Can You Give Me $10.000 For My New Project? Thanks a Lot!

Day 216/365: If you can do this for me, that’d be great!

Here’s the deal:

All of my life, I had but one wish and obsessive idea in my mind: I’ve always wanted to board a plane and head East one day, never stopping before reaching the same point after flying around the world. My dream is to see Istanbul, Dubai, Delhi, Bangkok, Bali, Taiwan, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York, Madrid, Stockholm and Berlin in one go.

The thing is, no matter how hard I struggle, no matter how much I’m working, somehow my expenses always surpass my income. It’s a numbers problem, I know, but dreams like this one only come true if you have the money at hand. You can hope for the best but it does not work if you’re only hopping.

I’m doing a little experiment today, more as a way to fill this daily blog thing than actually hoping this will materialise.

In the Bible, there’s this verse that says “Ask, and you shall receive.”

This is exactly what I’m doing right now. I’m asking you, the reader of this post, for $10.000 for my solo around the world trip. Here’s a short summary of the expenses at hand:

  • plane tickets for my around the world itinerary, which translates to about 15 flights and costs between 3 and 5.000 bucks;
  • accommodation in normal hotels, from 3 stars up, for about 3 to 5 nights per destination. If we’re considering a 48-nights total and valuing one night of accommodation at about $50, I’ll be paying about 2.400 bucks for my month and a half of hotels;
  • food and beverages are also costly when you’re away. Luckily, I’m not a big drinker. If I have a beer, I’m almost certainly going to get dizzy and I can be considered drunk. Based on the destinations that I’m planning to fortake in my trip and the medium costs for a meal out and a meal cooked indoors, I’ve come up with the sum of $65 per day for food and drinks, so 3.120 bucks to cover this part of the trip;
  • visas are another expense that I have to consider. I’m from Romania, which means I’ll need visas for the US ($160) India ($50) United Arab Emirates ($28) and Thailand ($60) for a grand total of 298 dollars US;
  • local experiences: for example, you can’t go to Dubai without taking an excruciatingly expensive elevator ride to the top of the tallest building on Earth, which will set you back about $40 a pop. Also, you can’t go to Delhi and not take a day trip to the legendary Taj Mahal, which will set you back another 80 to 100 bucks. Setting the local experiences at about $75 per destination, this will account for another 900 dollars;
  • medical and phone: if you’re going to be on the road for more than 10 days, it’s imperative that you get a private medical insurance. For my almost two months of travel, I’ll have to buy a 2-month insurance which will cost me around $300. Also, I’ll need an international SIM card, which will cost me around $100 for the whole 50 or so days of travel. Grand total here is going to be $400;
  • other expenses: being on the go for such a long time requires you to have some money at hand for unexpected stuff. You might miss your plane, realise you need to change your hotel last minute, can only eat out for 4 nights and so on. For this sector, I think adding an extra $50 a day should suffice, so the total here is 2.400 dollars.

The grand total of the around the world trip is 10.400 bucks. If you have that kind of money around and would love to change the life of a dude you don’t know, I’ll let you have my bank account and send the money my way.

I’m not joking.

I would really like for a stranger to do this and to prove it to me once and for all that human kindness is amazing, true and alive. Once, I asked for a Kindle on Twitter. One stranger sent me a message asking for my address. Three days later, a brand new Kindle showed up at my doorsteps.

Sometimes, all you have to do is ask and nothing more. I hope this Law of Attraction works with this dream of mine as well…

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