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1. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Hi,

While doing some research into our rtw trip starting march 2010, I came across this forum and some of the threads have been very informative. We have got a route in mind and just wanted to tap into the first hand experience on the site for any advice on our route and what we should be looking to do on the way, or whether it could be improved in anyway. The route at the moment is:

London - Lahore
Lahore overland Delhi (train)(Taj Mahal)
Delhi overland Kathmandu (train/bus)(White water rafting)
Kathmandu overland Lhasa (bus)
Lhasa overland Beijing (train)(Great Wall)
Beijing overland Hong Kong (train)
Hong Kong overland Hanoi (Motorbike tour to HCM)

We will then travel around Cambodia/Vietnam/Thailand/Laos (possibly venture furthur south)(Scuba)

Bangkok/Singapore - Cairns
Cairns overland Sydney (Car/Campervan)
Sydney - Christchurch
Christchurch overland Auckland (Car/Campervan/Bus)not sure yet)(Bungee/Skydive)
Auckland - Nadi
Nadi - Honolulu
Honolulu - San Francisco
San Francisco overland New York (Car) (Yellowstone/Las Vegas/Miami/New Orleans/Fort Lauderdale/Nasa/Florida/D.C
New York - London

Lahore - 2 days
Delhi - 4 days
Kathmandu - 21 days
Beijing - 3 days
Hong Kong - 3 days

This stage will also include approx 14 days travelling.

Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos/Thailand - 120 days
Australia - 40 days
New Zealand - 30 days
Fiji - 7 days
Hawaii - 7 days
USA - 30 days

Approx 40 weeks total.

Our total budget is going to be about £9-10,000. This is to include rtw ticket, insurance, living money and spending money for the trip.

Any extra advice would be great. Firstly on whether our route/budget is realistic and also other places to visit/see on the way.

2. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

No advice?

We have decided to try and lengthen the first part of the trip slightly so we end up in Oz at October time, and make it more like 11 months in total. We think we can save a bit more before going and should have about £10000 to take with us with flights/insurance paid before hand. Probably going to spend this extra time in China and SE Asia.

I have been trying to work out all the costs along the way adding up all travel costs/accomodation/food/trips and activities. The more research I do, the more places I want to visit and the more off the beaten track I want to venture.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 7y

Quoting s96024

No advice?

It's hard to say useful things when a question is as general as "any advice on our route and what we should be looking to do on the way, or whether it could be improved in anyway" and there's no obvious defects with the route itself. One thing maybe, which I don't know the answer to myself: Are you certain you can cross from Nepal into Tibet into China? Do you have a fallback plan if China closes the borders like they do every so often?
You also don't give any indication of what kind of activities or sights you're particularly looking for. I could go and spout endless streams of advice on hiking and gorgeous scenery to see in Australia and New Zealand - but maybe you prefer culture, and have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in those two countries already, and so I don't.

You'll probably get better responses if you ask more focused questions in the individual subforums.

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5. Posted by Ksenia S (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Lahore - 2 days
Delhi - 4 days
Kathmandu - 21 days
Beijing - 3 days
Hong Kong - 3 days

This stage will also include approx 14 days travelling.

You also can visit Mongolia - Russia: Altay - Novosibirsk - transsib - Moscow.

As for Thailand - for scuba go to Ko Tao, forparties - Ko Chang (both islands near Ko Samui)/ Ko or Koh means Island), visit north of thai - it's wonderfull!!!!

6. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Thanks for the advice Ksenia S. I had been looking at going into Mongolia. I think going into Russia would be a bit far out of the way and we would have to come back on ourselves. I'd rather leave it and do the trans siberian all the way on another trip. As for Mongolia does anyone happen to know the price for tours going to the gobi?

7. Posted by adell (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

Im not an expert but im sure your budget is not going to stretch to all of this. Im just back from RTW trip and be warned Australia isnt cheap and USA sucked my budget dry. 20 pounds a night so the cheapest hostels. Look at the time your spending in each place and then work out the rough daily budget dependant on countires. Looks an ace trip and youll have a awesome time.

8. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Quoting adell

Im not an expert but im sure your budget is not going to stretch to all of this. Im just back from RTW trip and be warned Australia isnt cheap and USA sucked my budget dry. 20 pounds a night so the cheapest hostels. Look at the time your spending in each place and then work out the rough daily budget dependant on countires. Looks an ace trip and youll have a awesome time.

I have tried to work out my costs using an excel spreadsheet. I have included a copy to see what people think of my budget for each place. I have put approximately another £2000-£2500 for skydive/scuba/bungys and other non essentials.

I think we will be able to save money by hiring campervans in Australia and New Zealand, also hiring a car in the US should help. I'm not a stranger to spending a few nights in a car.

We have slightly changed the itineary and have actually extended the time by several weeks. 48 weeks in total now.

I just can't wait to get going now.

http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j223/s96024/?action=view&current=budget1-1.jpg

[ Edit: Edited on 03-May-2009, at 14:17 by s96024 ]

9. Posted by gr8honor (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

With reference to your USA budget. I'd add another $1,000 USD minimum. You have to pay to play in the U.S.

I would just spend a few nights in Vegas, if you must do the U.S. thing.

10. Posted by Kiwigail (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

You sound like you are going to be doing a lot of driving with not a lot of time in some places to actually see anything. Have you checked the distances - Cairns to Sydney is 2,000 kms! San Francisco to New York 4,125 kms - that is direct - in 30 days??? Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh - 1503 kms - then I assume you fly? ride to Hanoi.1145kmsfrom Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh.It will take the best part of a day to fly - did it in October last year.

Check out campervan hireage in NZ and Australia.It is not cheap! It will depend on what time of year just how much.We have just had a week away in a campervan in the North Island of New Zealand and the camping grounds were all charging $30 a night. You can freedom camp some places.You need to try and work out fuel costs too as that is also quite a significant part of your budget with so many kms travelled.Here in New Zealand today it is $1.64 a litre.

I have been to all the places you mention except Lhasa, Laos and China - Beijing . Personally I think your itinerary is pretty ambitious. You need to allow for things that might delay you on your way.....there will be plenty........ and just travelling non stop can get very tiring. You may be better to cut back on how far you travel and take time to really experience the places you do go to. You have a lot of flights...........just an example to consider - Flying from Sydney to Auckland may be only a 3 hour flight. But you leave your accommodation at 9.00am and will probably not reach your accommodation in Auckland till 5.00 pm. With time differences , check in times etc it takes longer than you think. I have done this trip 3 times in the last few months. Extrapolate that to all your flights.....................

You may want to think about Lahore at the moment .........keep a check on how things are there. I wouldn't go there right now. Fiji is OK if you stick to the Lautoka side . Suva may not be so nice ...........again for political reasons. Most of the resorts and islands are from the Nadi side.

You certainly need to check out Tibet. The visas are pretty expensive I understand.

We spent 3 weeks just in the central and northern part of Vietnam. Three weeks seeing just Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and then Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Sorry if this sounds discouraging. .........but I think it is better to re check your times, distances etc. If you can be flexible and drop some things along the way that is fine. If you are having to set in concrrete your itinerary........I suggest a lot more checking.