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1. Posted by tonys80 (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

Hi everyone, im planning to go travelling solo in november. But i have not really got a clue how to go about it, and how much money i will need, and the best route to take.( ive never been travelling before)
I found this site the other day, and think its excellent!, i would realy appreciate if u good people could give me some advice.

These are the places i want to go to.

Pakistan 3 weeks
India 6 weeks
Thialand 6 weeks
Cambodia 3 weeks
Laos or vietnam 3 weeks.

Then i plan to go to NZ for up to a year as i will hopefully have a working holiday visa, and will fund my travels round nz by working.

It would be great if someone could give me an idea of how much money i will need for my flight ticket , and how much for travelling.I should be ok when in nz, as i will be able to work
Does anyone know how easy it is to get work in NZ? , like bar work or fruit picking, or somethin like that.
Im so eager to get the ball rolling , but first i need to know how much money i will,need and what route to take

I should have about £6000 in total, that will be for ticket as well.

Any help appreciated!


Cheers!

Tony

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

pakistan tony? i hope that was a typo error...

i think you will have enough funds to get you by....some of the experts here will further laborate on that.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 25, 2007, at 7:24 AM by oslaue ]

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

pakistan tony? i hope that was a typo error...

Uh? Why?? Sorry, but that comment has completely lost me.

I'm not an expert on such matters (as i don't fly), although i get around quite a bit anyway. The RTW experts should be able to give you significantly more details.

It would be great if someone could give me an idea of how much money i will need for my flight ticket

You should be able to get a cheap RTW ticket for 600-800gbp (at a guess). Getting Pakistan in it might be trickier, as it isn't a "core" RTW stop over, although uyou should be able to. Get a ticket something like London - Karachi - Delhi - Bangkok - Auckland - US somewhere - London. Try playes like trailfinders and STA travel, and try and talk to their RTW expert. Then get them to try different variants in stopping places/number of stops etc. Small Variants could save fairly large amounts of money.

Also, remember that your RTW ticket doesn't have to include all your flights. there is nothing to stop you buying extra ones yourself (for example, there are lots of cheapy airlines, such as Air Asia, in SEA) which can give you extra flexibility, and even save money.

Bangkok is the best hub and most central point for visiting SEA, and it's inevitable that you'll pass through it at least once. You might be able to get a ticket with a land section (Bangkok to Singapore overland is fairly standard) or maybe Mumbai to Delhi overland, which will cut back on some back tracking.

The 6 countries that you list are all cheap to travel around, and even if your flight ticket costs you 1000, 5000 is more than sufficient for the 6months or so, providing you don't go mad.

To give you a rough idea, I got back i July from a 16mth (surface) travel, and spent roughly 8500 including absolutely everything. However, that included a major wedding, the World Cup in Germany, 3 months in Japan, and a couple of other major splurges [and of the places you mention, I spent about a month in Lao in 2 visits, 10days in Cambodia, 5weeks in Vietnam and 3weeks in Thailand in 2 visits].

Hope that helps, at least vaguely.

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

tribal areas in pakistan are dangerous!

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

tribal areas in pakistan are dangerous!

Why! because they are unpredictable? Are tribal areas not always potentially dangerous, anywhere? In Pakistan it is best to avoid the direct border areas with Afghanistan. The Baluchistan area is also best avoided because of banditgroups. Certain areas in the province of Sindh are dangerous because of criminality, especially in and around Karachi.

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

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting oslaue

tribal areas in pakistan are dangerous!

Why! because they are unpredictable? Are tribal areas not always potentially dangerous, anywhere? In Pakistan it is best to avoid the direct border areas with Afghanistan. The Baluchistan area is also best avoided because of banditgroups. Certain areas in the province of Sindh are dangerous because of criminality, especially in and around Karachi.

exactly for those reasons!

7. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

you could also start with the cheapest offer for an all inclusiv,lets say
Thailand,then you would be not alone,you would be aeble to explore
on your own, take "baby steps",from there you can look out for last min.flights for your next destination,maybe you can even go further by bus or boat?who knows.
I would not book a whole trip if I would have a lot of time,I would just float from one country to the next.
Marlis;)