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Round the world in 3 months, roughly how much?

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1. Posted by Trimac20 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

This is still awhile away (both timewise and moneywise) and still a bit of a semi-realistic pipe dream I hope to accomplish within the next 12 months. I live in Perth, WA, Australia and my itinery is as follows:

Perth to Bangkok, stay in Bangkok for a week and explore Chiang Mai/northern Thailand for a week

Bangkok to Dubai, stay in Dubai for a week

Dubai to Rome, explore Rome and surrounds for a week, take a train from Rome to London, exploring Italy, Switzerland and France. This will take a week.

Rome to London, stay in the UK for 2 weeks, travelling mostly by train

London to New York, 2 weeks in New York, possibly try to go to D.C., Boston, New England and surrounds

New York to Los Angeles, One week in Los Angeles

Fly from Los Angeles to Honolulu, one week in Hawaii

Honolulu to Sydney,

Sydney back home

I'll try to stay in hostels etc and eat cheaply where possible. I'm hoping it won't be more than $10,000 excluding airfares. Any thoughts, advice, opinions? Thanks

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

stay in Bangkok for a week and explore Chiang Mai/northern Thailand for a week

Rethink that. If I was flying to Bangkok I would plan on spending at least 3 weeks in Thailand, maybe even go to Laos, Cambodia or Vietnam. South East Asia is cheap, if money is the big issue you should spent most of your time in this area. Later you have planned 4 weeks in total for Europe and 3 weeks in the USA - for all the money you spent in these countries you could have a lot more fun in Thailand. Budget wise 1 day in Europe equals 2-3 days in Thailand, so if you want it cheap spent less time in Europe and more in South East Asia.

take a train from Rome to London, exploring Italy, Switzerland and France. This will take a week.

Not nearly enough time. If you got 14 days to between landing in Rome and before you need to get to London I recommend that you to go Rome 5 days, Florence 5 days and Venice 3 days then fly to London with a budget airline from Venice. www.skyscanner.net will help you.

I'm hoping it won't be more than $10,000

What, apples, pears or bananas? Bucks, quids or eggs? USD, AUD, CAD, NZD? Makes a difference.

3. Posted by Trimac20 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Thanks for the reply. Your advice to stay longer in SE Asia does make alot of sense. It's on my doorstep and I haven't really explored it much at all. The whole trip was more of an overview of the world rather than seeing any place in depth, so I had planned to balance out all the places I saw. On second thoughts I will definitely try to spend more time in Europe, but it is of course more expensive. I am hoping to do extensive trips of both the Europe and North America in the future.

I've actually re-thought going to Dubai, and might instead go to Mumbai and Instanbul. I've always wanted to visit Turkey and hope to at least get a taste of it on this trip.

Oh and the $10,000 is Australian Dollars, which I figured would be the minimum required, but I have no experience doing these sort of long overseas trips.

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

I've actually re-thought going to Dubai, and might instead go to Mumbai and Instanbul. I've always wanted to visit Turkey and hope to at least get a taste of it on this trip.

Then be prepared to pay more for your flight. Your first initiary via Dubai is a fairly standard RTW ticket, you should be able to get it relatively cheap. (AFAIK your planned route via Dubai that is one of the cheapest RTW tickets available.) If instead of going to Dubai you head for Istanbul the price of the ticket will go up significantly. Similar should be true if you go to Mumbai.

If you want to go to Istanbul I suggest you look at the following option: book the RTW flight ticket Bangkok-Frankfurt or Bangkok-Munich, travel around Germany for a bit and then grab a cheap return flight to Turkey from a small local airport in Germany. Return flights Germany to Turkey are usually somewhere between 100 and 200 EUR.

An alternative to Istanbul or Mumbai that you should consider is Cairo, Egypt. Great country with lots of things to see. Plus prices in Egypt significantly cheaper than in Turkey and Cairo is relatively easy to include on many RTW tickets without breaking the bank.

Oh and the $10,000 is Australian Dollars, which I figured would be the minimum required, but I have no experience doing these sort of long overseas trips.

You have two factors.Cost of RTW ticket + daily budget.

Approx. daily budget per day and person in
SEA: 25 USD
Egypt: 25 USD
India: 20 USD
Turkey: 50 USD
Europe: 80-100 USD

Multiply the number of days you plan to stay in a certain place with the daily budget, add the cost of flights and you get a good idea of what the whole trip is going to cost you. It is a good idea to enter all the figures into MS Excel or a similar program and then play around with all the variables. Keep in mind exchange rates and prices fluctuate, so it is a good idea to have some sort of safety margin. www.xe.com can help you convert currencies. Hope this helps.

5. Posted by John 36 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

I went around the world in six months and it cost me about £6k. However, I was working at the same time. I don't know if that counts as cheating or not

I went travelling when I was 22 and I would definitely do it again if I had the opportunity.

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