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2013-03-20 12:54:09 AM
"A portion of the proceeds from the trip (£5,000) will be donated to Unesco."

This generosity... it is monumental, if not unheard of.

/forgive me if that's got 'lousier than corporate donations to the united way' written all over it
 
2013-03-20 01:10:12 AM
Give me the cash and I can do better than that.
 
2013-03-20 01:23:38 AM
i wonder if that is per person or total for two?
 
2013-03-20 01:27:52 AM
(Sponsored Link)
 
2013-03-20 01:31:21 AM
I knew without looking that it would require double occupancy.
 
2013-03-20 01:33:32 AM
$1.273... Million. Rounding is hard.
 
2013-03-20 01:37:27 AM
wait one second!
962 sites...in two years....in 730 days?
not gonna happen
1.3 sites a day?
 
2013-03-20 01:37:34 AM

UsikFark: $1.273... Million. Rounding is hard.


Feel better about yourself, now?


If I had that money to blow, I'd do it.  So long as it had blackjack and hookers.
 
2013-03-20 01:38:50 AM
This is an airline deal I wish I could have afforded at the time:  http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2012/05/lifetime-airline-pass e s
 
2013-03-20 01:44:36 AM
I'm totally going to do this!


As soon all the monkeys finish flying out of my butt!
 
2013-03-20 01:45:37 AM

TheSwizz: Feel better about yourself, now?


Knowing how and when to round in various applications is a good thing. I mean, where did your $70k go? Rounding error?
 
2013-03-20 01:49:48 AM
Sure! I'd love to go around the world in two years and get 1.2 million.

*reads article*

Oh... never mind.

/been drinkin'
 
2013-03-20 01:53:05 AM

mr lawson: wait one second!
962 sites...in two years....in 730 days?
not gonna happen
1.3 sites a day?


Some sites could be quite close together, so 1 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon doesn't seem unreasonable. But depending on how it's set up it could be a quite grueling "vacation." What happens if you just want to dick around for a few days?
 
2013-03-20 02:05:57 AM
I think I could find better ways to enjoy my time for $1,744 per day.
 
2013-03-20 02:06:31 AM
Ah, another of the possible things I could be doing that have been axed by getting the wife preggers.

/I do hope it's worth it
//this one is slightly more appealing than pornstar
///only slightly
 
2013-03-20 02:07:11 AM
If I became wealthy all of a sudden and could take a year off from work or retire from work, this sounds like a grand adventure.  I would definitely partake in this trip.
 
2013-03-20 02:09:05 AM

eldie: If I became wealthy all of a sudden and could take a year off from work or retire from work, this sounds like a grand adventure.  I would definitely partake in this trip.


yeah, if i was super rich, this sounds a lot cooler than buying a big boat or something.
 
2013-03-20 02:10:57 AM

demidog: Sure! I'd love to go around the world in two years and get 1.2 million.

*reads article*

Oh... never mind.

/been drinkin'


I thought the same thing and I'm quite sober.
Too damned sober...
-J-
 
2013-03-20 02:11:24 AM
Will they take a check?
 
2013-03-20 02:15:54 AM
So if I used an American Express Centurion (Black) Credit Card with no limit and just decided not to pay, I wouldn't mind screwing my credit up for 7 years. <smirk> At least I would have two years of memories.
 
2013-03-20 02:18:06 AM
I mean, it sounds like a sweet trip. But couldn't any decently high end travel agency book you virtually the same kind of crazy trip for a lot less?

Also, that huge pricetag and they can only hook up UNESCO with 5000lbs ? Sup wit dat.
 
2013-03-20 02:18:14 AM

nburghmatt: yeah, if i was super rich, this sounds a lot cooler than buying a big boat or something.


Agreed. This seems like it would be a good move for a recent lottery winner. Set expenditure for two years and keep busy while figuring out what to do with the balance.
 
2013-03-20 02:30:38 AM
Do they take AMEX?
 
2013-03-20 02:30:51 AM

jadeheart6: So if I used an American Express Centurion (Black) Credit Card with no limit and just decided not to pay, I wouldn't mind screwing my credit up for 7 years. <smirk> At least I would have two years of memories.


They'll haul you off the ship after 45 days a beat you with a pipe until your kidneys bleed.
 
2013-03-20 02:31:59 AM

gameshowhost: "A portion of the proceeds from the trip (£5,000) will be donated to Unesco."

This generosity... it is monumental, if not unheard of.

/forgive me if that's got 'lousier than corporate donations to the united way' written all over it


As someone that's in the nonprofit world, just wondering what you meant by the united way comment. Is there some sort of shady past with the united way's corporate donations that I'm unaware of? Genuinely curious.
 
2013-03-20 02:37:23 AM
I briefly thought there was some sort of job offer there.
 
2013-03-20 02:58:51 AM
indieogdenutah.com
 
m00
2013-03-20 03:07:37 AM
That's really cheap if you have Romney money, and he's not even a billionaire! He's part of the working class!
 
2013-03-20 03:36:25 AM

UsikFark: $1.273... Million. Rounding is hard.


What is wrong with truncating?
 
2013-03-20 03:40:20 AM

wraith95: mr lawson: wait one second!
962 sites...in two years....in 730 days?
not gonna happen
1.3 sites a day?

Some sites could be quite close together, so 1 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon doesn't seem unreasonable. But depending on how it's set up it could be a quite grueling "vacation." What happens if you just want to dick around for a few days?


Then the company keeps all your money, of course.

I would also be wary of a company booking a few rich morans, paying their executives all the money and doimg a quick bankruptcy.
 
2013-03-20 03:57:52 AM

Farxist Marxist: jadeheart6: So if I used an American Express Centurion (Black) Credit Card with no limit and just decided not to pay, I wouldn't mind screwing my credit up for 7 years. <smirk> At least I would have two years of memories.

They'll haul you off the ship after 45 days a beat you with a pipe until your kidneys bleed.


Oh, you mean it's a Carnival cruise.
 
2013-03-20 04:03:31 AM

Smackledorfer: UsikFark: $1.273... Million. Rounding is hard.

What is wrong with truncating?


It sounds painful.
 
2013-03-20 04:10:38 AM

Bucky Katt: Give me the cash and I can do better than that.


yeah, but EVERYBODY doesent want to spend the whole time in Thailand
 
2013-03-20 04:14:05 AM

neongoats: I mean, it sounds like a sweet trip. But couldn't any decently high end travel agency book you virtually the same kind of crazy trip for a lot less?

Also, that huge pricetag and they can only hook up UNESCO with 5000lbs ? Sup wit dat.


It depends on what it is.  5000 pounds of silver would be pretty nice.
 
2013-03-20 05:05:35 AM
962 sites in 730 days is a ludicrously short amount of time to spend at each one and involves almost continuous travel - not just on aircraft but potentially hours every day to reach a site, to travel onto the next stop, often through inhospitable country, squalid towns and pothole riven roads. Even if some sites are close together, or some are ruins barely warranting a 10 minute stay, it's still almost continuous travel. How could you possibly appreciate anything in this trip? How long before it all becomes some ordeal rather than something wonderful? Frankly it sounds like a stupid idea that only a rich masochist would contemplate, or that a travel company would propose to gain some free publicity.
 
2013-03-20 06:10:45 AM
There are $1.29 to the £ now? fark.

Even if the concerns about the timescale weren't justified, and there are certainly places where you could do five sites in a day (London, for instance), this is nothing more than an advert for www.mywebsiteideamadealotmoresensein2007.com. Nobody with that kind of time and money is going to take a pre-set itinerary, flying commercial, just to see the Unesco site in Goatherdistan.
 
2013-03-20 06:21:44 AM
2 years of traveling sounds exhausting. I would need a vacation after that.
 
2013-03-20 07:35:27 AM
That's not a vacation, it's hell on earth.
 
2013-03-20 07:38:50 AM
Do you have to check in with Phil every night?
 
2013-03-20 08:17:56 AM
80 percent of that time is waiting for a conmection flight in Atlanta. Layovers are a biatch.
 
2013-03-20 08:25:15 AM
Two of my friends just did a 3 month around the world honeymoon, traveling nicely, and I am pretty sure it didn't cost $1M.

962 Unesco World Heritage Sites all over the globe

Ok, so theirs wasn't THAT extensive.
 
2013-03-20 09:03:48 AM

drxym: 962 sites in 730 days is a ludicrously short amount of time to spend at each one and involves almost continuous travel - not just on aircraft but potentially hours every day to reach a site, to travel onto the next stop, often through inhospitable country, squalid towns and pothole riven roads. Even if some sites are close together, or some are ruins barely warranting a 10 minute stay, it's still almost continuous travel. How could you possibly appreciate anything in this trip? How long before it all becomes some ordeal rather than something wonderful? Frankly it sounds like a stupid idea that only a rich masochist would contemplate, or that a travel company would propose to gain some free publicity.


It's a trip for people who want to "experience" everything, but are too stupid to know that means more than just snapping a picture and getting back into an air conditioned private taxi.
 
2013-03-20 09:36:34 AM

C18H27NO3: I think I could find better ways to enjoy my time for $1,744 per day.


You could and you couldn't. You probably couldn't plan a better time, these people are professionals and have connections to amazing stuff all over the world. They are experts at logistics, and have in all likelihood personally visited all the sites. That's a pretty valuable service.

On the other hand, they are going to screw up. You are going to be standing in at least one hotel lobby/dockhouse/stable a week yelling at someone about accommodations or other arrangements. You are going to pull plane tickets out of an envelope at at least one airport a month that will not get you on a plane. You'll get bumped off of ferries, have your luggage sent thousands of miles away and end up going to bed hungry a few times.

You are, for all intents and purposes, the ward of the travel company, and they are responsible for every aspect of your comfort and survival for an entire year. It's too much responsibility to put into one organization's hands. The trip will cost at least double by the time you finish, and half will be out of pocket.

There is no way anyone could ever be completely satisfied with a trip like this, although you probably couldn't plan a better way to spend $1700 on any given day.
 
2013-03-20 11:03:21 AM
Tuesday, must be Belgium.
 
2013-03-20 07:01:29 PM

drxym: 962 sites in 730 days is a ludicrously short amount of time to spend at each one and involves almost continuous travel


Doing it in FOUR years might almost be feasible, but then the dot-con backing it would have already IPO'd, the VCs would have already dumped, and it would be bankrupt and trading on pink sheets before starting year 4. You'd definitely want to have a Plan B and C if you wanted to do this.
 
rbt
2013-03-20 10:36:23 PM
Most are places you wouldn't want to look at for more than an hour. Just how long can you spend touring the 200th church? Many of the sites are very tightly clustered. You could probably hit 3 to 4 a day in Mexico without much difficulty.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list
 
2013-03-21 12:03:59 AM

jadeheart6: So if I used an American Express Centurion (Black) Credit Card with no limit and just decided not to pay, I wouldn't mind screwing my credit up for 7 years. <smirk> At least I would have two years of memories.


I think more than your credit would be screwed up if you end up sharing a cell with Bubba.
 
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