First post on this forum, can anyone give me some advice as i seem to be getting conflicting reports on budgets. Going away 29th Nov for 3 months Thailand, Oz, New Zealand, Fiji, LA. What sort of budget will we be looking at? We have budgeted approx £4000 each, am i going to come back having waxed the credit card as well?
Difficult to respond to this one, are you staying at the hilton or a hostel? Do you take plan to take taxis or local buses?
£4000 'could' be plenty, check the latest lonely planet for prices in your destinations then add a healthy markup.
On the whole, I think the shorter the trip (yours is at the short end of RTW) the more you will spend as you won't have the time to get to know the more economic ways of doing things in the countries you are visiting.
You can drop a bundle in queenstown (NZ) alone if you plan to bungy, jet boat or parachute.
Block out your itinerary as much as you can before departure, then check prices on the web for accommodation etc.
We did a 4 month rtw (also whistle stop) at the end of 2008, I had as much booked as possible form the UK, such as accommodation, trains in India, etc. It is amazing how much you can book from your living room, even at the budget end.
Will be trying to keep things on a tightish budget eg cheap hostels and travel on local transport.
You mention trying to book up as much as possible before leaving I was planning on only booking up my first few nights accomodation but everything else will be done en-route. Does things like Oz Experience & Kiwi experience buses workout cheaper booking prior to going or on arraival?
I wouldn't book too much up front. There are plenty of bargains to be had. Personally, I'd hate to have everything planned out - much too stressful having to stick to a schedule. Just my opinion. As for the buses, well it depends on what kind of trip you're after.
Does the £4000 include flights? How long, approx, are you going to spend in each place?
Yeah I was kind of hoping only to book up the first few nights and then just take everything else as I find it.
The £4,000 is spending money only the flights have been taken care of. We are spending 1 Week in Bangkok, 1 month in Oz, 2 weeks in NZ, 2 weeks Fiji & 2-3 Weeks in LA.
£4000 should easlily be enough if you stay at budget places/hostels. Staying in nice hotels will hammer your budget. The activities you want to do will push up the price - tours, diving, etc. Staying in major cities will push up the cost a little.
I find this site useful. It gives you an idea:
It includes estimates for flights & insurance, but you can ignore that bit. I use it as a rough guide as to the minimum amount of money I'll need.