I am in the early stage of deciding the feasability of a family rtw trip (2 adults, 39yr and 37yr old plus 2 kids, 14yr and 7 yr old). Starting from Australia the rough plan at this stage would be the following-
Fly Aust > Hong Kong/China > overland down to and through Vietnam > overland through Cambodia > overland through Thailand, Malaysia and down to Singapore > fly to India > overland through India > fly Cairo > travel overland through Egypt, Jordan and Israel > fly Turkey > overland through Turkey > fly Greece > Fly Italy > overland through Italy, France, and across to UK > fly New York > overland to LA > Fly LA to somewhere in Pacific ( Fiji, Hawaii, Cook Islands?) > Fly Australia.
I would like peoples opinions on the feasability of the above intinary. Would RTW tickets be suitable for such an intinary? Would Au$50,000 be enough for such a trip (excluding RTW air tickets ) that i would like to last 12 months? We would be happy staying in budget accom most of the time. The Europe/UK leg of the trip would be short in order to keep costs down. The US leg of the trip would be approx. 2 or 3 months. Also, if anyone has travelled extensively with kids, how did the kids cope with the travelling and how did it affect them (education wise) on your return home. Did they miss a whole year of school and make it up on return or did you make them keep up school work on the road so that they didnt miss a year and put them a year behind.
Thankyou in advance for your comments.
The Irving family of four from the USA just completed their 10-month RTW trip recently. You may want to contact them to ask how their kids cope in their trip.
that trip sounds awesome.
I'd say its do-able on a RTW ticket, it will be in the top end of RTW tickets but it will be cheaper than singles!
I have a couple of suggestions for your itinerary, and as you said it rough so you've probably changed bits of it already but you could Island hop between Turkey and Greece (instead of flying) and a Ferry from Greece to the bottom of Italy (brindisi) isn't too bad either.
Saves you two 'flights' on your round the world ticket.
Also a lot of the RTW tickets are picky about back tracking, so if you say fly to Egypt, you cant fly out of Turkey which is further back from the way you were coming from (If this makes sense!?!). You could fly from India to Egypt, then see if you can get a local flight from isreal to turkey (and I have heard of ferries from Israel to Turkey via Cyprus as well) then go overland/sea through to italy like I said above.
Aus fly to China
Singapore fly to India
India fly to Egypt
Europe fly to USA
USA fly to Australia via (?) Pacific Island (sometimes they'll let you stop over somewhere and not count it as a stop if there is an airline they use which stops there anyway).
So you might be able to get a 5 or 6 stop RTW ticket which is pretty common and not too expensive. Star alliance has a very wide range of airlines and its easier to get all your stops exactly where you want them. STA travel tout themselves as the RTW ticket experts so they're probably a good place to start
I don't know about a budget for a family. I've always stayed in hostels and never had to budget for more than two ppl. I would assume there would be some savings for having four ppl, but overall I would probably think you will need more than $50,000 for a whole year... especially now with the AU$ dropping so low... I'm really bummed about that. Everyone is saying it's protecting our economy or something but I'm saying... who is thinking about the travellers??!