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1. Posted by roamingtra (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

This forum looks to be a great place to find information on a variety of good travel tips.

I'm planning an around the world travel adventure and am seeking out information on the best place to start.

I have read of several places that are easiest to learn how to travel on a budget. I hope to find the best time of year to begin traveling and a starting point.


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

Hi Mikey,

Welcome to TP! :) You've come to the right place.

Where are you planning on travelling to?


4. Posted by roamingtra (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

Argh, Attempted to add a quote to my initial post and goofed up and ended up with a new post...

Anyhow, gathering information on the best starting point to kind of get my feet wet on traveling and being on the road for about a year.

So far the choices for a starting point are...

1. Bangkok Thailand
2. Lima Peru
3. San Jose Costa Rica
4. Kathmandu Nepal

Which place would be the best?


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

I'm starting in Lima ;) But Kathmandu would also be great I think

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Hi Mikey,

Sorry, I'm a little unclear on what you are looking for. Are you looking where to start a round the world trip, or are you looking at a place to go for a few weeks to get the experience of travelling, and doing the round the world trip at a later time?

If you were looking where to start, I guess it depends on where you want to go after. You probably want to try and avoid too much criss-crossing of continents are long distances. Given that you are in the USA, Costa Rica might make sense, because then you could head south from there to Peru, and then later head to Asia. I wouldn't spend too much time in San Jose, however. The real joy of Costa Rica is outside the capital. For cheaper options as well, you might want to think about Guatamela or Panama instead of Costa Rica.

If you were going to do South America last, then starting in Asia would make sense. I would probably start with Thailand, just because of ease of getting to. Katmandu is probably not very accessible from the USA (or at least, not as accessible).

Also, if you are planning on buying a RTW ticket with an airline alliance, note that you can only travel in one direction, and their are limits on your ability to jump back and forth from continent to continent, so you need to take that into consideration as well.


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

Thanks Greg for the good advice. Yes, initially I'm looking for someplace to start for the first couple of weeks to get used to traveling and then go roaming around the world. I'm starting out in the US so probably going to Costa Rica, Guatemala or Panama would be easiest and cheapest to get to.

A lot of people say start out in Bangkok because it is an easy place to travel to and a good starting point to learn the ins and outs of traveling.

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

I think that you'll find Costa Rica, Guatemela or Panama as easy to travel around as anywhere in SEA. They are really good tourist infrastructures there.