I am a real novice when it comes to all of this, and since having someone I know go off travelling the other day, this has inspired me to do the same.
In realistic terms, I would not be able to go for at least a 1/1/2 years, but am aware that it would prob best to start
reading up and organising this as soon as possible.
The problem I am having is where do I start. I know the obvious thing is to think about where I want to go, and to be honest this has been the easy part:
UK (London), Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii (If possible), USA and Home. All this in a year or so.
Being 28 and pushing 30 when I go, who is the best travel company to book this through?
Also I have a million questions about everything, and to many to post on here, I know that speaking to people who have travelled before is a good idea, but is there anyway else.
I am a little nervous at the thought that I will be 30 when I go, is age such an issue when meeting other people?
Plus I will be travelling on my own, and even though I don't have any problems making friends, is it really that easy when travelling?
Your advice would be really appreciated, and apologies if I sound lame!!!
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 17, 2008, at 6:15 AM by mazzamc ]
just start googling and reading forums like these, you'll be amazed how much info you find, and how motivated you get.
We, me and my GF, are also preparing for a worldtrip and we are looking at the weather in the continents / countries as a rough guide.
As for pushing 30.....we are pushing 50, I think you're as old as you feel and making friends meeting people is not aged related.
Good luck in finding info. I checked the forum rules, and think this it is ok to post this link:
Some good info in it (imo).
Picking the places is the start then you need to try and pick the seasons you are travelling ie try and have nice weather most the time. In some cases such as Australia this may be difficult 3/4 has 4 distinct seasons and then the far north only has two seasons the wet and dry season.
If you have no trouble making friends at home then you will have no problems making friends whilst you are away. Even those who are not very sociable at home can easily make friends whilst travelling alone. Being 30 when you go is no big deal! I was staying at places in various countries that had 70 year old people in hostels! That is on the extreme, but 30 is not old to be travelling alone.
As for the best company to use well most travel agencies are pretty much the same. If you are referring to what Alliance to book with, Star Alliance and One World have the most airlines to choose from, but the places you have chose apart from Hawaii are not that uncommon on most of the alliances. If you decide to be a little more adventurous with your itinerary by including South and Central America then that would reduce you options a lot to really only allow One World to be an option.
A RTW ticket is only valid for a maximum of 12 months from the day of departure, so unless you were to limit your time to a maximum of 12 months you would have to buy sector fares or buy a flight back home from somewhere in the US if that is where you would be after 12 month.
One thing which isn't unimportant comes to mind: WHAT do you want to see and visit? Make a list, do some searching, reading, expand your list, scrap some things add some more.
Combine this with the weatherlist and you have a rough route.
A lot depends on how you want your trip to accomplish. We are not planning too much ahead in order to stay flexible in what we visit and how long. But I also have read some blogs of people that planned everything from start to finish, so they knew from the start exactly where they would be on day 87...Not my idea, but hey, it's their trip.
You may also consider if a RTW ticket is the wat to go. Sure, there are advantages, but also disadvantages to them. We will decide on tickets when we have made our rough route. Our "problem" is the fact that we don't know how long we'll be gone. We're planning one year, but it might as well be two or three. (On the other hand, it could also be 1 month...)
Hi Mazzamc ... Im going travelling with a friend in April 09.
Im 28 and like you dont want to leave it too late but probably for different reasons. I dont think age is an issue when travelling, with age you have wisdom and are probably a little less carless the older you get, so in my eyes that should help when making decisions whilst away.
I have recently booked my flights through STA (although ive seen loads of people complaining about them on here) and I have paid £1591 for RTW which includes - uk to hong kong overland to singapore, singapore to sydney, sydney to nz, nz to fiji, fiji to LA and finally LA to new york then home. Including Hawaii took us over the mileage allocated for this price ticket and would have cost considerably more.
I too am a novice and im making it up as I go, which seems to be the norm according to other posts on here, my friend and I are hoping to meet loads of nice helpful people willing to advise us lol!!!
As for weather .... well as long as we dont hit extremes, were not really bothered what we get, were not going on holiday afterall.
I read somewhere on here that reading material wise hire from the libary to get info and trawl the net as much as needed ... the more research the better, although the more you learn, the more you want to do!!!!
We originally only wanted to see oz, but as you can see that soon widened with all the reading we have done and people we have spoken too.
Good luck with your plans, the planning is so exciting ... make the most of it!!!
P.s The Rough Guide, First-Time Around the World is a good book to start with for us newbies,