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1. Posted by smithie (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

hi, my names rob im new to all this, i want to travel around the world im planning on doing it in about a year so i can save some money up and actually plan a route and get all my visas sorted plus all the needles argh (hate them).

basically im just looking for advice on where to start how to plan and well how to get the best out of the trip can anyone help.

many thanks

2. Posted by Mike.M89 (Budding Member 80 posts) 7y

Hi Rob, welcome aboard!

Primarily, where are you thinking of going? Which are the places you have always wanted to see?
Once you have a few things on your itinery you can begin planning a route and working out which visas and jabs you're going to need!

I can recommend a few resources for travel, accomodation and budgeting just let us know where you wanna go :)

Mike

3. Posted by smithie (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

im just working through all of that info i know roughly where i want to go around europe, asia, africa, australia, north america and south america but its a long list lol

europe
is as follows: spain,france,switzerland,belgium,germany,italy,greece,turkey,sweden,denmark,russia,holland,and iceland

if possible i want to backpack around most of these places staying cheap acomodation and probably using my own means of transport like wlaking or a puchbike possible public transport where needed.

africa
egypt and south africa those are the main places and its kinda obvious why.

asia
china stopping in shang hai mainly, thailand, japan staying in tokyo mainly (i think) sri lanka, singapore, and mainly want to stay in hong kong (please ignore my geography bit pance lol)

australia and new zealand

north america
florida, colorado, carolina, new york, chicage, san fransico, las vegas, la, and possibly san diago

south america mainly brazil for the rainforests but possibly argentina as well

would also like to see some of the sahahra but willing to leave that for another journy lol

know that list looks a bit daunting and i think i may have to wake up and come to reality and realise i may not be able to do it all because anything could happen in the next year, but if everything goes to plan i have worked out my budget of about £8000 and i am traveling solo and using a very simple budget formual that i read some where on the web which seem to work quite well

airline ticket
+acommodation
+food
+traveling costs
+activities (skiing, museums, rock climning etc)

= the budget

well tahts the pland and the places and my budget and all this over 12 months lol is it doable or am i taking on to much

thanks for your help mike

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

europe
is as follows: spain,france,switzerland,belgium,germany,italy,greece,turkey,sweden,denmark,russia,holland,and iceland

if possible i want to backpack around most of these places staying cheap acomodation and probably using my own means of transport like wlaking or a puchbike possible public transport where needed.

Bicycle touring is big in Europe, but it would take you a long time to cover all these countries by bicycle or by walking!

Since you are a Brit (I assumed that from your usage of pounds) I would recommend that you leave most of Europe for later. It is not running away, plus touring a lot of Europe is going to eat into your budget at a very fast pace.

5. Posted by smithie (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

thanks for the advice like i say im new to it all and its my first time even thinking about doing anything like this what would you suggest is my best approach to this trip, as i obviously want to get the best possible experience i can and just generally enjoy myself and have a good time while seeing some amazing place.

so i obviously dont want it to be to much like hard work lol

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

I took a second look at your list, 8000 pounds is really not a lot of money for all the destinations you plan. Doable, but you might want to reconsider the time you spend in developed (and thus expensive) countries.

I would get a working holiday visa for Australia or New Zealand and buy a one-way flight to Australia or New Zealand. I would then travel around Oz and NZ, finding work to cover the costs of travelling around these expensive places and after time there was up I would fly one-way from Oz to Bali and then make my way overland through Asia back home to the UK. From China I would take the Transsib train through Russia to Moscow or go overland through either Central Asia or India, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey.

7. Posted by smithie (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

i hadnt really considered the amount of time i was spending in one place yet still just trying to get my roue sorted out and working our costs for hostels and possibly ways of saving money on public transport (via rail cards or any other sort of card u can get to use on public transport acroos the world)

thanks for the advice yeah i was planning on working in most of the countrys and probably staying in each for about 2 weeks if i like it there possibly longer depends how i feel when i get there but iwas deffinatley going to work in asia and africa and oz so im just working all them costs i will innurr to get my working visas aswell.

your way of doing sounds really good but i have a limited time frame and obviously budget i may never get the chance to do this again thats why theres so many countrys lol i oculd possible spend a litle more time saving before i set off if this would help

and thanks again

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

Well, when you plan such a trip you need to find out the recommended or minimum budgets per day and person for each of these countries.

Budgets per day and person are a good rough guideline how much money you need for say, 2 weeks in country X plus 3 weeks in country Y.

Make an excel spreadsheet and list all the countries you want to visit from top to bottom in the order you want to go.

Then add the recommended budget per day and person in the next column. It will be easy to do the math that way.

As for travelling from country to country read:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round-the-world_ticket
http://wikitravel.org/en/Round_the_world_flights

The cost of travelling within a country is usually already included in the daily budget. The RTW ticket goes on top of that.

9. Posted by smithie (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

thanks very much for all the advice ill read through them artcles soon as i can, im just getting some rough budgets for hostels in the areas i wish to travel,

then yeah i was going to make a spreadsheet on excel at some stage to actually work out my dialy budget as its just me going i was thinking of using around 75 euros a day if that would be enough but obviously if more is need i will work it into my budget

im trying to account for anything and all that would happen but you never know what could happen do you thats the joy of traveling i think lol

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

dialy budget as its just me going i was thinking of using around 75 euros a day

75 EUR a day where? Prices vary a lot across the globe. Just finding out the prices for hotels and hostels is not enough.

Prices for hotels and hostels can be an indicator on the general price level, but it won't give you the real picture.

For example: Both in Berlin and in Istanbul you are able to find a bed in a hostel dorm for 10 EUR a night. Yet that doesn't tell you about the high prices for train travel in Germany (if you pay regular fare) or about the money you'll spend on a meal in an inexpensive non-fast food restaurant. The prices for a meal in Berlin are about 3-4 times as high as for a meal in Istanbul and you can get (by bus) from Istanbul to the Iranian border for about 30 GBP. If you travel a similar distance in lenght in Germany by train and pay regular fare you end up paying around 160 GBP.

So you need to look at daily budgets per country. These daily budgets are a quick and easy way to find out about the price-levels in a country that are relevant to a budget traveller (accomodation, public transport, food, fun stuff to do).

To use some of your destinations:

Europe: 75 EUR per day and person is fine for most of Western Europe. It is not enough for Iceland I think, but you can get by on 50-60 EUR per day and person in Turkey and have the same comfort that you had with 75 EUR per day in France or Germany.

Africa, Egypt: 25-30 EUR will feel like having 70-90 EUR per day in Western Europe.

Asia: Most of Asia can be done on around 20-35 EUR per day. Japan is going to be costly, plan on 120 EUR per day.

USA: this is going to be expensive. Since hostels are relatively rare in the USA you'll have to stay in motels or budget hotels, so plan on having more money per day for the USA than for Europe.

South america: Most of South America can be covered on around 40 EUR per day, if you want a bit more comfort take around 50-60 EUR per day.