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1. Posted by indianabmx (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Hello travellerspoint,I have come up with a trip idea and am in need of some suggestions. I have alot of questions and any type of advice is more the appreciated. And i apologize if this thread is in the wrong forum,if it would get a better response in a different forum let me know.

I will be purchasing a ticket to Costa Rica within the next month (leaving in mid-july) and am wondering where to go from there! After paying for the ticket i will have a budget of around $4500-$5000. I figured id only be gone for 2 1/2 to 3 months,but i have unlimited time. The trip idea ive come up with is this rough idea:
Costa Rica to
Ecuador/Galapagos
Fiji
possibly New Guinea or Borneo
Thailand
Japan
home (Chicago)
So the destinations make some what of a circle around the Pacific Ocean. I guess some question i have are:
Would it be possible to even make this trip with my budget?
Out of these destination which is the most costly?
Everywhere i listed is obviously very spaced out but would travelling via boat be a cheaper alternative (if even a possibility)?
Should i cut out any of those destinations for another country (for any reason)?
Again any advice is going to be greatly appreciated, thanks Cody.

2. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Personally, I think you might struggle a little with the itinery and budget you've outlined.

The good news is that most of the destinations you're heading to are relatively cheap, or can be done with cheap options, once you're there: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Fiji, New Guinea or Borneo,
Thailand. Bad news is Japan is frightfully expensive.... A trip to the Galapagos Islands will also set you back a fair bit of cash.

If you're depature date is set and you don't want to save up more cash before you depart, I'd suggest that you cut Japan from this trip. There is still plenty to explore in the other countries you have mentioned for the 2-3 months you're planning on travelling. Perhaps Japan could be a later trip?

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Don't think there are direct flights from Fiji to Borneo, however Air Niuginihave just started a direct service direct from Fiji to Port Moresby, and they fly Port Moresby to Singapore too. If you really want to go to Borneo you'll probably have to go via Australia, or another country in South-East Asia.

4. Posted by indianabmx (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

thank you both so much for the responses.
Koala-thats basically the answer i needed. That budget i stated is what i nearly currently have. I guess what i was hoping to do is save the income from here until i leave for bills and what not for when i return. But i am thinking of bumping up the budget a bit.

Magydal-thank you for the link. Im really looking into this. I was thinking id save money by going north from Fiji. I hadnt put much thought into going south, its enticing.

5. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

You're welcome Hope the trip is fantastic!

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

For travelling on a tight budget, Japan is certainly not the place you should be going, because it isn't cheap at all. I haven't been to the Galapagos islands, but I have heard that it is also very very expensive so that may need to be cut out as well and left for a later trip. If you spent time in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand you could stretch the budget further. I'm pretty sure you could get a flight from Bangkok-Chicago on some airline or if not from Bangkok-somewhere else in America. If that budget of $4500-$5000US is after the airfares, depending on how tight you were with your money and how long you spent in each place, you may be able to get away with it but it'd probably be very very tight with not much in the way of luxuries.

If you spent more time in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos you'd be able to stretch that money further. For example in Vietnam you can go the whole length of the country from Hanoi-Saigon on bus stopping over at numerous places along the way all for $20US. A 3 day 2 night tour through the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh/Cambodia was only something like $20 and that included all the accommodation and transport. A cheap budget hotel could be got for $5 or $6US a night or in some places a dorm bed for about $3US. So if you go to the right countries and use the cheaper methods of getting about you can get by very cheaply in some cases.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 26, 2007, at 11:34 PM by aharrold45 ]

7. Posted by indianabmx (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Aharrold thank you for the suggestions and tips. I've researched Vietnam before im very interested in visiting there. And recently ive seen pictures from Cambodia that floored me,so im as equally interested in going there. My entire trip is loosely based but i think Asia in preticular will be even more so. Again thank you.