Thank you everyone for you advice! It's all been taken on board and hopefully I'll be setting off in April next year!
I have another question to put out there (though I may start a new thread with this one as well) ...
Apart from the flights and money to live on what other costs need to be considered and how much are they? Like insurance or getting visa's for countries etc.. I don;t want to get caught short of money because I missed something out that I need to pay for.. If that makes sense?
Cheers, Blossy x
You will need cash for :
Living there (accomodation/food)
organized trips and activities
Injections/medicines (malaria for instance) which can be quite expensive, I'd advise to consult a travel clinic, as GPs aren't always up to date (ours wasn't)
Specific coutry taxes (when you need to pay something to leave the country, like in Indonesia)
Sorry to be such a latecomer but I'm kind of in the same boat, I'm 21, female and planning my trip alone.
I'd reccommend reading the Rought Guides First Time Around The World book, the first half is all useful tips for first time travellers and the second half is all about different places.
I *think* I'm getting a RTW ticket. I've got a friend in Oz at the moment who is on a NZ return ticket but with 3 stops and she said its expensive to change the dates on it, whereas people shes met on a RTW have been able to be more flexible.
I'm going to be away for 6 months, and I'm hoping to have £5000 after I've paid for flights, insurance, injections, gear and maybe a couple of trips.
Let me know how your getting on anyway, as I'm competely overwhelmed!!!