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Old 03-13-2019   #1
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Round the World This Fall-Suggestions?

I am in the initial stages of planning a 4-6 month round the world trip. I will probably be leaving at the end of September (airfares drop significantly). I have no ties left in the US (selling house and no debt) and I have a very good retirement income (33 years working for US government).

Presently, I plan on Japan, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia overland to Thailand, India, Israel/Jordan, Italy overland through Europe, and then home. I hope to use only carry on luggage but may need to purchase a bit of winter clothing by the time I reach Israel.

My photo equipment will probably be all digital with a Leica MP240 as the main camera. I will either take 25,35 and 90 focal lengths or just leave the 25 at home. Both the 35 and 90 are small and light. I have just preordered a Ricoh GR3 for backup but it also gives me a 28 FOV. It all fits nicely in a Hadley Small. I hope to write a blog (not video) and post photos and story as I go. Need to exercise the brain so I stay sharp.

So, I am looking for suggestions on places to visit. I have done a lot of international travel in my 66 years, especially during the last ten since I have been retired. But let me hear your favorite destinations and why.

Also, I am looking for suggestions on non photographic gear. What do you think is essential for travel? And my main computer is a seven or eight year old MacBook Pro. I need something much lighter but with the capability to post photos. I know nothing about computers and may be the oldest analog dinosaur around. It does not have to be an Apple product.

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Just a few of suggestions.

For India Pune is one of the nicer destinations. No big sites, but they have trees and land. There is also wine country nearby (e.g., Sula vineyards) and actually pretty decent. There are also badlands like mountain formations close by.

For Europe my favorite region is the French/Italian Alps. Chamonix is a key place to visit. The drive from Gap to Briancon, France has some amazing villages and Roman outposts along the way (Ruta Napolean). Stop in Corps at the Hotel de La Poste for an amazing and reasonable alpine style gourmet meal. If you like religious shrines, La Salette is adjacent to Corps, and has amazing alpine views, especially if you hike up from the Basillica. In Italy Assisi is amazing.

If you are going to do RAW processing you may want to consider an upgrade to your laptop, but you probably know what you need.

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For the past several years, I have used the Red Oxx Skytrain as my main carry-on bag.
I recommend it.

You also might anticipate that on certain internal flights you may have to check your carry-on bag, though you will be able to bring your camera bag on. For instance, when I took a budget airline from Saigon to Hanoi, I had had to check the Skytrain.

I have the Hadley small pro, now, but at the time only had the Hadley Pro, which I find a bit too big for everyday street shooting. What I did then was use the Hadley Pro as my second carry-on item, and had my camera equipment, phone, batteries, and chargers, reading material etc in it. But I also had a smaller barebones bag , which was in in the Skytrain, and stuffed with socks etc, which I transferred my camera equipment too when I was at my destinations. Now that I have the Hadley small pro, that would probably replace the barebones.

In other words, make sure you have a bag big enough to contain everything you are not prepared to lose for situations in case you have to check your main carry-on luggage. If you feel the Hadley small does that for you, then disregard my suggestion above.
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ktmrider, please post your blog here so that we can follow your journey.
very excited for you.

Question, how are you going to backup your photos while travelling?
Will you be carrying a portable hard drive or save everything on your laptop?

If you have time, I recommend watching the TV show Departures. Very refreshing as it is not your typical travel show always going for the most scenic or iconic locations. Might give you some idea.
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I notice Japan is on your list.

Decades ago, serving in the military, in Sasebo Japan, met a Japanese gent. Of course it was in a bar! During conversation I expressed an interest to go to Nagaski. He helped me, writing notes to get me there. It was a very interesting trip.

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasebo,_Nagasaki

Suggest same for you. Need I mention, you should bring a camera along?
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The new MacBook Air should work well for whatever image processing software you use. Some SSDdrives for backups would be helpful if it was me. I like the Samsung T5 drives - they are reasonably priced and have been bulletproof for me. I've found internet speeds lacking for cloud based back-ups, so I bring two external drives (one in each bag) for keeping everything well backed up.

I'd consider skipping the 25mm, as the Ricoh should cover that close enough, and the files from the Ricoh GR digital v2 are darn good - the 3 should be even better. The GR v2 was my main camera when I went to Madagascar two summers ago, and other than the wildlife stuff I could have likely just carried that. That GR is all I'm bringing with me next week I think.

Depending on how many batteries you have, I'd suggest extra chargers. I much prefer being able to plug in a bunch of batteries when I get to the electricity, and only have to (ideally) remember to swap the uncharged batteries once (after cocktail hour but before bed). I always travel with two chargers for whatever cameras I'm using.
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There's absolutely no need to stress out about what to bring. I'd buy a cheap, lightweight laptop, things break or get stolen on travels. Lots of SD-cards or cloud for backup storage. You can buy everything on the road if necessary. Time is better spent researching where you want to go and learning languages.
all these countries are certainly wort visiting. Specific recommendations from me will be Palawan, Philippines, and to travel Italy all the way from Sicily to the north or vice versa. I personally would go to less countries in such short time, you don't magically experience more or see more of the world in a given time by crossing more international borders. This way there's more time to adjust to the local culture, learn the language a bit, immerse yourself more deeply. I think it will show in your photography.
P.S. buying local SIM cards (not at the airport!) is cheaper than some ridiculous international plans and less developed countries mostly have better mobile internet than the industrialized nations.
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Iíve done two around the world trips so have an idea whatís involved.

Both were on open dated tickets which gave a lot of flexibility, not sure how practical that is today. Considered doing another ATW few years back and looked into first class rather than economy. Decided that the main place I was interested was India so just visited there. An advantage of ATW is that the shorter flights donít give much jet lag.
Think about weather where you will be stopping, India before the monsoon can get well up in the 40s C.

With ATW tickets thereís no back tracking allowed, you have to keep going in the same general direction. What you can do is zigzag a lot provided you donít exceed mileage allowed by your ticket. If I remember correctly mileage is figured from a hypothetical half way point. More and higher price if you dip below the equator. Visas will be needed, some you can now get online.

For camera gear my only advice is keep it simple, not too much. Pick what you plan to take and try carrying everywhere, and I mean everywhere for a week. Youíll soon know if youíve made the right choice.
In crowded third world countries like India Iíve found a lens on the wide side useful. My favourite the 21mm Super Angulon, unfortunately not the best on digital.

One thing on my must take list, a really good pair of sound blocking ear plugs. Had them custom made to fit and found they work much better than anything else. Think the company was DBblocker. Helps to preserve ones sanity when the racket gets excessive.

Thereís an India travel website that may help for that area.
www.indiamike.com

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Few thoughts:

- I've found that while travelling most of my favorite photos when I get home are with the 43mm on a Mamiya 7 - so would be about 21mm on 35mm, but of course this is down to personal taste/style/etc. Suggest you look back through your favorite photos and see how many were taken with the 25mm and choose accordingly.

- Research as much as you can before you go. I was lucky enough to arrive in Malaysia/KL during Thaipussam once - I had no idea such a thing existed but it was amazing to experience let alone photograph. In my case I don't really get to set my schedule but in your case you can plan/shift things around to allow visiting these kinds of opportunities. Asia-Pacific has a lot of festivals going on, especially around Chinese new-year.

- Depending on your editing needs, you might be able to get away Lightroom mobile with a tablet (iPad or similar) and a keyboard which would save weight/space. If you get anything new, make sure you try it out well in advance of travelling.

- Remember: Baked, Boiled, Peeled or Fried, simple eating advice to avoid "Montezuma's revenge".

- I always take the Walgreens versions of DayQuil and Nyquil - can help you get through an otherwise miserable day. Also simple headache (Advil/Tylenol) and Imodium for when the last tip doesn't work.

- Probably know this - but check your shots. Especially Yellow Fever requirements - though you may be okay given your list - but it's better to get it in your home country than be forced to get it on arrival somewhere else. Also consider Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid, and Malaria prophylaxis.

- I have something called a bug bag - like a super-light sleeping bag embedded with permethrin - for those nights when sheets wherever you land are iffy. At the very least consider a permethrin-coated bandanna - many uses besides just keeping the bugs away.

- I also have something called a HooToo - its a combination of a USB battery and a portable router. So besides just charging my phone, if the hotel offers an ethernet connection you can have your own private wifi network instead of fighting everyone else.

- Hop on - hop off buses are great.

- If you have Google Maps on your device of choice, you can download maps of a specific city/area while you're on wifi so that you can still navigate when you're offline.

All I got for now,

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Am currently traveling with iPad, but its not real substitute for a computer. Apple has kept OS intentionally limited, its good for reading and watching videos, but not for "real" computing. Am wishing I had bring only a phone. Laptop brings extra bulk to carry everywhere. Maybe Surface Go would be best of both worlds, tablet part being in camera bag while keeping keyboard (and mouse if needed) in travel bag. Haven't tried it myself, but seems viable option. Travel as light as you can.
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Have a Lenovo 11.5" enroute for my RTW trip. It weighs less than 2.6 lbs and purchased it on the recommendation of a friend who may be the greatest computer nerd in the world.

Also, I just purchased a mint Fuji X100F from B&H with the idea of it being a backup for the MP240. However, I might just leave the Leica stuff at home and only take the Fuji. It is hard for me to reconcile owning all the Leica stuff and not using it on a major trip. Don't have any reservations at all about traveling with just one lens and the Fuji is an amazing camera.

I have done other trips with just one camera/lens combo including an M9/50 Summicron in Laos and Thailand, M2/35 Biogon in Guatemala and Peru, and hiking the C2C across northern England with the Fuji X70(28 FOV). Am trying to travel light with just a carry on for a six month trip.
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^havent followed your recent activity, you’re no longer planning on getting either GRii or iii?
just going with the X100f and leaving the Leica behind seems to be a smart move.
it is lighter, usb charge, has wifi if you want to quickly share pictures and you’ll never have any dust issues.

are you planning on getting the wcl in case you want to shoot 28mm?
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Sounds like a wonderful idea to travel around the world. The rest is unimportant, in comparison. I would plan a few longer stops to relax and to reduce the stress from the continuous traveling. I would check out RFF groups with who you could meet to chat a little and to"feel home" while being away from home.
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Presently, I plan on Japan, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia overland to Thailand, India, Israel/Jordan, Italy overland through Europe, and then home.
Fantastic plan!! If I were you, I'd skip the European leg of your trip and visit Russia (Moscow and St Petersburg) and some of the former Russian republics.
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The new MacBook Air should work well for whatever image processing software you use. Some SSDdrives for backups would be helpful if it was me. I like the Samsung T5 drives - they are reasonably priced and have been bulletproof for me. I've found internet speeds lacking for cloud based back-ups, so I bring two external drives (one in each bag) for keeping everything well backed up.
Good advice, I'd do exactly the same. All SSD is a smart move. But I'd rather get a MacBook instead of the Air because it is actually cheaper, smaller, thinner, lighter, and battery lasts forever.
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I have traveled extensively though not all at one go. Normally I travel to another country every other month. It is easy to do living in Asia with the region within easy reach. From your list I would give Malaysia, Korea and the Philippines a miss and instead spend more time in the Mekong Delta. Of course what I fancy may be different than what you fancy. However do go to Japan not just Tokyo but also Kyoto. Make Japan your first stop in Asia and while you are there pick up some stomach medicine for your trip to South and SE Asia. I don't have a online photo account so can't post any photos here but it is in an orange package and has a trumpet (or bugle) for a logo. You'll thank me later. In fact even my friends in Delhi get Delhi-Belly and this magic herbal medicine works wonders. It will cure diarrhoea in one day.

From Tokyo you can go to Bangkok directly or make a stop in Hong Kong. Bangkok is the regional hub where you can get cheaper flights to anywhere. Hanoi (not so much Ho Chi Minh City) is a must as is Cambodia both Siem Reap (Ankor Wat) and Phnom Penh. Myanmar is very interesting. You can skip Laos. This region will be good for a few months.

After SE Asia you can make your way to India my favourite country in the world. This great country requires months at a time. I have friends there and have done road trips. The little places are grander than the big places. You must visit Varanasi in your life time. Best city for street photography is Kolkata.

I was in Lahore, Pakistan two months ago and it is a wonderful city. Locals are very friendly in fact the friendliest in all my travels. I don't think it is still possible to walk through the border from India near Lahore due to the recent crisis.

Heading toward Europe you can make a stop in Istanbul for a few days. From Istanbul you can either go north to Greece or west to Morocco. I was in Marrakesh last year and regretted the short stay. Marrakesh and Fez are stunning. In Europe I have only been to usual places. Not much to tell. Next week I will be in Amsterdam and Hamburg. Budapest is a must visit. Paris is always good. Any random place in Italy kick the crap out of most Unesco cities I have visited. Oh yes..Brussels is good for 2 hours.
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Indonesia. You will never forgive yourself (or me) if you miss out on seeing this truly wonderful country, which (alas) is now changing all too quickly, socially, politically and economically and seems sadly fixed in a downward spiral.

As one who has traveled here since 1972 and is now staying long-term in Surabaya (as a base for short photo trips elsewhere in SEA), I find an endless variety of things (andpeople) to photograph and occasionally write about in Java, with occasional visits to Kalimantan and Sulawesi in search of more exotic locales.

Surabaya is about business and money and offers little to tourists (it's why I like it) but can be a good starting-place, as it's close to Bromo, Madura island and Bali. Two other options are Jakarta (in the far west of Java island) and of course Bali, which has an amazing Hindu culture but is basically a tourist-shopper economy. I visit two times a year but I dislike even more with every sojourn. Still, it's a good landing place for an ongoing journey to other areas.

A good base for you in East Java would be Malang, a small city in the mountains south of Surabaya in the mountains. It has friendly locals, good food, and suburbs of Art Deco mansions with gardens that look like the Dutch left only a month ago and not in the 1950s.

Much good information on Indonesia on the 'net. Costs are reasonable if you avoid tourist hotels and resorts, take slow travel as the locals do and eat Indonesian or Chinese food. Everywhere you go, the scenery is superb and the locals are usually friendly.

Others have given you some wise advice on other travel matters, so I will skip that.

Your camera kit sounds ideal. I'm envious - my gear is a Nikon D700 and 3-4 lenses and occasionally for film, a Rolleicord Vb.

My on-the-road laptop is a small Acer I bought here for >A$300 in 2015. It does the job and keeps me connected to the planet. My Mac Pro stays safely at home (a A4300 a month serviced apartment in a ca 1916 colonial Dutch house on a secure property).

(Added later) After rereading your posts I realized you may have visited Indonesia already. The time to revisit, not so much Bali but the outer islands like Kalimantan and Sulawesi, is now, before it all changes.

Your Lenovo is an OK laptop and with a little care while you are traveling, will likely serve you well. On my quick trips around Asia I download the day's shoot in the evening to my Acer and back up to a Kingston 32GB plug in (I have three, cheap as chips in Malaysia and as reliable as anything) and copy to my Mac and two Western Digital 1 TB at home. Simple and safe.
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I am in the initial stages of planning a 4-6 month round the world trip. I will probably be leaving at the end of September (airfares drop significantly). I have no ties left in the US (selling house and no debt) and I have a very good retirement income (33 years working for US government).

Presently, I plan on Japan, Korea, Philippines, Malaysia overland to Thailand, India, Israel/Jordan, Italy overland through Europe, and then home. I hope to use only carry on luggage but may need to purchase a bit of winter clothing by the time I reach Israel.

My photo equipment will probably be all digital with a Leica MP240 as the main camera. I will either take 25,35 and 90 focal lengths or just leave the 25 at home. Both the 35 and 90 are small and light. I have just preordered a Ricoh GR3 for backup but it also gives me a 28 FOV. It all fits nicely in a Hadley Small. I hope to write a blog (not video) and post photos and story as I go. Need to exercise the brain so I stay sharp.

So, I am looking for suggestions on places to visit. I have done a lot of international travel in my 66 years, especially during the last ten since I have been retired. But let me hear your favorite destinations and why.

Also, I am looking for suggestions on non photographic gear. What do you think is essential for travel? And my main computer is a seven or eight year old MacBook Pro. I need something much lighter but with the capability to post photos. I know nothing about computers and may be the oldest analog dinosaur around. It does not have to be an Apple product.

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For the 240? WATE, MATE, and 75 Summarit 2.4. Maybe throw in a VM 1,2/50 for when paucity of light dictates.

Walked my way through Istanbul with the GR. Lots of fun and missed no shots.
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Well, the country list is far from finalized or complete. I have been to Thailand half a dozen times, toured Cambodia with my daughter a few years ago, motorcycled through Laos on a Honda 250, took my daughter to Taiwan and Hong Kong two years ago at Xmas, and the only country on my list that I have not visited in SE Asia is Vietnam.

Overland from Singapore to Bangkok is something I have been wanting to do for years and India is also on my list (spent a month in Nepal and suspect it is similar). Funny but the only time I have ever had any type of traveler's stomach was not in Asia but in Guatemala after eating something from a sidewalk vender during Semana Santa.

After India I am giving serious thought to Israel and Jordan. I am not the slightest bit religious but just from a historical perspective Jerusalem is a must and Petra has fascinated me for years (INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, anyone).

And even though my daughter and I spent 90 days in Europe four years ago and my recent vacations have been to Scotland and England, there is a lot of Europe I have yet to visit, especially France, Germany, Austria and Netherlands. I think I may fly into Rome from Israel and use the trains to explore Europe. Florence was one of my favorite Italian cities on our trip four years ago.

I am trying to travel with just one carry on and a small camera bag. Since I will be starting the trip on the equator, I may have to purchase winter clothing in Europe since my rough schedule puts me there in December. I would rather do that then lug warm clothing through Asia and India.

I just received a 11.5" Lenovo for the trip on the recommendation of a friend who is a computer nerd. I also purchased a mint FujiX100F planning to use it as a backup. However, it is so good I may leave the MP240 at home.

I know from threads here that people debate carrying a $6000(or more) Leica on travel but I keep thinking why do I own it if I am not going to use it. Presently, I am thinking MP240 with 25/50/90 and the X100F. I have changed the lens combo to include a 50 vice a 35 since the X100F has that focal length covered. I have shot with the original X100 on several trips and loved it (size, freedom, IQ, and ease of use). Both the X100 and MP240 kit will fit in a Billingham Hadley Small and the Leica can always remain at the hotel but I would rather have it along then not. I plan on writing and photographing a blog as I move around the world. And it might contain some rather politically incorrect observations about current events.

Anyway, that is the evolving plan. Hope to leave the US in the last half of September for Japan and Asia. Keep the comments coming as I am sure there are things I am overlooking.
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...Oh yes..Brussels is good for 2 hours.
An hour to get in and an hour to get out. Stop in Turnhout, and go to In Den Spytighen Duvel for a beer or a few, Try Oud Beersel Oud Kriek (brewed in Brussels none the less), and any on of another couple of hundred. Say hi to whomever the current owner is (hope its still there, its been about 6 years since I visited).
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An hour to get in and an hour to get out. Stop in Turnhout, and go to In Den Spytighen Duvel for a beer or a few, Try Oud Beersel Oud Kriek (brewed in Brussels none the less), and any on of another couple of hundred. Say hi to whomever the current owner is (hope its still there, its been about 6 years since I visited).
That’s an excellent suggestion. I tend to go for the Leffe Blonde and will give Beersel Oud Kriek a taste on this trip. I work for a Dutch company so travel to Amsterdam regularly and then take local trips. And having heard Brussels mentioned so often in the news I decided to finally visit and was defeated by my own expectations. Antwerp is a more interesting city and of course Bruges and Ghent.
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Christmas time in Israel would be unforgettable experience! You could stay in Bethlehem (near Jerusalem) for eve. Jerusalem is good this time as well, for instance Via Dolorosa and Church of Holy Sepulchre (built on top of tomb cave and Golgatha). Wide angle would be nice for architecture shooting. Crowds will be big, but as its winter, queuing should not be too bad (I went there last summer).
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Sounds like Vietnam should be on your list. What about the western Silk road after India? A friend of mine did Kashgar, Samarkand, Tashkent, etc a few years a go. Said it was pretty amazing.
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Overland from Singapore to Bangkok is something I have been wanting to do for years...
I'm probably biased (my wife is from Kuala Lumpur and her family are originally from a small Malaysian village near the Thai border) but I would highly recommend the Singapore - Bangkok route. If only so you can spend a whole bunch of time eating (Malaysian food is the best in the world ).

Malaysia is hugely underrated as a travel destination, and because it has never really been on the SE Asian backpacking route, travelling there is much less agressively commercial than more popular neighbouring countries.

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I know from threads here that people debate carrying a $6000(or more) Leica on travel but I keep thinking why do I own it if I am not going to use it.
As long as you have decent travel insurance what does it matter? If the camera is lost/stolen/broken just put in a claim and Bob's your uncle.
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Old 03-23-2019   #28
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Well, the country list is far from finalized or complete. I have been to Thailand half a dozen times, toured Cambodia with my daughter a few years ago, motorcycled through Laos on a Honda 250, took my daughter to Taiwan and Hong Kong two years ago at Xmas, and the only country on my list that I have not visited in SE Asia is Vietnam.

Overland from Singapore to Bangkok is something I have been wanting to do for years and India is also on my list (spent a month in Nepal and suspect it is similar). Funny but the only time I have ever had any type of traveler's stomach was not in Asia but in Guatemala after eating something from a sidewalk vender during Semana Santa.

After India I am giving serious thought to Israel and Jordan. I am not the slightest bit religious but just from a historical perspective Jerusalem is a must and Petra has fascinated me for years (INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, anyone).

And even though my daughter and I spent 90 days in Europe four years ago and my recent vacations have been to Scotland and England, there is a lot of Europe I have yet to visit, especially France, Germany, Austria and Netherlands. I think I may fly into Rome from Israel and use the trains to explore Europe. Florence was one of my favorite Italian cities on our trip four years ago.

I am trying to travel with just one carry on and a small camera bag. Since I will be starting the trip on the equator, I may have to purchase winter clothing in Europe since my rough schedule puts me there in December. I would rather do that then lug warm clothing through Asia and India.

I just received a 11.5" Lenovo for the trip on the recommendation of a friend who is a computer nerd. I also purchased a mint FujiX100F planning to use it as a backup. However, it is so good I may leave the MP240 at home.

I know from threads here that people debate carrying a $6000(or more) Leica on travel but I keep thinking why do I own it if I am not going to use it. Presently, I am thinking MP240 with 25/50/90 and the X100F. I have changed the lens combo to include a 50 vice a 35 since the X100F has that focal length covered. I have shot with the original X100 on several trips and loved it (size, freedom, IQ, and ease of use). Both the X100 and MP240 kit will fit in a Billingham Hadley Small and the Leica can always remain at the hotel but I would rather have it along then not. I plan on writing and photographing a blog as I move around the world. And it might contain some rather politically incorrect observations about current events.

Anyway, that is the evolving plan. Hope to leave the US in the last half of September for Japan and Asia. Keep the comments coming as I am sure there are things I am overlooking.
when I read 4 to 6 months and all the countries you mentioned you consider to cover in that time my first though had been, I admit: "oh my, that will be a rushed journey where one only can scratch the surface of places, not even that, only rush through some tourist sites"

Now I read that you have been to many places in Asia already, and maybe it's just different styles anyway. Still, imo for India alone, in 4 to 6 months, one can only see that much. It's kind of a continent in itself, from highest, remote mountain peaks to desserts to sandy beaches, tribal areas, old and lost kingdoms asf. asf. I know the place just a bit, after touring it, total in my life, for some 5(+) years. There are quite a few places that are still on my list that I haven't seen yet, others that I'd want to go back, by now after years..
For only a rel. short visit I may be able to give some advice but first would need ask, what is that you would be looking for, what is it you wanted to see?

Japan is a most unique and beautiful country too!
So is Vietnam.

If you do make it to Austria, ktmrider, there is a Museum dedicated to KTM, the motorcycle manufacturer, due to open, if I understand right, in a few days or weeks, during this coming month April in the very place of it's original manufacturing, Mattighofen: http://www.hlw-architekten.at/projek...n-mattighofen/

personally I would not keep that 25mm home, or even substitute it with a 21mm. On my travels the majority of photos are taken with a Voigtlander Heliar 15mm on APS-C sensor, that is @ abt. 21.5mm equivalent. Your X100F sure is a great camera, again I would want it wider than 35mm, even over the Ricoh GR with 28mm, as a backup, I'd rather choose a Sony RX100iii or newer for it's nice 24-70mm zoom range and general versatility, EVF, tiltable LCD, builtin flash, smaller body size. That Lenovo you got is just about the kind of machine that I would have suggested, congrats!
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Thatís an excellent suggestion. I tend to go for the Leffe Blonde and will give Beersel Oud Kriek a taste on this trip. I work for a Dutch company so travel to Amsterdam regularly and then take local trips. And having heard Brussels mentioned so often in the news I decided to finally visit and was defeated by my own expectations. Antwerp is a more interesting city and of course Bruges and Ghent.
I will not put Leffe Blonde down (have had a few Leffe Brunes), but compared to what is available in Belgium and an dem Sphygten Duvel, Leffe Blonde is kind of like going to Milwaukee and ordering a Budweiser. But Leffe Blonde is definitely better than (American) Budweiser!

http://drinkbelgianbeer.com/cafes/be...rnhout-belgium

Cafe De Penge is also interesting. Marc has always been the owner as long as I went there (just a few times- then I lost track of it for a few trips until last trip (~ 6years ago) when I ran into it again. As for In den Shygten Duvel, Dirk was the owner last time I went. There was a couple of changes since the original owner left it as I recall (the articles says Dirk bought it in 2000, but that seems pretty early form my recollection). The article describes An den Sphygten Duvel to be "in the mournful devil", but the original owner told me it is an old Fleimish expression "to have pity on the devil", which is something people muttered under their breath in public to each other to indicate they went out and partied the night before or for similar purposes (kind of a code expression).
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Agreed whole half year could easily be spent in India alone, but perhaps limit the visit to some part of it, for example Rajasthan. Or, since op is retired, take a full year instead?
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Well, the schedule will only be finalized once I buy a RTW ticket as you must pick flights and dates and changing them can cost quite a bit. However, I have looked at pay as you go flights which offer much greater flexibility and I don't see the RTW ticket as saving much money compared to buying each leg separately.

Again, sometime this summer I will no longer have a house or any connection to El Paso. I am even thinking of using this trip for scouting an overseas location to live for a couple years.

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Well, the schedule will only be finalized once I buy a RTW ticket as you must pick flights and dates and changing them can cost quite a bit. However, I have looked at pay as you go flights which offer much greater flexibility and I don't see the RTW ticket as saving much money compared to buying each leg separately.

Again, sometime this summer I will no longer have a house or any connection to El Paso. I am even thinking of using this trip for scouting an overseas location to live for a couple years.

Keep the comments coming.

This would not surprise me. I fly quite a bit around Asia, many budget airlines are operating and flight costs are low. E.g. right now from Bali I can take a flight to Kuala Lumpur, from there, if it was, to Yangon, and from there again to Ho Chi Minh City ( or from K.L. to HCMC straight just as well ) for in between 30 to 80 usd each ( depending on route and date ) or over to India for starting at 50 usd, more usually for around 100 usd
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Well, I have picked up a few cheap accessories (extra battery, screen protector, UV filter) for the X100F and I am stunned at the images from this little camera. Of course, I owned and loved the original X100 and used it as my only camera for several international trips.

So, the question now presents itself as wether to pack both the MP240 with 25/50/90 and the X100F or only take the X100F. I am of two minds as the MP240 offers focal length flexibility and perhaps more important is weather proof but is heavy and expensive. I traveled with the M9 a few years ago (90 days in Europe) and I do enjoy the Leica. Presently, I think I will take both. The good news is I packed all my clothes and electronics and I still have room in my carry on, perhaps my Barbour jacket for winter in Europe.
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I'm a big fan of Hong Kong, although you did say you've already been there. For some reason, there's something about the visual texture of the streets and buildings in Hong Kong that absolutely fascinates me, and I love to shoot it.

Gear: yes yes yes take your M240. If you're concerned about theft, loss or damage, get the appropriate insurance. 25/50/90 sounds like a good combination. My Leica travel set is 21/35/50 because I love the context that 21mm brings, a fast 35 is my night lens, and the 50 is for environmental portraits and details. The GR III in your bag will be perfect for times when you don't want to have a larger camera visible, but you still want to take pictures.

Internal connecting flights might have more restrictions on what you can take and how much weight you can carry in the cabin, so look at being as minimal as possible in terms of clothes and everything. You've traveled extensively so you know about liquid restrictions, which would be my issue if traveling with only a carry on bag.

As a counterargument for 'take the M240', take a look at the photos made by Brian Kraft with the original Fuji X100. He's a wedding photographer with a really good eye for subject and composition. Everything here was taken with the X100, which shows how versatile this camera and focal length can be.

http://blog.briankraft.com/personal/...n-maui-hawaii/

The X100F and GR III would give you a lighter setup than the M240 plus three lenses for sure. You know what it's like to travel with just one lens, so these two cameras kind of give you the best of both worlds.
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So, I see B&H has both auxiliary lenses available (turns the 35 FOV into 28 and 50 equivalents) used for about $250 each for the X100F. New they are usually $349 each. Have read good reviews of both as the f2 maximum aperture stays the same. Each aux lens is fairly large (compared to the X100) but I would have 28/35/50 and using the built in jpeg telecomverter perhaps 100mm FOV.

I am wondering if anyone has used the X100 with the aux lenses and if they are worthwhile. I would definitely leave the MP240 at home but presently my instinct is to leave the X100F as small and simple as possible and use the MP240 with 24 when I need something wider then the 35 FOV on the X100F.

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The whole point of acquiring Leicas is to use them on incredible trips, not leave them home. Otherwise, what's the point?
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Huss: I agree 90% of the time as I don't collect cameras (although there are a few in the cabinet I have not used in awhile). There is just a small part of me that says just take one and the lightest one at that, thus the X100F. But I have decided (at the moment) to keep the X100F as simple as possible thus I am passing on the auxiliary lenses.

And I can always leave either or both cameras in the hotel room for those times when I am not in the mood.
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When I go on trips and wish to keep small kit, I tend to take a 9x12 with 6x9 back, and a Welta Welti. Not too heavy (still recovering from bad back problem), yet I can expect good photos. I understand I am not giving good advice since you are in to digital. I may make that transition yet for a hoped for savings in weight.

But one piece of advise I think is useful for film or digital; a small light-weight tripod. You likely won't need it often, but like many tools, when you need one, substitutes may not serve as well. I used to carry a Velbron a lot. Aluminum-light and hard. But I never did need it for self defense.

Looking forward to seeing some of your photos. If my wife and I get an improvement in our health, we might wish to take some Space-A or other inexpensive flights as well. Hope you enjoy as you apparently have in the past.
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no Africa? no Latin America?
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Well, I have been to Africa a few times as well as working out of Latin America and the Caribbean doing drug interdiction as a US Customs pilot. One of the purposes of this trip is to go to countries I have never been to before: Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Israel and Northern Europe.

And as far as aux lenses for the X100F I have noticed a disturbing habit on my part of getting a camera system and vowing to keep it light and simple and somehow I end up with a lot of gear. This has happened a couple times to me in the past. I would get some model of the Leica M and planning to just have the 35/90. Don't know how but presently I have seven M lenses. I want to keep the FujiX100F in its native form. Part of the appeal of the X100 is its size, its fixed focal length and its versatility. Adding more lenses defeats that and I own the MP240 for that roll. Presently, the MP240 will go along with 25, 50 and 90 focal lengths.

And Oftheherd: Not really into digital as half my Leica gear is an M5, have a mint Nikon F with 55 Micro Nikkor, and a MF around here somewhere and I am still taking lessons on how to use LR. However, for travel when I am trying to go super light with only a carry on and small camera bag for a six months, digital and technology offers distinct advantages.
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