Me and my partner are leaving on the 9th September. Our rough route and timeline is as follows:
1 month - China (overland from Beijing to Hong Kong)
3 months - Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
4-6 weeks - New Zealand
4 months - South America
We will have around 14k to do this and I am panicking that its not enough and our trip is going to be ruined. Please can someone advise us as it would be really helpful to know where we stand and if we need to take out an emergency loan!
I probably don't have the answer for you but perhaps as reassurance, my boyfriend and I are planning to go travelling next June for up to 18 months and plan to take £19,000 - £20,000 so based on this I would say your £14,000 will be plenty.. assuming you are planning to stay in hostels etc and not living it up in every place that is!
Hope you have a fab time
As long as you don't live it up like a queen and your boyfriend doesn't live it up like a king well your budget should be plenty. In places like Vietnam on $30US a day you can live it up like a king as long as you stay in the basic accommodation. The Open tour bus which goes the whole length of the country cost only $20US and allowed you to have many stop overs at nice places along the way. If you stop in Nha Trang, you can do this full day island hopping tour, which I can't recall the exact cost but it was only something like $8US and would have been good value at $40US. New Zealand will definitely be the place where you budget will take a pounding especially if you want to do many of the adrenalin activities or any of the other many expensive things in New Zealand. If you need to purchase any internal flights within South America that will also hurt the bank balance a lot because no flights there are remotedly budget priced.
Thanks for your replies, I am feeling much better now as we do intend to stay in basic hostels etc. as who spends a lot of time in their room anyway!??
I haven't heard of that Open bus tour aharrold - is it better than getting around Vietnam on the trains?
I didn't use the trains, so I can't comment, but what I can say is that it is considerably cheaper than getting around on the trains. You can reach place on the bus that you can't on the train. If you check out http://www.sinhcafe.com.vn that will give you a bit of an idea of the sorts of things that are available in Vietnam. DO NOT purchase off that site though, only use it as a guide. The site is of the company which you will purchase the tours, open tour bus tickets etc in Vietnam, but for most things (excluding the open tour bus ticket) it is considerably more expensive on that site than it is if you buy in Vietnam.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 25, 2007, at 5:15 PM by aharrold45 ]
i can't predict, but if you want a very vague sketch...go to lonelyplanet.com, and look up each of country - it has a thing for 'money' (i think that's right), which tells you the ballpark of how much certain meals cost, places to stay, transportation. it's nothing specific, but it'll give you an idea of where you stand.
(edit: you would have to do lots of math, though )
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 26, 2007, at 10:39 AM by Latarina ]