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I've got a £1000 drunken bet on with my mates that i can get to the Sydney Opera House in Australia from Leicester in UK with a budget of £200 hitch hiking across europe and Asia trying not to spend anything unless absolutely necessary and i have till new years 2015 to do it.

can i do it ?

or have i been an idiot... :confused:

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Difficult to say really. It's obviously very risky but it would undoubtedly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so if you've done your research and think you have a chance of doing it then by all means go for it. And even if you don't succeed you can always follow in the footsteps of Dave Gorman, Danny Wallace, Tony Hawks et al and publish a bestselling book about your experience :P

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Europe should be easy to hitch hike across however once you reach the Asian side of the Turkish boarder it's going to be very difficult if you can get into India it may be possible or Dubai or Qatar, but going through Iran & Iraq is out of the question, the same for Africa really many of the middle parts are not really the best places to be, yes many people in both Africa & Asia are kind & generous people but & it's a big BUT many aren't.

a flight at £470 is the cheapest i can find.

best advice is go to a travel agent & tell them what you need, i would also say to your friends that as soon as they have a photo of you at the Opera House you have to receive the money either by wire or bank transfer.

a travel agent may be able to help you get a flight from somewhere else that is much cheaper & you have to fly but honestly i think it will have to be from europe, unless you go via the USA in which case you have to fly there anyway, i dunno £200 thats tough, £300 maybe.

depends on the actual terms agreed regarding the bet, you give me £200 (etc )as collateral i buy you the ticket £470, when you get home you give me £300 out of the £1000 you won, you get £500.

on re-reading your post, if you have to hitch hike, you will have to go through Europe, then through Russia & into China & then see if you can get a flight from Thailand or even into Malaysia & fly from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, i think China will be hard as in the north they are desperately poor & the infrastructure isn't to good either like the roads etc, i dunno about southern Russia or even Kazakhstan.

if you left now, you could probably walk there :|

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the bet was that i have £200 to get me to sydney using just that for food or if i need to transport if it cheap enough i have 4 years to sort everything out but it a real bet we have shook on a £1000 i'm not worried about europe that much just from thailand down to australia through the philippines may be tricky and getting into oz there very tough on immigration

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do you know if you can hitch hike on boats to get to other countries like fishing boats

well Micheal Palin did when he went on his trips, but he was working for the BBC & they had a lot of help from merchant shipping company's, i very much doubt that you would be able to do the same, this was also 20 years ago & the rules would have no doubt changed.

as long as you have a valid visa for OZ is should be ok, i still dunno £200 for food & places to stay which you will need is going to be tough, how long will this take to do, the longer it takes the more it will cost, if it takes one month you will only get £6 a day, two months & it's £3 a day & £1.50 for three months !

it took Michael Palin 141 days to go from Pole to Pole & yes he went round the world in 80, even though it's further but he was at sea for a fair number of days & he had a lot of help & these were in the days when it was safe to travel through certain countries.

have a look at his site http://www.palinstravels.co.uk/

you need A LOT more advice then what we can give you here, you need to talk to specialist travel agents that do this kind of thing, i hope you can do it, i really do, but i don't think it's possible, a flight for £200 maybe but not for food & shelter on the way.

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i kinda dont want to there just going to laugh at me but it can be done its just going to be extremely tough to do but life changing experience and if i do it £1000 richer and maybe a book deal or possible film if it attracts media attention

or if the BBC are watching this thread please feel free to help me out a bit

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i kinda dont want to there just going to laugh at me but it can be done its just going to be extremely tough to do but life changing experience and if i do it £1000 richer and maybe a book deal or possible film if it attracts media attention

or if the BBC are watching this thread please feel free to help me out a bit

well maybe if the media were to get involved;

guy has a bet to get to Sydney with only £200 in his pocket, can he do it ? watch the series here on Sky One.

i DO want to be positive, but you really do have to go to someone like http://www.trailfinders.com/ http://www.nomadictravel.co.uk/ http://www.aitoagents.com/ & just see if they have any idea's

most shipping goes from the USA there is a map here that shows the shipping lanes, it's not the best but it's all i can find on the routes http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/01/global-shipping-map/ another one here http://downtothesea.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/shipping-lanes1.JPG & http://billjaquette.net/top-major-shipping-lanes-and-ports-in-the-world/

:)

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Interesting question. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-flights there's some ideas on this page about how to get some cheap flights. Chippy has a good suggestion too. You could see if there's any air courier jobs going: http://www.ehow.com/how_2095671_job-airline-courier.html

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  • 4 months later...

Are you still doing this? :P

Surely you could get some free stuff of people? Someone could lend you a vehicle or boat? Maybe your best friend's ex's aunt's third cousin twice removed lives in Australia / Thailand / anywhere and could help you out? :)

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yes i am indeed still doing it just planning everything and working out when i can get at least 3 months off work no questions asked.

also managed to plan on how to get to at least africa for £50 !!! just now from Africa to Australia on £150 i'm trying to plan out so far it all going well and should be in australia by at least 2014 all going well !!! :)

i'll send you a postcard!!! and hopefully get a film/tv series/autobiography made about it.

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