I have been floating about reading the forums for a few weeks but though i would open my account today and ask all you knowledgable people your advice.
Everyone on here seems to like to tell a story so here is mine:
Ever since my Sister went travelling to Australia when she was 23 ( she is now 30 ) i have wanted to go! I was 18 at the time. So thats 7 years ago and this is now. Last few years i have been considering it but have always made excuses to myself, mainly girlfriends. That was until last April when i was have trouble in my job and handed in my notice with a view to jumping on a plane to asia somewhere and seeing what happended.
Ironically my job offered me a promotion to stay and i accepted as i not not much more than a plane ticket anyway. But i never stopped thining about going. So here is where i am at:
I have saved for my trip the last 5 months and have about £2400 which is a big thing for me. By the end of June assuming i dont get the chop i think i can have £5000 (including flight ins etc)give or take. I want to see the world cup before i leave
So i do have questions not just stories......
I have all the lonely planet books etc etc and i think i would need about £20 a day to live in south east asia. Do we all agree this correct ? I dont want to live with the roaches but i dont want to stay at the Hilton either.
I am quite sure i want to stick on the traditional route and do - Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Australia and New Zealand. Maybe if money where to permit, Philipines (it looks out the way), Borneo and Fiji.
People seem to talk about the land route between Thailand and Bali - How is that ??? Is it by boat or something ? I wonder because of booking flights and would i need one to Bali from Sing ?
Other questions about flights, i have seen some people say one way is best and do the rest via cheap airlines but i saw a one way trip for like 400 to Thailand but a return and loads of stop off for like 800. How could it be cheaper.
My final question is about the time and money, i want to go for at least 6 months as i dont want to leave my job that pays me well for less than that otherwise it would seem a waste. More a holiday that a life experience.
Would SE asia even take that long ? I would actually be happy to give living in Australia a while and getting a job but thats another story. And money wise say i did 1/12 in AU and the rest in asia would what i have be realistic ?
That was a really random babble of information but i am ready to book a flight for the end of june / beg July with my Januaury paycheck. and make this a year i will remember over the last that have not been great to me.
I suppose i am after thoughts and advice ?
AirAsia will get you to a number of countries fairly cheaply. You can take a train from Bangkok to Singapore but it is a fairly boring trip. From Singapore, ashort flight to Medan (maybe a stop at Lake Toba) then bus it to the east end of the island where you connect with a ferry then bus to Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and onto the ferry for Bali and a bus ride to Denpasar.
You do not have to see the lot at once. Do it over a few years rather than lose a good job. The Philippines is a bit out of your way, unless maybe Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore sometime. Maybe Australia and NZ another time rather than trying to cram too much in now? £5,000 will go fairly quickly, ven though Asia is cheap (Don under isn't). Take a few credit cards, even if you have no plans to use them and take a cheque book with you. If you use them, you can send payments by post from Asia.
June/July you are getting into the rainy season in Asia. In some areas, this will be a few days of heavy rain a month. Others it will mean lots of rain.
For more definite answers, you need more definite questions. Make a number of small posts about queries you have.
Thanks for some of your tips. Your the first person that has givene me a different standoint. Eveyone else has been saying yu only live once etc etc. My work i dont think i could even get three weeks off but more to the oint i think i am looking for a life experience and not a holiday. Something i missed out on when i diddent go to uni !
If you want a life experience, and if it what you think is important to ya, then don't hesitate to go....who knows, with what you gained from 6 months trip in Asia, you can have a better job when you get back..... or maybe you will come to some place and you love to stay and work there, then your life will totally change....I think, you should take a risk....(^_^)....
It's depends on how much you want to experience in a certain country or culture, if just walking around the sight seeings, enjoying some food and taking picture, it doesn't take much time....but if you want to spend time to live among local people and have an in-depth understanding about culture, it can takes months or even years, ect.... So, it's hard to say 6 months for SEA is enough or not....
just go and see what's next...if you are run out of money, you can get some job in local country to pay for your staying expense ( English teacher, ect)...a lot of traveler I know cover their traveling expense in that way....it's hard to estimate money for such a long trip and over so many countries. You can learn how to survive in the world, that is experience though....So, take the backpack and go.....
Thank you for your replies guys
£380 inc taxes for 12th July. What do you think ?? That was on opodo. Its a single way ticket to Bangcock and might be the best thing for me because i dont really even know my time frames. I am just going to play it by ear.
I cant get a return becasue i want to end up in Australia and wont know any dates.
I am going to ask my job the question in a few months time when i let them know i am leaving, if i give them three or four months notice then maybe i can see what they think but its slim to non!