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11. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Akhilesh

Hiiiiii

can somebody pls tell me approximately how much I need to save for a RTW, and if somebody has posted a link of the route n the expected expenditure...

Thanks:)

There has just been started a thread several days ago:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=35449

12. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

I prefer longer trips for a few reasons:

1) More efficient usage of $$.

2) It's easier to lump work periods together than try to work and earn funds in shorter periods in between travels.

3) There's nothing quite like extended travel :)

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

It is far better to save up for years and do a big RTW trip than do a tiny little trip once every couple of years. The main reason being that when you come back from a couple of week trip, well you are back to the boring daily grind where life isn't worth living, where you are wishing your time pass whilst at work and wishing your time away until the next chance you get to travel. If you do a RTW trip, you are fixed from the travel bug for a long time you have a big goal in sight and do everything in your power to get there. Instead of wishing your life away to get home when you are just planning a small holiday interstate or something, you are wishing for as much work as possible with as many hours as possible to save up as much as possible for your next RTW trip to get away quicker. At least that is what my experiences have been with taking small trips and then taking longer RTW trips.

So I'd rather have a relatively boring life for 5 years and then have a fabulous existance for 1 whole year travelling the world, rather than have a boring existance for 50 weeks of the year and then have a wonderful existance 2 weeks of the year.

It might be different in Europe due to the fact most places are a cheap Ryanair or other budget airline flight away to see a whole new contry not just a part of your own boring country, but to people who live in places like Australia or most areas of America you are really limited in where you can go on a regular basis due to budget airlines still costing a lot of money for medium distances so the only places that are affordable to travel to are ones you have already been to heaps of times.

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Ahila

Another thread on this forum started a topic of how long it takes to save up to go on a RTW trip and I was interested in seeing that people scrimp and save for years on end to go for a full year trip.

As Michael mentioned in that thread, I was also wondering if it wouldn't be nicer to take it in small doses, save a bit, travel, save some more, travel... that way, you continue being stimulated and enjoying your present life. Of course, it depends from person to person of how they feel about this.

Personally, I would prefer travelling in small doses each year than for months on end, after intervals of many years of hard work. Especially, as I am not sure about planning and saving for months on end for a particular goal as one never knows what might turn up around the corner of next year or even, next month. Also, travelling is a key tool for boosting my energy and interest in work and daily life that I wouldn't want to put it on hold for years.

What about you?

I usually do it in small doses too, but often. If does of course work out more expensive, than a round the world trip, but i always have something to look forward to, and dont have to wait too long, for it. And this way of doing things gives me time for my boyfriend and daughter, and allows me to also take part in everyday life, regularly.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 2, 2007, at 2:20 AM by Mel. ]

15. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I read that there will be a budget airline opening up, the route to South-East Asia and Australia from Europe. so it looks like we can budget ourselves to Australia very soon (and vice versa).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific_business/view/250767/1/.html

As for the topic, I don't know. I like a lot the advise I got from a nephew, he said enjoy now, you never know, what's going to happen in a year, two years etc ...

16. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

It sounds like a lot of people think when you live in Europe you go away for long weekends all the time.

I know there would be the possibility, but at this stage I couldn't imagine doing it. I'd never go somewhere I've never been before (like Paris) for 3 days, because I know I'd have to leave with an awful feeling telling me 'There's so much more to do and see'.

At this stage I don't know when we will do our RTW, but it's a long story... and I just don't feel like applying for thousands of visas again, to start all over again when coming back, as we'd have to quit our job, which was hard to get when we arrived here 7months ago anyway.

I'd love to do like a 5week (or more) trip every year, but it depends a lot on your job and it makes it harder for us, because we are a couple (getting the time off). Moreover I don't think we'd be able to afford it.

For example: we really wanna see AUS, a flight there and back costs more than a RTW ticket. That's an important point for us and influences our decision a lot.

If I had all the money and time in the world though, I'd defintely go on a lot of trips throughout the year.

17. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

I read that there will be a budget airline opening up, the route to South-East Asia and Australia from Europe. so it looks like we can budget ourselves to Australia very soon (and vice versa).

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific_business/view/250767/1/.html

As for the topic, I don't know. I like a lot the advise I got from a nephew, he said enjoy now, you never know, what's going to happen in a year, two years etc ...

It's good news for your budget, but really bad news I think considering more and more people travel everywhere, also the stupid and ignorant ones drinking and having a 'great' time on the beach. Hope budget airlines will stay in one area, like europe or south east asia, or australia, us etc., but connections being expensive enough.

18. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Kathi20

It sounds like a lot of people think when you live in Europe you go away for long weekends all the time.

I know there would be the possibility, but at this stage I couldn't imagine doing it. I'd never go somewhere I've never been before (like Paris) for 3 days, because I know I'd have to leave with an awful feeling telling me 'There's so much more to do and see'.

At this stage I don't know when we will do our RTW, but it's a long story... and I just don't feel like applying for thousands of visas again, to start all over again when coming back, as we'd have to quit our job, which was hard to get when we arrived here 7months ago anyway.

I'd love to do like a 5week (or more) trip every year, but it depends a lot on your job and it makes it harder for us, because we are a couple (getting the time off). Moreover I don't think we'd be able to afford it.

For example: we really wanna see AUS, a flight there and back costs more than a RTW ticket. That's an important point for us and influences our decision a lot.

If I had all the money and time in the world though, I'd defintely go on a lot of trips throughout the year.

Noticed it as well, long weekend in Europe is nice now and then but I prefer trips further away and bit longer. Europe I can see when I am 60 or so.
It's more expensive indeed but a car or a house is expensive as well. This year 5 weeks Australia, 10 days west ireland, 2,5 weeks the eastern part of south africa and later in nov or so 2 weeks from shanghai to hongkong. I have been travelling like this for over 5 years. It costs a lot of money compared to budget travellers, but I don't have a problem with it. It's great this way and before or after a round the world trip I am not sitting at home and working for years without any money for trips

19. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 9y

One of the things I like about traveling is planning (dreaming) the trip beforehand. Sure it takes a long time to save up for an RTW, but that's time you spend daydreaming about it, and traveling the route in your mind- which is fun, too. Also, it takes time to make all the arrangements (visas, etc.) you need for your trip.
Just curious, though: how would you define a 'round the world' trip? Touching all 6 inhabited continents? Or just traveling in a consistent east-west or west-east direction back to where you've started? ('cause I've done that...)

20. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting madpoet

One of the things I like about traveling is planning (dreaming) the trip beforehand. Sure it takes a long time to save up for an RTW, but that's time you spend daydreaming about it, and traveling the route in your mind- which is fun, too. Also, it takes time to make all the arrangements (visas, etc.) you need for your trip.
Just curious, though: how would you define a 'round the world' trip? Touching all 6 inhabited continents? Or just traveling in a consistent east-west or west-east direction back to where you've started? ('cause I've done that...)

Actually 7 continents, although Anarctica is not inhabited by the same people for decades in a row of course....but the penguins are great!