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Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey

Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey

Overall score (Dan) = C
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B

Total days = 7 nights, 8 days
Total cost = $1,344
Cost per day = $168 / day
Flight costs = $525 one-way from Zagreb
Cities visited: Cappadocia, Ephesus, Istanbul

Summary

Turkey was always so far away on our round the world trip that we never gave much attention to it, but we heard from enough people it was worth the visit. After we found a way to fit it in our schedule between meeting friends in the countries before and after, we were set to take on Turkey.

Istanbul is the cultural capital and led the fight that took Turkey to the 2020 Olympics final destinations – narrowly losing to Japan in what some experts say was caused by the way Turkey handled protests in Taksim Square back in 2012. I think the Olympics lost out on what would’ve been an incredible destination.

Istanbul, Turkey

Walking along the crowded streets of Istanbul

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Paklenica National Park in Croatia

Standing at the top of Paklenica National Park in Croatia

Overall score (Dan) = A
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B

Total days = 21 nights, 22 days
Total cost = $2,722
Cost per day = $124 / day
Flight costs = Bus from Vienna to Zagreb, $150 in flights to Dubrovnik
Cities visited: Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Split, Zadar, Novigrad, Zagreb

Summary

As we continued our journey into Europe after Austria, we wanted to explore a cheaper place than the western European countries (Germany, France, etc), so based on the advice of travelers we previously talked to, Croatia was the ticket. When it was first mentioned, all I knew was it was somewhere in eastern Europe and that they might’ve been involved in the Bosnian War in the 1990s. It turns out I was right and that wasn’t the only war that affected Croatia as it’s been a popular place to fight over for millenniums – from the Greeks, to the Romans, the Ottoman Empire, and more recently the Austrians in World War I. After we spent three weeks exploring Croatia, we learned why it’s so hotly contested.

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How Much Did We Spend in Austria?

Sunrise over one of the many historic buildings in Vienna

Overall score (Dan) = D
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B+

Total days = 3 nights, 4 days
Total cost = $777
Cost per day = $194 / day
Flight costs = $1,040 one-way from Beijing
Cities visited: Vienna

Summary

Originally, I wasn’t going to review our spending in Vienna because it was such a quick stopover, but it represents such an important part of our journey that I feel I had to. After traveling 3.5 months in Asia, it was nice to get back to a more “Western” area. Vienna was an incredible place to start because it was beautiful and extremely clean!

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How much did we spend in China?

It’s the Cube! I had to jump in front of it!

Overall score (Dan) = B
Overall score (Jocelyn) = C

Total days = 13 nights, 14 days
Total cost = $1,943
Cost per day = $139 / day
Flight costs = $540 one-way from Delhi
Cities visited: Yangshuo, Guilin, Xi’An, Beijing (also including Hong Kong and Macao in this report)

Summary

Our previous experience with Chinese tourists in other countries led us to believe that entering their country would prove hazardous to our sanity due to their overzealous line jumping, lack of personal space, and their love of traveling around on large tour buses where 50 of them get out and ruin whatever tourist attraction they arrive at with their pushiness and loud talking. Our sentiments were echoed by a recent New York Times article: Continue Reading…

How Much Did We Spend in Nepal?

Sword fighting in front of the Himalayas with our “leech sticks” – used to ward off leeches!

Overall score (Dan) = C-
Overall score (Jocelyn) = D

Total days = 6 nights, 7 days
Total cost = $914
Cost per day = $131 / day
Flight costs = $170 one-way from Delhi
Cities visited: Pokhara, Kathmandu (trekked through three small villages)

Summary

Nepal quickly jumped to one of our favorite countries we’ve visited on the entire trip even though most of our time was spent trekking. We flew from Delhi to Kathmandu and caught another flight to Pokhara which is the second largest city in the country – where we stayed one night before starting our four day, three night trek through the Himalayan foothills and Nepal countryside.

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How Much Did We Spend in India?

Our tour guide wanted to take some “romantic pictures of us” in front of the Taj Mahal!

Overall score (Dan) = A
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B

Total days = 8 nights, 9 days
Total cost = $813
Cost per day = $91 / day
Flight costs = $540 one-way from Bangkok
Cities visited: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi

Summary

India will have the largest population in the world within five years when it overtakes China. It currently has 1.3 billion people, and the World Health Organization estimates that 1/3rd of the poorest people on the planet live in India. It’s a country where the “haves” have always had, and the “have nots” live in a desolate poverty almost unimaginable – where the caste system is still firmly in place which makes the genetic lottery one of the best indicators of wealth.

India is a country rich in history and culture, with numerous world religions calling it their birthplace; where peasants still make annual or once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimages to the most sacred Hindu river – the Ganges, and where time moves, but daily life maintains traditions that are millenniums old.

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Myanmar Spending Summary

Overall score (Dan) = C
Overall score (Jocelyn) = C

Total days = 6 nights, 7 days
Total cost = $1,182
Cost per day = $169 / day
Flight costs = $450 R/T from Bangkok
Cities visited: Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan

Summary

Myanmar or Burma; regardless of the name, it’s a place I never thought I’d visit. In fact, if we traveled three years ago (before 2010) we wouldn’t have been able to visit because the military regime had the country closed down. Now they’re embracing the outside world while trying to hold on to their history and culture – which unfortunately includes massive amounts of corruption, cronyism, and a general non-chalante attitude towards the welfare of its own citizens.

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Thailand Spending Summary

Overall score (Dan) = A
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B

Total days = 24 nights, 25 days
Total cost = $1,916
Cost per day = $76.6 / day
Flight costs = none, took train in from Malaysia
Cities visited: Krabi, Railay Beach, Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai

Summary

Thailand is the most visited country in all of Southeast Asia, and they have the tourist infrastructure to prove it. It’s very easy to travel around and a great place to get acclimated to the craziness of SE Asia.

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Elephant riding, Luang Prabang, Laos

Riding our elephants on the way to bathe them in the river!

Overall score (Dan) = A
Overall score (Jocelyn) = A

Total days = 8 nights, 9 days
Total cost = $740
Cost per day = $82/day
Flight costs = Took flight from Hanoi to Vientiane ($175/each)
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Overall score (Dan) = B+
Overall score (Jocelyn) = A-

Total days = 15 nights, 16 days
Total cost = $1,672
Cost per day = $105/day
Flight costs = Took the bus from Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Cities visited = Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Long Bay

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