Hey guys I have been riding for about two years, have so far only done one week-long trip which was almost all blacktop on the North Island of NZ. It's no understatement to say that was my most joyous week on God's green earth (and boy is it green), and I'm dying to get back. However, I have decided that I do not want to just be having two-weeks trips crammed in to life's crevices... every tour tainted with the knowledge that even from the moment you first throw the leg over on foreign soil, returning home is just in the foreground. So aside from New Zealand, I have decided to save, save, save -- and make the next trip a big one. Otherwise, I'll probably just stick to local riding to quench my thirst for adventure here. To this end I "invested" in my RTW planner: a 2x3m world map in my bedroom at home. The goal is to start putting together a bucketlist of roads, places, tent-sites, and friends abroad and after a time, connect the dots... I have also saved over many years for the trip, and will probably have a bit more by the time I go... about 3-4 years from now. I wont say how much but I am confident I can be on the road for 1-2 years. I plan to just read and get inspiration over the next year, as well as improve my wrenching skills so I can be a little more confident if bits fall off the bike abroad. I'm not committed to any particular route but my thinking is to start in Iceland during summer, take the ferry to the Faroe Islands, and then ride through the Nordic countries, Russia, and Eastern Europe. The goal is to travel cheaply and stay in small towns/communities for weeks at a time before moving on. However, all up for negotiation at this early stgaes. To that end... at this early stage I am looking for: 0. Money, time, and desire... all done!! 1. Any world-class RRs (docos, blogs, books) I can read to get ideas, knowledge, routes, etc. 2. Any advice you have on getting better at wrenching, or any other skills/abilities I should focus on acquiring now rather than later. ... Thanks guys!! I'm sure you get this pie-in-the-sky stuff every so often... but trust me, I'm going to do it :). No kids, no mortgage, no wife... got money, got time, and don't have a career I'm not willing to put on hold (or give up!).