Me and a mate are planning to leave Glasgow October '07 with the aim of spending a year away in Asia, Australia and South America. Other points of interest such as Fiji and New Zealand we hope to cover too.
We havent booked flights or anything yet and were wondering whats the best way to do it and which company offer the best route and prices, especially with South America.
We aren't sure how much time to spend in each place aswell but we are planning on working in Australia so will obviously spend longer there than anywhere else.
Lastly, how much spending money do we realistically need to not only survive but have a good time?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jonny and Nicky.
hi guys is there any chance of some advice, would really appreciate it as we are on the most part new to this. I have read some brilliant replies and advice on this forum.
Cheers Nicky and Jonny x
Research a Star Alliance RTW ticket. they go to all the places you mentioned with good airlines
It is good value and valid for a year. You can set the itinerary and have to set the first flight but thereafter can change your timings of flights for free. Itinerary changes cost
My advice is that once you have agreed an itinerary and set your first flight date set all the others way way back in time towards the end of your travel. then you can simply 'pull one forward' each time you decide to move on without having to change all the timings.
Head Westwards - easier on jetlag
You must supply more info on style of living for me to have a guess at your expenses. I don't know if you are a 5 star traveller or a backpacker.
hey, thanks for getting back to me i appreciate it...
well we are probably going to live in hostels most of the time and work in Oz for 2-3 months (no idea how to get a job there but thats the plan) Also we want to do some adventure things but only if its not 2 expensive.
Just make sure you have a working visa - they are a little tight on that over in OZ & NZ. Flights from NZ to Fiji are cheap as chips. Flights from Bangkok to Oz were also cheap about 8 months ago, I doubt they'll have changed that much this year. Save you adrenalin stuff for NZ, the prices are about the same as Oz, but divide everything by 3 for price in pounds and its really cheap. Save your pennies in Queenstown and do all the adventure stuff in the North Island, that'll save you some cash too. Plus lots of hostels in NZ will let you stay for free if you do some cleaning.
If you are going to be in Oz for 2-3 months and want to work, it is imperative you do the following things straight away:
1. apply for a tax file number on the government website
2. Set up an australian bank account (best are National, commonwealth, st.george, ANZ and westpac)
3. register with as many agencies as you possibly can and dont be too fussy about what work you wanna do.
4. if you wanna do bar or hospitality work you need to do an RSA course beforehand
5. if you wanna do labouring you need to get a green or blue card depending on what state you are working in.
I wish i knew all this before i got here! hope it helps,