Around the World - Part 1

Traveling Brings Wisdom. Find out how to travel around the world.

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Illustration on the window of a wintery airport in Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland.
The Amália Glacier
Passengers crowd along the bow to admire the Amália glacier
gaudy locomotive
Kuranda train locomotive in Kuranda.
Plane over bathers-Maho Beach-Sint Maarten
Plane about to land over bathers in the sea at Maho Beach.
track in sight
Mount Cook Ski Planes Ski Planes about to land on the Mount Cook runway.
Deck loaded
Crew member enters Navimag's colorful deck.
Of departure
Inhabitants of Malekula and other surrounding islands leave Wala with the cruise in the background.
Kuranda train
The Kuranda train winds its way through the jungle of Barron Falls National Park.
back to coron
Bangkas about to leave the cove where Lake Kayangan is hidden.
a short walk
Wayne McMillan next to the Pegasus of the Mount Cook Ski Planes that has just landed in the heights of the Southern Alps.
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A woman improvises makeup on a street in Shibuya.
Erika Mother
Jeepney overloaded with passengers and cargo makes a climb near El Nido in northern Palawan.
The Earth turns on itself every day. In this series of articles, you will find indispensable clarifications and advice for those who make a point of going around it at least once in their life.

Fernão Magalhães inaugurated what became the first circumnavigation trip (round-the-world trip) of Earth ever.

At that time, the world was still largely unknown to old Europe and, as was often the case with navigators, a large portion of the Portuguese discoverer's journey in search of a route via the West for spices was done without any reference.

After arriving at what he called the Pacific Ocean, Magellan estimated that sailing to the spice islands would take a few days. It ended up taking three long months.

During this period, while advancing to the West and “climbing” towards the equator, Magellan failed practically all the archipelagos and islands spread across the Pacific, not that it mattered to him beyond that, but many of them, today considered paradisiacal.

It anchored on the opposite side of the ocean, in the Marianas, in Guam and, shortly after, in Mactanin Philippines. On this island, he slightly abused his luck.

He tried to convert a chief named Lapu Lapu to Christianity. He was killed by a raging native tribe.

These days, it has everything to prevent a trip around the world from being, instead of problematic or dramatic, a highly rewarding experience.

Here are the first of many information and tips that we will give you so that you can make your dream come true.

1- Believing in the Round the World Trip. Valuing it with Determination

Faced with King Manuel I's repeated no to his proposal, Fernão Magalhães he didn't lower his arms.

Frustrated, he decided to sacrifice the patriotism he surely had after a half-life of battles and wounds in the service of the Portuguese Crown, moved to Seville in arms and baggage.

He only rested when he convinced King Carlos I to support his project of continuing his search for Asia through the West, which was then the only way to reach “Portuguese” spices without compromising what was agreed in the Treaty of Tordesillas.

Don't take the idea of ​​going around the world as a dream. There are many ways to make the idea a reality. If you can't do it one way, do it another way but don't be defeated by its apparent complexity.

In Portugal, and in general, in the Latin American sphere, travel continues to be seen too much as a kind of adventurous whim, almost as a luxury of which we should feel guilty.

Instead, as we can see in countless periods of discovery, in the English-speaking world and in northern Europe, in general, it is common for even younger teenagers to travel in small groups of friends with parental permission.

The Mythical Gap Year

Not to mention the famous Gap Year. The Gap Year consists of an interval between the end of secondary studies and the beginning of university life that teenagers reserve to appreciate themselves as people traveling.

It can also be applied between the end of university and professional life.

And, they do it with such conviction and pleasure that many start traveling whenever they can and repeat that kind of gap year between the end of university studies and the beginning of their professional life.

Any one of these different forms of Gap Year has a mandatory place in their resumes.

Above all, don't overlook the personal enrichment gained from any trip.

In particular, for a trip around the world. Do not hesitate to see it as an experience that will bring you knowledge and open-mindedness forever.

Dismiss any fears that you are wasting time or money.

2-A Freedom and the Money Needed for Around the World

If you have already got one à financial will

enjoy a break between jobs or create it and leave à adventure. Another solution is to obtain authorization for an unpaid leave at your company.

Has a way of working on account of another, via the Internet, simply respecting delivery deadlines? So develop and expose that hypothesis with foresight and determination. fight for aim.

If you are a self-employed professional, organize yourself as much as possible and prepare all possible technological solutions for teleworking on the road.

How many times has your company not already attracted clients and projects, detected problems and found solutions as a team, using videoconferencing and others ? 

Alert clients and business partners to less contact availability, prepare to wake up and work through the night due to time differences, and adjust as best you can à new reality. 

In our particular case, we made two trips of this type already counting on several one-day breaks, sometimes two, to program, create and deliver travel reports that we were delivering to various publications.

Apart from these breaks, we also systematically dealt with complementary tasks after dark and, in contact with Portugal during the night, with the sacrifice of pleasant dinners, outings and socializing at night.

Sometimes you can't have it all.

Either way, the privilege of going around the world makes up for most of the sacrifices.

In case you haven't collected enough money for Around the World

think of a plan to make it go as little as possible against your principles of life.

Many backpackers, mainly from the English-speaking world – especially travelers from the Australia – work six months or a year in a row in jobs without long-term responsibilities.

After this period of effort – let's call it that – they enjoy the reward of travel periods that they try to prolong as much as possible to maintain a healthy balance between spending, and pleasure and comfort.

Just as an example, on our travels, we met some who did it in bars in London. Others who fulfilled the painful part of that plan in the gold mines of the Australia.

The latter, gave more of themselves for short periods but earned much more than the former, and much faster.

During the NAVIMAG cruise, by the fjords of the Chile, we also met a couple of Guatemalans – yes, Guatemalans – who invested and earned money online in the stock market while traveling.

Nothing is guaranteed. But those who don't take the risk don't get anything. The most valuable secret is to make the most of the wealth of assets, knowledge and professional experience that one has.

If you have your own house, rent the house for the period you are traveling.

Ultimately, if you need to, sell some possessions that are not absolutely necessary.

Including a car that you can buy again once a work routine is established or re-established.

3 – How long should it take to make an Around the World?

It just depends on you, your financial capacity and the professional freedom you can secure.

In technical terms, if you choose to make the trip based on flights and a specific round-the-world ticket from an airline alliance – for example the Star Alliance of which TAP is a member – you will have a maximum limit of one year.

You can only extend this period if you purchase more than one ticket.

In this case, you'll be cheating the concept of around the world a bit since, as a rule, the first itinerary has to go around the real world.

Airline alliances also set minimum times to complete the turn, for example 10 days after your first international flight departs.

If you have financial and calendar availability, of course the ideal would always be to make this dream trip in a year. Carry it out with enough time to calmly explore each of your favorite places.

On Earth, scenarios and forms of life in everything different from ours. Striking raw material for discovery will not be lacking.

In our view, and still arising from past experiences, a year establishes a good psychological barrier.

Especially if you are traveling alone, it is very likely that after a year you will start to miss it.

From the family, the country, the house and the other people with whom you usually get along.

Longing and Discouragement vs Enthusiasm for Adventure and Discovery

Of course, this feeling also comes and goes and fluctuates along the journey. It fluctuates depending on the place and the experiences as you go by and, especially, the people you meet.

We have had periods of absolute ecstasy of exotic discovery in Vanuatu where fascination drowned out any other feeling.

We also had phases of greater existential emptiness and nostalgia.

It happened, for example, in certain islands of the French Polynesia ou na Grande Terre (New Caledonia) where it was more difficult for us to feel and be part of genuine local life.

On Rails

Train Travel: The World Best on Rails

No way to travel is as repetitive and enriching as going on rails. Climb aboard these disparate carriages and trains and enjoy the best scenery in the world on Rails.
Maho Beach, Sint Maarten

The Jet-powered Caribbean Beach

At first glance, Princess Juliana International Airport appears to be just another one in the vast Caribbean. Successive landings skimming Maho beach that precedes its runway, jet take-offs that distort the faces of bathers and project them into the sea, make it a special case.
Jet Lag (Part 1)

Avoid Post-Flight Turbulence

When we fly across more than 3 time zones, the internal clock that regulates our body gets confused. The most we can do is alleviate the discomfort we feel until it gets right again.
Boat Trips

For Those Becoming Internet Sick

Hop on and let yourself go on unmissable boat trips like the Philippine archipelago of Bacuit and the frozen sea of ​​the Finnish Gulf of Bothnia.
Alice Springs to Darwin, Australia

Stuart Road, on its way to Australia's Top End

Do Red Center to the tropical Top End, the Stuart Highway road travels more than 1.500km lonely through Australia. Along this route, the Northern Territory radically changes its look but remains faithful to its rugged soul.
Travel does not cost

On the next trip, don't let your money fly

Not only the time of year and in advance with which we book flights, stays, etc. influence the cost of a trip. The payment methods we use at destinations can make a big difference.
Effortless Traveling

Book Comfortable Stays for Your Finances Too

As with flights, booking accommodation has its secrets. Find out what the strategies are to ensure a welcoming and financially rewarding stay.

The World on Stage

All over the world, each nation, region or town and even neighborhood has its own culture. When traveling, nothing is more rewarding than admiring, live and in loco, which makes them unique.
unmissable roads

Great Routes, Great Trips

With pompous names or mere road codes, certain roads run through really sublime scenarios. From Road 66 to the Great Ocean Road, they are all unmissable adventures behind the wheel.
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.

In Search of the Lost Time

For 121 years, it was the last nation on Earth to change the day. But Samoa realized that his finances were behind him and, in late 2012, he decided to move back west on the LID - International Date Line.
Effortless Traveling

Sync with Check In and Check Out Hours

After a long flight or sequence of flights, he arrives at the hotel on a slop, but has to wait to be admitted to his room. Find out what you can do to prevent or soften this drama.
Okavango Delta, Not all rivers reach the sea, Mokoros
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Not all rivers reach the sea

Third longest river in southern Africa, the Okavango rises in the Angolan Bié plateau and runs 1600km to the southeast. It gets lost in the Kalahari Desert where it irrigates a dazzling wetland teeming with wildlife.
Thorong Pedi to High Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal, Lone Walker
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 12th - Thorong Phedi a High camp

The Prelude to the Supreme Crossing

This section of the Annapurna Circuit is only 1km away, but in less than two hours it takes you from 4450m to 4850m and to the entrance to the great canyon. Sleeping in High Camp is a test of resistance to Mountain Evil that not everyone passes.
Itamaraty Palace Staircase, Brasilia, Utopia, Brazil
Architecture & Design
Brasilia, Brazil

Brasília: from Utopia to the Capital and Political Arena of Brazil

Since the days of the Marquis of Pombal, there has been talk of transferring the capital to the interior. Today, the chimera city continues to look surreal but dictates the rules of Brazilian development.
Tibetan heights, altitude sickness, mountain prevent to treat, travel

Altitude Sickness: the Grievances of Getting Mountain Sick

When traveling, it happens that we find ourselves confronted with the lack of time to explore a place as unmissable as it is high. Medicine and previous experiences with Altitude Evil dictate that we should not risk ascending in a hurry.
Parade and Pomp
Ceremonies and Festivities
Saint Petersburg, Russia

When the Russian Navy Stations in Saint Petersburg

Russia dedicates the last Sunday of July to its naval forces. On that day, a crowd visits large boats moored on the Neva River as alcohol-drenched sailors seize the city.
Colored Nationalism
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

The Desired City

Many treasures passed through Cartagena before being handed over to the Spanish Crown - more so than the pirates who tried to plunder them. Today, the walls protect a majestic city always ready to "rumbear".
young saleswoman, nation, bread, uzbekistan
Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan, The Nation That Does Not Lack Bread

Few countries employ cereals like Uzbekistan. In this republic of Central Asia, bread plays a vital and social role. The Uzbeks produce it and consume it with devotion and in abundance.
Vairocana Buddha, Todai ji Temple, Nara, Japan
Nara, Japan

The Colossal Cradle of the Japanese Buddhism

Nara has long since ceased to be the capital and its Todai-ji temple has been demoted. But the Great Hall remains the largest ancient wooden building in the world. And it houses the greatest bronze Vairocana Buddha.
4th of July Fireworks-Seward, Alaska, United States
Seward, Alaska

The Longest 4th of July

The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Cable car connecting Puerto Plata to the top of PN Isabel de Torres
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Home Silver

Puerto Plata resulted from the abandonment of La Isabela, the second attempt at a Hispanic colony in the Americas. Almost half a millennium after Columbus's landing, it inaugurated the nation's inexorable tourist phenomenon. In a lightning passage through the province, we see how the sea, the mountains, the people and the Caribbean sun keep it shining.
Native Americans Parade, Pow Pow, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Albuquerque, USA

When the Drums Sound, the Indians Resist

With more than 500 tribes present, the pow wow "Gathering of the Nations" celebrates the sacred remnants of Native American cultures. But it also reveals the damage inflicted by colonizing civilization.
Rainbow in the Grand Canyon, an example of prodigious photographic light
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Natural Light (Part 1)

And Light was made on Earth. Know how to use it.

The theme of light in photography is inexhaustible. In this article, we give you some basic notions about your behavior, to start with, just and only in terms of geolocation, the time of day and the time of year.
Earp brothers look-alikes and friend Doc Holliday in Tombstone, USA
tombstone, USA

Tombstone: the City Too Hard to Die

Silver veins discovered at the end of the XNUMXth century made Tombstone a prosperous and conflictive mining center on the frontier of the United States to Mexico. Lawrence Kasdan, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and other Hollywood directors and actors made famous the Earp brothers and the bloodthirsty duel of “OK Corral”. The Tombstone, which, over time, has claimed so many lives, is about to last.
Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Madeira, Portugal
Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Madeira, Portugal

The Eastern, Somehow Extraterrestrial Madeira Tip

Unusual, with ocher tones and raw earth, Ponta de São Lourenço is often the first sight of Madeira. When we walk through it, we are fascinated, above all, with what the most tropical of the Portuguese islands is not.
Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Winter White
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

Jukka “Era-Susi” Nordman has created one of the largest packs of sled dogs in the world. He became one of Finland's most iconic characters but remains faithful to his nickname: Wilderness Wolf.
View from the top of Mount Vaea and the tomb, Vailima village, Robert Louis Stevenson, Upolu, Samoa
Upolu, Samoa

Stevenson's Treasure Island

At age 30, the Scottish writer began looking for a place to save him from his cursed body. In Upolu and the Samoans, he found a welcoming refuge to which he gave his heart and soul.
Prayer flags in Ghyaru, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit: 4th – Upper Banana to Ngawal, Nepal

From Nightmare to Dazzle

Unbeknownst to us, we are faced with an ascent that leads us to despair. We pulled our strength as far as possible and reached Ghyaru where we felt closer than ever to the Annapurnas. The rest of the way to Ngawal felt like a kind of extension of the reward.
Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Alcatraz Island, California, United States
Natural Parks
Alcatraz, San Francisco, USA

Back to the Rock

Forty years after his sentence ended, the former Alcatraz prison receives more visitors than ever. A few minutes of his seclusion explain why The Rock's imagination made the worst criminals shiver.
Incandescent Mouth, Big Island Hawaii, Volcanoes National Park, Lava Rivers
UNESCO World Heritage
Big Island, Hawaii

Searching for Rivers of Lava

There are five volcanoes that make the big island of Hawaii grow day by day. Kilauea, the most active on Earth, is constantly releasing lava. Despite this, we live a kind of epic to envision it.
Heroes Acre Monument, Zimbabwe
Harare, Zimbabwewe

The Last Rales of Surreal Mugabué

In 2015, Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe said the 91-year-old president would rule until the age of 100 in a special wheelchair. Shortly thereafter, it began to insinuate itself into his succession. But in recent days, the generals have finally precipitated the removal of Robert Mugabe, who has replaced him with former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Cargo Cabo Santa Maria, Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde, Sal, Evoking the Sahara
Boa Vista Island, Cape Verde

Boa Vista Island: Atlantic waves, Dunas do Sara

Boa Vista is not only the Cape Verdean island closest to the African coast and its vast desert. After a few hours of discovery, it convinces us that it is a piece of the Sahara adrift in the North Atlantic.
gaudy courtship
Suzdal, Russia

Thousand Years of Old Fashioned Russia

It was a lavish capital when Moscow was just a rural hamlet. Along the way, it lost political relevance but accumulated the largest concentration of churches, monasteries and convents in the country of the tsars. Today, beneath its countless domes, Suzdal is as orthodox as it is monumental.
Train Fianarantsoa to Manakara, Malagasy TGV, locomotive
On Rails
Fianarantsoa-Manakara, Madagascar

On board the Malagasy TGV

We depart Fianarantsoa at 7a.m. It wasn't until 3am the following morning that we completed the 170km to Manakara. The natives call this almost secular train Train Great Vibrations. During the long journey, we felt, very strongly, those of the heart of Madagascar.
Dali, China

Chinese Style Flash Mob

The time is set and the place is known. When the music starts playing, a crowd follows the choreography harmoniously until time runs out and everyone returns to their lives.
Daily life
Arduous Professions

the bread the devil kneaded

Work is essential to most lives. But, certain jobs impose a degree of effort, monotony or danger that only a few chosen ones can measure up to.
Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge, Bahia
Gandoca-Manzanillo (Wildlife Refuge), Costa Rica

The Caribbean Hideaway of Gandoca-Manzanillo

At the bottom of its southeastern coast, on the outskirts of Panama, the “Tica” nation protects a patch of jungle, swamps and the Caribbean Sea. As well as a providential wildlife refuge, Gandoca-Manzanillo is a stunning tropical Eden.
Full Dog Mushing
Scenic Flights
Seward, Alaska

The Alaskan Dog Mushing Summer

It's almost 30 degrees and the glaciers are melting. In Alaska, entrepreneurs have little time to get rich. Until the end of August, dog mushing cannot stop.