Youngest person(s) to go RTW?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Nappysh, May 17, 2013.

  1. Nappysh

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    Me and a friend of mine were talking about a RTW trip. I was thinking we might be young enough to set the world record (we're 20). Anyone know who might have beaten us to it?
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  2. Witold

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    When you posted that you're 20, I immediately realized you're from US. :D

    Especially in Europe, tons of kids take a gap year after high school to travel. Some rail it around EU, some go to SE Asia, some overland Africa, and I'm sure some do RTW and some of those do it by moto. It's just that not everybody posts a ride report and self promotes their trips. Most people on the road are not posting anything on the Internet.

    Should be a great experience as long as it is something you want to do for yourself, not for others.
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  3. nuttynu

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    Have fun and enjoy !
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  5. BlackBeast

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    Would it matter if someone younger has done it already. Point is you have an opportunity to do something special that others only dream off. Go ride the world. It will change your life forever. :norton
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  6. nuttynu

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    How do you young riders (20-26) fund your RTW ?..
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  7. Krazyjohnny

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    Just making some SWAGs from the perception of others on how the younger ADV crowd funds their travel.

    Mom and Dad 50%
    Trust fund 20%
    Ask for money from others 20%
    Save or work their way around 5% or less
    Other means (legal or otherwise) 5%


    Don't want to beat the entitlement drum too hard. I still have friends in their 40's and close to 50 that are dependent upon their parents for their "lifestyle."

    Be careful disclosing some of your details because there are plenty of folks here that live by the EF Hutton commercials of the Reagan years about "earning it". I am not a fan of entitlements myself, but I am not going to bash on those that have such good fortune too hard either, unless they begin to get a bit braggard.
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  8. Witold

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    There is another thread here with people proselytizing how cheap moto travel can be, with free camping and eating boiled eggs from the grocery stores.

    I have met this sort of young travelers bumming their way through SE Asia and Africa. They definitely exist. They stay in the cheapest hostels and can really cut down on cost by literally not doing anything that costs any money... only free stuff, hang out with other hostelers drinking cheap beer. Especially with couchsurfing, it's possible. So there might be some young riders doing it as well... there has to be...

    That said, the few Horizons Unlimited events I've attended all looked like a retirement home. :lol3
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  9. BlackBeast

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    I kind of agree with you. My wife and I stood out at our first meeting. Though we were in our late thirties, we were the kids there. I think more and more younger folk like ourselves are making long term life decisions and pursuing their dreams as compared to waiting to retirement. That's what we did for our trip. Sold our house and everything we owned. When we returned, it took us another year and a half to get our lives together and now own another home for the next few years, when we will sell and it another trip. :D
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  10. trululu96

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    I'll attempt to do a RTW trip after I turn 18 next year !
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  11. BlackBeast

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    Good for you. :norton
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  12. Lone Rider

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    If you're seeking attention from others, and some sort of fame, consider having a third ear grafted to your head. Hence, the first 3-eared rtw person...eh?

    IRCC, it was Smith Barney with the "we earn it" thing.

    Regardless, go explore, have great fun, make some mistakes...and continue on. Life....

    When what other people might think becomes less important, you......
    You will then know.
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  13. Gun Smoke

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    I don't know about motorcycles but quite a few 16 to 18 year olds have sailed solo around the world.

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  14. Lone Rider

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    And some accomplished such through.....their own efforts.
    You can send a chimp into space, right?

    Spectacles and promotion....towards a preplanned goal.

    Please, get rid of the lights and stage, and associated bullshit.

    Image is everything.
    Is it live, or is it Memorex?
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  15. chazbird

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    Do it! It'll probably be the best thing you'll ever do. Don't do it to be the youngest or to set some sort of record. Its not about that. I did it at 19, although it was on buses and trains, trucks, thumbs, and the occasional ocean crossing via plane. It had a huge positive effect while doing it and just as importantly a life long positive effect. It'll be life shaping. As far as a 16-17 yo sailing around the world, whether or not they have deep pockets, that's quite an accomplishment.
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  16. MFS

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    Only a kid with his own sailboat would have that a sponsor like that:D

    Having parents with money might make it easier, I didn't/don't :cry

    But to me that doesn't diminish the spirit it takes to pull such trips off!

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  17. Lone Rider

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    Ham, the chimp - he was well prepped, too...:D
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  18. rkau045

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    As much as I respect Ham's accomplishments, I think he was on a ballistic flight. Ergo not RTW.

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  19. Lone Rider

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    You're correct.
    Ham's environment was very different.
    Apples and tangerines....
    Ham was sponsorless....only a tool....one cog....:D
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  20. charapa

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    It's not a n RTW trip, but my son did 10,000 km (4 countries) in South America on a 250cc and turned 17 on the trip. I know it's not much, but the fact that you have to be at least 18 to drive in SA made it interesting! :wink:
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