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Need help planning year long rtw trip!

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1. Posted by Chan14 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 4 Jul '14 08:24

Hello!

Me and another person are planning on taking off for a year sometime in the near future. Neither of us have travelled for long periods of time on our own and we need some advice in planning from some experienced travellers.

We would love to go all through Europe, as well as around Peru, Australia, Thailand and surrounding areas and if possible Japan or China! I know this is all over the place and may not be possible to really have adequate time in each place but we would appreciate any thoughts or comments and some itinerary suggestions! As well as any places that you may have been and loved. We are very open to different places but they must be fairly safe because I can be a bit of a worrier!

Lastly, we want to be in these places when the weather is decent! And try and avoid rainy seasons if possible.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this! Any helpful suggestions would be great!

Have a great day.

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1512 posts) 4 Jul '14 12:23

Your question is too general for anyone to comment on constructively.

Start by deciding, 1.) How much money you will have saved. Then you can, 2.) Decide on which destinations are possible within your budget for a year long trip.

Those two issues are the most important initial factors so you can start laying out a common sense and doable travel plan.

Have fun with your research.

Cheers,
Terry

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jul-2014, at 13:02 by CheersT ]

3. Posted by Chan14 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 4 Jul '14 13:00

Thanks for the reply! In all honesty I'm so new to this that I don't even know what a good amount to have saved is. We both have about $20000 saved right now but are planning to take this trip in a year or so, so more saving is possible.

We would love to go for a year.

So I guess a better place to start is how much did people save in order to survive a year abroad :)

Thanks and have a great day!

4. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1512 posts) 4 Jul '14 13:07

"... So I guess a better place to start is how much did people save in order to survive a year abroad..."

That's a question with wildly varying answers.

You can live like a king for a month at some destinations in the Indian Subcontinent/SE Asia/Central & South America for the same money that you'll blow in a week travelling frugally in Australia or parts of Europe.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by KellieBarnes (Admin, 597 posts) 4 Jul '14 17:24

Quoting Chan14

Lastly, we want to be in these places when the weather is decent! And try and avoid rainy seasons if possible.

Check the weather section in the guide for each of your preferred destinations. For example: Thailand weather.

If it doesn't give you a vague idea as to what to expect, it may at least help you rule out some cities that don't meet your preferences.

6. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member, 286 posts) 5 Jul '14 05:33

Hi Chan14.

How about this for a starting point:

Europe - April May June July August
Japan/China - September october
Thailand/SEA - November December January
Australia - February March

So basically across the northern temperate zone in its summer, Australia also in its summer, and Southeast Asia at what's broadly speaking the mildest time of year and avoiding monsoon season for many places. It's all a compromise though - eg that's a great time of year for nz and parts of Aus but elsewhere may be too hot.

Where's home? And are you bothered what time of year you begin?

Best time for peru I think is the driest time, june July August. Which doesn't fit the rest of the timetable well.

7. Posted by Chan14 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 5 Jul '14 09:12

Thanks everyone for the feedback! I am going to do more research based on what you have said.

Andyf,

We are from Canada and would be able to begin our travel anytime so this really helps. Thank you!

8. Posted by heartscontent (Budding Member, 7 posts) 15 Jul '14 04:47

hi there!

i have never embarked on a year-long travel but i would like to prepare for one.
whenever i travel, i research extensively - look for decent places to stay (affordable, safe and clean hotels or hostels), restaurants and local eateries that wont cause any food poisoning, islands and beaches and how to reach them.

once i have done my research and listed the places on where i could possibly stay and eat - i check reviews. trip advisor helps, of course you have to weigh if people are bashing and authentic travelers giving positive feedback.

then SAVE. save as much money as you can, have back ups in cases of emergencies when on the road.

if you happen to visit the Philippines, feel free to drop me a line, i would love to give you more info about our beautiful 7107 islands :)

enjoy! :)