Around the World

1st Apr 2014
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Hello all! I am Leena Bansal aka Miss Walking Shoes. I'm the Indian girl who went on a crazy self-funded round-the-world trip solo. 

Since my interview with Tripoto, many people have asked me to share the details about my itinerary. So here is my RTW itinerary for you. For the sake of simplicity, I am dividing my trip into three phases- each phase representing my travels in one particular continent.

Phase 1 – Europe

I started this RTW trip with Europe. I did a round circle starting and ending in Paris covering Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Vatican City (not in the same order).

And where did I go exactly? Well where my heart desired to or where my finger pointed to, well really! I got a complimentary Eurail map along with my Eurail Pass. And whenever I had to decide my next destination, I would simply close my eyes and move my finger on the map. And the city where my finger stopped got the chance to host me.

And that is perhaps how far I have traveled (literally and figuratively) in this journey. Before this, whenever I had to travel even if to the next city, I would spend days researching and making itineraries. And here I was, miles away from home selecting the next country by just putting my finger on it.

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Phase 2 – North America & Mexico

This was the only well-researched part of my entire Round the world itinerary. From Paris, I flew to New York covering USA, Canada, and Mexico. I ditch the classic New York to Los Angeles route because I had already traveled to the USA before and so had no desire or money to repeat the destinations.

This segment was not only difficult but extremely expensive. The distances are long and so I had to fly twice within the continent. For rest, I used the services of Amtrak, Via Rail, Greyhound, and Megabus.

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Phase 3 – South East Asia & Nepal

This was my favorite segment. Everything is so affordable and easy in Asia. I spent a month (or more) in each country I visited except Cambodia which I left after 10 days due to excessive heat.

I started my voyage with Thailand. From there I flew to Yangon (Myanmar) to avail E- Visa and later I traveled overland to other countries – Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. From Hanoi, I flew to Bali (Indonesia) and later to Nepal. The modes of transport I used in Asia – well almost everything available – slow boats, ferries, tuk-tuks, motos, chicken trucks, trucks, trams, shared vans, taxis, buses, flights.

For more details on my itinerary, check here.