbo Okonomiyaki ($5-10, closed on Mon & Tue). This place serves jumbo-sized okonomiyaki and yakisoba.  A popular spot for broke university students looking for huge portions on the cheap. 
  • If Jumbo is closed, head over to Kura Kaiten ($1 per plate) for some conveyor belt sushi . 
  • End the night in a karaoke booth at Karaoke Build Kitano Hakubaicho Branch ($5 per hour)

Cost of Day 1

Hostel ($35) + Travel costs ($68.50) = $103.50 (+$15 optional costs)

Day 2 (Red)

Morning

Afternoon

Evening

  • Whatever you want. Hang out by the Kamogawa River. Be free!

Cost of Day 2

Hostel ($35) + Travel Costs ($33) = $68

Day 3 (Yellow)

Morning

  • Check out of hostel. Take the bus or train down to Kyoto Station ($2).  
  • Leave your bags at a coin locker or with the luggage storage office ($3-7) at Kyoto Station.
  • Bus to Fushimi Inari Taisha ($2), the temple with the orange gates. Admission is free and it’s open 24 hours. But try to get there early in the morning to avoid the crowd. 

Afternoon

  • Lunch at Roan Kikunoi Restaurant for traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine. Typically places like this start at $100, but Roan does pretty decent lunch sets for $40 and $70. Without reservations, you should get here as soon as it opens. 
  • Walk through Nishiki Market (price varies)

Evening

  • Kiyomizu Temple ($4) is not quite as overrated as Kinkakuji, but is also four times as crowded. The trick here is to buy your tickets 45 minutes to an hour before it closes at 6. They stop selling tickets a half hour before closing time, so you’ll have the whole place to yourself. 
  • Explore the Gion District & Pontocho Alley. Where the geisha and maiko hang out. Drinks here will destroy your wallet. 
  • Dinner at Sushi Musashi ($1.5 per plate) near Kyoto Station. Higher quality conveyor belt sushi that’s popular with the downtown crowd. 

Cost of Day 3

Hostel ($35) + Travel Costs ($66) = $101

And if you're having trouble deciding which temples and shrines are worth going to in Kyoto, we've ranked the Top 30 temples and shrines here to help you narrow down your list! 


Can You Plan a Round the World Trip on a Budget? (Part 1 of 2)

How does one plan a year-long round the world trip? How do you even begin?

One thing’s for sure, going into this without some sort of budget buys you a one-way ticket down Poverty Lane en route to Regrets-ville. 

 
 

You heard the man. So let’s play a game. Shout-out to The Ringer for the inspiration.  

The Rules

Pick 10 countries on a budget of $50
Must circumnavigate the globe at least once
Avoid doubling back
Minimize the number of flights
Maximize the number of continents

The Prices

The following values are based on a combination of cost of living, The Economist’s Big Mac index and subjective factors to adjust for traveler prices. For example, Tanzania is an $8 country because climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is crazy expensive. 

It does NOT reflect how much we value each country. With that caveat out of the way, let’s play. 

$12 countries (Scandinavia)
Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Monaco

$10 countries (Western Europe & Oceania) 
Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Ireland, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel

$8 countries (Asia Pacific, Mediterranean, and Islands)
Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Portugal, Pacific and Caribbean Islands, Ghana, Tanzania, Mauritius, Maldives

$6 countries (Eastern Europe and Middle East)
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Balkan countries (Croatia, Serbia, Albania etc), Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman

$5 countries (Industrialized Africa and South America)
Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, China, Mongolia, Taiwan, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Belize, Chile, Mexico and Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt

$3 countries (Southeast Asia & Africa)
Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka

$2 countries
Rest of the World


Ivan’s Round the World Itinerary

Depart from: Los Angeles, California (September 2018)

 

  1. Czech Republic ($6)
    Train journey across Eastern Europe. It’s probably smart to ease into the trip to get ourselves acclimated to traveling. Don’t want to get sick on our first month. 

  2. Greece ($6)  
    This was Turkey originally until the recent Istanbul bombings and the attempted coup. Might be fun to run a marathon here. 

  3. Ethiopia ($5) 
    Ethiopia is the second most populous African nation after Nigeria, which was my original pick until Boko Haram (aka those asshats) showed up and ruined everything. It’s also the only African country that has never been colonized, which is pretty cool. 

  4. Tanzania ($8) 
    Jennie, we’re going to turn thirty by 2018 - not getting any younger. This is our time to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Only downside here is that it’s probably way more expensive than we think. 

  5. Sri Lanka ($3) 
    I’m super fascinated by the Buddhist majority on this island.

  6. India ($3) 
    Another epic northbound train journey. 

  7. Nepal ($3) 
    I’ve heard the Nepalese are some of the most amazing and resilient people despite poverty and the recent earthquake that devastated their country. I want to find out what their secret is. 

  8. Interior China ($5) 
    Everyone goes to Bejing and Shanghai, but Sichuan and Yunnan are super underrated provinces. I’d also like to see Tibet if the Chinese government would stop being total dicks about it (forcing you to take guided tours, imposing large deposits to ensure you’re on your best behavior). 

  9. Vietnam ($3)  
    Jennie, it’s your people. And pho. Would be interested in traveling from North to South.

  10. Japan ($8)  
    There’s something poetic about ending the trip in the city where we first met. 

Total: $50, 6 Flights, 4 Continents

Jennie's Feedback

I’d like to put it out there that I have NOT officially agreed to climb Mount Kilimanjaro (Ivan: booooo). That’s going to be toss up at this point in time. Sell me harder on this idea of climbing up for days...without showering. I like the majority of your itinerary though. 

Closing Thoughts

Stay tuned for Jennie's round the world itinerary. In the meantime, how would you plan your round the world trip? Let us know in the comments below!