I'm in the process of planning my first RTW. It will be on a OneWorld ticket and I have 35 weeks. My itenary in order:
1) Four weeks in Nepal where I'll be taking a 24 day Himalayan trek. Treks in Nepal are surprisingly affordable.
2) Two weeks China. I want to explore the Great Wall and of course other highlights of China.
3) Twelve weeks in South America. Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Amazon, huge cheap steaks in Argentina, beaches and partying in Brazil, and defintely some exploring/trekking in Patagonia. I could spend a year in SA there is so much fun stuff to do!
4) Two weeks break at home in the USA to recuperate, relax and visit family.
5) One week Costa Rica.
6) Two weeks Alaska.
7) Two weeks to include Egypt and Jordan. Nile cruise, Pyramids, Petra, etc.
8) Scotland/England two weeks. I want to take a 7 day Highlands Trek and spend a few days in both Edinburgh and London.
9) Two weeks Eastern Europe. I've been to a lot of western/central Europe but I still need to check out Berlin, Poland and maybe one other place in Eastern Europe.
10) Four weeks Southeast Asia. Maybe Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam....not sure where, but I want to relax and party in a tropical paradise where my Dollars still go relatively far.
11) Two weeks India. Want to see the Taj of course.
I'm budgeting $20,000 US total. My airfare will be $6,000 and I figure $2,500 for lodging at $10/night on average (hostels/airports/airplanes/family/friends/ground) . That leaves $47/day left for food, entertainment and local trains/buses. I realize that some areas will require more daily, but I've tried to minimize my time in Europe where my Dollars are crap and maximize the areas where I can survive on less than $47/day excluding lodging. The two weeks at home in the USA I won't spend much at all. I can spend more if necessary along the way, but I'd really like to keep the outlay to $20K for this trip.
Any thoughts? Am I missing anything?
Did you arrange your flight itinerary already? It seems like a lot of money for the flights, is that because you are going back to the US and have to travel twice around the world?
Personally, I think if you have 'only' 35 weeks, I wouldn't go back to the US and just keep on travelling, that way avoiding extra costs for flights.
Also, I guess 47 USD is more than sufficient for all the things you want, certainly outside of Europe and the US. On the other hand, I think 10 USD for lodging could be very tight. But total of 57 USD a day seems ok to me, if you don't splurge to much.
The point is, you are not missing out that much, but that could be just the problem, adding to many countries in a short time. You are missing Australia/NZ but I guess that would be too much including that ones.
Generally, I would focus on two parts: South America and Asia (including some parts of the Middle East and Eastern Europe). And skip Alaska and Costa Rica (as it is already relatively close to the US).
So the 5 weeks of US/Alaska/CR could be added to South America and especially China and/or India where 2 weeks means you only see a couple of highlights and you have to travel alot in between.
I guess from the US it is best to start in Asia/Europe travelling westwards and on to South America. Otherwise if you want to travel eastwards start in South America and on to Europe and Asia from there and back to the US. Because generally, when flying from Asia to South America involves some short detours and could involve changing planes in Australia for example or some pacific islands. But from Europe or the US there are many direct flights or with one stop or change of planes. It is just a more direct route.
Just some first thoughts.
Have you actually checked to see that is a valid round the world ticket? I am almost 100% certain that if your place on the list are in order of when you want to visit it will break the rules of a round the world ticket. You are not allowed to backtrack between continents which if you are departing from the USA that is exactly what you would be doing. That is the first thing that would mean you are breaking RTW ticket rules. Secondly you are allowed a maximum of two flights within your continent of departure and you have at least 3 even if you re arranged your itinerary. Also with Easter Island section unless you are planning to purchase extra flights within South America that will make you exceed your allowed maximum flights within South America. The best you could possibly hope for when you include Easter Island is 3 flights just for making it to and from Easter Island whilst not breaking rules of the RTW ticket.
About the only way you are going to get to the the routing you have mentioned is buying seperate tickets.
You certainly aren't giving yourself much time! The section with Egypt and Jordan would be pretty much pointless in such a rediculously short stay. Two weeks in India is enough to see a couple of things but not enough to see a great deal. I mean that expecting to see all the highlights of the USA including out of the way places in a 2 week trip. That would be a rediculous thing to believe as likely to happen, just as it is to expect to see all the highlights of India in 2 weeks! Your expectations in China are pretty much the same. You are talking about one of the largest countries in the world and most populated. Two weeks is not enough to see barely anything except Beijing, the Great Wall and Shanghai.
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 8, 2007, at 1:27 AM by aharrold45 ]
I haven't purchased the flight yet, but it is a valid RTW ticket. I live in the US but am going to originate the trip in Khatmandu. Originating an RTW outside one's home country allows for not only cheaper fares (cost of RTW plus RT ticket to origination point is cheaper than buying an RTW in the US) plus you get to go home once during your RTW. I'm going to be flying business class so thus the cost of $6,000.
This is a mileage maximizing route which will yield me about 160,000 AA miles which is enough for a free award RTW in economy and also gets me to the places I want to go or near enough that it's a short train or bus ride away. I left out Australia for reasons of cost since it's expensive and also another continent thus raising the cost of my RTW ticket.
You both make excellent points about removing time in the US, Costa Rica, and Alaska since those are close to home anyways. I probably should take those weeks and add to time China, India or South America. I probably should lose the Berlin/Eastern Europe two weeks also to gain both time and money. That's seven more weeks I can add.
The beauty of the RTW ticket is the flexibility since you're allowed to change dates at no charge. If I get to China and absolutely love it for example, I can just change my flight dates and spend more time there and cut time elsewhere. I've never been to Asia or South America, so I don't know which areas I'll like or not. The flexibilty here will help me out tremendously.
Thanks for the tips!
what happened to africa? and i don't slight egypt when i'm not including it in there. how about heading down south to go on safari? have a little r&r in cape town instead of heading home to the states. you could head over to SA and work you way up to Nairobi and then upwards to Egypt?
Africa is going to have an entirely seperate trip dedicated to it. I'm leaving for a 43 week safari immediately after returning from my RTW. I'm taking a couple years off work total.
Huh? I am pretty sure that Aharold45 posted another reply just recently with a good point about some rules which would be voilated, like 3 flights within a continent?
Where is it?
do the $ 6000.00 for airefare include Airport taxes??
think more or less $40 and more for international,domestic $10 or more.