I am planning a trip for late 2010 and need a bit of help.
Ideally, I was planning on exploring some of south-east asia spending a total of around 3 weeks ish. Then working my way down to Oz/Nz and staying there for a couple of months or so, and wokring a bit as well as travelling. I then wanted to go some where like cook islands or fiji for around 2/3 weeks to finish off.
Can anyone suggest a good route? I have done alot of reading and everyone just seems to recommend everywhere because it all seems so good. I am planning to go for around 3 months ish. And could anyone give a very rough budget, im planning on staying in budget accomadation.
If you are under 26 or a student STA travel could help you with a route like this. They recomended London - Bangkok/Singapore - Sydney - Auckland/Christchurch - Fiji or cook islands - North america (San francisco or LA) - London. I appreciate that you didnt mention NZ or North america but RTW tickets in the long run work out cheaper the more places you go. Dont hold me to it as this was a year ago now and airlines and routes may have changed etc.
If not i think the countries you have mentioned are all great although have not been to fiji (very much want to). In my opinion i would just travel thailand in 3weeks instead of trying to cram in cambodia laos and vietnam.
Another idea could be to make your trip up of one way tickets however if you went from london - thailand - oz - fiji - i wouldnt know which flight home you would take. you may have to fly north america then on to uk as otherwise you will be backtracking i guess.
after flights and insurance etc i budgeted for £1000 month. some people i met were on £500 a month, although they did not do any trips for example the great barrier reef etc.
anyways good luck!
I think all of them look good when you first look into it but there is all the stuff they don't tell you about.
I got quotes from the following:
most of them you can enter a route/ email them and they email you back a quote. I kind of knew I wanted to go with STA because I've know people to use them before but they were the most expensive so what I did was used a quote from the flight centre and got STA to price match (well kind of, like I said there is stuff they don't tell you about such as I booked the flights over a year in advance to the date I would be returning and because of this I had to book dummy dates and I have to book the rest of the dates in march and pay like a £75 admin fee to change)
I wanted pretty much exactly the same route as you but you are looking at around £1500 ish and I thought that was to much so I paid around £1075 (INC date changes in March) and my route is UK- Thailand-Perth-Sydney-christchurch- make my own way to auckland then back to UK via sydney. Any other stuff such as Fiji or any other travel in SE asia I will book when I am there.
Hope this helps.
P.S. Never book travel insurance through the travel agent...they bump it right up.. go to like compare the market :-P seriously saving yourself 100 odd quid
I have been to STA and now have flights on hold for travelling in Sept 2010, costing £1609. I've sent enquiries to online advisors etc but no one seems to be getting back to me... STA have been really helpful and know my situation with work etc.
My route will be; London - Bangkok travelling overland to Singapore - Cairns travelling overland to Melbourne - Auckland - Fiji - Los Angeles (travel the west coast for few weeks) - New York - london. Leaving Sept, home in Dec.
I'm just waiting for the go ahead from my boss to get 4 months leave from work... although i've decided to book it anyway. So long as i leave the UK on the same date and include all same stops, i can change the departure dates... so if the boss man says no, it's good bye from me and i'll just go for longer
Worth a visit to STA. They've been really helpful and have loads of brochures on tours etc.
Hope this helps