About My Travels
I have been a world traveler since I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in zoology in 1982. My first trip last almost 3 years except a few months break back home in the middle. Since then I have done 6 shorter trips that lasted from 1 year to a couple of months. These days I am working full time and don't have the chance to travel on longs trip, but my job as a photographer and researcher for the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute takes me all over the world as we tag large whales. In 2007 I recently went to Antarctica and will be going to the Gulf of California off of Baja, Mexico in the spring. There is also some chance for a trip the Russian far East to tag gray whales off Sakhalin. I have now have been to all seven continents.
To travel as I did in the past does not take a lot of money. I traveled mostly in poorer countries where the cost is low. I usually stayed at the cheapest accommodation I could find and ate at the same places common people do. When I first started traveling the US dollar was very strong and I could travel on about $5000 per year. Now it costs about 50% more then at that time, but it is still cheaper than the cost of living here. To do the same you just have to live frugally while saving money and most importantly stay out of dept.
For more info on the kind of travel I do check out Lonely Planet's and Moon Puplication's web sites. These companies publish a series of guide books for "backpacker" travelers.
These are the countries I have traveled to so far: Canada, United Kingdom, Holland, Germany, Italy, Vatican City, France, Monaco, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica. This may seem like a lot of countries, but I have friends from Japan who have been to 112 so I have a lot of traveling to do to catch up with them. Many of these countries I have been to more then once, especially the ones in Asia (I have been to Japan 12 times for example). I try to spend about 1-2 months in the larger countries, less if there isn't much to see.
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