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1. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

First off, I already have Visas/Work/Volunteer things lined up. That is not for discussion here. I am just showing you my intended itinerary(flexible as I will go with the flow once abroad) to see if you guys think it is doable in a year.

Starting August 7th:

-Working on a farm in Switzerland in return for room/board (one month)
-Hitchike from Switzerland through France onto Amsterdam then fly to London
-Working in London for cash (6 weeks)
*Travel to Ireland from London on a weekend while I am there
-Working in Berlin for cash (6 weeks)
*Travel to Riga, Latvia on a weekend while I am there. Also attend Octoberfest in Munich.

-Rent a car and travel this route:
[12 Dec 2007] Vienna, Austria
[12 Dec 2007 - 15 Dec 2007] Budapest, Hungary
[16 Dec 2007 - 18 Dec 2007] Zagreb, Croatia
[19 Dec 2007 - 22 Dec 2007] Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina
[22 Dec 2007 - 25 Dec 2007] Belgrade, Serbia
[26 Dec 2007 - 29 Dec 2007] Sofia, Bulgaria
[30 Dec 2007 - 02 Jan 2008] Bucharest, Romania
[02 Jan 2008 - 03 Jan 2008] Braşov, Romania
[04 Jan 2008 - 06 Jan 2008] L'viv, Ukraine
[08 Jan 2008 - 11 Jan 2008] Kraków, Poland
[12 Jan 2008 - 15 Jan 2008] Prague, Czech Republic
[15 Jan 2008] Vienna, Austria

-Take a train from Vienna to Moscow for 5 days
-Fly from Moscow to Delhi, India
-Volunteer with poor children in India in return for food and housing (one month)
-Bus to Nepal where I will volunteer at a school in return for food and housing (one month)
-Fly to Lhasa, stay over night and then catch the train to Beijing(tour China for roughly 3 weeks)
-Fly to Bangkok, Thailand to teach english for cash(one month)
-Travel Asia (Laos, Cambodia, ect.) for 3 weeks
-Fly to Australia and travel the country for about a month.

Then return home. I have 5000$ before leaving on the trip, with my flight to Europe paid for already. I already have health insurance, two bank accounts and a credit card so I have multiple ways to get money. I also have an International Drivers license and my vaccines. I will be travelling with my best friend.

2. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

By the way I also plan to put most of the flights/trains and misc transport expenses on my credit card to be paid off by my parents.

3. Posted by chemgal (Respected Member 149 posts) 9y

Hi Will,
Sounds like a busy itinerary you have planned. I think it's a bit ambitious for 12 months. You might want a lot more time in the places you are visiting and avoid overplanning. You never know what is going to happen, you might meet some cool people in Berlin and decide to head to Oktoberfest in Munich with them.
You might want to check out how old you need to be to hire a car in Europe. My German Colleague is pretty sure that you need to be 20.
If you make it to Australia, you should definitely try and come to New Zealand
Good Luck!

4. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

^ I agree totally with not overplanning. And that itinerary could totally change once we get over there and start going with the flow. I just like to have a sort of "guideline" itinerary.

As far as it being a bit too ambitious, I disagree. This trip is a once in a lifetime thing so we might as well do it proper :)

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

Hi Will,
Did you have any specific questions as well?
Or was it just meant to react in whatever way we want?
Cheers! And have fun! Michael

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

Quoting will13

By the way I also plan to put most of the flights/trains and misc transport expenses on my credit card to be paid off by my parents.

I wish I had your parents if they are willing to pay for your big debts!

Something you should seriously consider is with the part where you get the train to Moscow at least add St Petersburg to the itinerary (meaning adding 7 days on to the Russia section or maybe it could be reduced to 5 seeing some of the most outstanding things would be shut due to the time of year). If this means getting rid of another place or two then so be it, but the visa for Russia is expensive and a pain in the bum to get. If you are going to all the trouble to get the visa, you should at least use it to see one of the must see cities in the world. Moscow is good, but St Petersburg is great so you'd be missing that if you stufk to your current itinerary.

3 weeks in Asia for Laos, Cambodia etc is pretty much pointless. You need months there not just 3 weeks. I like fast travel, but 3 weeks in South East asia is simply not doable if you want to see more than one country. If you were to see Vietnam you'd need 3-4 weeks minimum to see any major part of the country. In Cambodia just for Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville you'd require about 1 1/2 weeks minimum and Laos I've heard 4 weeks is about what you want (I haven't been to Laos so I am only going on what I have read others write and others tell me).

One month in Australia will probably get you to see from probably Sydney-Cairns and then having to fly back to Sydney (assuming Sydney was where you were arriving and departing from). If you expect to see anything more than just that distance you are going to be missing a lot of important stuff out and not doing it justice.

7. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

Utrecht: I am just looking for any kind of reaction from people or advice in general.

aharrold: I will forsure take into considerration a visit to St. Petersburgh and try my best to make it out there as well as to Moscow. As far as travel in Asia goes, once we get there then we will see how we feel with it. And depending on what we see in 3 weeks we will decide to maybe stay and travel more in Asia or instead go to Australia. Who knows...just go with the flow Im thinking :)

8. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

^ Who knows, maybe the trip will even extend past the full year...

Maybe we can turn it into like a 14-15 month trip. Again...going with the flow