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27 Nov 2012 01:00 AM   |   5181 clicks   |   Christian Science Monitor
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SilentStrider    [TotalFark]  
But how does he handle the Bay Bridge?

27 Nov 2012 12:21 AM
Kanemano     
It's your p[planet, go see it

27 Nov 2012 01:05 AM
Man_Without_A_Hat     
"Graham Hughes has used buses, boats, taxis, trains, and his own two feet - but never an airplane - to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days, spending an average of less than $100 a week. "

$100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?

What am I doing with my life?

27 Nov 2012 01:08 AM
ladyfortuna     
I'd probably skip the countries less friendly/tolerant to independent women, but I'd love to do something like that some day...

27 Nov 2012 01:08 AM
Siciro     
That's a lot of boat travel.

27 Nov 2012 01:11 AM
Fark Me To Tears    [TotalFark]  
Did he find any for old men?

27 Nov 2012 01:14 AM
Cyrus the Mediocre    [TotalFark]  
Kenya believe it?

27 Nov 2012 01:18 AM
Prof. Frink     

Man_Without_A_Hat: "Graham Hughes has used buses, boats, taxis, trains, and his own two feet - but never an airplane - to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days, spending an average of less than $100 a week. "

$100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?

What am I doing with my life?


Masturbating in your parents' basement, same as every night. But you already knew that.

27 Nov 2012 01:19 AM
HotWingAgenda    [TotalFark]  

Man_Without_A_Hat: $100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?



I'd be surprised if this guy bothered tipping properly (in the countries where it's expected). You can't live on $100/week in the US or Canada. Even so, who has $20,000 to piss away in this global economy? That's double my life savings.

27 Nov 2012 01:20 AM
AverageAmericanGuy    [TotalFark]  
Good thing he isn't American. They'd arrest him on the spot for traveling to embargo countries like Iran, Libya, and Cuba.

Freedom isn't free, you know.

27 Nov 2012 01:22 AM
Kevin72    [TotalFark]  
Holy jumping tap-dancing Jesus Hussein Christ on a graham cracker! But he still doesn't say how he got into North Korea overland, just that it was as easy as going from Turkey to the Iraq without a visa.

27 Nov 2012 01:22 AM
Fano     
The eagles were waiting until he got rid of his ring, first

27 Nov 2012 01:24 AM
Begoggle     
I've been following this guy for about 2 years!
Good to see him finally getting press!!

Visit his site for the blogs, videos, tweets, etc. of the journey:
http://theodysseyexpedition.com/

His videos are awesome, too bad he got screwed by his production company.
But you can watch the first season on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pll8p YQP7rY&list=SP006B136DB59E367E&f ea ture=plcp

27 Nov 2012 01:26 AM
dudemanbro     

SilentStrider: But how does he handle the Bay Bridge?


Good question.

27 Nov 2012 01:32 AM
stiletto_the_wise     

HotWingAgenda: Man_Without_A_Hat: $100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?


I'd be surprised if this guy bothered tipping properly (in the countries where it's expected). You can't live on $100/week in the US or Canada. Even so, who has $20,000 to piss away in this global economy? That's double my life savings.


That's the first thing I thought. You gotta be pretty damn wealthy to be able to afford to blow that kind of coin. He was obviously not working while he did it, so how did he pay his rent back home?

27 Nov 2012 01:38 AM
Ryker's Peninsula     

dudemanbro: SilentStrider: But how does he handle the Bay Bridge?

Good question.


He probably sits in traffic for two hours for a 20 minute drive while peeing into an empty Gatorade bottle and talking on the phone like everyone else.

27 Nov 2012 01:39 AM
Ryker's Peninsula     
Erica Jong?

27 Nov 2012 01:39 AM
Perducci     

Man_Without_A_Hat: "Graham Hughes has used buses, boats, taxis, trains, and his own two feet - but never an airplane - to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days, spending an average of less than $100 a week. "

$100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?

What am I doing with my life?


I've wondered something along the same lines during my last couple of vacations.

I worked remotely during the trips and actually made more money than I was spending on the vacation. If I didn't have a mortgage, car payments, and other obligations at home, I could have actually been further ahead by travelling overseas than if I were to stay home. It got me seriously thinking about packing up the family, selling the car and various other assets, renting out the house for just enough to cover the mortgage payments and finding a paradise with wifi to visit for as long as legally possible.

27 Nov 2012 01:42 AM
kareninsf     

Begoggle: I've been following this guy for about 2 years!
Good to see him finally getting press!!

Visit his site for the blogs, videos, tweets, etc. of the journey:
http://theodysseyexpedition.com/

His videos are awesome, too bad he got screwed by his production company.
But you can watch the first season on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pll8pY QP7rY&list=SP006B136DB59E367E&f ea ture=plcp


Thank you
This is awesome!

27 Nov 2012 01:46 AM
stiletto_the_wise     

Perducci:
I worked remotely during the trips and actually made more money than I was spending on the vacation. If I didn't have a mortgage, car payments, and other obligations at home, I could have actually been further ahead by travelling overseas than if I were to stay home. It got me seriously thinking about packing up the family, selling the car and various other assets, renting out the house for just enough to cover the mortgage payments and finding a paradise with wifi to visit for as long as legally possible.


Careful, if your job can be done remotely, it can be done by a college kid in India.

27 Nov 2012 01:46 AM
Marcintosh     
Nice work there.
I hitchhiked around the US in 1970.
All New England down to Washington, PA, OH, IN, up to WI, down to TX over to the right for Mardi Gras back to New Mexico to the communes and home.
You could do that then. I'm sure some people disappeared but there really wasn't any way to find out and really, everyone was hitchhiking. Soldiers, coed's, hippies you name it, youth was on the move and for free too.

Not good times though. Hungry, tired and cold mostly. 40 years later there are still some states that all I'll do there is buy gas and move on.

27 Nov 2012 01:47 AM
styckx    [TotalFark]  
fark.. I planned to travel by train from Philly to California to see my country a bit more. Figured it be great little adventure across this great nation of ours.. Now this guy makes my cunning plan seem like a trip to an Eagles game.

27 Nov 2012 01:51 AM
Fano     
Was the lonely man theme playing during his travels?

27 Nov 2012 01:53 AM
The5thElement     
But how many were feet on the ground rather than just passing through?

27 Nov 2012 01:55 AM
GladGirl    [TotalFark]  
I lived I'm Ghana, west Africa, for a spell. Met a fair number of overland adventurers while I was there who were doing the Africa overland route. Brave people.

Seen about 30 or 40 countries. About 50 more that would be fun to visit.

27 Nov 2012 01:57 AM
mamoru    [TotalFark]  

styckx: fark.. I planned to travel by train from Philly to California to see my country a bit more. Figured it be great little adventure across this great nation of ours.. Now this guy makes my cunning plan seem like a trip to an Eagles game.


If you want to really see the country, travel by bicycle. It's cheap, it's healthy, and it's a great way to meet people and see a lot that you would miss traveling by train or even by car (simply due to speed). Camp out or hit cheap motels, and you can do this for really cheap. It can be rough when the weather turns or when you are stuck cycling for several days without a shower, but it's all worth it.

/cycled from FL to PA to LA in the summer of 1998
//have done similar trips in Japan and Europe since then

27 Nov 2012 02:02 AM
Mock26    [TotalFark]  
I call bull. Everyone knows that there are only two countries in the world, America and non-America. Therefore the number should only be 2.

27 Nov 2012 02:02 AM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  
I would think that if you visited 201 countries without flying, by default you traveled through nearly all of them, so asking for directions would have been pretty unnecessary; unless you actually needed to know where you were. But the guy knew he was on the ground SOMEPLACE, so inside which border didn't really matter, as long as nobody was shooting at him.

27 Nov 2012 02:06 AM
alienated     
No snark- thats awesome. I mean really- he has seen the world and not only gotten a record but has raised money for a really damn good cause. Thanks for sharing subby- you made my day.

27 Nov 2012 02:06 AM
wildcardjack    [TotalFark]  

stiletto_the_wise: HotWingAgenda: Man_Without_A_Hat: $100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?


I'd be surprised if this guy bothered tipping properly (in the countries where it's expected). You can't live on $100/week in the US or Canada. Even so, who has $20,000 to piss away in this global economy? That's double my life savings.

That's the first thing I thought. You gotta be pretty damn wealthy to be able to afford to blow that kind of coin. He was obviously not working while he did it, so how did he pay his rent back home?


The trick is to develop an income that's not tied to you being in any one place. I've thought a few times of getting a camper cover for my truck and taking my business on the road, but that's still too much like work. I'm trying to come up with a few things I can put out there and have fully automated so I only have to check in once or twice a week while revenue gets handled by an accountant.

And hell, most accountants could automate things in their office so they didn't have to show up that often. If they had the personality to do so, you know. 

Anyhow, anyone know a reliable way to hang a 400 pound supporting bracket off a household brick wall consistently? I have a product idea that would require being able to teach someone with a tradesman level of education to mount something with safety and ease. Solid concrete and cinder block is easy, but finding a stud through a clay brick wall isn't that easy.

27 Nov 2012 02:08 AM
rugby-n-beers     

Man_Without_A_Hat: "Graham Hughes has used buses, boats, taxis, trains, and his own two feet - but never an airplane - to travel 160,000 miles in exactly 1,426 days, spending an average of less than $100 a week. "

$100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?

What am I doing with my life?


As someone who has quit a good job to take the time and see more of the world I can only say that if you want to see more of it, just follow your heart and do it. You may fall off what you think is the chosen career track but you will be far happier and more experienced in the end. The choice is yours.

27 Nov 2012 02:12 AM
alienated     

Ryker's Peninsula: dudemanbro: SilentStrider: But how does he handle the Bay Bridge?

Good question.

He probably sits in traffic for two hours for a 20 minute drive while peeing into an empty Gatorade bottle and talking on the phone like everyone else.


Or he took the northern path via Napa and Sonoma counties, but- we might not be thinking of the same Bay Bridge

27 Nov 2012 02:17 AM
Gyrfalcon    [TotalFark]  

wildcardjack: stiletto_the_wise: HotWingAgenda: Man_Without_A_Hat: $100 a week.
1426 days comes out to 203 weeks.
$20,300

So you're saying that for the price of a new car, you can travel the world for four farking years?


I'd be surprised if this guy bothered tipping properly (in the countries where it's expected). You can't live on $100/week in the US or Canada. Even so, who has $20,000 to piss away in this global economy? That's double my life savings.

That's the first thing I thought. You gotta be pretty damn wealthy to be able to afford to blow that kind of coin. He was obviously not working while he did it, so how did he pay his rent back home?

The trick is to develop an income that's not tied to you being in any one place. I've thought a few times of getting a camper cover for my truck and taking my business on the road, but that's still too much like work. I'm trying to come up with a few things I can put out there and have fully automated so I only have to check in once or twice a week while revenue gets handled by an accountant.

And hell, most accountants could automate things in their office so they didn't have to show up that often. If they had the personality to do so, you know. 

Anyhow, anyone know a reliable way to hang a 400 pound supporting bracket off a household brick wall consistently? I have a product idea that would require being able to teach someone with a tradesman level of education to mount something with safety and ease. Solid concrete and cinder block is easy, but finding a stud through a clay brick wall isn't that easy.


You want to travel a lot, get paid regularly, work out of the back of your truck, and not actually work?

Buy a mattress, lots of lube, and hang a price chart on the windshield.

27 Nov 2012 02:18 AM
rugby-n-beers     

Kevin72: Holy jumping tap-dancing Jesus Hussein Christ on a graham cracker! But he still doesn't say how he got into North Korea overland, just that it was as easy as going from Turkey to the Iraq without a visa.


You can take an organized tour in from China overland via rail, it's not that hard.

27 Nov 2012 02:19 AM
Now I Is!     

27 Nov 2012 02:21 AM
styckx    [TotalFark]  

mamoru: styckx: fark.. I planned to travel by train from Philly to California to see my country a bit more. Figured it be great little adventure across this great nation of ours.. Now this guy makes my cunning plan seem like a trip to an Eagles game.

If you want to really see the country, travel by bicycle. It's cheap, it's healthy, and it's a great way to meet people and see a lot that you would miss traveling by train or even by car (simply due to speed). Camp out or hit cheap motels, and you can do this for really cheap. It can be rough when the weather turns or when you are stuck cycling for several days without a shower, but it's all worth it.

/cycled from FL to PA to LA in the summer of 1998
//have done similar trips in Japan and Europe since then


My problem is I'm doing it this winter sometime as it's the cheapest time to travel cross country on Amtrak.. I can do Philly to LA for about $550 round trip.. In the middle of summer the same trip would cost roughly $800-$1000 unless you book 3 months in advanced.. I'm a sorta spontaneous guy and HATE planning more than a few weeks in advance.

27 Nov 2012 02:23 AM
The Voice of Doom     
HotWingAgenda
I'd be surprised if this guy bothered tipping properly (in the countries where it's expected).


I'd be surprised if a guy getting lifts on cargo ships wastes money on places where tipping is expected.
I don't tip the baker if I buy a loaf of bread.

stiletto_the_wise
so how did he pay his rent back home?


What's the point of renting instead of owning if you keep paying rent when you are gone for four years?
If he doesn't have a lot of crap, he might have boxed up his stuff and stored it in the cellar or attic of relatives or friends.
The article says he's 33, so the odds are good that he still has parents.
Maybe they just stored his crap in his old room.
Heck, maybe he didn't even bother to really move out and settle down somewhere else if he has been spending a lot of his life abroad.
The most active - almost restless - traveler I know was still living in her parents' house at that age - although she had a more or less a separate studio apartment on the top floor.
I could really imagine her doing something like that guy did - reading the article reminded me of how she once, instead of taking a plane, went from central Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway to go hiking in Mongolia for a bit and visiting a friend who's living in Beijing.

27 Nov 2012 02:53 AM
HotWingAgenda    [TotalFark]  

styckx: mamoru: styckx: fark.. I planned to travel by train from Philly to California to see my country a bit more. Figured it be great little adventure across this great nation of ours.. Now this guy makes my cunning plan seem like a trip to an Eagles game.

If you want to really see the country, travel by bicycle. It's cheap, it's healthy, and it's a great way to meet people and see a lot that you would miss traveling by train or even by car (simply due to speed). Camp out or hit cheap motels, and you can do this for really cheap. It can be rough when the weather turns or when you are stuck cycling for several days without a shower, but it's all worth it.

/cycled from FL to PA to LA in the summer of 1998
//have done similar trips in Japan and Europe since then

My problem is I'm doing it this winter sometime as it's the cheapest time to travel cross country on Amtrak.. I can do Philly to LA for about $550 round trip.. In the middle of summer the same trip would cost roughly $800-$1000 unless you book 3 months in advanced.. I'm a sorta spontaneous guy and HATE planning more than a few weeks in advance.


For that price range you could spend a week in Southeast Asia. Better food, better scenery, better women.

27 Nov 2012 02:56 AM
Kevin72    [TotalFark]  

rugby-n-beers: Kevin72: Holy jumping tap-dancing Jesus Hussein Christ on a graham cracker! But he still doesn't say how he got into North Korea overland, just that it was as easy as going from Turkey to the Iraq without a visa.

You can take an organized tour in from China overland via rail, it's not that hard.


Inquiring person who wanted to know can go to sleep now quite satisfied. Adding ya to my favorites list before calling it a day.

27 Nov 2012 02:59 AM
sharksfin     
FTFA: "Highlights were swimming in a lake of jellyfish in the Pacific archipelago of Palau, watching one of NASA's last Space Shuttle launches, and dancing with the jungle tribes of Papua New Guinea."

Seems like the guy's a Matt Harding fan.

27 Nov 2012 03:01 AM
o'really     
This guy's trip is awesome. I'm glad he filmed it and helped raise money for a good cause. How'd he get screwed by his production company? Financially?

I had no idea amtrak cross country was that cheap. I used to take it to and from college on occasion back in the day an it cost me 65 bucks each way to go 200 miles.

27 Nov 2012 03:18 AM
BalugaJoe     
He must be a very good peregrinator.

27 Nov 2012 05:38 AM
andynz81     
In tribute to the ramblin' guy:

Link

27 Nov 2012 05:43 AM
Lt_Ryan     

AverageAmericanGuy: Good thing he isn't American. They'd arrest him on the spot for traveling to embargo countries like Iran, Libya, and Cuba.

Freedom isn't free, you know.


As a US Citizen it is legal to travel to those countries. Last I checked Iran you needed a Visa and 'number' from Iran, no permission from the US. To Cuba you need to get permission from the US, tourism may be illegal but there are plenty of other reasons like freelance journalist (most likely what this guy has).

27 Nov 2012 06:05 AM
Kyosuke     
...and boy are his arms not tired...

27 Nov 2012 06:19 AM
Stuckinacubicle     
And to think, all he wanted to do was get to Nerima-cho.

/obscure?

27 Nov 2012 06:22 AM
Capt. Sparkles     

alienated: No snark- thats awesome. I mean really- he has seen the world and not only gotten a record but has raised money for a really damn good cause. Thanks for sharing subby- you made my day.


Agreed, it is rather cool.

And this guy has balls of titanium for venturing into the likes of Iran, Libya, Palestine and all those other super friendly countries with thriving tourism industries. I'd take a year of federal PMITA prison over a week in North Korea, ten times out of ten. At least in prison you get food.

27 Nov 2012 07:04 AM
Day_Old_Dutchie     
And now for something NOT completely different..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael _Palin:_Around_the_World_in_80_D ay s

27 Nov 2012 07:41 AM
Mayhem of the Black Underclass     
Step 1: Ditch the mortgage payment by buying an RV, it's going to squeeze the purse that first month, but after that, you should be saving about half your mortgage payment EVERY MONTH. (No property taxes to pay, and if you empty the honey pot into the sewer grates, there's no discharge fee!!!)
Step 2: Shower at the gym, you were going to workout there anyway, right?
Step 3: Find a local business in an out of the way part of town, near where you work. Maybe someplace that just closed down, park your car and RV behind it (No Lot FEES!!!)

In 3 years you will have saved at least $20,000, so you can travel to South Sudan where meals cost $1.04, consist of mostly monsanto grains, and bush meat. Hooray, now you're a world traveler.

27 Nov 2012 07:58 AM
Tired_of_the_BS     
In the 80's I met a gentleman who was living that kind of life. He joined the Navy at 17, got the big signing bonus as a 'nuke', never stepped off the boat - not once in six years; saved every dime. Went to work for TVA for another six years making six figures - didn't buy/own a car, TV, or furniture other than the futon he slept on, on the floor. One day his boss walked in and asked him why he was clearing his desk... he was done. Never said a word to anyone... retired.

I met him after the Navy gave him hell for limping into a pier in Guantanamo Bay after his sailboat got the crap beat out of it in a tropical storm, (dis-masted among other things). He had sailed around the world alone (well alone except for his dog) twice. He had a set budget that was based on a percentage of the interest he earned on his savings/investments. If he started to exceed that due to unforeseen expenses - like boat repairs - he'd pick up part time work where ever he happened to be - he could almost always find work as a diesel mechanic or electrician, but he'd do what was available for a couple months until he was back on track, then take off again.

As he got more experienced, he kept downsizing his boat: smaller boat = fewer expenses. He was on his third boat (32'er down from 37' and 35') and second dog, and was seriously considering dropping down to 28'.

/Can't imagine sailing around the world solo in a sub 30' boat. I did a bit of sailing in a 32'er - including some beautiful day sails in Monterey Bay and out into the Pacific, and Chesapeake Bay and out into the Atlantic, and just the 'baby' 10-15' chop/swells you'd sometimes run into could get pretty exciting for me; especially if the winds really picked up. I've been in 40' plus seas in real ships... there's no way I'd want to be in them in a tiny boat.

27 Nov 2012 08:24 AM
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