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1. Posted by Pikey72 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Hi there everyone, me and 2 mates are planning on doing UK - Bangkok - Sydney - Auckland - Fiji - Los Angeles - UK route at the end of Feb/March for around 6 months (a very standard route) and boy you just don't realise the scale of such a trip and whats involved until you sit down and think about it

Anyway we are each going to take about 4.5/5k and work maybe in Australia or NZ and obviously want to make as many savings as possible. So when i came across this deal with STA travel i thought it sounded to good to be true. I was expecting the flights to be about 1.3k but they are quoting £721 + taxes for the route we want to do. So obviously i know + taxes can mean another £500 but does anyone know a rough figure of how much the taxes are going to be as anything under 1k seems very good. Also even if it is under a 1k flexibility is going to be important so cheap flight changes would be something we are going to want, so is it worth paying more with another company who charge £5 to change your flight dates or go with STA who i am unsure about how much they charge for this facility.

To be quite honest i cannot imagine anyone could plan such a trip and pinpoint 6 dates over 6 months and say we are going to leave then. If we love or hate asia we dont want to feel pressured to stay or leave before we want to.

So basically i am asking how much are these taxes going to be and how important are flight changing fees and who does them cheapest?

This is the link to the RTW route deal they are doing

http://www.statravel.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/uk_division_web_live/hs.xsl/21278.htm

Any input is much appreciated as i am so overwhelmed by the scale of the trip my brain struggles to rationalize the simplest of things

2. Posted by joker69696 (Budding Member 23 posts) 8y

hi pikey i went in to sta travel yesterday about this route n the actual price is £800 + £500 taxes the price on the website is for students and they charge £35 for dates changes you can travel a maximum of 24,000 miles with 6 stop offs not counting home if you want more will be extra £100 thats for another 5000 miles visa are £20.if you want to know any more message me .

3. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

Glad I spotted this post. You are planning on a very similar route to myself. I went in STA travel this weekend and got a route of:
Manchester-Bangkok
(make my own way through cambodia and down to Indonesia)
Indonesia-Sydney
(Make my way up to Cairns)
Cairns-Auckland
Auckland-Hong Kong
Hong Kong-Manchester
Mine came out at 1640 including taxes. Which seems dearer than yours will come out, and your route seems a bit better too.

I working looking at a budget of around 7k but my flights have to come out of that. There is a possibility of I will have a bit more cash.
I figured I could only afford to travel for 4 months on my budget. Thats with 2months in Asia.

Im under 26 but not a student.

4. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

Actually looking at the route I was given there are some improvements to be made for example why am flying into and out of Auckland. I'm interested to know my flexibility too. We didnt get around to that.

5. Posted by Pikey72 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Quoting joker69696

hi pikey i went in to sta travel yesterday about this route n the actual price is £800 + £500 taxes the price on the website is for students and they charge £35 for dates changes you can travel a maximum of 24,000 miles with 6 stop offs not counting home if you want more will be extra £100 thats for another 5000 miles visa are £20.if you want to know any more message me .

thankyou joker that info really helps me out. Seems like the date changes are pretty expensive compared to other companies who do it for £5. Also you mention the price is for students, does this mean unless you are a student it costs a lot more? As i just finished university this year and still consider myself a student but maybe not!

So i would be looking at £1400 for the tickets then does £600 spending on stuff to head off sound about right, i am talking visas, injections, insurance, bags, equipment ect???? If this is about right and me and my mates are looking to be away for 6 months, working in oz for about a month, would £3000 be enough to head out with or would it be a slumathon?

6. Posted by Pikey72 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

Quoting wanderitch

Glad I spotted this post. You are planning on a very similar route to myself. I went in STA travel this weekend and got a route of:
Manchester-Bangkok
(make my own way through cambodia and down to Indonesia)
Indonesia-Sydney
(Make my way up to Cairns)
Cairns-Auckland
Auckland-Hong Kong
Hong Kong-Manchester
Mine came out at 1640 including taxes. Which seems dearer than yours will come out, and your route seems a bit better too.

I working looking at a budget of around 7k but my flights have to come out of that. There is a possibility of I will have a bit more cash.
I figured I could only afford to travel for 4 months on my budget. Thats with 2months in Asia.

Im under 26 but not a student.

Going on the budgets me and my mates are going to take your proposed trip sounds like luxury :) With 2 months in Asia you will hardly bite into the 5k (7k minus flights) and spend most of it in Oz and NZ. Me and my mates want to do the states which is going to be expensive, especially after OZ and NZ :( We planning on doing some work out in OZ tho which in itself will be an experience and will look quality on the old CV. We are planning on going at the end of March but that seems pretty unrealistic to me and your budget sounds better than mine. I want to head off right now but have to face the fact that a cheapo trip means the experience will be no where near as good with a hefty chunk of dosh/travellers cheques in your back pocket.

7. Posted by wanderitch (Budding Member 81 posts) 8y

Pikey,

Im sure I'll eat into the 5k no problem at all.

I think your right to save as much as you can before you set off.

Ive changed my route plan to:
Manchester-Bangkok
(make my own way through cambodia and down to Indonesia)
Indonesia-Sydney
(Make my way up to Cairns)
Cairns-Auckland
Christchurch-Joburg
Joburg-Manchester

I dont know why the guy originally had me flying out of auckland because that would have meant after travelling the whole length of the island I would then have to do it again to get back to Auckland.

I dont fancy Hong Kong because I dont think it suits a tight budget, It would be better enjoyed in a fancy hotel a few years down the line. Instead I get to go to a new continent that is completely different from any westernised country such as the UK and Aus. Im going to book a safari around SA and botswana.

Flights were around 1740 yesterday. I need to get things booked sharpish as I plan on leaving in Feb. I also heard from a travel agent that after december 27th the prices of flights shoot up. Id like to hear some opinions on this.

I think I'll need
2k in SEA (2months)
2kin AUS (6 weeks)
1k in NZ (4 weeks)
1k for Africa (3 weeks)

I hope this is realistic. I now need to frantically prepare exact itineries and side trips.

Looking at Thailand I fancy doing all three islands on the east, Ko Toa (get a PADI diving cert), Ko Phi Phi and Ko Pha-Ngan (full moon party). I want to travel north at some point to visit Chang Mai to do the elephant walks and see the temples. From what I've read I will be avoiding expensive touristy areas Ko Samui and Phuket.

In Australia I want to do skydiving and a bungee and I fancy doing Ice climbing, sandboarding caving and lots of other adventure stuff.

Exciting times...Good luck with the saving!!