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31. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

"...If I had 10,000 EUR per year I would go and travel indefinitely..." - t_maia

Absolutely. ;)

32. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

"...If I had 10,000 EUR per year I would go and travel indefinitely..." - t_maia

Absolutely. ;)

Me too. Marcus, you are in a very privileged situation. Stop worrying and go for it!

33. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

Can't remember if I said this before. Just book a cheap flight into Europe somewhere for look around. Nothing fancy - first few nights booked up somewhere, then hop on a train (30 day Euro ticket?) and go all over. Then make your return trip from a different airport - no point in going over old ground. It will hardly touch your budget but the experience will be valuable to wards your bigger plans.

Example: I'm thinking of flying to Rimini to flop around the beach for a few day. It's £2 return, but I'll have to book it today if I'm going. I'm not saying go to Rimini, but you get the idea. ;)

How could get around Europe without spending money? You mean just to get an idea, Europe is the most expensive place though?

34. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Go for two weeks then - one even. The idea is a 'short trip' - a kind of 'Europe Lite' with just a rail ticket, some hostel stays and keeping it simple to learn what your habits are without committing everything. The experience of 'Marcus on the road' is something that only you can find out.

The essence of it all is, while people can tell you about countries, hostels, food and travel, what they think is expensive or cheap, places to see, places not to see, everything - it's in their eyes not yours. You can analyze it all. Plan it down to the last detail, the very last penny, but I'll guarantee that before the first day is over, you will have changed your plans in one way or another. Could be a late train, a missed connection, bad weather, you could meet the love of your life, anything, there are just too many variables - and that's the way it is.

Don't go to expensive western Europe. Go a bit further east, it's up to you. Or Morocco! That's cheap. What's the worst that could happen? But that's for you to find out and tell us. Important thing is - do something. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jul-2009, at 08:24 by fabyomama ]

35. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Ok, someone suggested before that you plan the trip for me, where should I go for my practise trip?

36. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Good one - now I know you're taking the piss. ;)

37. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Quoting fabyomama

Don't go to expensive western Europe. Go a bit further east, it's up to you. Or Morocco! That's cheap. What's the worst that could happen? But that's for you to find out and tell us. Important thing is - do something. ;)

Exactly, no point in procrastinating any longer. You just need to make a decision - you must be getting fed up of thinking about it by now?! I know I would be.

38. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting Marcus1

Ok, someone suggested before that you plan the trip for me, where should I go for my practise trip?

Depending on where your home country is, go as far away as you affordably can and when 1/2 of your money is gone start making your way back along a slightly different route.
Get a budget flight one way but look at prices coming back before you book. Easyjet will get you from the North of England to Turkey for less than £40. Its that easy. Then you're pretty much in Asia already.

39. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Quoting Marcus1

Look I know I have asked before, I'm just saying if you had €15,000 what kind of a RTW trip could you reasonably have? Would you be greatly limited to the places you could go? If you balanced your tme properly could you take in Europe & North America as well or would that be really just a third world budget? I'm sorry I've asked before but just to give me an estimate, for those of you planning a 12-month RTW trip how much would you get started with?

I'm sure I've replied to this before. But anyway......

Yes you could take in those places. The level of luxury would depend entirely on the balance. If you spent 9 months in India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia etc and 3 months whizzing round Europe and North America then you could live reasonably well most of the time. You will need to budget very carefully in Europe and North America regardless to make your money last.

40. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

Ok, someone suggested before that you plan the trip for me, where should I go for my practise trip?

Egypt.

Go in November, you can get flights from Ireland to Egypt for around 300 EUR. Go to a travel agency and book a last-minute flight to Hurghada or Sharm-el-Sheikh. Go for 2, 3 or 4 weeks.

You need a passport, private travel health insurance, and a backpack that has a volume of 40 liters.

Pack 1 pair of hiking sandals, 3 thin long pants and 4 polo-shirts, a hat, 2 swimming trunks, a towel, soap, ...

Plan on spending 27 EUR per day. Bring about 150 EUR in cash and the rest of the money on your credit card or your EC card. If you need Egyptian pounds withdraw the money from the ATM in Egypt, just like you would do at home.
1 EUR is about 7 Egyptian pounds.

Buy the Lonely Planet Egypt guidebook and read it cover to cover. Use the information in the book. Watch out for the Egyptians, some see you as a walking cash cow. They will try to make you pay more because you are rich. Paying 1 or 2 Egyptian pounds more is ok, 10 or 20 are not. Use the prices in the Lonely Planet Egypt as a guide on how much you should pay.

From Hurghada or Sharm-el-Sheikh take the bus to Cairo. Stay in Cairo for 5 days, then take the nighttrain to Aswan. Stay in Aswan for 3 days, take a daytrip to Abu Simbel and Philae Island. Go from Aswan to Luxor by train, stay in Luxor for 4 days. See the Valley of the Kings, the Luxor Temple, Karnak. Then go by bus to Hurghada and either fly home or take the ferry from Hurghada to Sharm el-Sheikh.

The number of days I mentioned above are for a 2-weeks trip, if you fly to Egypt for 3 or 4 weeks you can stay longer in the places I mentioned. In 4 weeks you can also see some more sights, places like the White Desert or Ras Mohammed National Park.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2009, at 02:18 by t_maia ]