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1. Posted by katrina-lisa (First Time Poster 1 posts) 25w

I am planning a pretty big world trip for about 4-5 months.

I do have some travel experience. I was backpacking in Vietnam 5 weeks at age 17 and in Kenya for 4 weeks at age 19. Last years I was in Australia for an internship, visiting the Fiji Region for some weeks.

I have been so busy with University in the last couple years that I have travelled nowhere but the standard 1 week vacation at some nearby beach. So I decided to make a big trip after graduating! But now I am kind of worried if it would be “too much” in a short amount of time. So I came here, hoping for some experienced travelers who could give me their 2 cents on my plan.

Here are some main points.

What I want:

- Pretty safe environment
- Fantastic scenery and NATURE

What I do not need:

- Food/Restaurants (I can eat just crackers for days also)
- Luxurious hotels (would be fine with hostels or standard rooms)
- Party (I do not even need a zip of alcohol)
- Shopping Malls, Beauty Salons etc
- Too much archtitecture/cities

The places I wanna see:


China (Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Yangtse, Great Wall, Place of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Shaolin, Huangshan, Yangshou)
Indonesia (Bali, Lombok, Gilli, Rinjani,Beach, Snorkel,Waterfalls, Rainforest)


Namibia (Vic Falls, Sossusvlei, Windhoek, Himba Tribe, Etosha)
South Africa (Game Drive, Cape Town, Beach, Cape of Good Hope, Townships)

Latin America:

Peru/Bolivia (Lima, Macchu Picchu, Nazca Lines, Andes, Lake Titicaca, Salar de Uyuni)
Guatemala/Belize (Tikal, Lago Atitlan, Caye Caulker, Beach, Snorkel, Rainforest, Waterfalls)

I think I would spend around 2 weeks in each of these countries. So if I would do all on a row it would be around 5 months all in all.

Now to the “tricky” part. At the beginning, I wanted to do 1 continent per year. So one summer Latin America, the next year Africa and the following Asia.

But first I don’t know if this is possible with my work and second I think it would just be less stressful and cheaper flight-wise if I did all at once. I would only have to pack once and I can enjoy it and get into the “travel flow” when it is such a long trip rather than a few short ones. I could really have some “me-time” and forget everything for half a year.

I would book most of the trips with an organization for young travelers like intrepid or overland truck things, leaving some days here and there for my own.

What would you advise me? And how much do you think I would spend if doing all in a row (excluding flights)?

Is there a destinations in these region you think is not worth visiting or I forgot?

I am thankful for every help!


[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2016, at 15:49 by katrina-lisa ]

2. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 526 posts) 25w

Your original plan probably is better than the current one, unless you have a generous travel budget. You'd have to fly to save time with what you want to see. And that can get expensive.

Rather than saving money, you're likely to be spending more; and you'll be even more stressed doing it all at once than if you didn't.

Since you like nature and the outdoors, why not concentrate on Africa, joining a couple of "adventure" tours that are reasonably priced? For example, try a tour that goes from Cape Town to Namibia to Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). Then continue northward through Zambia to Malawi, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Kenya. If you want more, travel from Kenya to Uganda to see mountain gorillas. I've done that. There are several companies that do these trips, including this one:

These trips are relative bargains, since they include transportation, accommodations, meals and entrance to national parks. Some are priced in South African rand, which has dropped in value against many currencies, so you get more for you money.