Over the last few weeks, Christian and myself have been doing a bit of..."Fireside Chat." The topic was pretty open ended—If you miraculously had a year off to travel around the world, and roughly $25,000 US in your pocket, how would you do it? Over the hours of banter that went back and forth, we came up with quite a few suggestions, and we're curious how you'd do it.
Remember, you can only choose one, and you have to choose realistically, there's $15,000, no more. For example, if you chose a lifted 4WD, maybe you'd be able to go more remote places, but you wouldn't be able to go as far. A bicycle would be the complete opposite.
So here's your choices:
Option 1: "I'd buy a tough, lifted 4WD, that way I can drive nearly anywhere I desire, and feel like an explorer seeing things no one sees. I'm okay with the high fuel cost and maintenance."
Option 2: "Clearly it would have to be some fun little car, even if it was 2WD—a Citroen 2CV perhaps. It would be way more economical, and nearly everything is paved these days anyway."
Option 3: "The only way to see the world is to experience it from a motorcycle, you're more exposed to the elements as well as the people. I can go everywhere a 4WD can go, with a minisule budget—because I don't mind camping or shady hostels."
Option 4: "Human power baby! I have a few pounds to lose, and I'm going to hop on a bicycle and really smell the roses. I can go anywhere I'd like, and even hop on a plane at the last minute with a girl I met in Costa Rica."
Option 5: "Owning a vehicle sounds like it's expensive, and riding a bicycle, well, that's just not going to happen. I'm going to go with the flow and use public transport and hitchhike, I might be stuck on a sweaty bus for a few hours, but it's cheap and easy to just go."
Option 6: "This sounds like too much work, I'm going to grab a bag of chips and buy a plasma TV so I can just watch it on the Discovery Channel, and I might even go to Orlando with the extra money."