My and some mates are going round on our 1st RTW this year, we are going to LA, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand. The trip will last for just over a year.
We have a spare destination which we haven't decided on yet. We were thinking Fiji but we were told that the best way to visit it would be to organise our own trip from New Zealand, has anyone done this before?
Any advise or tips for our trip would be grateful, things to do, places to visit, how much money to take, where our extra stop would be etc.
When you go to Thailand, you can do pretty easy travel either by cheap flight or overland travel to places like Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, so you should definitely try to leave yourself some time to see at least two of those countries as well as Thailand.
I guess your extra destinations would depend on your interests, because if you are a beach bum and love nothing more than a day on the beach, then apart from the odd place here and there Vietnam or Cambodia probably wouldn't be for you. Thailand, Phillipines and lots of places around that area would be. On the other hand if you like very different culture, historical things, beautiful architecture, nature, then the other places like Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos would be more to your liking. SO you'd need to be a bit more specific as to what places to go, what type of budget, how long you are looking to spend in the place etc. If you wanted to spend 7 days, well going to Vietnam wouldn't be worth it, but going to Fiji probably would.
Money matters also depend on your places, what type of traveller you are and more.
Sticking just to the places you have mentioned that you are going for sure, LA would be $50US a day if you wanted to enjoy yourself without going to the themeparks, but going there you'd need to add at least another $20US a day depending on how many of them you want to go to.
Thailand, you could get by most of the time in most places on $25US-$30US a day but maybe a little more would give you a safety net.
New Zealand and Australia would be $50US a day if you wanted to do more than just walk around town. In New Zealand if you wanted to do some stuff in Queenstown well your budget would blow out a long way.
If you went to Vietnam and Cambodia, you could get by on $20-$25US a day except in Siem Reap where you pay that much for the pass to see the temples.
All of those prices would be of a minimum budget to enjoy quite a bit of stuff but not see everything. They'd also be you having to stay in the cheapest hostels in Australia,New Zealand and LA, plus also hostels or the cheapest of the hotels in Thailand or anywhere else in SEA.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 11, 2007, at 5:51 AM by aharrold45 ]
I did a trip a few years ago through OZ and NZ, on the way back to the States I stopped with a layover in Fiji. This may be your best option and cost a lot less. So try and force a stop over there. Fiji is beautiful and I recommend Octopus Resort on Waya Island. It is about a 3 hour boat ride from Nadi. It is a beautiful place to relax in the sun. I was there when I was 22 and though there is no night life they provide nightly activities and they have a small bar so you can have drinks all day and night. The food was exceptional and the bures where an intersting style of accomadation. I would check this out if you budget is right. In thailand the most expensive thing is the beer. If you are a drinker you budget can go up a bit. I was getting hotel rooms on Koh San Road for about 250baht and beer was costing about 150-200baht. Street food on Koh San road is good and cheap, just eat where ever there is a line. Enjoy. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is very impressive and worth seeing.
Fiji is worth visiting and with some RTW tickets you should be able to get a free Fiji stopover on your way from America to NZ.
But if I was visiting somewhere in the South Pacific on my way to NZ my first choices would be either The Cook Islands or Samoa, which I both absolutely loved.
I would suggest skipping touristy fuji and head to Tonga instead, excellent place