My name is Jon 26 from the UK (London) and in desperate need of advice. I am looking at departing this November to set off on a 12 month ticket.
Countries visiting are as follows:
West Coast of the states
Now I have around the region of £7000-00
My ticket is set at a price with taxes at 1350-00
Leaving me with around 5000-00 to budget off and leaving a little aside for dire cases. The other query I have is that I am currently with a partner and she is adamant that we should go together. But I feel will things get in the way having somebody there that has to have an opinion on decision making etc etc. And of course not to mention will i actually meet many people whilst away? I am slightly worried of setting off solo as we have quite a healthy budget if we was to go together but in all would £5000-00 be sufficient for a one man to travel the countries listed? And basically would going alone be more sensible or not?
Thanks for any advice from those who have already experienced all this.
[ Edit: Edited on May 13, 2008, at 12:55 PM by jonny1982 ]
As for if that amount is enough would depend on many things of which you do not mention. If you spend most your time in Australia, New Zealand and USA, you'll go through your money quick. If you spend a lot of your time in India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, then your money will stretch a lot further. If you plan on working whilst in Australia that would also make your money stretch a lot further, but most stuff is not cheap in Australia so if you spend much time here and see many sites throughout the country, you will go through a lot of money quickly.
I personally much prefer to travel by myself on a big trip than with someone. Having to care less what some other person wants to do instead of just thinking about myself in time that is meant to be enjoyed is not my idea of fun. I guess it all depends on how close you really are. If she is your soulmate and the person you can see yourself growing old with then sure take her along for the adventure, but if it is someone who you are not certain about where things will end up, then go by yourself and if it is meant to be then she will be there when you come back.
If you stay in hostels, you will meet heaps of people along the way regardless how sociable you normally are. I am usually not a very sociable person, but I met loads of great people some of which I still remain in contact with now.
Have a great trip watever you decide on.
Just over two years ago I left for a six month jaunt round the world, leaving my now ex boyfriend at home & it was the best decision I ever made. I had the most fantastic time on my own with no constraints, I could see and do exactly what I wanted.
On the flip side.. I am embarking on a nine month trip around central/south america in december with the love of my life and I couldn't imagine not doing it with him, I want to share all the amazing sights, sounds, smells that I'm going to encounter with him.
So as the guy above says, it all depends on your feelings towards that person.. the fact that your thinkin about going alone pretty much answers your question I think.
As for money.. I spent that amount in 6 months.. spending a month in Oz which was expensive and a month in Nz. I spent the majority of my time in India & SEA and you can live there on next to nothing. So it all depends on how you spend your time, what activities/excursions you wanna do and how much you like the finer things in life!
Good luck & have an awesome trip