Originally Posted by JamesD25
For example, I would love to travel to Japan at least once a year to train and the idea of dropping in on one of the greats like Ashiharakaicho in South Africa is very appealing to me. What is the best way to do this?
And before anyone mentions it, becoming independently wealthy isn't an option.
Let's start off with the last line - I travel and have travelled budget for all my travelling life. Started that journey by hitch-hiking across South Africa to train at dojo in other Cities whilst in High School.
If I could be compared to Fred Flintstone in one episode for travelling budget is to sit on the wing of the airplane. ...
It is actually amazing how cheaply one can travel if one really wants to. During my six months bus journey across the States, many people were amazed-astonished, that I travelled by bus which is/was frowned upon by many who think only the "poor" travels that way. I spent a minimal amount buying bus passes and could travel through 40 of the States that way. Also could sleep in the bus and thus keep costs low.
In 2005, I took eight of our students with for a 5 week tour in Europe. We also travelled by bus and in England I hired a 14 seater to take us around - again our costs was minimal and we could visit 9 countries during that time.
When flying to for example one country - one can for example fly with one of the Middle Eastern Airlines like Emirates, Egypt Air, Etihad or Singapore Airlines and so on. That means you go via their hub. For example, I went to Thailand twice for WKO events - the one time I flew with Singapore Airlines and could then go visit some friends in Sing on my return from Thailand. The other time I flew with South African Airways to Mumbai and got a connecting flight with Jet Airways to Bangkok. Coming back I could then stay over in India and visited several Cities. I then flew to Amritsar, took a taxi to the Wagga Border post and walked over into Pakistan and was met by my rep and spent time in Lahore and also flew to Karachi.
I will be going to Japan in October - so will play around with what airline to go (whilst I am a member of the Star Alliance) it is not always that I can get the cheapest flight with the members then I opt to get a cheaper one and at times, they fly via other hubs. So I will check where do I want to go and then I can visit someone there that would possibly host me.
As I am used to backpacking, I don't mind roughing it - I mean who cares if you sleep in a "Y" when you can say I've been to yet another country ... Many times it is a bummer in having to fly half way across the world to get to a destination, but when one can see some more, why not?
But more later.
PS. And thanks for the praise - I'm just a normal person "Just Doing It!" (Fu Gen Jikko) - so not a great. But hey, Mi Casa es Su Casa - our home and dojo is always open for fellow travellers on the Way!
Originally Posted by slaine
I'd love to hear to , I've never been able nor do I think I will ever be able to do it .
Hey, that is already defeating the object. South Africa's Rand is about 8.5 times that of the Dollar and even less to the Sterling. So it is rather costly for us to go abroad but so much cheaper for others to come here ... The US dollar goes a far way here.