This is my first post so far, so be gentle ;-)
Me and my girlfriend are planning on backpacking in south america, south east asia and india. The thing we are a bit unsure of is how long we should travel. We have been thinking about seven months to get the feel of every country we are visiting, and to really experience backpacking. But lately i have been thinking, "Is seven months to long?". I mean will we get tired of travelling around, and perhaps so filled up with all the impressions that when we end up in india in front of the Taj Mahal we are just not noticing its beauty? I mean, should we just take four months and less countries?
I know these questions are really individual, but I would really like to get some feedback from you all. Maybe even from some of the people who have been travelling for several months and know what its like?
Thank you all in advance!
Personally I have been on 2 big trips each just over 3 months, and by the end I was happy to put stop lugging around my backpack, stop living out of a bag, and get home.. but that is just me.. And I am already thinking about another trip, about that length.
I've met lots of people who go around the world for like 1 year, and have an experience of a lifetime.... I guess like you know, it depends a lot on the individual, and your individual situation- can you afford that long all at once, work situation , and you know yourself if you want to live like a backpacker for that long....
I totally agree with CanadaGuy. After backpacking for over 10 months, I was really glad to be home and not to be living off a rucksack. Now I'm fairly contented making short trips nearby!
If we were to do another long-ish trip, the plan would be to set up a base and make short trips from there. It's less unsettling and you'll learn more about the place, the people, culture..etc.
Depending on what you want to do ie. places you wish to go, time allocated for each location - you'll be surprised that once you start planning your trip - 7 months is not too long....
Have a great time!
depends where you are if your working and traveling it can be easier to spend a longer time in a location
but if your traveling and on the move a lot , i felt satisfied after 3 months off a constant trip with new places people.
in fact i started to get uninterested after a while its like my brain was tired of the mass of new things and emotions and information entering my mind all the timefor so long .
I think the answer is: it's all relative. For me - who has 3 weeks' vacation a year - travellin gfor 3 weeks is a nice, long trip. For someone planning to quit, or take a sabattical, you'd probably wnat to set months a side to make the most of your tip. Or, if you're a student, an entire summer is a lovely long time to travel. I'd say go with your gut. Balance out the time and money you have to make the most of it!
For me, one month is a perfect amount of time to travel.
More than a month is long, but I would not avoid it either.
Just travel at a speed, which is relaxing for u, and when u get fed up with moving around, find a nice beach or mountain to relax at for a week or two.
Thank you all for your replies. Allot of sensible stuff has been highlighted in this thread.
Looks like we are going to go for some plain tickets which are flexible, meaning we are allowed to change the time of departure if we pay a small fee. This way we will be able to end our trips after four months (or something) if we are tired of traveling, and go for the full seven months if we really can't get enough. The fee should not be more than 100$ at most according to the guy at travel agency. So changing 2-3 tickets is still not ALLOT of money compared to the cost of the total trip.
Ok, are you guys up for one more question? How much can we except to spend per person if we use double rooms at dorms and low budget hotels, and don't overspend during daytime . As i mentioned earlier we will be staying in south america (argentina, chile, bolivia, peru), mexico, south east asia (vietnam, cambodia and laos) and india and nepal.
Thanks in advance. I will be sure to answer other peoples questions on backpacking when I return, to make up for all your help
I reckon a short limited time would be nicer rather than a lengthy one.
Even within that limited time, i.e. 3-4 months, would be nice to travel within a vast country like India (as example) where the north, south and cental has different variation in different aspect of life, people, tradition, scenry and so on. Of couse if you go to smaller country then you could travel to smaller countries in her neighborhood.
Unfortunately I have seen so many tourists that like majority of American tourists go to different countries JUST in order to check the long list of sceneries that other people visited there before.
It would be nice to stay in a place and mix with people, feel them, and observe their life style and see the beautiul place in their sorroundings rather than moving face from one place to another.
Have a nice trip
and looking forward to hear your stories
If its your first backpacking experience I would not start with a 7 month trip, I personally think that is way too long to start with. Try 2 months or just see how you go, but if you buy a RWT you could waste alot of cash if you not enjoying yourself.
It's great that you have chosen a flexible ticket as now you don't need to worry about the length of your travels! I travelled for 8 months (which was my first proper backpacking adventure). Yes, there were times when I felt homesick and could kill for a hot shower and the love of my friends and family, but these feelings were short lived. I was very tempted to go home after 4 months, but told myself I would regret it if I didn't make the most of it and stay. I'm so glad that I did as after a couple of weeks the feelings passed and I experienced the most rewarding and memorable part of my travels. After 7 months though, I was tired. I'd spent 2 months in India staying nowhere more than 2 or 3 nights. So, I passed out in Bali & the Gili Islands for the remaining month and scrapped the rest of Indonesia! I was well and truely ready to return home then. My only real advice here (as it is such an individual thing) is to ensure that every so often you plan to stay somewhere a week or so, to rest and rejuvenate. And, treat yourself now and then to a few home comforts. It really does help when you feel a little jaded and when you think of how little extra a room with hot water and a/c costs, it's well worth it for a night or two.
Cost wise...I can only advise on Asia. For double with fan/bathroom, Laos c.$10, Cambodia c.$8, Thailand 200-500b, India c.250-500rs depending on season, location and how much you are prepared to hunt!