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Dilemma, thoughts please?

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1. Posted by Dazzler87 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi everyone newbie here,

I am currently planning my second travelling adventure at the moment and hope to leave at the end of November 2010. I currently have the following itinery planned..

Asia - 6 weeks

Australia - 5/6 weeks

Fiji - 1 week

New Zealand - 4 weeks

This is where my issue is, i am currently considering either 6 weeks in South America. In this i would want to cover Chilie, Argentina, Brazil and Peru then home to Uk

Is this an unrealistic time scale. I dont mind skimming the surface of these countries if it means covering all of them. Main aims are igaussu falls, Buenes Aries, Rio and the Inca Trail.

The other option is to fly into LA, then drive up to San Fransisco and then onto Vegas while visiting the National Parks on route and then the Grand Canyon. Is there any other notible places worth visiting or things to do on the West coast.

All your thoughs and expert opinion would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Chaz

2. Posted by sellen.int (Budding Member 30 posts) 6y

Hey,
As far as the West Coast of the US I would suggest northern California to see the Red Wood Forests. They are quite spectacular. Plus cities like Santa Cruz has much in the way of original personality. San Diego is nice all year. LA is not that great to visit for very much time unless you are going to theme parks like Six flags or Disney Land. Instead I would only hit up Hollywood for a day or so just to get the pictures then move on, there are more interesting things to see in California.
Hope it helps.
Have fun.
Good Luck.
Ben

3. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 6y

Why does every foreign tourist feel that California is the only state on the West Coast USA??? I suggest you look at a map.

4. Posted by bsnodgrass (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y

If your thinking U.S. try doing the whole North American West coast. You could travel through California, Oregon, Washington, Canada and Alaska (you could even throw in Mexico). I have not done a lot of traveling out there, but Seattle is great and so is Vancouver, Banff, and Calgary. There's everything from National Parks, whale watching, skiing, gambling, Hollywood, etc.

5. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 6y

If you want to fit in the Inca Trail that would take at least 10 days of your time in South America - 4 days to acclimatise to the altitude, 4 days for the trek and minimum 2 days to recover! Then to fit in the other places, the distances are rather large so you would spend all of your time on a bus unless you fly but internal flights in South America are rather expensive. I would say that the US is a better option.

6. Posted by Dazzler87 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thank you everyone for your views. Very appeciative of them. I have just been given this quote :-

London - Bangkok surface Singapore - Melbourne surface Cairns - Fiji - Auckland - Honolulu - LA surface Las Vegas - London

Leaving November 21st for 5 months. Travelnation quoted me £1666 what you think?

I am currently waiting on a number of quotes from other companies at the moment.

Regards

Chaz

7. Posted by AKAmber (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

If you want to check out Alaska, let me know! :)

Also, I maybe in Asia in the end of 2010!! :)

8. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

Another Alasken here so yea let me know as well. Between two of us we can help,

Adri :)

9. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 6y

Quoting Dazzler87

Thank you everyone for your views. Very appeciative of them. I have just been given this quote :-

London - Bangkok surface Singapore - Melbourne surface Cairns - Fiji - Auckland - Honolulu - LA surface Las Vegas - London

Leaving November 21st for 5 months. Travelnation quoted me £1666 what you think?

I am currently waiting on a number of quotes from other companies at the moment.

Regards

Chaz

The price for the flights seems about right as November is a 'higher' season for RTW tickets. We left in September 2006 and paid £1500 each for the following route London - Rio surface Santiago - Auckland surface Christchurch - Sydney - Singapore overland Bangkok.

If you want to be sure of the price, contact STA for a second quote.

10. Posted by Dazzler87 (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Thanks guys for your thoughts. I have been getting more quotes and adapting the route and have not come up with this.

London – Bangkok //Singapore – Melbourne // Cairns – Christchurch // Auckland – Fiji – LA – New York - London

£1270 including pre-payable taxes and fuel surcharges.

To me that seems a really good price and pretty competitive.

What you guys think?

Regards

Chaz