Seeing as I got such useful advice and information back from you guys on my last post, I've got another couple of questions...
Do we go east-west or west-east starting in London?
I don't want to follow the rain around the world, and I'm guessing the weather is a factor to consider...
Also, I've heard that both India and South America are quite tough for the beginner traveller. Should this influence our decision on when/what direction to go in?
We are hoping to spend about 3 months in each region... So it might work out something like this:
Oct - Dec: India/Nepal (or Apr-Jun)
Jan - Mar: Thailand etc (
Apr - Jun: Oz/Nz
July - Sept: S. America
I'm guessing that an Australian winter isn't anything like a British one, so I guess being there for their winter (Apr-Jun) wouldn't be as winter-like as I'm used to!!!!
I guess if we headed West, it would be:
Oct - Dec: S. America
Jan - Mar: Oz/Nz
Apr - Jun: Thailand etc
Jul - Sept: India/Nepal
November is a good time to visit India I've been told as it isn't too hot!! Or December possibly too. Thailand has a monsoon season - I think it is November - best not to go around this time. OZ/NZ winter is around June-August - my aunt lives in OZ and says that their winter is similar to british summer - fairly cool - she lives in Perth - it could be different in other parts of OZ - I don't know. South America I don't know much about - except I am going there between November and May as I have been told that is a good time to visit. I think later than that it can get pretty humid but I don't know. I do know that the weather in South America can be very diverse though - so best to bring both cold and hot weather gear and wetproof gear etc.
Hope this is of help!!
Best of luck
The Australian winter is reasonably mild, but bear in mind that this is a HUGE country. The winter in Perth is substantially different to Melbourne, where it does actually get under 10 degrees in winter unfortunately and Mt Buller you will be able to ski in winter! Up north on the other hand it can hardly be called winter - it is just the tropics. I wouldn't rule out any time of the year for Australia though, because the summer can be uncomfortably hot! If you go for the Apr - Jun option, I would suggest you start down south and make your way up to the Gold Coast by June.