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1. Posted by tcjjr1984 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi All,

In a handy job at the moment earning very good money, but I have decided If im ever going to travel now is prob the best time. Im 24 and I feel if I leave it longer I will wake up some morning later in life with big regrets.

I would appreciate any opinions/advice/experiences similar to my situation.

Route-

Ireland - London - Istanbul - Mumbai - Delhi - Nepal - Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia - Singapore - Oz
- home

I have free bed in Sydney & Brisbane and in tend to work in OZ.

1. Am I crazy to go from Mumbai to Singapore overland?

2. On departure I expect to take about 8k, is that reasonable?

3. Would it be better to head straight to Oz and work and maybe just reverse the above route. A friend of mine done this and found it made her a lot more determined to work in Oz?

All advice/opinions appreciated.

T

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

1. Am I crazy to go from Mumbai to Singapore overland?

You might want to do some research on the possibilities of going overland from Mumbai to Singapore. When I was considering something similar a couple of years ago, I found that it was not even possible without at least one flight due to stupid regulations in Tibet area of China and also the government rules in Myanmar/formerly Burma which require you to fly in to the country rather than go overland if you decided to head that direction.

Is the 8k you are referring to Pounds or Euros (seeing Northern Ireland has Pounds and the Republic of Ireland has Euro)?

How long do you plan to travel and how long are you planning to work in Australia?

It probably would be a better idea to work in Australia at the beginning for the reason your friend mentioned and also because it could mean that you could travel longer rather than wanting to go straight home after working in Australia.

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

We are planning to do a similar overland route from India through Nepal and China then around SE Asia. I think there are two routes Bangladesh/Myanmar or Nepal/Tibet, the latter being our route. We will travel around China as well. You have to get a permit for Tibet and you can only get this as part of an organised tour which can be quite expensive. We will just try and get the most budget tour we can find when in Nepal.

4. Posted by tcjjr1984 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Quoting s96024

We are planning to do a similar overland route from India through Nepal and China then around SE Asia. I think there are two routes Bangladesh/Myanmar or Nepal/Tibet, the latter being our route. We will travel around China as well. You have to get a permit for Tibet and you can only get this as part of an organised tour which can be quite expensive. We will just try and get the most budget tour we can find when in Nepal.

Hi thanks for your reply

Ya I have just started my research and realize the route is not that straight forward. It is possible to fly from Nepal to bangkok, so if all fails that is one option. From your prospective Nepal/tibet does seem to be the best route. As far as I know the only way into Myanmar is by air..

5. Posted by tcjjr1984 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Quoting aharrold45

1. Am I crazy to go from Mumbai to Singapore overland?

You might want to do some research on the possibilities of going overland from Mumbai to Singapore. When I was considering something similar a couple of years ago, I found that it was not even possible without at least one flight due to stupid regulations in Tibet area of China and also the government rules in Myanmar/formerly Burma which require you to fly in to the country rather than go overland if you decided to head that direction.

Is the 8k you are referring to Pounds or Euros (seeing Northern Ireland has Pounds and the Republic of Ireland has Euro)?

How long do you plan to travel and how long are you planning to work in Australia?

It probably would be a better idea to work in Australia at the beginning for the reason your friend mentioned and also because it could mean that you could travel longer rather than wanting to go straight home after working in Australia.

Should have specified that, ya 8k euro,

I am very open with regard to Australia, I have lots of Australian friends I met during their travels here and I would stay a full year as determined by the visa. I guess If i stayed the year I would travel for 3 months and work for the remaining 9 months.

I hear it can be quite difficult to obtain work on a whv these days in Oz? I am well qualified and have three years exp in Finance, but I am willing to take any work really.

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 7y

Getting a job in Australia can be a bit hard at the moment with the global financial crisis hitting hard, but work is still about in the cities if you are willing to do most stuff rather than just what your personal preference is.

8,000 Euro should be enough if you don't go drinking your money away and work whilst in Australia. I had a similar amount of money and travelled for 7 months around the world living it on a budget whilst not drinking my money away like a lot of younger backpackers seem to do a lot of. In that time about 4 months were in the expensive countries and 3 months in the cheaper countries. Most of the places after the UK you have on your itinerary (before Australia) can be done pretty cheaply.

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

#OP#.... Do you have all the right papers for working in Australia??

[ Edit: Edited on 17-May-2009, at 07:42 by Redpaddy ]