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Dream scenario - but am I biting off more than I can chew???

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1. Posted by KScott (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y

Hey everyone - this is my first post here, so here goes:

I am in a dream travellers scenario - I still live at home with my dad, have no girlfriend, got my life savings burning a hole in my bank account, and a desire to see as much as possible of this world, in as long a time as it takes.

I want to go on 6 out of the 7 continents:

London - Asia - Australasia - N America - S America - Africa - Europe - London

This may take around 1.5 - 2 years I think.

The problem is, I have never been as far as France (on family holidays), so am I seeing too much in one go?

How much dosh would I need to do this (staying in hostels, not working while I'm out there)? Got 7k saved up but looking at getting nearer 15 -16k before I set off (April 2008 I think).

Any advice much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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

You are cramming a hell of a lot in, but you should be able to do it in 1.5-2 years. Without purchasing a RTW ticket would be the only way you could see so much in your given time frame as 12 months is the maximum time allowed on a RTW ticket.

One thing you have to realise is that continents like Africa are very very big, so if you wanted to see more than just a couple of countries you'll use plenty of time there. Like doing an overland arrange trip I have seen in a travel brochure from Cairo-Jo'burg takes 30 weeks (it could be done quicker, but not worth doing it quicker). So that is over half a year just for Africa to see a fraction of the continent.

Then you have South America which is relatively big and to do that overland you could easily spend another 6 month to explore it well.

Just a country like India if you wanted to see it well can take a good few months, so a place as big as China could take more than a few months. I think that you might need to arrange your trip a little differently, because I haven't seen any flight, ship or other transport that goes from anywhere in South America-Africa despite the fact it is relatively close. I know that at least one flight leaves from Jo'burg-Hong Kong and Jo'burg-Perth/Australia so you have an option to get from Africa-Asia or Africa-Australasia, but almost all flights to and from Africa are through London.

London-Africa-Australia-Asia-North America-South America-Europe-London would be possible without having to backtrack to another continent.

I have no idea for the costs, I did a 7 month RTW trip which was very big only not covering Africa. The cost after the airfares was approximately 5,400 pounds. That was all on a RTW ticket, so add the ticket cost on as it was about the most expensive RTW ticket available and you'd be looking probably 7200 pounds. That trip covered Australasia, SEA, Asia, Indian subcontinent, Europe (including Iceland), South America, Central America, North America and the Carribbean. That was living it that way you talk, but in some areas I went it wasn't cheap like Japan, Iceland, Russia and America to name a few so that added to the expenses a lot.

Have a great trip.

3. Posted by KScott (Budding Member 27 posts) 9y

thanks aharrold, your reply has helped me a lot.

With what you said about flights from S America - Africa, maybe I could fly home, and take a breather for a couple of weeks at home, take stock of cash situation then set off for Africa. Its an option I suppose. It would enable me to get a RTW ticket at least:

London - Kathmandu - overland to Tokyo - Sydney - Auckland - Fiji - Hawaii - LA - overland to Rio - London

4. Posted by samot (Budding Member 35 posts) 9y

KScott, to help you determine what the trip will cost, you can use the airtreks website. They give you roundabout prices for the various trips, plus its fun to just click on the different cities and dream of going there.

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

If you did what you say by getting a RTW ticket but just excluding Africa to take stock of the cash situation....., well I think a One World ticket is the only one that currently has flights to South America (at least according to their website). You can get a really great ticket which would allow you a lot more miles than the standard mileage based ticket and will let you go to the most remote habitated place on earth (Easter Island). Seeing you'd have a maximum of 1 year on your RTW ticket and South America is a really long continent with a huge amount to cover, you may want to consider a few internal flights in South America, instead of going overland from LA-Rio. I don't think that in the rules of the oneworld ticket that you'd be able to go overland from LA - Rio anyway, because that'd be overlanding between continents. You could do something like overland from LA-somewhere in central america as I'm pretty sure that Central America is considered as North America in the rules of the ticket. Then fly from a place in central America-Rio. Then if you really wanted to do a once in a lifetime thing, you could get the flight that goes about once a week or so from Rio De Janeiro-Easter Island (via Santiago). Then you'd have to backtrack to Santiago. Then you could do more overland travel but end up making your way to Buenos Aires where you'd get the flight out to London (I think Rio and Buenos Aires are the only two South American cities to have flights to London). Usually flights to Easter Island have to be arranged from having a main stop in Santiago, but their is one flight every so often that does leave Rio for Santiago early in the morning and connects to an Easter Island flight and that is allowed, but if you just got any old flight from Rio-Santiago and then wanted to go to Easter Island, by the rules of the ticket, you wouldn't be able to go as you'd need to make a second main stop in Santiago which isn't allowed. To do that, you'd need to get a continent based ticket, because all that backtracking adds a huge amount of mileage.

That sort of RTW ticket does involve a huge amount of mucking about, but to see a place like Easter Island which is just amazing when you see and hear the history that is known, it is worth the hassels. You'd only need about 4 days on Easter Island, but you could lay claim to going to the most remote habitated place on earth and probably the most mysterious.

Depending on the time of year you go to South America and the amount of cash you are have left, you may even be able to get a bargain cruise to Antarctica from Ushuaia (if you were going in the summer Antarctic tour season if you got lucky on the day of a tour departure).

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 12, 2007, at 4:24 AM by aharrold45 ]