Am starting to get some idea where I would like to go for my travels. Just graduated, so planning on 42 weeks travel from mid-October, and can't wait!! If you have any advice it would be great if you could pass it on.
So far my idea is:
London -> Toronto (I have friends there) (2 weeks)
Toronto -> Auckland
Overland from Auckland to Christchurch (7 weeks)
Christchurch -> Singapore (10 weeks)
Singapore -> Bangkok (8 weeks)
Bangkok -> Katmandu
Overland from Katmandu to Delhi (6 weeks)
Delhi -> Nairobi
Overland from Nairobi to Kampala (8 weeks)
Kampala -> London
The bit I am having problems with is around SE Asia. I really want to go to Kota Kinabalu region, and also north Sumatra. However, if booking a RTW ticket, I can't really fly to Singapore then Kota Kinabalu and Medan. Would it be best just to buy a RTW with Singapore, and then buy these small transfer flights once in Singapore?
Also, would you recommend I stop somewhere on the way to NZ, such as Hawaii/Fiji? Do you think 6 weeks is enough to travel from Katmandu to Delhi?
So far I have got this trip down to about £2000-£2500 - is this reasonable?
Please let me know what you think..I'm only beginning to plan this trip and would appreciate any advice you may have.
RE: Kathmandu-Delhi (via land):
Make sure and check on the security situation in Nepal. Some parts of Nepal are dangerous now. The Moaist Gorillas blew up a civilian passanger bus (killing 38 and injuring 71) just this last week. They said it was a mistake, but if you were on that bus I'm sure you wouldn't care if they got the wrond bus by "mistake." Anyway, check out the situation there, it changes so check closer to the time you'll be there.
RE: Northern Sumatra
I traveled a lot, and one of the most disappointing places I've ever visited was Northern Sumatra.
Also, would you recommend I stop somewhere on the way to NZ, such as Hawaii/Fiji?
If you can stop for free, I would recommend doing so. Personally, I prefer Hawaii over Fiji. Although French Polynesia would be the best, if that's a free stop option.
I'll keep my eye on Nepal. I guess closer to the time, if it is still an issue, I'm sure it won't cost much to change my flight from Katmandu to, say, Calcutta or Delhi.
What made Sumatra disappointing, if you don't mind my asking? ..also, do you know how easy it is to possibly volunteer for a few weeks to help with the tsunami aftermath?
My main disappointment was at Lake Toba. It was just so "touristy," not very authentic al all. I found it all to be very "phony," and therefore disappointing. In the other part of N. Sumatra I went the weather was horrible, terribly hot & Humid. Not the worst place in the World, just disappointing. All this was pre-tsunami, so I really don't know much about it.
I'm planning to head out to Borneo on my own RTW. AirAsia seem to be a low-fare airline (along the lines of Ryanair) and if you book in advance, it is possible to get a pretty cheap flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu. Last time I checked one, i was quoted the equivelent of €17 I think. Might be possible to get even less expensive flights.
Havent checked out North Sumatra, I'm afraid.
6 weeks is loads of time to get from Katmandu to Delhi. From what I can gather, the situation in Nepal seems to be settling at the moment. I think Katmandu seems to be pretty safe for tourists. Hopefully, things will continue to improve there.
Thanks for the info - very usefull. I'll have a look into AirAsia, sounds very promising indeed! ..I think a friend of mine did something similar, so i'll get out the old address book and get in touch with him.
The tricky part for me is finding a RTW ticket company happy to fly me from Delhi to Nairobi - a tricky route it seems.
Cheers again, no doubt more questions will arise over the course of the summer.
Good luck with your planning also