RTW 2016 : An Introduction

It’s been more than a year in the making. Not a day goes by – no, not an hour goes by that I don’t think about it. I have been researching and saving for this trip for what feels like an eternity and in a little more than one month it will finally begin. It’s a trip to top all trips : one year around the world with nothing but my backpack and my girlfriend Breada. I’ve never been so anxious and excited at the same time in my life. I’ve never done a trip of this magnitude before. I mean, it was only 5 years ago I left the country for the first time. Since, however, its all i’ve wanted to do. 

We’re flying on a one way ticket from Boston to Bangkok (for just $26 each! We’ll talk about that in a later post). The first major region we’re trekking is Southeast Asia. We have a rough itinerary of where we are going, but only the first two weeks are set in stone. The farther out the place is, the less likely we will stick to our original route. Things change along the way and we don’t want to be stuck with a trip we can’t change. As of now our map looks something like this…

(*The dates are irrelevant I just needed to put something in to create the map. All but the first two weeks are bound to change*)

    We’ll revisit this map whenever we leave Southeast Asia and see how well we kept to the plan. Something tells me it won’t be very well, but ya never know. With any luck, a year will just be the tip of the iceberg. One of our goals while were away is to receive our TESOL certification ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ) and get jobs teaching English. It’s a 4 week intense course on how to teach English, without actually knowing the native language of where you are teaching. This will open doors for many teaching opportunities around the world. The pay isn’t great by US standards, average is about $1000 a month, but where we’re going thats plenty. Also, many of the jobs cover your visa and living accommodations so it’s easy to save a good chunk of what you earn. We won’t be getting more serious about this til’ the midway point or even later in to the trip though. We want to get a lot of exploring done before we settle down somewhere for an extended period of time.

    A lot of people ask what a trip like this is going to cost. Currently our budget is $ 40 USD a day each, giving us a grand total of $14,600 for a year. This,however, isn’t an accurate representation of the trip. It does not include any costs incurred before the trip such as clothing or toiletries, travel insurance, the TESOL course, or most importantly air transportation. We plan on booking all of our airfare using frequent flyer miles, which will save us thousands over the course of the year. Using points and miles will be essential to keeping our transportation costs down and we’ll cover them in a later post. Add in all extra costs and our number is closer to $20,000 for the year. To be honest, I don’t plan on spending that much, but I always like to budget more just in case. Most of the countries we’ll be visiting we can get by with $15-30 USD each a day, but in the off chance we venture to Europe we’ll want to have a little extra.

    Another way we plan on keeping our costs down and get off the beaten path a little bit is to Workaway. Workaway is a site that helps partner people with hosts in exchange for work. It can be anything from working on a farm in Costa Rica to tending the bar at a hostel in New Zealand. The typical Workaway is 20-25 hours a week for a place to stay, meals, and an opportunity to experience somewhere like a local and not a tourist. One of my life goals is to run my own hostel, so getting some first hand experience while traveling won’t hurt. I already have a few saved on the site i’d love to do.

    As you may have noticed from the map, many of the countries we plan on traveling through are underdeveloped. Internet may be scarce in some places and keeping in touch with all our friends and family will be difficult. Thats where the blog comes in. It serves two purposes : a way to keep in touch with family and friends but also to help other travelers and prospective travelers with their own adventures. I believe with a little work travel can be done very cheap and I hope to convince some skeptics through our posts. Whether you’re someone we know personally keeping tabs on our whereabouts or someone we’ve yet to meet looking for some tips on cheap travel, we thank you for finding our page and hope you enjoy reading about our adventures!

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      • Nunu
      • February 11, 2016

      Awesome! So psyched for you guys … And more than a little jealous!

      • Josephine Santarpio
      • March 20, 2016

      Hey Anthony & Breada,
      Just want to wish you two luck and be safe enjoy yourselves. Anthony it has been a pleasure working with you for the last 51/2 years . I wish I did what you and Breada are doing it is going to be a great adventure. I’m looking forward to all of your post and most of all keeping in touch. Post lots of pics can’t wait for this journey to begin for you. God Bless and be safe.

        • Anthony Forlizzi
        • March 23, 2016

        Thank you Josephine!! And there is still plenty of time to travel the world It is never too late! It’s like pulling off a bandaid: as soon as you do it you’ll wonder why it took you so long to do it in the first place.

      • Rita L
      • March 27, 2016

      Oh what a wonderful adventure you have ahead of you, & only a day away. I wish you all the best in your journey around the world. Happy trails to you & may God bless!

      • Cassie Morse
      • March 28, 2016

      Just catching up to your travelblog. Love it! Love how thoughtful you are about what you’re doing, how to go about it and why you’ve embarked upon the journey. Keep writing and we’ll keep seeing the world through your bright eyes.

      • Tami
      • April 9, 2016

      Best wishes to you both! Enjoy the world?.
      Tami (Mrs.Potts colleague).

        • Anthony Forlizzi
        • April 10, 2016

        Thank you so much!!

      • David j forlizzi
      • April 10, 2016

      Good morning anthony & Breada , it is Sunday morning and just chilling at the house . I was hoping to read a new blog but you have not written anything today , we are hoping everything is okay . Okay we just want to check in and say Hi and let you know we miss hearing from you and just miss you 2 in general . Hope all is well and look forward to your next blog , PS the Bruins DID not make the playoffs . We love you and miss you , DAD

      • David j Forlizzi
      • April 16, 2016

      Good afternoon anthony & Breada . Have not spoken to you in a couple of days , hope everything is good . Seen your post on the scooter , please just be careful . When you get a chance can you call me because a few things came in mail for you and I want you to tell me what to do with them , I will be home all day watching baseball and basketball . Hope your having a nice time . And look forward to speaking to you . Love you dad

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