I watched a great film the other day called A Map for Saturday. It’s a documentary about a guy made about backpacking around the world. I have always thought this would be a great thing to do, but for the longest time I felt I was too old now. I have since come to change my mind. Even though I am not your typical gap year college kid who wants to get out and see the world before starting a career, I want to travel.
Moving to Korea has only enhanced my desire to travel. I have been putting pen to paper to see what it would cost to either take 6 months or a year to travel. I’ve also been thinking of routes, because I not only want to travel, but I want to watch baseball as I go.
So here is a preliminary plan.
I want to spend 2 years here in Korea. This will give me ample time to save the amount of money I will need for my trip. When I leave here (April 2013) I’ll have my school fly me to Spain.
Spain – 2 weeks
France – 2 weeks
UK – 2 weeks
Belgium – 1 week
The Netherlands – 1 week
The Netherlands – 1 week
Germany – 3 weeks
Austria – 1 week
Czech Rep – 1 week
Italy – 2 weeks
Fly to Poland
Poland – 1 week
This is where it could change. I’d either like to head to Moscow and take the Transsiberian railway or just fly to China
China/Hong Kong – 2-3 weeks (train or not)
Taiwan – 2 weeks
Thailand – 2 weeks
Of course all of this is just a dream at the moment. It’s a lot of time to spend in Europe, which isn’t exactly cheap. The grand idea would be to head down to Australia in November then over to Central and South American via the USA. But all of that would mean I need to save more money (perhaps another year in Korea) or get some sponsors in some way.
Most of these leagues play on the weekends. So I would have time to see other sites during the week with baseball on the weekend. Travel would either be by train (preferable) or bus (slower but cheaper in most cases).
There are just so many places I would like to see baseball in. I have thought about a round the world in a year type trip, but doing it in sections I think is going to more feasible. Perhaps working a year or two and then traveling for 4-6 months. This would allow me to spend more times in certain places. It’s even possible to work a year then travel for a few months. Come back again and work another year. Jobs here allow me to not only pay down my debts (school loans mostly) and save at the same time.
The outline above is just one of many I have come up with. Where would you go if you had 4-6 months to travel and wanted to see baseball. But not only baseball but other things as well. I have never traveled through Europe so it is very appealing to me.