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Old 11-28-2008, 08:24 AM   #1
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What is the longest anyone has gone backpacking?! Starting from when you leave your own bed to the 1st night back in our own(old) bed. Extended periods working/living/traveling in a country are included as time away from home...
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Old 11-28-2008, 08:47 AM   #2
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... Also where did you travel during this time...
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:50 AM   #3
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In my case, the longest I traveled for was 6 months. This trip was mostly in South East Asia and South Asia, but it started with a two-week stay at a friend's place in Australia. I'm from Canada btw.
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5 months. south-central africa. also from canada...
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Old 11-28-2008, 10:29 AM   #5
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5 months. Europe and South America. From Aussie.

But, I'm currently out of the country again, I've been in Canada for 3.5 months and won't return home for 2 - 3 years.
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I myself am planing on 4 months. The more I look into it and plan the longer I want to go ha ha. Ill be going solo and it will be my 1st time backpacking, and my 1st experience overseas. Is 4-6 months too long for a 1st timer?
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Nah mate, you'll be fine. My first time overseas was my 5 month solo backpacking trip to Europe and South America. If I can do it anyone can.
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One year.. (well i was one week away from one year to be exact..haha). I went to Fiji, Australia and NZ.
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a little over a month in europe. most of my other trips are 1-2 weeks
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5 months and a little, Europe and I am from the US.

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A month and a half, in Europe. Most of my other trips are around 2 weeks or so.

I'm from Canada.
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1 year, studying (if you want to call it that...) in Argentina. Can't wait till I can just backpack around for a whole year!
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^Believe it or not, I found it much easier to not backpack for that amount of time. After 2 months of backpacking I always find that I want to settle down somewhere for a week or so.

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29 days. In Iceland, Holland, Greece. Most other trips have been 2-3 weeks in EU. Got a 5-6 week one coming up in Eastern EU.
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A year and six months...and still going. Although I have been back to my home state many times in that time span - but typically crashing on friend's couches or my parent's floor for a week or so. The places I've visited include Costa Rica, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Florida, NYC, Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, West Virginia and now Hawaii. Next to Australia or New Zealand (which ever holds the cheapest ticket when I am ready to leave this paradise). I plan to be back in my home state around Christmas 2011. And probably head back to Central America after that.
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3 months, studying in London and traveling throughout Europe. From the U.S.

Up next: Minimum of 6 months in Australia. Ideally more like 10-12 months, and then a trip to New Zealand for a year as well.
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The longest I've been gone traveling is about a month. I'd like to do a longer trip in the future to Eastern Europe. I also want to do a working holiday in either Australia or New Zealand.
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Yay for NZ love!!

Andrew - I didn't know you were possibly coming over for a year!! Thats awesome - do it!!

& offhegoes come to NZ, were way better than oz :P ok were way different but still come to ths side of the world!

& to answer the original question - 0 days so far backpacking and a few 1-2week trips :S am doing a short 12ish day OZ backpacking trip early next year then the following year doing the real deal - hopefully 2-3years
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Almost 11 months. Just got back actually a few months ago from the trip. Didn't work for a second either. Best time of my life!

Canada
Fiji
New Zealand
Australia
Thailand
Laos
Vietnam
Cambodia
Phillipines
Japan
China
Germany
Austria
Switzerland
Italy
Spain
France
Belgium
Holland
England
Canada
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Ive been traveling almost constantly for 9 years. About every 9 months to a year I go visit my mom In California, other than that I don't keep the same address for more than a month or 2. Ive probably held every job you could possibly have without a degree and even some that usually require one. I should probably write it all down one of these days.
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