My A-type personality wouldn’t let me set off for the world without a fallback plan. With my earlier itinerary so contingent on getting 3 travel visas to pull it off, I also thought long and hard about what my trip would look like if I DIDN’T get those visas. After all, getting visas in advance isn’t a foregone conclusion and preparing for the worst is extremely typical of me.
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Hope For The Best, Plan For The Worst
As promised on my earlier post, here is what my trip will look like if things take a turn for the worst and I don’t get the visas I need.
PRESENTING… NICO’S RTW 2016/17 (PLAN B)
Estimated Departure: April 1, 2016
Departing From: Manila, Philippines
- Vietnam (3 weeks, April)
- Indonesia (1 week, April)
- Hong Kong (1 week, May)
- Cambodia (3 weeks, May)
- Thailand (4 weeks, June)
- Myanmar (1 week, July)
- Nepal (2 weeks, July)
- Singapore (1 week, July)
- India (4 weeks, August)
- Tanzania (2 weeks, September)
- Seychelles (2 weeks, September)
- Kenya (3 weeks, October)
- Morocco (2 weeks, October/November)
- Brazil (3 weeks, November)
- Bolivia (3 weeks, December)
- Peru (3 weeks, December/January)
- Colombia (2 weeks, Colombia, January)
- Ecuador (2 weeks, February)
- Nicaragua (3 weeks, February/March)
- Costa Rica (3 weeks, March)
- Fiji (2 weeks, April)
Here’s what it looks like on a map.
Again, a full circumnavigation! Note that this is for illustrative purposes only. The actual path taken will vary dramatically based on transportation options at the time of booking.
Plan A vs Plan B
- Hong Kong
Houston, We Have A Problem
Just like a cheesy Hollywood action-flick, I have a problem right at the end of this journey. So close, yet so far?
Here’s the problem – I cannot get from Costa Rica to Fiji WITHOUT passing through the USA. After doing some preliminary research it appears that I will require a transit visa (C-1, different to a B1/2 US Visitor’s visa) in order to transit (or fly through) any major airports in the United States.
What an absolute bummer.
My options are:
- Backtrack eastward to the Philippines: This will be very expensive.
- Get a United States Transit Visa: More paperwork, another fee and a 2nd trip to the United States Embassy if I get rejected the first time.
This is where I need some luck. If there’s one visa that I desperately need, it is one for the USA. It is rather ironic since I just moved back to the Philippines last Fall after living in the States for 9 years. On a postive note, there are numerous documented reports of Filipinos getting their visitor’s visa to the US without much of a hitch, but if there’s one thing I know about visas, nothing is guaranteed. It would be amazing if I got all the visas I needed and got to execute my Plan A itinerary. Meeting somewhere in the middle would be awesome too. However, if there’s one that I need the most, it’s the USA visa. If worse came to worst, I would apply for a transit visa but I would really love to avoid doing that. C’mon Uncle Sam!
I have a visa appointment for the United States on January 21st. Wish me luck!
Do you have any advice for me, or things to see/do in each country?
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