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1. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

Hi guys! A friend and I just started thinking seriously about doing a RTW trip. I've been doing some research on Google and found this site. Had a nosey around and it's brilliant! I'll continue to read the threads already posted in a minute, but just wanted some advice to start with, please.

Basically, nothing's certain yet but money is tight so I'm thinking 3 months should do nicely. We're currently based in London and are not bothered about South America or Europe. I think OZ, NZ and South Africa are priorities. Other than that we'd love to go to the US, Asia, Japan, China... I don't know, the world is so big! Suggestions as to whether 3 months is enough, how much money we'll need and itinerary would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks a lot!


2. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 10y

huge distances! limited amount of funds! time limited! = no chance!

consider spending at least 1 month in each other country to consider touching the surface of the countrys listed.

usa = huge
australia = huge
asia =huge
south africa = huge

so much to see and do with the above!

3. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

Hi there, thanks for replying!

Do you think it'd be ok to spend a month each in South Africa, OZ and NZ then?

As for funds, we're not planning on going right way, so we have time to save. What I meant was that we're not rich so we'll have to work hard to save it, if you see what I mean. :)

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 10y


But if funds are limited then I recommend been in South East Asia and South Africa. Australia is expensive so I have been told.
I will know more myself when I am in Australia this year.

My mate told me that a beer is the same price as what one pays in London! Choci bars and crisps…everything else is cheaper.

Either way you are going to have to pass through America on the way! So maybe 3 weeks in California, you could also get the train into Canada....

3 weeks South Africa
3 weeks Australia
2/3 weeks New Zealand
3 weeks USA = you would see part of america in this than nothing!

5. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

Sounds great. Do you reckon if we managed to get another month we'd be able to go to Asia on the way back?

6. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

I have another question... So sorry to bother you but you've been very helpful! :)

What's the best way to travel, for instance, in NZ or Australia from one city or the other? Should we get a flight?

7. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 10y

in general flying is the best option! you get to your location much much quicker!

for my rtw ticket new zealand is actually one of my stops...i can fly between auckland and christchurch as many times as i want!

if you decide to bus it anywhere, you create stress, hassle, and you get more tired...

you could see a small bit of asia for a could do thailand and see a small part of hmmm vietnam...

8. Posted by samot (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

oslaue, what kind of ticket deal did you get that lets you fly between auckland and christchurch as many times as you want?

9. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

If you added one month more in, you might be able to take a flight to Bangkok and then do a quick bit of travel in South East Asia, but I wouldn't expect to see everywhere. I did a whirlwind tour through South East Asia by flying from Bangkok-Hanoi, going overland from Hanoi-Siagon on the Open Tour bus stopping at many places along the way. I then got a Mekong Delta tour from Saigon-Phnom Penh, saw Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville in Cambodia before getting a flight from Phnom Penh back to Bangkok. That trip was over about a month, but it was very rushed especially the Vietnam part which you could spend a month in easily.

Like oslaue says 3 months is no where near enough time to see all the places you want to. For a trip like the one you mentioned first up 12 months might just do and even then you'd probably still be rushed a bit.

One month in Australia will hardly touch the surface of the country, you may be able to do the East coast of Australia alright, but I wouldn't expect anything more than that.

OZ=$50US a day NZ=$50US a day South East Asia=$20-30US a day (all per person on a budget staying in dorm rooms in Oz and NZ, whilst still seeing stuff). So that'd give you a rough idea of what sort of money you'd need to be saving to enjoy yourself.

Good luck with your saving and have a great trip when it comes.

10. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y

Thanks a lot to everyone who replied. I'll probably continue to pester you all over the next few months.

I'd really love to just pack up and go for 12 months but I can't just leave my flat and stuff shut for that long. Don't know, it's something to think about.

Harrold, thanks a lot for giving me an idea of how much to expect to spend in each country. Do you have any idea about the US?

Thanks again everyone!