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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting I-Travel

Was your reasoning for going to Thailand 3 times instead of New Zealandl because of money? Or was there another reason for going not having gone to NZ yet?

Mostly because of money.
New Zealand is so far away from here and then costs around 5 times as much as Thailand to travel in.

12. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 8y

Go with New Zealand - I don't really have a reason; either place you choose will be fantastic.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 8, 2007, at 9:02 AM by Brendan ]

13. Posted by I-Travel (Budding Member 48 posts) 8y

I understand Mel. I was in Honduras for three months before going to Ireland last May. I was truly surprised by the amount of cash I was spending in Ireland. I thought perhaps since I had spent so much in Ireland May/ June 2007, next May/June (2008) I would go some place less expensive, Thailand, I would love to see it and the cost once there is easier on the back account.

Money is not "no object' I just figure if ya wanna do a thing then do it. Its only cash. :) One can always make more.

If I am understanding there are two votes for NZ and one for Thailand with Bex not truly making a choice I can see.

There are a couple other factors to my end choice but I am not taking them into account at present.

Brendan - there must be some reason behind choosing even if it was the simple flip of a coin...did ya flip a coin? :)

14. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Quoting I-Travel


There are a couple other factors to my end choice but I am not taking them into account at present.

Now I am curious.
What are the other factors?

15. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

Quoting I-Travel

Money is not "no object' I just figure if ya wanna do a thing then do it. Its only cash. :) One can always make more.

Well put indeed. And make that 3 votes for New Zealand, my reason being if you have the time and money now, might as well. Cos i figured you need more time to explore NZ, and more cash as well. Thailand, being more accessible even on a short 2 week holiday, can wait. Personally, i'd pick NZ.

16. Posted by I-Travel (Budding Member 48 posts) 8y

Ahh Mel, seems itenerant found one of my factors.

I only have May/June 2008 but might be able to swing April, May, June 2009. As itenerant says more time for NZ may be the way to go...but I have been contacted for a house sit for 12 days 2008 in NZ. I have not as yet committed to it.

The other factor is visa for Thailand. I will be in Honduras for Feb, Mar, April of 2008. I need my passport both for arriving and departing Honduras...I do not have any confidence in the mail system and one must apply for a Thai visa no more than 90 before use. It is possible it stop in LA to get the Thai visa but I am not sure how much I want to.

As you can see factors but not anything one can not work around if one needs to.

itenerant - 3 votes NZ is it. thanks!

17. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Just to complicate things I-travel.
If I had not already been to Thailand, I would choose Thailand.
I am from a Western culture, so would not experience a completely different culture in NZ.

18. Posted by I-Travel (Budding Member 48 posts) 8y

AMEN MEL!!

I may well do the same thing. Stop in LA, visit friends, aquire a Thai Visa, spend May/June 2008 in Thailand and then explore NZ for three months, my spring, 2009.

or..... lol

19. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Well u dont seem to be too short of cash or time.
What about a round the world ticket. U could stop in Thailand and stay for 30 days. Then u could leave before the Thai visa on arrival expires and stop at 1 or 2 more destinations besides Thailand and NZ.

20. Posted by I-Travel (Budding Member 48 posts) 8y

Yeah it doesn't sound like I am sort of cash or time...and yet... lol

I looked in to RTW tickets and its just not my thing..even when I had planned to be away from the US for an undetermined amount of time I only bought one way ticket to Ireland. At that time I was going to go east and south until I ran out of time, money or energy. End up some place in NZ.

alas....

my clients in Colorado were not ready to turn loose. One of them sent me a ticket back to the states to help her out. That lead to several others and several others.

So...

at this point I am committed to being in the US four/seven months a year and in Honduras two/three months a year.

Things could aways change but the idea of a RTW ticket is so....confining to me.

I pretty much changed my entire lifestyle Feb 2007, I am liking the new-ness of if all.