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1. Posted by brady5885 (Budding Member, 59 posts) 9 Aug '10 12:07

My travel date is looming quite soon and plan to go to oz/nz in hostels/bus/camper van, but im open to ideas doing somethings completely different and even a little crazy compared to the normal trips, not that there is anything wrong with these im just a little mad
Any ideas/experiences that u guy have will all be welcome, i open to trekking, camping, island hopping, sailing etc anything and everything.... the madder the better :)

2. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive, 842 posts) 14 Aug '10 05:56

Well, it's nice to see someone who sees a RTW as something more than the usual ideas here (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Australia etc. Yawn yawn). All it ever seems to be when people talk of RTW's - is the same four or five countries. Nobody ever mentions Africa, Central America, Russia, Mongolia or places like that.
If you're going on a RTW, then look at what's on offer away from the usual trendy routes, that are all red carpeted for the 'look at me with my laptop and designer shoes' traveller. Try a bit of island cooking on Lake Malawi, or maybe a trip out to The Copper Canyon in Mexico (far larger then the little pot-hole in Arizona).
Just a couple of ideas.

3. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member, 560 posts) 14 Aug '10 08:55

Feeling the years, eh? ;)

4. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive, 842 posts) 14 Aug '10 14:16

No - not really. For sure, I'm not a teenager anymore (thank goodness), but the RTW's of today seem so unadventurous and offer so little - compared to how they used to be. And everyone seems to need home comforts, or it'll all go so terribly wrong.

5. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member, 560 posts) 15 Aug '10 06:38

It's safe though isn't it - and all too easy to hit the button. Personally I'd hate to follow the crowd, and I love the idea of cooking out at Lake Malawi, but I suspect even that is packaged somewhere.

It is! I just googled cooking food on the banks of Lake malawi No surprise I suppose. Sorry. :(

6. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive, 842 posts) 15 Aug '10 08:31

[quote=fabyomama]
love the idea of cooking out at Lake Malawi, but I suspect even that is packaged somewhere.

No - it wasn't packaged at all. I was staying a few miles out from Lilongwe and the hotel (if you could call it that - a couple of light bulbs, matress on the floor and the food/beer was brought in to order.. on foot, from around five miles away) and just asked the locals if anyone had a boat. The rest, cooking-eating-swimming-sunbathing on the small island, was all ad-lib and went just perectly. Although the boat did have a rather scary leak and rumour has it that there are more than one or two crocodiles in that patch of the lake.

7. Posted by dream.girl (Full Member, 48 posts) 23 Aug '10 17:14

Not all the RTW's of today are the same :) I'm a Canadian student taking a gap year and I'm planning to go through Eastern Europe, the Middle East (Istanbul to Cairo-ish) and then head over to West Africa. The cultures seem so different and amazing, anyone have any tips?

8. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3595 posts) 23 Aug '10 18:45

Further to flyingbob's suggestions, what about the Trans-Siberian express, or the Silk Road?

Quoting flyingbob

Well, it's nice to see someone who sees a RTW as something more than the usual ideas here (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Australia etc. Yawn yawn). All it ever seems to be when people talk of RTW's - is the same four or five countries. Nobody ever mentions Africa, Central America, Russia, Mongolia or places like that.

I agree; the problem is that when you start to add in destinations such as Central America or Africa (or anywhere that isn't 'the norm') into a RTW flight itinerary it really bumps the price up, so I think this puts a lot of people off and means they are more likely to stick to the standard route taking in the usual Asian and Australasian destinations.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Aug-2010, at 18:46 by bex76 ]

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3595 posts) 23 Aug '10 19:04

Quoting dream.girl

Not all the RTW's of today are the same :) I'm a Canadian student taking a gap year and I'm planning to go through Eastern Europe, the Middle East (Istanbul to Cairo-ish) and then head over to West Africa. The cultures seem so different and amazing, anyone have any tips?

Syria and Jordan are both fantastic - try and allow at least 10 days for each.

In Jordan I would recommend Jerash, Petra (spend at least 2 days there) and Wadi Rum. Amman is not really worth spending any time in except for basing yourself there for the trip to Jerash. The Dana nature reserve is supposed to be lovely but I didn't have time for that. In Syria my itinerary was Damascus (a wonderful city), Krak Des Chevaliers, Hama, Aleppo and Palmyra, all of which I would recommend.

10. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive, 842 posts) 24 Aug '10 08:32

Now we're talking.
I mean - never mind my age (too scared to reveal it), but who remembers just a few years ago - RTW'ers spoke regularly of India - hardly a mention nowadays, as is Nepal so much as it used to be.