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

In the US it really depends on where you stay, but $50US a day would get you by in most places. If you went to Las Vegas and wanted to do a canyon tour then that budget isn't anywhere near enough a day.

12. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Yeah, I see what you mean. I'm off to calculate how skint I'll be over the past few months in order to avoid the trip. :)

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

Do everything you possibly can to travel, because I'm sure if you save up enough it will be the best thing you'll ever do to travel especially if you save enough to do a RTW trip instead of just a one or two country trip.

I've now done two RTW trips one which was 4 months and was go, go, go all the time with hardly a day going by where I wasn't up as 7.00am out sightseeing or on a flight at that time to make the most out of may day. The other was 7 month and went about 100,000km through most regions of the world. That was a far more thorough trip and a little more relaxed except a few days where my life was put in ripping half my hair out and ageing 20 years. That trip had the most stressful and terrible moment of my life and also had about 205 days out of 212 days which were amongst the best days of my life.

So save, save, save and get yourself out of your home and see this amazing world we have. Life is boring as hell at home even on the most fun of the days there when you compare it to the fun you can have if you travel with an open mind and a can do and will do attitude. Ever since getting back a couple of months ago I have saved every bit of money I possibly can so that I can get the hell out of here again the first chance I get.

14. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

samot - i got the - i think its called escapade? or something...the difference is my flights are slightly different to a lot of others, by flying with other airlines and worked out cheaper too.

i fly with singapore airlines for most of my journeys instead of the other airlines,then i have virgin atlantic and, new zealand air...
the condition is about 2 times i have to go through singapore instead of flying direct to australia from thailand when i am there.

then from there i fly into christchurch, auckland and can go back to christchurch and back to auckland.

also i can changes dates on all my flights from free - 20 euro max...so i am told hmmmmmmmmmmm believe it all when it happens...

15. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

This is what I've come up with:

US - 21 days
Canada - 7 days
Mexico/ Cancun - 14 days
Hawaii - 7 days
NZ - 21 days
OZ - 21 days
South Africa - 21 days
Thailand - 7 days

Does it sound ok?

Thanks :)

16. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

truth to be said!
those days are madness!

7 days in thailand? i am going for 3-4 weeks!
i have never been to thailand but you want to see bangkok and for sure the islands! its a huge country!

7 days in canada? i would probably just get rid of it all together and add that extra week onto thailand.

i think you have to look at it like this, if you go and see a country you want to do it properly!
also a lot will depend if you can fly to all the places that you have mentioned for the air ticket!

im paying 1800 euro for mine, you will pay way more maybe.

you are just naming places that you want to visit, but the real question is, do you know anything about these countrys?
what to do and what to see?

i dont think it is viable.

i think what you need to do is speak with the travel agency to see how much it will costs. to see if it is possible.
your going away for 3 months will probably cost a lot compared to a normal backpacker who goes away for 6 months, you will be exhausted and maybe you wont get the true satisfaction out of this trip.

my trip involves

Ireland>England>South Africa>Singapore>Thailand>Australia>New Zealand>USA>then who knows for 1,800 euro.
now with all this i make my own way to countrys like canada, vietnam, all internal flights in South Africa are covered by myself.

17. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting NinaGD

Canada - 7 days

Canada is the second-largest country in the world, land-wise. It takes almost 7 days to cross from east to west coast by car. Is there a particular city or two you were considering? That would help to fix a route that makes the most of your time. Perhaps a trip to Montreal or Toronto from New York, or to Vancouver from Seattle or something.

18. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

I should've been clearer, shouldn't I?!

I think we've settled on 4 months now, and basically have no intention of visiting a whole country as we're sure it's not possible, but concentrating on one or 2 cities of each countries.

I'm much more of a walking around, just getting a feeling of a city instead of going with the tourists and sightseeing. Obviously, we do want to go sightseeing as well, but I wouldn't say we want to see each and everything, if that makes sense. Also, we're happy to just hang around at the beach and meet people.

So I thought about doing:
London - NY - Vegas - Vancouver - LA - Mexico City - Cancun - Honolulu - NZ (not sure what cities we should concentrate on yet) - OZ (again, not sure, but maybe Sydney - Melbourne - Perth) - Cape Town - Johannesburg - Bangkok - London.

Is that slightly better or am I still talking nonsence?

I checked with STA and I can't remember whether I can fly to Vancouver from Vegas or La, and I think I've got to go back to Mexico City before going to Honolulu, but other than that, it seems fine. It quoted about £1800, excluding taxes. But I do intend to pop in to speak to an agent sometime soon.

19. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

yeah...you wanna watch out for the taxes...some days you can get shafted other days you wont so much.

a little bit of advise..pick either jo'burg / capetown...dont pick both...when it comes to flying in south africa.

internal flights only cost 25 euro...in south africa...i know this cos i just bought a ticket last week! im sure mr travel agent will dump 100quid plus taxes or from city to city in south africa....

quick question, why joburg? you have an idea how dangerous that city is? it takes dangerous to a completely different level...the only reason one would fly into jo'burg is to do kruger park safari! or if you got some friends in pretoria...other wise fly into cape town...

joburg is not a city to be walking around, after 5pm! forget about it!

20. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Never mind Johannesburg then!

I'll be doing research on each country/ city from now on, so that plan is subject to change anyway. We just wanted to have a rough idea. :)