I am goin traveling this year for 7 months. My plans are as follows:
Bangkok (Thailand 5 weeks)-
New Zealand (3 weeks) -
Santiage (Chile 2 weeks) -
Lima (Peru 2 weeks) -
Miami (4 days) -
Toronto (2 weeks).
I have a few questions and would really appreciate opinions or advice.
1) We really want to go to North and South America. However, the ticket is £300 cheaper if we do both (i.e. if we choose 1 or the other). This is a global explorer ticket. Does anybody know of any tickets where it does not really add that much cost on?
2) Do you think that 1 months is long enough to spend in South America?In Peru all we really want to do is the inca trail. Then we also want to go to Chile and visit the South.
3) How much money would you recommend taking for 7 months?I currently have £2000 (After paying for everything) and I will be working for 3 months in Australia. I hope to have £4000 when i leave.
4) Does anybody have advice for making this trip cheaper (with internal travel)?
5) Any thoughts for things to do in New Zealand and Chile would be very appreciated.
Only way to see much in South America without it setting you back a hell of a lot more than your whole budget is to get the Oneworld fare. No matter how hard you try unless you cut one of the two continents out you will have to go for the 5 continent fare which puts the price up quite a lot.
In you post you mention on some occasions "we" and other occasions you mention "I". Are you travelling alone or with a partner and if you are travelling with a partner is that budget meant to cover both of you?
Really with the US part of your trip is their any particular reason you have chosen the places you have? You could have chosen much nicer places. Like for 2 weeks in Canada I personally would much rather go to Vancouver where you could then head out to the Rocky Mountains or other areas instead of Toronto where I found it pretty boring after the trip to Niagara Falls. Also Miami is pretty boring unless you want to go to the beach New York was a far more enjoyable city.
With regards to Chile, I am taking a trip there in a month about one months time so have done a lot of research recently on that region. A trip to Patagonia looks amazing especially if you fly in to El Calafate (in Argentina) and see Perito Moreno Glacier. Then you get a flight down to Ushuaia (Argentina) see the National parks down that way and then go overland up to Puerto Natales and head to Torres Del Paine National Park. If trekking is something that interests you then doing the W Trek over about 5 days which is meant to be amazing. That whole region looks like you could spend a few weeks and not run out of stuff to see and do. This is meant to be one of the best areas in the world for trekking and if you have a look on Google Earth you can see why. You could also do it the other way around by flying from Santiago - Punta Arenas doing the trekking and then heading overland to Ushuaia and get a flight to Al Calafate and then another to Buenos Aires. From there you should be able to get a flight on the rtw ticket to Lima. If you did do this it would mean going to both Chile and Argentina but on a UK passport that is very easy and free (unlike Australians, US, Canadian and a few other nationailities which get slugged big time heading to Chile).
I like cramming a lot in to a very short amount of time and even in my view 1 month is nowhere near enough for South America. I was there for about that length of time a couple of years ago and barely touched the surface. With Chile being a very narrow but very long country distances within the country can be huge so overlanding can take quite a long time and numerous changes of buses and sometimes crossing over in to Argentina. Flights within South America on a One World fare don't always go every day and sometimes may only be once or twice a week so it is very important to plan with flexibility in the itinerary. This is important incase you find you get stuck for a couple of days, because changing flights at the last minute can sometimes mean lengthy waits due to no availability in the applicable rtw class.
Making sure South America is part of the rtw ticket is the way you will make things a lot cheaper (thousands of dollars cheaper most the time). My RTW ticket which takes in Africa, Europe, South America and Australia cost less than a direct as possible flight from Sydney - Ushuaia return!
If you decide to get adventurous you could do a lot more in that Bangkok bit and go to Vietnam and Cambodia as well making for a much more interesting trip to the region.
I went travelling for 4 months with £5000 spending money and just about lasted.
Japan (1 week)
Thailand - Singapore (2 weeks)
Australia (2 weeks)
New Zealand (3 weeks)
Cook Islands (1 week)
USA (5 weeks)
That was doing something everyday pretty much and lot of acitivies. I think you will find Sydney very expensive but as you are woking it should be ok. I think having £4000 when you leave and then working abroad you should be ok.
New Zealand has loads to do. I recommend white water rafting in Rotorua, bungee jump in Queenstown, Milford Sounds (south Island), Waitomo Caves (North Island), Tangariro Crossing is you are feeling fit the list could go on. Google some of those words and you will find loads.