Hi everyone, This time in 8 weeks i should be in thailand! i going on a round the world trip with my girlfriend, were going for 4 and a half months, we are both panicking because its getting close, if anyone has any tips for us, for booking accomodation and how much money we really need and stuff please please advise!
Well it depends what you want to do and where you plan on staying at the time, I would recomend researching each destination you plan on stoping through the internet, looking at local hostel prices ect..
you can pretty much find all the info you need on anywhere in the world by typing in a search engine e.g "hostels accomadation in thialand" budget as you would/should in the u.k keeping your cost of living below your weekly allowance and money won't be an issue, also consider taking on a little debt as the pound goes further anywhere in the world than here in the uk!
Most importantly allways try to bargain if you want to save cash.
Just had an afterthought!
In some places its so cheap you won't need to, and it will be best not to try to bargain! You will have a far better time if you treat like with like and give tips and be generous when you heve been treated well. and get out of there when your not
Hey thanks surfer sou, we are flying in thailand on the 8th, then going on to singapore, from there we go to australia, new zealand, cook islands, tahiti then on to the us, in the US we go from LA across to Miami and fly back to london from there. any more tips for this trip?
I recently got back from my round the world trip and found thailand just as expected incredibly cheap!We looked online at hostels to find out which ones were decent before we went but didnt actually book anything...we just turned up and got a room there and then!If youre heading to Bangkok first take a metered taxi from the airport to Khao San and then take your pick!!!(i can personally reccomend the Siam Oriental Inn, very cheap, or for a little bit more there is the Khao San Palace which is nice!) But I would just turn up!We did this throughout the trip...as we were travelling to the next place we would check out the Lonely Planet on the bus journey and decide where we wanted to stay!Best advice I could give you would be to make a budget of whatever you can afford....I mean obviously some days you will spemd next to nothing and others you may splash out its all about just finding the right balance!
Good Luck!Have fun!
Your rtw trip sounds very similar to the one im planing, except I am hoping to work in NZ and spend six months there, and 6 months in the other places. I would like to know how much your ticket cost?
Are you planing on going overland fro LA to miami? If you are this will add lots more money but you can get good fares from amtrak rail and if you want to go straight through the states in about 52 hours the price is very good, or you can buy an open ticket valid for a month for $550. Check out there website for more info amtrak.com.
I was thinking of going from NY to LA overland but am not sure if I should leave out america now as it will cost lots more than spending more time in say bali/indo. Plus all the crazy unhelpfull americans to deal with! (apologies to the good ones)It would be good to experience the place though, but if moneys gonna be an issue im not so sure? I was thinking of camping to save money but don't know if this is a good idea either!
Anyway I reckon your looking at about 3 grand each minimum spending money for your trip,and you may get away with much less but allow for quite alot more, theres quite a few tips with regards to money if you read through the posts on this very forum! A good tip I veiwed was to take credit cards and have the credit limit kept low incase stolen, transfer funds to the credit card when you need them from your bank account online, (there should be no trouble finding net cafes on your route)plus take a small amount of cash dollars or local currency with you at all times.
I have only got the cash saved for the plane ticket so far and am thinking of getting a low interest rate loan i.e car loan home improvments ect.. then arranging for the minimum payments to go out of my bank account by direct debit. I should in theory atleast, be able to access this security money no problems through online banking transfers to a seperate bank account with a visa suporting card and withdraw from an atm. Bearing in mind cash withdrawels cost more with a credit card! If im way under budget or want to splash out/stay somewhere longer ect..
Then it won't be a problem.
If anyone has further tips on this please post! One thing im not sure about is how your uk pounds instantly become annother currency when you withdraw cash through an atm?
Well that took longer to say than predicted, hope my plans for the rtw trip work out better!
Our rtw ticket cost 1100 each and is open for a year, an awesome price to be fair, we went with thomas cook, it was a bargin i stumbled on when i was in guilford, surrey, football coaching in the summer, we had been thinking about it for ages, then just bought it, we paid for the ticket just before christmas,if we are lucky we should have £3000 each by the start of march when we go, but we haven't any accomodation yet, were just trying to get together as much as possible i think. working all hours! ha ha
I cant wait, this time in 8 weeks i should be southern thailand!
I'm also going on a RTW trip for 4 and half months, and I'm planning on taking about £3000 with me, plus a small amount on my credit card for emergencies. I have booked some accommodation for the first few nights when I arrive in Delhi and Bangkok as I am travelling alone, but apart from this I'm, leaving it all til I get that. Do lots of reading, the lonely plant guides are a great help!
I only have a week left before I go, so I know how excited you must be its gonna come round so soon, before you know it you'll be on a plane!
Have a fanstastic trip,
I'm also off round the world 3 weeks Friday (17th Feb), also taking about £3000 and about the same on a credit card (which i'm hoping not to need)
Done loads of research on here and the treethorn forum on Lonleyplanet, but have just booked the first nights accomodation in Mumbai (first stop) and a bungalow for the full moon party as it apparantley gets quite busy.
Hope everyone has a good trip.
One thing im not sure about is how your uk pounds instantly become annother currency when you withdraw cash through an atm?
When you use an ATM card abroad, you withdraw the amount of foreign currency you need. Your bank at home then converts the transaction to UK pounds, depending on the international exchange rate at the time. So when you get home your bank statement will show a withdrawal from where ever you are in the world with the exchange rate and equivilent UK pounds taken from your account.
If none of you have a Nationwide Flexaccount, make sure you open one up for when you go travelling, they don't charge to use your debit card abroad. All other UK banks do, I think the charge is usually 1-2% or £2.50, whichever is larger!