Another travel thread! This one will be dragged out over the course of a year or so, and will be very inactive at times. As I didn't get the exact job I wanted this academic year, I have decided to take a temporary job for about 6-7 months and then to mostly travel for about 5 months from February 2016. Given that this will be one of the longest breaks I will ever get, I intend to make the most of it and once again make it multi-continental. Destinations are completely open and nothing has yet been decided, but so far I have too many plans to fit into a few months. Finances will obviously also be a major limiting factor; in fact, as my salary is due to drop with imminent changes to UK law, I am awaiting a revised budget estimate before settling on any destinations or splashing out on fancy equipment. There will be plenty of zoos visited wherever I go and I'm also hoping to look for some amazing animals in the wild. Given that even I know very little about this big trip and the smaller trips on either side, I had been reluctant to start a thread this early but as I had to travel urgently to Egypt last week I thought I'd start there. My 'Asian adventure' thread of 2013 ended up including parts of Europe and Africa too. To avoid confusion arising from inclusion of different destinations, I will probably use this thread as something of a base and then write reports in different country sections. Any better suggestions? Please feel free to ask any questions or comment at any point.