I am planning a trip for next year leaving the UK in january. I am planning to visit Los Angeles, Cook Islands, NewZealand, Australia, South East Asia and India but know which will be the best way to go round i.e. should i start in India or LA?
My trip would either be,
LA - Mid Jan
Cook Islands - Late Jan
New Zealand - Early feb till mid March
Australia - Mid March till late April
SE Asia - Late April till mid June
India - Mid June till late July
India - Mid Jan till early March
SE Asia - Early March till mid/late April
Australia - Mid/Late April till early June
New Zealand - Early June till Mid July
Cook Islands - Mid/Late July
LA - Late July
Can anyone tell me which of these is best, i was thinking about weather and any other factors. I don't want to end up in India in monsoon season.
I think I would pick eastbound over westbound, although NZ might be a tad cool in July. I doubt if you'd want to be in SEA or India in the hotter months? In my opinion, you'd enjoy San Francisco much more than LA.
Difficult, because both have some places that are best visited during other times but I would pick the eastbound route as well.
Like daawgon mentioned, India is still very hot (but way less than the march-may period) during June/July, but on top of that the rainy season has started, which can be severe. Also late April to June in Souteast Asia is the start of the rainy season, so you will have months of hot and humid (rainy) weather if you go westbound (although you will have hot weather eastbound in Thailand for example, visiting in April).
North Island of New Zealand is cool but fairly ok during June/July, better though in feb/march.
Also, Cook Islands are better eastbound, because you are in the dry and cooler season (still warm though) and westbound you will be there in Jan (which is one of the wetter months, albeit later afternoon showers mainly).
Eastbound Australia will mean some cooler (but still fine) weather in the south, but much better in the outback and north when temperatures are warm and the rain has ended in the north.
I agree with the rest, for the most part the weather will be much better if you go east and it is probably your best plan.
But it depends on what you want to do in some countries. India is best avoided during the hot/wet season unless you are thinking of heading to the Himalayas. If Ladakh is on your priority list, then July is when you want to be there. In NZ if you are planning on doing some hiking in the mountains in the south, then it will be better in Feb than July. I don't think Southeast Asia makes too much of a difference. I never minded traveling during the hot or wet seasons and actually prefer it over the busier times of the year. I don't think Australia will make much of a difference either. So really, it's just India and NZ that will make the decision.
2nd option is probably slightly better except the fact you'll be in Australia when it is at its worst (in the southern 3/4). India in June is unbearably hot in the northern regions around Delhi. It was close to 50C when I was there a couple of years back in late June.