Ok let me preface this by saying that i didnd see this board until after i posted an introduction, so i appologise for the double post but i thought this was a more suitable spot for this.
Hey there and greeting from NYC. I am 26/m and after much thought and research my wife and I have decided to quit our jobs and travel the world for 11 months. With respect to finances and saftey precautions, our itinerary has been worked and reworked many times. We believe that we have come up with our final destination list and tickets have started to be purchased.
We leave feb. 1, 2006 from NYC to san francisco, from there onto L.A. Fiji for 2-3 weeks then on to New Zealand where being avid hikers we plan on tramping for nearly the full 90 days alotted by our visa's. From NZ it is on to see some friends in Melbourne, Australia. There we will rent a car and drive up to sydney, then out to the mountains for yet more tramping.
This is where there has been serious changes in the route, originally bali was next, but in light of political situations it has been scratched. So from Aus it is on to Thailand for about a month. We plan on hiking in the north and diving in the south with about a week or so of Bangkok in between. From there it is Vietnam for 2 weeks or so wich is one place i would love to have some advise on.
Then we head to China, starting in Hong Kong for about a week we head to the mainland for about a month more of tramping and sightseeing. From China we head to India for about 2 weeks yet another place that we know very little about. We plan on doing the Taj then bombay and fly out of Delhi.
India to Italy (real long flight) We are looking to do 3 weeks in Italy travel by train: rome, florence, and venice. Train from venice to Budapest for a week then train to prague for 10 days. Prague to amsterdam by train and after a week stay on to London for only about 3 days because the damn dollar is so weak vs. the pound. North to scotland for a week then by plane to Ireland for the final 10 days of the trip.
We arrive home on the 20th of dec. 2006. 283 days, 15 countries, 1 greatly exciting, slightly daunting and mildly terrifying adventure. Any and all advice on absolotly any topic would be greatly appreciated. With our stuff being sold off and the realization that we are leaving in less than 90 days we are reaching out for some last pieces of advice from our fellow globetrotters.
So Thankyou if you have read all of this and thanks in advance for the advise.