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1. Posted by holybinch (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y


My wife and I are planning on a RTW trip for end of 2006 (prolly Nov.)

We're planning on a budget of 20k£, including a small cushion for our return to London.
It will be for a year

Here's the itenerary we planned :

Rio de Janeiro
Overland to Lima, by going to Argentina, Chile
Mexico City, and Central America
Overland to San Francisco
Sydney and visit of Australia
Bangkok, from there, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam

What do you reckon ?

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

Sounds like fun to me. I've been to a few of the places you mentioned in the past year and loved them all. I would just say to be careful about your budget....In Asia everything is so cheap, it's easy to get carried away, so make sure you budget for each country and try to stick to it, leaving a bit extra so you at least have room splash out every now an then. Just as and indicator, my boyfriend and I spent 6 months travelling through China, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand and spent 3,500 pounds between us - that's the total inc all travel, flights, food, accommodation, souvenirs etc. we then spent 6 weeks in Australia and managed to spend nearly 2,000 pounds, doing half as much, no souvenir shopping and not paying for transport(that was pre-booked in the UK before we left) I guess what I'm trying to say is don't underestimate prices in the "Western World", and weigh up what you want to see there and if it's really worth it? I know for my part I'd much rather have stayed in Asia than spend all that money to travel around a place, not that different from home? I found that not only does the pound go further in Asia, it makes you much happier as you learn lots, the people are great and it's all soooo different. Up to you of course, but that's just my experience, I can't imagine anything worse than running out of money before you got to India and had to go home because busses and yukky hostels in US cities ate all your money! (I'm desperate to go to India you see). Of course I have no idea how long you plan to stay in the expensive places, but there we go. I'm sure you'll have a great trip even if you just saw half the places you mentioned. Have fun!

3. Posted by holybinch (Budding Member 35 posts) 11y

Well, actually the only reason why we're going to the states is that we have some mates in SF, and that most trans-pacific flights leave from LA :)

But it's not sure yet for the US, it will depend on our budget.

Thanks for your comments anyway, always glad to hear about others' opinions :)

4. Posted by CTH (Full Member 8 posts) 11y

That's my ideal itinerary if only I could afford it!

Although I think I'd slip Russia in there too.

You're both very lucky, I hope you have a brilliant time!

Tabi :)

5. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y


Bangkok, from there, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam

These countries would eat up most of your time and there's so much to explore. Why don't you stay longer to see and to learn more? Only SE Asia would be just not enough for the travellers to pack things and leave...

6. Posted by holybinch (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Ah, well, time for an update on that oooold topic.
We booked our flights a while ago, and we changed a bit our itinerary, but not really the spirit behind it, or the places we really want to see.
We're now leaving early November, I have to say I can't wait, I'm getting very itchy at work.


Bangkok, from there, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam

These countries would eat up most of your time and there's so much to explore. Why don't you stay longer to see and to learn more? Only SE Asia would be just not enough for the travellers to pack things and leave...

I know, I know... but we really wanted to go to South America.
It will probably be a while before we can put together such a trip again, and we can afford only 1 year at the moment.

But thanks for the comments, very helpful, and sorry for the 9 months delay, it took us some time to sort everything out.

7. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Tabi is right, from China and India I would definitely try to get some more of Central Asia and Eastern Europe into the trip. It is possible to go from India to Pakistan, Iran and Turkey overland and fly from Istanbul to London. Another option would be to cross the border from China to Kasakhstan and then continue by train to Russia or to go South to Iran and then Turkey.

You could even do the big loop: China, Kasakhstan, South Russia, Central Asia, Iran, Pakistan and then to India.

Delhi to Moscow should also be an option, if you are not on a RTW ticket there are some cheap code-share flights with Air India and Aeroflot. Turkish Airlines has very reasonable deals for Central Asia to London.

8. Posted by Adam24 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Hi, looks like an amazing itenerary

We went to alot of places you have mentioned, id have to say most of the places were amazing
our itenerary was :

new zealand

I spent 17k over a year but as you can see we did go to some expensive places like canada.

If I was to do it again i'd miss out the USA and mexico and do some places in south america.
America will eat up your money so if I was you id stay there for a short time and get ovr to south east asia asap. You will have the time of your life there, its so different to the western world, the people are amazing and its so cheap!!

Have a wicked time!