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1. Posted by Amri (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Hi there,

Myself and my boyfriend, Ken, are in the planning stages of our RTW trip - we haven't bought any tickets but hope to do so soon.

We have a slight dilemma as to which countries to visit first, and which to leave until the end (risking that we might run out of money). - this also considering the weather in the chosen countries makes it rather difficult.

In brief, here is the itinerary:

Jan -> Feb Thailand
March-> July NZ (and Fiji)
August -> Sept Australia
October -> November China
November -> December Bangkok, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos

Would any of you recommend leaving the entire of Asia until the end of the trip, i.e July - > December, and go to NZ from January when the weather is better? (since we want to do watersports, but fit in some snowboarding too), or is it better to split our time in Asia with some time in civilisation (i.e NZ!) I'm afraid if we do that, then we'll spend all our money in NZ and Australia, and not have anything left to see China (which is an absolute must for me). We do hope to work in NZ for few months to keep the funds up ....I'm also afraid of spending too much time in NZ during the winter with the treacherous roads ... we're thinking of buying a car.

I would really appreciate some feedback into the above itinerary, its so difficult to know what to do! Has anyone been to the above countries at that time of year? Would you recommend we do something differently???

Thanks a million!
Am & Ken

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey Amri!

Sounds like a great trip!

Just a suggestion but why not head straight to NZ first, then onto Australia, then Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China.

That way, you're not looping back (which will probably end up costing quite a bit...)
Also, you're leaving the Asian countries until the end which means you can budget for a lesser amount of money in the second section of your trip. Oz/NZ are probablt going to cost a bit, especially if you're thinking of doing watersports, etc..

Are you thinking of working along the way?

Do you have a flight booked yet?

Ev

3. Posted by Amri (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Hi there!

Well thats kinda what we're doing - since we *have* to have a stop over somewhere on the way to NZ, we might as well stop at Bangkok and make the most of it.

Perhaps we can spend less time in Thailand at the beginning to get the good weather in NZ in February. I'd prefer to go to NZ first (rather than July-> Dec) so we can pack all our stuff and send it home before traveling Asia properly ...

We've nothing booked yet, but we did go to Trailfinders a few weeks back, and got our ticket type, so at least we know how many stops we can have (7!). What about you? You're off in Jan too aren't you?

AM

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Oh right, stopover in Bangkok - that makes sense. :) Doh!

Only thing is if you're going on a RTW ticket and you go East first, you have to keep going east...

How about going West on the RTW, stopping off in America somewhere, or Tahiti or South America, then NZ, Oz, and onto Asia before coming home.

Good plan re sending your gear home from NZ. I've been thinking about that. I want to get my parents to ship over my snowblades and boots, but I'm wondering
a)how expensive that might be
b)could they get damaged easily...

Yep, hitting the road in January. Seems like aaaages away, doesnt it?;)

5. Posted by Amri (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Nope! With Trailfinders, you can head any direction you want providing you don't exceed 28 or 29,000 miles! :o) Happy days!

Yeah I know Kenny is planning to have his salopets and jacket shipped TO NZ so that should be light enough - although I don't know about the boots and board. That could cost more than actually renting them over there! And then if you are travelling around NZ, do you really want to worry about having to drag them around with you?

How long do you intend to stay in NZ? Maybe you can send us a blog?

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Really? That's great! I never knew that Trailfinders offered that. It's one of the reasons I didnt go with a RTW ticket myself initially. Oh well!

Happy days is right!

I'm going to be in NZ from March 06 to Mar 07 (that's the plan anyway). Not sure where exactly yet..I'm going to try and get work in the North for a few months and then move down South. CANT WAIT!

7. Posted by Amri (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Cool! And where are you going for Jan and Feb???

8. Posted by kenmc (Full Member 80 posts) 11y

hey, just doubled checked with TF, and *usually* a RTW ticket is one direction, but BA/Quantas are an exception, they let you go out and back. Phew! don't be putting the sh1ts up me like that!!!

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Apologies!

Amri,

I'm going to South America for 3 months first!

10. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 11y

Hey,

I was in China in November and found it great, even though it was a bit cold, you do so much walking around that it's only a good thing. Also, way less crowded so you can enjoy things more. My sister was there in summer and had to fight for a spot on the Great Wall, whereas we only saw a handful of people in the 4 hours we were walking along it (that may sound like a long time, but it's so hard work!)

From there we went to Asia in December, just caught the end of the monsoon in Malaysia, but otherwise it was warm enought to get a tan and walk around in T-Shirts etc but not so hot to stop you doing things. By the time we left in April, it was starting to get a bit extreme and the heat really zapped the energy from me. I was a bit worried about the weather before I left, but it all worked out brilliantly.

On another note, i'm in NZ at the moment and just spent the ski season in Queenstown, I saw you were wondering about the costs of hiring equipment etc. an I would say it would be way cheaper to ship it out. Snowboard and boots are around $50 per day and clothing is about $30. Another thing to think about is a lift pass. If you plan to be there a while, definately get a season pass. Buy it in March when it will be about $300, because if you wait until the season starts its going to cost $1600, big difference there. A day pass is $80 per day.