im planning my first round the trip at the moment and am just curious on where people would recomend for me to go! i plan to be travelling for around 2 years and in that time i wish to visit as many places as possible! i want to see everything, from ancient temples to golden beaches and everything in between! new cultures and facinating people!
so if you could recomend a country/ place for me to visit please get in touch!!
New Zealand (ok, I'm biased cos I'm a Kiwi lol, but travellers always love their time in NZ, and it really is beautiful!)
Australia - has awesome variety, chilled out beaches, desert, and awesome big cities (Melbourne is my favourite)
I see you're from England, so I assume it'd be very easy for you to start your trip by going through Europe. I'm sure you've seen some European countries before, but hey, if this is your one big RTW, then why not do it all
The obvious must see countries on any rtw trip are Australia and USA, but New Zealand is worth some time as well. Russia (mainly to see St Petersburg and Moscow) is a place I really love, but visit in June/July if possible because then most of the touristy things that are really worth seeing are open. In the colder months a lot of the places are closed or have aspects that aren't operating ie water fountains at Peterhof which are just really photogenic and one of the highlights of a trip to St Petersburg. Be prepared for a difficult time getting a visa, but once you get to Russia it is all worth the expense and hassels to get the visa (in my view anyway).
If you want to experience something very different especiallly with a very rich culture is India, but that is definitely a place you will either love or you will hate so be prepared for a serious culture shock if you do go.
For the historical stuff a visit to Egypt is the obvious one, but if you do go be sure to do a felucca trip from Aswan to Luxor (or just before Luxor).
For rich culture and some really amazing things like an 18km day walk between the Jinshaling to Simatai parts of the Great Wall of China, a trip to China should be on your list as well.
If history and also peace and quite is something you like to experience, then a trip to Easter Island of the coast of Chile is a good place to visit.
In the South Pacific region you should definitely take a visit to Fiji and do one of the tours that takes you to a local village. That is a very touching experience and be sure not to stay at any of those properties just near the airport as they are all pretty dull/boring and a long way from the nice stuff on Fiji. They should only be used for a night if you have an early morning flight and need a cheapish place to stay meaning you don't need to be up at 3.00am to get to the airport (the nicer areas are a good couple of hours transfer from the airport). If you do go you should take some stuff like pens, pencils or note books which to most tourists cost very little, but to local kids are a luxury that a lot of the people can't afford to buy for their kids if they can afford to even go to school. You will know at least one Fijian word by the time you leave "Bula" as almost everybody says it to you at least once when they see you but usually more. It is the most welcoming and friendly culture I have ever experienced and if you stay away from that airport area you will find you just don't want to leave the lovely hospitality of the Fijian people. You should also try and splurge on a night at one of the better hotels on a night that they have the fire show on like the Shangri-la Fijian Resort. That was the place that had the best fire show of the four properties I stayed at (all were 3.5-5 star properties) so don't expect to get out of the accommodation cheaply to see a fire show.
I could go on forever about places to see, but it all depends on what you want to get out of your trip, if you plan on working at all on the way ie getting the working holiday visa in Australia like a lot of people from the UK do and what sort of budget you have. If you are trying to cram 2 years worth of stuff in to a budget suitable for 1 year, then you will have to aim more for the Asian countries to have a chance of the funds lasting two years, but if you have a very large amount of money then travelling to Australia for quite a while, USA for a while and New Zealand would not be the worst thing you could do.
I would not recommend the USA at all. I would think most Europeans/Aussies/Kiwis would find this place very dull to say the least. Most people want to see the exotic (I should speak for myself, I know), interesting people, interesting food and the like. I am much more impressed with SE Asia at the moment, and I'd recommend any country in Indochina.
well so far i have about £3000 but ill still be saving until i leave and thats in about a year so should have another grand or two in the funds. is that enough to travell? i do intend to work as much as possible whilst away. NZ is a must on my list as i have always loved the country but i know it is expensive... how much will i need per day? and where would you recomend in NZ i would love to get some skiing done!and very importantly whats the drinking age over there !!!
Recommending where to go when there is the whole world to choose from is a bit of an endless question. Everyone has their own favorite country that they would recommend. I guess all I can do is mention a few of my favorite places that I think everyone should be fortunate enough to visit. In no order (cause it changes everyday):
Southwest China: wonderful people, food, scenery, and sights. The most challenging place I've been, but also the most rewarding by a landslide.
Vietnam: Especially the north. Like China, it has fantastic people, food, and scenery, and tons to see. A sure combo for a great trip.
India: Like most people I hated it as much as I loved it. The logistics of traveling there was surprisingly easy. However every single day your whole concept on how life works will be challenged. The only thing that's for sure is that you may leave India, but India will never leave you. Specifically, my favorite areas were Ladakh, Rajasthan and Kerela.
Thailand: Well really, what's not to like about Thailand. Best food in the world, great beaches, and it's still really cheap.
Peru: Easy travel, interesting and varied sights, stunning scenery, and for fairly cheap. Can't really beat that.
Southwest Bolivia: If you enjoy bizarre and beautiful landscapes you have to see this place to believe it.
Japan: Good people, food, lifestyle, easy to travel in, always interesting, and in parts incredibly beautiful.
Other places I really love: Switzerland, Italy, Paris, Istanbul, South NZ, Fiji, Australia, and BC.
Robyn, the drinking age in NZ is 18. And for skiing I'd recommend Queenstown which has 3 different ski fields in the surrounding area. It's also just a generally awesome place with lots of adventure sports and fellow travellers from all around the world.
Daawgon - I love the USA!! Just returned from my second trip there, have now seen 14 states. Every state is like its own little country really. I love the desert states and did some awesome hikes in Utah and Arizona NPs that I'd recommend to anyone
Robyn, you're going to need a lot more than GBP 5,000 if you are going to travel for two years. Are you going to stop and work somewhere then (eg. Australia or NZ)? That would help, otherwise, start saving hard...!
My favourite destinations on my trip have been Nepal, New Zealand and Indonesia. They were all great. I though Oz was over-priced, and this effected my enjoyability there.
My piece of advice: hit the expensive countries first, cos when your budget starts getting low, you want to be in a cheap country (in South East Asia or Central/South America, for instance). Therefore, i'd head west from the UK through US, Oz, etc first.
Secondly, look at Lonely Planet or Rough Guide budgets to get an idea of daily costs in the countries you are planning to visit.
Take it or leave it!