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1. Posted by missy_nz (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

hey guys and girls.At the moment i have just started planning my RTW trip and well below is a list of places i would like to see but as you have prob noticed its a HUGElist lol
well i was wondering what places would people recommend???
i currently live in New zealand.

United States Of America

California
nevada
florida
north carolina
washington DC
new york
Hawaii

Europe
Madrid
valencia
Barcelona
Paris
London
Amsterdam
Venice
Milan
Florence
Rome
Athens
Mykonos
Corfu

Asia

Bangkok
Tokyo
Hong kong
Tibet

Islands

Bali
New Caledonia

South america

Rio de Janerio

Australia

melbourne
sydney

HELP PLEASE!!! any advice welcome!!!!

2. Posted by martyturek (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Hi there
Ive Recently Arrived in London From Wellington.
and have just done small trips from there
One of these was to the Island of Mallorca which is just next to ibeza you have to go to these issland so beautiful and big parties.

Also Valencia I set a bar up there for the Americas Cup. If You can get there for next april and the cup it will be a wicked atmostphere. however try and book now as there wont be much accomidation.

Hope this helps

3. Posted by lei (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

I'm from Hawaii and I've never been to NZ, but I'll be going there in Dec. Which island you go to depends what you are looking for? Surfing? North Shore Oahu
volcanos? Island of Hawaii aka (the big island)
mountains? Kauai
Black sand beaches? Maui
If you don't want crowds and lots of people stay AWAY FROM OAHU, the traffic is nuts and it's packed everywhere you go!

Florida? IMO sucks! HOT, FLAT, UGLY, people are not as kind as in Hawaii. I lived there for 10 yucky years only because it was cheap. BLEC. My sister and friends came to visit me and were sooooooo disappointed. I guess because you can't compare the 2. And being from NZ, I'm guessing it would be the same for you.

Unless, you are going there for the parks. In which case, yes they are fun if you don't mind standing in lines all day. Almost all parks have fast pass now though, so the lines aren't so bad if you get those, but money will start to add up! Between parking and admission you are looking at a 60-100 dollar day for each park (disney, epcot, islands of adventure, sea world, etc)

well, those the only 2 places I can help you on. Let me know if you have more questions about those 2

oh yeah....the food in hawaii is FANTASTIC too

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

Answering for Europe: No problems with the cities you mentioned, the only problem I have is that you are leaving out the whole of Germany and Austria as well as Eastern Europe.

You initiary reads as if the Cold War had never ended, as if the East still was closed off to travellers. Personally I still marvel at the revolution that happened 1989/1990 all over Eastern Europe and that led to such a drastic change. It has allowed me to see places that I knew I never would have been able to living in old Eastern Germany.

There is also a more practical reason for not leaving out Eastern Europe: it is a lot cheaper there.

For all the cities you mentioned, you need to budget around 50 EUR per day at the minimum, for London even more. A typical bed in a decent and central hostel in these cities will cost you between 20 and 30 EUR per night, entry fees to sights are around 5-20 EUR and food will be around 5-10 EUR per day. On top of that you have to pay for transport.

In Eastern Europe you would be able to get by on 30 EUR per day instead. Prague and Bratislava are very nice, as is the coast in Croatia. Lake Balaton in Hungary is not too far from Vienna and the party there is great.

Last but not least keep in mind that it is possible to travel by train from Europe to China and Japan for less than the flight ticket. See www.seat61.com for suggestions of possible routes. You would see so much more of the world, if you added the Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia or Central Asia to your plans.

BTW: Turkey, Egypt and Jordan are great too. Another way to get a taste of the Middle East is by heading from Spain to Morocco for a few days. A tour that takes in Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and then uses the ferry to cross the Strait of Gibraltar and explores Morocco is very popular and enlightening.

Most of Europe and Northern America are very similar to your home culture - Western and dominantly Jewish-Christian. Yet you emphasise large parts of your trip on these countries. It would be much more rewarding to take in more different cultures, thus I highly recommend seeing the Middle East and Central Asia too. Budgetwise it would also be smart to start in SE Asia as you'll need a lot of money in Europe and the USA. Why don't you buy your RTW ticket so that it starts in London? You could start your trip by going overland to London, doing only the occassional flight to bridge the ocean.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 22, 2006 3:08 AM by t_maia ]