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1. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

Hi

I am just finishing school this spring and have plans to back pack through aisa starting in january of 1010. yes I know it is a long time from now but I would like to have it all planned out well before then so I know what kind of money I need to make in the mean time.
so here is the list of places I plan to go
14 thus far including austrailia and newzeland cuz heck I am down there anyhow.

New Zealand
Australia
Papua new guinea
Indonesia
Philippines
Vietnam
Cambodia
Thailand
Nepal ( depending on political conditions at the time)
India
China
Mongolia
south korea
Japan

I have it currently divided as about 1-1.5 months per country. let me know what you think
any places I should add or spend significantly longer in? also places I should leave out?

Thanks
Tracy

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1595 posts) 8y

Quoting Falukozi

Hi

I am just finishing school this spring and have plans to back pack through aisa starting in january of 1010. yes I know it is a long time from now but I would like to have it all planned out well before then so I know what kind of money I need to make in the mean time.
so here is the list of places I plan to go
14 thus far including austrailia and newzeland cuz heck I am down there anyhow.

New Zealand
Australia
Papua new guinea
Indonesia
Philippines
Vietnam
Cambodia
Thailand
Nepal ( depending on political conditions at the time)
India
China
Mongolia
south korea
Japan

I have it currently divided as about 1-1.5 months per country. let me know what you think
any places I should add or spend significantly longer in? also places I should leave out?

Thanks
Tracy

Are you going back in time? I guess you meant 2010 not 1010. I'd love to be able to go back in time, especially if I can take a movie camera with me. You really do plan ahead of time! S ometimes spontaneous decisions can be fun and exciting too!

Not all countries are equal in the amount of money you need to spend - even if you are backpacking and eating cheap crap off street vendors and sleeping in lousy hostels. Australia, N.Z., South Korea and Japan will be the most expensive. Papua I have no idea, probably half way.

Cheapest will probably be Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines and Cambodia. You will have to figure in air fare for connections to China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Oz and N.Z. You have a very ambitious schedule for a newbie!

Communist countries require visas, you have to pretty much figure out or plan on when you will be entering those countries ahead of time.

You also have to plan on how you will get your spending money - you can't simply travel around with something like $15,000 in your pocket, it's not safe! You can probably set up a debit card account with a credit union that pays for your ATM charges even overseas and periodically move money from your bank accounts to that account. Some credit cards have big ATM fees when getting money overseas. You can't rely on only one debit or credit card in case it becomes stolen or damaged either - need a back up card or two! And you would have to notify your banks or CU where you are going or the ATM's may decline to spit out any money because they suspect the card is stolen!

You also have to plan for emergencies that may come up while away from home, like medical or even if you get robbed of everything you own! You have to have emergency contact numbers and keep in contact with friends and families, otherwise you could be robbed and killed somewhere and no one would be aware of it!

I would probably not travel to so many countries at one whack and I have been traveling from long before you were even born! Group your travel into geographic areas so that you don't waste money flying back and forth. For example you could go to Thailand and from there take land travel to Laos and Cambodia and perhaps even to Vietnam!

Don't forget to keep in touch with family and friends! Lucky for you that most of these countries have good internet access, Southeast Asia in particular has pretty cheap internet shops.

Good luck.

3. Posted by apollo2008 (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

That's amazing plan. All my advice is to Take Care.

By the way, I'm in Beijing, China and I know some hostels in China. If you need my help, just contact me.

Welcome to China.
:)

4. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 8y

to karazyal

Wow thanks! that is a lot of information. I really appreciate the insight of someone who has traveled much more than I have. this will not be my first trip outside Canada but it will be the first trip I take completely on my own. previously it has all been travel with my family or with an orginisation of some type. I am planing really far in advance to make sure I cover all the details as I will miss something along the way. also it makes my parents feel better and has them less likely to try and talk me out of it.
Thanks

Tracy

5. Posted by trvllover (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

2010 is a long time away. I am so jealous that you will get to spend 18 month traveling. I wish I could do that.
But here is a few pointers. Japan is a must stop. I think to really see everything Japan has to offer you should set aside at least 2 month if you can do 3. Tokyo should be your first stop tons of places to see like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ginza and Akihabara.

here is a site that might help you find some places to see in Japan.
http://japantravel.jopin.com/

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