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I do exactly this, and have done so for the past five years. I am a software developer (previously web, now iOS) doing contract work for customers in a range of countries. I live in about five or six countries each year, spending anywhere from a week to several months in each. I've lived in Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, London, Rome, Prague, Sydney, Melbourne, ...


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(This answer will become invalid for trips commencing after LATAM leaves oneworld.) Answer. Yes, but you have to purchase a particular fare that is not usually advertised (a oneworld global explorer fare, sometimes called a xGLOBx fare, to be distinguished from the more usual oneworld explorer fare, an xONEx). Any competent travel agent can arrange this ...


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For most people trying what you propose, making money while traveling, is not possible. Luckily, there are plenty who prove this just a rule of thumb, not a hard law. Yes, it's possible to make enough money from a vlog, a blog, photography, professional articles or travel advice. But it's very hard to get started, and no real shortcuts to make it big. From ...


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Usually, when you purchase two flights, A->B and B->C separately you will have to collect your checked-in baggage at B and re-check it for the flight to C. This almost invariable requires you to have the right to enter the country that B is in. There are exceptions to this, some airlines have interline agreements (notably if part of the same 'alliance'...


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There is a term called digital nomad. This is someone who has no real home and is travelling and working using the internet. As a software developer you can do a lot of work independently using oDesk or any other freelancer web site. Chiang Mai, Thailand is called the Mecca of digital nomads. At least what I know it is inexpensive to get health insurance ...


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You may want to try Coworking. That's a way to get a workplace and to meet like-minded people from all over the world, many of them freelancers. I am writing this, sitting in Coworking Las Palmas, which I found via deskwanted. Among my colleagues are other programmers (like me), a translator, a biologist (I believe), a serial entrepreneur, and architects. ...


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Looking at the other side of the income-expense equation of traveling there are many ways to make income while you travel. I make more than I spend per day by running my business remotely via skype and email. I have met other travelers who can cover their travel costs indefinitely by travel writing, selling photos, teaching English, doing import-export of ...


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OK, you're at the stage where you have a ton of questions. I'm in a similar position about long distance walking actually, but that's a different story for another time. Firstly, I should probably plug our Bicycles.Stackexchange.com site. For the actual bicycle questions part of your trip, they're going to be a handy resource. One of the biggest cycling ...


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So far... Santiago, Chile-Xi'an, China. 26h5m. The antipode of the Santiago airport is just east of Zhen'an, China, which is barely within 100km of the Xi'an airport. Fly this itinerary with just one convenient layover in CDG and you're there. I also like Aukland-Gibraltar (or Tangier or Malaga, though the flights seem fastest to GIB and their airport is ...


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Your admission to the US, and your readmission for the remainder of your initial 90-day period of admission, are governed by the terms of the visa waiver program (VWP). ESTA is nothing more than authorization to travel to the US to apply for admission under the VWP. The provision for readmission is established in the Code of Federal Regulations at 8 CFR ...


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The main way to simplify this process is to use the services of an agent. There are a few that specialise in this and you would want to vet them a bit before putting your money, passport and credibility in their hands so I am not going to name any. But I heard about a handful that would for example arrange visas for Russia and many central Asian countries as ...


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OneWorld is simply an alliance between a number of airlines. They do not sell or issue tickets, and they do not make changes to tickets. In the situation you describe, they are simply acting as an intermediate between the various parties, but it's the airlines involved that actually need to do the work. Your ticket is issued by Qatar, which means that any ...


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how to start: Start small. Don't think you can cycle long distances without getting in shape. Even across town may well be a challenge for you right now. So start on that, set yourself REALISTIC goals to get in shape, not just your legs but your arms and lungs as well. Start with say 10km trips, then gradually increase that until you can comfortably drive ...


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It is an IATA recommendation, and airlines tend to go with the minimum recommended in case the policy is in their favor, and opposite is true when the recommendation is against them: 3.2 PERIOD OF VALIDITY A ticket is valid for carriage for one year from the date of commencement of travel or if no portion of the ticket is used, from the date of ...


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Most airlines allow you to book up to exactly 12 months in advance. This means you can buy a ticket where your outbound flight is today and your return (inbound) flight is exactly one year from today. Any other dates would be outside of this range. i.e. even an outbound flight tomorrow with an inbound flight of one year from tomorrow would be more than 12 ...


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Since you are looking for territories named British XYZ, below is a non-comprehensive list of these, ordered by distance (feel free to add more territories). All distances were measured using the Daft Logic Distance Calculator, using the search string United Kingdom as a starting point for calculations. New Britain (Connecticut, USA): 5102.123km New Britain ...


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It really depends on which companies you pick to fly with in option two. Option 1 will, as you say, almost certainly guarantee you another equal flight should something happen at some stage of your journey which causes you to not make your connection. Option 2 however is largely dependant on which companies you use to fly your different legs with. If you ...


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This is one of those things where you might not have a problem doing nothing but it would only take one picky Immigration Officer to not only ruin your day, but your prospect of future travel to the USA to make it not worth it. Furthermore, you might not be able to get onto the Jamaica to USA flight if the airline company also sees that you have an expired ...


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We took a trip around the world in 2010, spanning N. America, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and Tahiti. Anecdotal Experience: For our itinerary, it was impossible to pick an airline covering all our destinations. Even though RTW tickets are sold through alliances (OneWorld, Star, etc.), unfortunately, there is no one alliance that covers it all. Also it was ...


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Finding sponsors is mostly about social skills. Traveling to help some sort of aid project, raise awareness or some other excuses seems to help in finding sponsors. The actual trip is of little importance, just make it sound like an achievement. For example, I know a couple who cycled all the way from Amsterdam, to the North cape, and then down to Cape ...


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This is a great question. I travelled for a couple of years by bike, and I made some money from web development, photography, writing and teaching English. My favourite out of these would be teaching because it integrates you with the community. Working freelance websites is quite alienating. Being a digital nomad is the best way to be IMO, and it is also ...


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This isn't strictly a new answer (yet), but presents a dataset of antipodal airports someone might use to find a better route. Read on for the most antipodal airports and a shocking reveal about the Santiago-Xi'an route. Continuing this exploration, I turn to the work of an a3nm, who previously engaged in some airport antipode-related tomfoolery. Using his ...


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I would most definitely start with The Man in Seat 61, I linked you the Europe to Australia without flying page.


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I am an American who was raised and grew up in the northern Philippines. There is a way to travel to Taiwan from Aparri or Santa Ana, both in Cagayan. Santa Ana by RoRo or from Aparri by pump boat. The trip takes a day, rough waters. You travel via the Batanes Islands, maybe a stop in Basco. Fare's about $20.


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There's a similar question on this right here. I did some research a while back, when I was also looking into the possibility of taking a RTW trip, which showed that, unless you're going to seriously out of the way places, you're most likely best off getting your own tickets, in stead of relying on a, typically, rather expensive RTW deal from any of the ...


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I just wanted to add the work for food and shelter method, briefly touched by some people in the thread. I was in Australia and really angry with the high cost of everything and found out about WWOOFers. Since then I use it all the time! Every case of people there is different and you might even ending up with a "real" job if that is what you look for. ...


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If you want to experience perpetual summer, starting in Paris in October and then going to eastern Europe is not the best of ideas. And, depending on where in Turkey you plan to go, winters can get quite cold. Parts of Ethiopia have perpetual cold nights, any time of the year. Northern Iran can be very cold in winter. Furthermore, based on your ...


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You're looking for somewhere near the antipode of Great Britain, which is closest to New Zealand. It's hard to tell without looking at a detailed map, but the Chatham Islands are quite far from several places named "Chatham" in the UK. New Zealand is full of nearby places with UK-derived names: Christchurch, Canterbury, Dunedin, even a rural intersection ...


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As said, it depends on you if you want to take the risk for 500 EUR. But the risk with self-connected flights (=two tickets) also depends on the exact situation. I did this in May 2015 with a stopover in Dubai (DXB), but I was sure to get a free 30 day visa on arrival in Dubai if I'd need it (I did), and I had planned with a lot of stopover time. In case of ...


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I'm a bit late to this party, but if your purpose is tourism, then round the world tickets are not really a great deal at all, except for giving you a lot of convenience in not having to worry about flights and being able to buy the one ticket in one place. Pretty much all parts of the world, conventionally covered by a round the world ticket are also ...


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