Me and a mate are looking at going mid august travelling for a year. Does the following sound like a good plan?
UK - Bangkok - Hong Kong - Tokyo - FiJi - Auckland -Christchurch -Melbourne - Perth/Darwin -Los Angeles - New York - UK
not sure which way to travel around Australia
Asia (3 months), Fiji/new zealand (2 months), Australia (3 months), USA (4 months)
Looking at working in oz, new zealand and tokyo, apparently its a lot harder to get work in US and im not sure how hard it will be to get work in asia (or what)
It will be around £1500 and another £500 for visas i think. Does that basic plan sound about right?
Packing light because we will be travelling mostly accross land on busses and public transport, I was thinking a bag around 55litre with a couple of pairs of light trousers, 3 tshirts n other basic stuff.
You plan looks pretty good, but with America if you are planning on getting a visa waiver, you'll have to cut your time down to a maximum of 90 days. If you were to apply for a visa before arriving in America it may be possible too get one for a bit longer, but you'd probably have to show proof of funds, return tickets and more to get it. Maybe it might be possible for you to fly from Australia-Canada(spend a month there) then fly to USA or fly Australia-USA- Canada for a month and then fly back to UK. If you were to land in USA, then go to Canada half way through your time in USA and then return back to USA, that time you spend in Canada will still count towards the 90 day limit on the USA visa waiver. So unless you can get a visa before arrival that allows you that extra time, you will have to consider doing something similar to what I have written with the USA thing. Mexico is another option, but getting there from Australia without going via USA would be tricky if not impossible.
Have you also considered landing in Tokyo (if it is possible from London)-Hong Kong and then going overland to Bangkok. Doing something like that would allow you to do a lot of overland travel through Vietnam, Cambodia, possible Laos and Thailand before getting the flight to Fiji. It would mean basically travelling in the one direction rather than going south then working your way north to Japan and then back south the Fiji and further south to New Zealand which if you use a mileage based RTW fare might allow you to fit on a cheaper mileage bracket.
Which way to travel around Australia would depend on when you arrived. I think that if you reach Australia in Mid January like your itinerary would suggest, well that would mean it was in the middle of the wet season up North in Darwin and warm-hot dry weather down in Melbourne (and the whole of Southern Australia). The dry season in the North is from April-October so if you left going to the north until the end, you may just be lucky and get some weather where it isn't constantly pouring with rain.
Have a great trip.
thanks. yeh, we'll only do usa for 3 months, should still be enough time to work our way accross by land and *hopefully* find some work. If all else fails we could take sombreros and pretend were mexicans and lay drives for $1.50 an hour
(sorry to all mexicans, i know there nice people ive been there twice!)