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1. Posted by ian_w (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Hi everyone and Happy New Year. I am going on a rtw trip in around March and am playing round with a few routes, but I am having toruble deciding what to do.

The long route is Cape Town overland to Jo'Burg then Bombay - Goa - Delhi - Kathmandu (might leave this out) - Bangkok overland to Singapore (hopefully taking in Vietnam and Koh Samui among others) - Perth overland to Sydney - Christchurch overland to Auckland - Fiji - LA overland to Miami (possibly taking in some of South America somehow) - UK.

This is big journey and going to take some serious saving. Half of me thinks I may never get another chance to do something like this so see and do as much as i can and maybe spend sometime paying off debts when i get back. But the other half thinks maybe it would be better to spend a longer time in fewer places and do it cheaper. I havent decided how long I am going to stay in each place yet but I am going for up to a year.

i would be really interested and very grateful to see what other people thought. Maybe some alternative routes or even some places I should add on or leave out, perhaps ideas on how long I should go to places for.

Apologies for the long post but any help or information would be brilliant as I keep changing my mind!

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by Jolo73 (Budding Member 30 posts) 10y

Hi Ian,

I have just come back from Trailfinders as I am having the same stress as you!

Im going to be setting out on my own in March, I was hoping to start off in Thailand as I was there a year ago for three weeks and loved it and then do the following: Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia - Hong Kong -Japan - Oz - Nz - Fiji etc - South America.

Only trouble is, I wanted to spend about three months in south east asia but its getting very hot march - may and not such a good time to visit. Im doing this on my own so thought i might start in oz and not do south america.

I dont know, its just all too much to take in isnt it?!!

Have you been to Trailfinders / Travelbag?

Jo

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting ian_w

Half of me thinks I may never get another chance to do something like this so see and do as much as i can and maybe spend sometime paying off debts when i get back. But the other half thinks maybe it would be better to spend a longer time in fewer places and do it cheaper.

In my experience, trying to do too much is just going to tire you out. It's better to plan to spend more time in a place. I have never been anywhere in the world where I couldn't find something interesting to do that I haven't done before. And staying a little longer in a country allows you to see things that others wouldn't have seen and really dig for some interesting and one of a kind adventures.

And, you will get other chances to travel if that is what you want to do. You may have to do it in smaller chunks in the future, or as part of work, but if you want to, you will get a chance to see things that you missed out on during your RTW.

Greg

4. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 10y

Route planning is a bear isn't it? My wife and I are taking off Feb 12th and planning on starting in India (before it gets miserable)then taking advantage of the altitude in Nepal and Tibet in March/April before heading down to OZ and NZ for a couple of months. Then to Japan and into the So. Pacific to avoid the worst of the heat in SE Asia. Then we'll go back and work through SE Asia and mainland China.

We tried to plan around the heat and the monsoon season but it's next to impossible when you plan on spending a year or so in the region.

5. Posted by matlock (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Just come directly to New Zealand for a year, or more, and do the rest another time!

6. Posted by csfreixo (Full Member 83 posts) 10y

The long route is Cape Town overland to Jo'Burg then Bombay - Goa - Delhi - Kathmandu (might leave this out) - Bangkok overland to Singapore (hopefully taking in Vietnam and Koh Samui among others) - Perth overland to Sydney - Christchurch overland to Auckland - Fiji - LA overland to Miami (possibly taking in some of South America somehow) - UK.

I've been to africa... jo'burg isnt the best choice. I'd leave Cape Town overland to Namibia-Botswana-Zambia and Kenya. (maybe in 20-30 days). In my opinion going overland from LA to Miami is not worthwhile.. there are parts of the world where you can spend more time and see diferent cultures, ex. Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, India, SE Asia! Much cheaper and much nicer than crossing US, I think.
Yes, i prefer visiting poor countries...

Cass

7. Posted by ian_w (Budding Member 44 posts) 10y

Thanks for your replies everyone, gives me something to think about. Will definately think about cutting short or possibly out the usa party of the journey. I am interested in Miami thought as I did think about moving there at one point and would quite like to get a feel for it.

thanks again

Ian

8. Posted by AndrewGW (Full Member 42 posts) 10y

Your original route is basically the reverse of what my wife and I started out on over 18 years ago... beware - we only got through the first 5 "destinations" before we realized we weren't going to make it in a year...
We were fine for Tahiti and the Cook Islands - had to miss Fiji due to the coup so off to NZ... Got a job skipping a yacht so that took two months as against our budgeted 3 weeks - then we were able to back track to Fiji then back to NZ and did another month there so now were were almost 3 months behind sked.
Hit Brisbane, bought a car and headed up north - decided to become a dive instructor - so 3 months in Whitsundays - there went our time budget for all of Oz... Then drove down and across to Perth in about 6 weeks - so now we are almost 6 months behind sked - fell in love with Perth decided to stay for a while - got jobs and worked there for 6 months so now we've gone over our year and haven't even made it half way round yet... This was during a time when airport security wasn't so strict so we were actually able to convert our tickets to fly Perth to London - sold them, checked the people in, gave them their boarding passes and waited until they got through security - no probs (Whew, not a hope of doing that these days)... So now what... Off to SE Asia to teach diving - see it did come in handy... 6 months later we had only done Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Southern Thailand - running out of $$$ so back to Oz, get a job teaching diving again for another 6 months, then back to Thailand for 2-1/2 years... and it just kept on going - still overseas, still working, still enjoying being an expat... Just celebrated our 20th anniversary, 18 of which have been overseas...

BEWARE: RTW Travel will change your whole life!!!!!

Moral of the story, don't worry too much about your itinerary, it will change, perhaps more than you can even imagine... Plan a basic route and then be very flexible...

Cheers,
Andrew

9. Posted by bigc200 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

I'm having the same trouble trying to plan a trip. I'm going on a rtw trip on my own. Setting off from the UK, San Francisco, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand then back to the UK. The RTW ticket allows me to do an additional stop somewhere. Someone suggested the Cook Islands but I don't know anything about them and winder if it will be very similar to Fiji? Are the Cook Islands any good?

Chris