im starting to plan my trip rtw next year,and im soo confused!!.i know that id really love to go to thailand,the states,aus and nz.was just wundering if anyone had any advice on where to start,the best way to book your ticket,and just in general any amazing places that youv been and i could think of going
big thanks jen
Right mate, where do I begin. I have just booked my trip leaving London 25th September. Below is my itinery:
London - Bangkok - Overland to Cambodia - O/L Loas - O/L Vietnam - Flying back to Bangkok - Flying to Oz - Flying to New Zealand and then India.
First of all u need to think if you are going away for a year and returning that year or going away and working. If you want to return in a year, call STA travel and book a yearly ticket. My advice, tell them that another company gave you this quote and seeif they can match it, they did for me. If you are going to work while you are away, seriously i would just book a simple one way ticket, and pay for flights as you go along, it will be cheaper.
I am starting in Thailand because its full of backpackers and that makes you initial experiences a little easier. Rather than going to Inida and having shit loads of trouble. My mate spent 4 months in India and said it was the most amazin place he went, but it was an attack on the senses, claustrophobic, and intense. Not what you want when you land at the airport eh?
I am heading South after landing in Bangkok and am plannin on doing not much else for a month apart from laying on a beach and relaxing. Then I plan to go overland to Cambodia where I am going to volunteer for a few weeks in a school. When your travelling try getting out of your comfort zone and make a difference to people out in these areas if you can. I have been told by others and can imagine for myself that doing this is more rewarding than simply getting wrecked every night(although I reckon that this will be happening pretty regularly).After this I am planning on going to Loas, a country my mate saysd is so so so amazing. Its cheap, and has less hustle bustle than its neighbours. Its supposed to be relaxed and calm compared to Bangkoks standards. Then i plan to go Vietnam for a month or so before flying back into Thailand. Now, you can get a 30 day visa for Thailand on arrival but if you leave and fly back into Thailand you get another 30 day, if you go overland you get 15.
If you like to party, Thailand is the place for you. I have never actually been and I have never been to any of these countries. BUT my research into these countries has been so high and intense that I feel like I have been here.
I hope this helps to begin with, maybe here fom you if you need any more advice.
I am wondering why Philippines wasn't in your list. I've been there last year in places like Palawan, Boracay, and Cebu, it was a beautiful experience ever and the people speak English so the tour was easy...highly recommended
Advice is always great, but in the end it's your trip and you should so go and achieve/see what you want to do! Pick up some guide books (such as lonely planet) and do some serious reserach as only then will you be able to match up exactly what you want with what's possible. With a more specific list of what you want to do, and for how long, go to somewhere like STA travel and have a meeting with a travel advisor and work out a balance between what is affordable and what is possible. good luck!
You can start from london, then you can travel to australia and newzealand. In australia sydney is a nice place to visit then you can roam around melbourne and perth if you wish.
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Quite amazing how just about 100% of all RTW travellers choose Asia for everything enroute to Australia and nobody ever suggests Africa as part of the trip. I speak very little of Asia in Travellerspoint although I have done quite a bit of it, because the parts I have been to really dont do it for me like Africa does.
I would recommend London - Cairo - Lusaka - Cape Town - Perth - Sydney - Fiji - then on to anywhere in Asia that catches your eye - Costa Rica - Mexico City - Phoenix - Banff - Toronto - London.
Yes it is an expensive trip but can be condensed.
I suppose it is just personal opinion but I have done parts of Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and also Singapore. No great fascination for any of them. Australia and NZ I really like very much, but the bits of Asia I have been to havent pulled me back for a second look.
So now I am off my podium I will try and help you to get a cheap ticket.
The cheapest of the cheap is to get to know airlines and their routes. If you are doing a few months on a global trip then it surely doesn't matter if you spend a few hours at different airports enroute to your destination.
Earlier today I was in another forum talking to people about flights to South Africa. How amazing it is that two airlines fly non-stop from LHR to Tambo, BA and SAA. The SAA flight is exactly the same time and distance but generally costs at least twice as much as the BA one.
If you are going to Asia enroute to Oz then it is far better to use an airline like Air Asia and change planes rather than say Air India or Qantas. But you knew that already didnt you. Of course you did.
My point is with sitting in front of your computer screen for hours on end you can find some incredible bargains to get you round the world. However the airlines dont throw them in your face, you have to find them.
For instance, you can get a flight from London to Kuala Lumpur for £178 and from Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne for £108. Try finding that in a travel agent or on Opodo, Travelzoo or e-dreams.. In yer dreams more like it !
The way to do it is to look at the arrivals/departures of the airport you are travelling to/from and see the airlines that are using it. Then go to their website and see what they can offer. Not always, but just occasionally they will accept an offer from you if you are travelling within the next 24 hours and they have a spare seat. That probably wont apply to you though as RTW's are usually sorted out much sooner than the day before setting off !
Once you have decided your route just sit down with a couple of cold beers and a sandwich and start looking at the hundreds of different websites that the airlines have.
It doesnt always pay to go direct to the airline. Sometimes an agent will have a cheaper offer on the same flight. What you need to do first is establish the flight you want, then look it up on the airline's website, get a price then start looking around on websites that offer cheap flights, supposedly. One of my most regular trips abroad is to Germany. The amount of options I have are almost endless and I hardly ever fly with the same airline two trips in a row to the same destination. It really is the same long haul as it is locally, to find a cheap offer.