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1. Posted by MattJ2009 (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Hi fellow travellers,

Ok here is the deal.

I'm 27, Kate is 26, we have both handed are notices in at work and are off on our adventure. This is our first ever RTW trip and thus we are a little unsure of our plans.

The route is as follows:

UK - Sigapore (or anywhere else anyone recommends as they are not yet booked) (1 week) - Cairns surface Perth (6 months) - Aukland Surface Christchurch (3 months) - Fiji (2 weeks) - La - Dallas (3 months) - UK (forever)

We are buying a campervan in Oz and NZ for about £3000 each time and hope to sell it for a marginal loss (£2000 each sell). We have a campsite guide book which give all the free campsites in Oz and free rest stops (with showers) we guess this book will be a real money saver (camps australia wide issue 5). We also appriciate that there will be costs incurred at some points for staying at non free camp areas.

Money in the bank £23,000 (GBP)
Reserve fund £10,000 (emergency/money we need to come back to before we find jobs etc)

Tickets £3000
Insurance £600
Furniture storage cost for 12 months £1000

£18,400 left for the trip.

Do you think this figure seems about right if we are "sensible" (not big drinkers etc)?

If anyone has any advice or a place which is a "must see" please let me know. This is our one chance to to have 12 months off before we retire or win the lottery or inherit a fortune from a long lost relation.....

Your thoughts and suggestions are much appriciated.

Matt

2. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 5y

UK - Sigapore (or anywhere else anyone recommends as they are not yet booked) (1 week) - Cairns surface Perth (6 months) - Aukland Surface Christchurch (3 months) - Fiji (2 weeks) - La - Dallas (3 months) - UK (forever)

With that kind of money and your age I would spent a lot more time and money in Asia: India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. I would plan on at least 3 months around this part of the world.

The way I see it now that essentially you are going to Oz and NZ with some side short trips to Singapore, Fiji, LA and Dallas. For me that is a waste of an RTW ticket.

As UK citizen, will you be getting Working Holiday Visa for Oz? Maybe it is better if you plan on spending more time in Oz, but instead of just travelling you will be working?

3. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 5y

Quoting t_maia

UK - Sigapore (or anywhere else anyone recommends as they are not yet booked) (1 week) - Cairns surface Perth (6 months) - Aukland Surface Christchurch (3 months) - Fiji (2 weeks) - La - Dallas (3 months) - UK (forever)

With that kind of money and your age I would spent a lot more time and money in Asia: India, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. I would plan on at least 3 months around this part of the world.

The way I see it now that essentially you are going to Oz and NZ with some side short trips to Singapore, Fiji, LA and Dallas. For me that is a waste of an RTW ticket.

As UK citizen, will you be getting Working Holiday Visa for Oz? Maybe it is better if you plan on spending more time in Oz, but instead of just travelling you will be working?

Well said.

As I've said here I thought Oz was a waste of time considering the sheer amount of money we spent there & I wished I'd stayed in Asia longer ... in fact I'm going back in a month or so & my mates (who are in Oz at the minute) can't wait to leave & join me!!!

Oh yeh, and first time round in Asia I did Thailand, Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia - so didn't exactly miss much out!

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1946 posts) 5y

LA - Dallas!!! - Why the very worst of the USA???

Come on Matt, get out the old LP and read something about this country! Two overcrowded and very ugly cities!!!

Again, it sounds like these are just convenient airport transfer points coming from Down Under and returning to Britain, but we do have some decent places to see here (San Francisco, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington for instance).

5. Posted by MattJ2009 (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Hi Guys,

I didn't clearly explain the america part. We are going to travel around/away from LA. The reason I put LA was due to the fact that is where we fly into. San Fran, Vegas, Grand Canyon, "California" are amoung a few of the places we want to go to. Do you think our best option would be to buy a campervan style vehicle or go down the hostel route? Dallas is where some of the family live (fortworth infact) so we are heading there to see them (so not much choice there). Thanks for the advice guys.

Matt

6. Posted by ree_ (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Id spend alot more time in Asia too...Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand its cheap, its warm, its laidback. As for Australia im not sure why you would want to drive from Cairns to Perth...thats alot of driving, looking at the same thing
through the middle of Aust...scrub land and desert...Cairns is nice enough, drive down the east coast and fly to NZ from Melbourne, give Fiji a miss and fly to South America instead of US. I agree with previous posts make the most of your RTW ticket, its a trip of a lifetime...make it exciting..

7. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 410 posts) 5y

I agree with the other posters. You should see more of Asia- southeast Asia at least. Why not fly into Bangkok first, travel around Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam for a month or two, then go south by train through Malaysia to Singapore, flying from there to Cairns.

8. Posted by MattJ2009 (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Guys,

Thanks for the advice.

I have now booked the ticket (at long last).

The choosen route thanks to the advice of you guys is....

UK - Vietnam (hanoi) travel down to HCMC - Singapore travel up malaysia to KL - Cairns travel by campervan to Perth (6 months, working for 3 along the way) - NZ - Fiji - USA (west coast - Vegas - Family in Dallas - Across to florida - home.

Really excited and raring to go. I'm doing a travel blog if anyone is interested: address is www.mytb.org/kateandmatt

I may need some help beofre we go on the final planning. Not flying to the 6th October.:)

Cheers

Matt

9. Posted by Appro (Budding Member 41 posts) 5y

I hope you don't mind me asking, but as you're doing a similar route to what I'm planning, how much did your flights cost & who did you book with?

Cheers.

10. Posted by MattJ2009 (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Hi,

no problem. The ticket cost about £1600 (including internal flights in South East Aisa). We shopped around everywhere and found loads of "offers" for trip, some around the £900 mark, however these offers are really not exactly what they seem. Often you need to go on certain dates and be back by a certain time (one trip like ours you could only spend 3 months). This is a fair price we thought. The tickets were book through round the world experts, the good thing there is that you have no charge to change the dates on the tickets once you depart. Now that has to be worth £100 per ticket alone. It may be worth trying STA if you are under 26, they came close but as we are over 26 it was not as cheap (there is however a charge to changing dates).

hope that helps

Matt