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Expert Explorers: The Longest Way Home

June 6, 2014

This week, the team at Pegasus Finance were lucky enough to interview Dave, one man on a global travel quest. Dave’s blog The Longest Way Home gives a unique and fascinating insight into his adventures on and off the road – and we couldn’t wait to find out more about the man himself. We’ve tapped into Dave’s wealth of travel experience to find his essential travel tips, and what he’s learned from over 9 years on the road – just for you guys. Let’s get down to it.

Pegasus Finance Expert Explorer: The Longest Way Home

Why did you decide to set off on your grand adventure?

Ever felt like you don’t belong in a place? Well, that was me growing up.

Over the years, I’ve met many other people on my travels who’ve felt the same. Even more people have emailed me telling me the same thing. While some people are trying to find “themselves”, there’s a whole other section out there looking for “that” place that feels like home. The biggest obstacle is only the one in the mirror. Sooner or later one has to make a choice: pack your bags and go out there, or settle for what you have. I packed up everything!

What essentials would you recommend people planning on departing on along-term trip?

Definitely get your finances in order long before you leave. Make sure you have a support network somewhere in the world. This could be your parents, siblings or friends. The point of this is that you do have someone to send things to from your travels. Someone to open your mail. And someone there who will support you when you’ve had a bad week. Just like home, but online. Skype, voice over Internet and email all help here. Travel insurance is a big one. Don’t leave home without it.

What are some of your favourite places you’ve visited?

I’ve divided favourites up over the years so this one is a bit hard.

Mainland Malaysia and Sabah tops my list for food hands down, the people are great too. Pakistan for the sheer adventure and again the people. Iran for the time I traveled it (lots of political issues). Portugal for the most vibrant and enjoyable European city. Romania for history and food! However, the country that always tops my lists is Nepal. The people, the diversity, the food and the sheer chemistry I have with the place.

Do you ever see yourself settling in one place? Do you have any inkling of where this may be?

Absolutely. If I could, I would tomorrow. There are two main things that stop people from really settling in a place they love. Politics and money.

Politics in this case falling under things like visas. It’s not all that easy to legally live long term in a place of your choosing. Not without bucket loads of cash to keep the bureaucracy well oiled. Think of Nepal. As a tourist you can only stay there for 5 months in one year. Then you have to leave. The only other choice is a working visa. This is possible, but again it’s time based. So again, you have to leave. It’s something that swings around to your second question and what to be prepared for in long-term travel.

What advice would you give someone wanting to set off on an escapade of their own?

Preparation is key. Get out a big map and something with the Internet on it. Pick a list of 5 or so countries you really want to visit. Work out where you can go and where you can’t go easily (tourist visas). Then work out where to obtain the visas. Then open a calender and start calculating how many days you need or can stay in a place to get new visas. Once you have this information the rest falls into place and you are already on your way!

 

If you fancy becoming a motorhome explorer in your own right, Pegasus Finance can help. We’re specialists in motorhome finance, and we work with lenders to find you the best deal around. Already got a price in mind? Not a problem – try out our handy motorhome loan calculator to see how much you could save.

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