My name is Kirsty,i'm 21 and i live in the South of the UK. Me and my bf are looking to travel round the world in a couple of years time, for anything between 8 months to a year. We'd like to do the carribean, Central USA, New Zealand, Oz etc. Just wondering if any one out there had any recommendations on good places to visit, places to stay i.e inns or hotels, or just general world travel advice! How much did others manage to tour the globe with they had got their RTW ticket? We're trying to get as many points of view as poss whilst we save up!
Hope to hear from ya soon!
Hi Kirsty and welcome to Travellerspoint!
Great to start planning so far in advance.... that way you can really make some smart choices on what to visit/not to visit. If you have the opportunity, I would heavily plug Central/South America and Australia as places I have been. And the plus in Central/South America is that it is still relatively cheap, especially when you compare it to Europe
Hey, we hope to set up a possibility to buy round the world tickets here in the next month or so; might want to keep an eye on it. I would like to have your feedback on price/flexibility; that kind of thing especially while you are researching the best deals and flights out there!
Check out the Travel Help area for folks who have decided to help promote the countries they know most about...that should help further down the line when you have the destinations more or less set
Sounds like fun though....maybe I can talk my girlfriend into something like this
Hi Kirsty, sounds fab!
I am hoping to do a similar thing, probably heading off in about a year. Got no fixed plans yet. Probably try to work in Oz for about a year. Went RTW with a friend for 4 months when I was 18/19, and loved Oz, it is a really easy, laid back place to be. I definately reccomend going to the West coast, lots of people don' bother, but I loved it. I also fancy doing some more 'challenging' travel aswell. Definately want to see more of Asia, and am quite keen to go to South America aswell, planning to start learning Spanish this year, so it's seems like a good excuse to go and practice. Also, really want to go to NZ as we didn't make it there.
Think it is lovely that you are planning to go with your boyf. Do you and he have the same sort of ideas about where you want to go, what you want to do?
I travelled with one of my best friends, which was great, but being with someone 24/7 for 4 months takes LOTS of compromise and tongue biting!
Unfortunately my fella has no desire to go travelling. Well, he only ever says "maybe". So looks like I may have to go it alone. Which is really what I want, but means I will have to leave my lovely man behind, and the flat wev'e bought together But, I am not willing to sacrifice this, it is just too important to me.
Let me know how your plans develop. See ya
Welcome to Travellerspoint! Great to be able to take off like that and definately something you'll remember for the rest of your life.. I've never been on a round the world trip like that, so can't really say what it would feel like to be permanently on the road. After short trips though, there are certain things that one starts to miss after a while, which I would try to consider ways of incorporating if on a longer trip. One of the main ones is cooking facilities. You may want to consider taking some basic cooking stuff. For example, I know you can get little electrical things (sorry, don't know what else to call them) that stick into a cup of water to boil it. Boiling water is really something worth having a way of getting at if you ask me, because you can make some simple meals, soup and hot drinks with it. You can also try and hire cabins or such as another option, as they will usually have cooking facilities as well. It will also make you feel like you're in a real home for a while! Also, I would make sure to not be on the move too much. Make sure you stick in places long enough to feel somewhat relaxed and be able to get to know people. Constantly moving around gets to be a real drag after a while!
When you're in Australia make sure you visit Melbourne for a while. All the attention is usually on the east coast, but Melbourne has one of the most fabulous lifestyles on the planet and is well worth the visit. Of course I'm biased because I live here Try to visit in spring or autumn if you can, as it does get rather cold in winter and can be very hot in summer.
Julesc, how does your man feel about being abandoned for that long Well done for being able to prioritize like that!
Thanks for the replies to my message! Just wondering what everyone's best experiences have been when on your travels? I havent had any whilst travelling yet, but i did a skydive here last year so would love to do one over Australia or something!
I hear skydiving over Cairns/Cape Tribulation is pretty spectacular.... the Great Barrier Reef, the beach and the rainforest going hand in hand is apparently an amazing site....