My initial journey plan was to go overland, starting in Singapore and finishing in London, via Mongolia. Then find work in London for 12months (I hold Australian passport).
In SE Asia, I would like to cover as many countries as possible including Laos and Cambodia (maybe not Myanmar).
In China would also like to cover most of the major cities; Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing, GuangZhou and even Hong Kong.
Time will not be an issue (quitting my job), and while I'd still like to keep it low to stretch further, my budget isn't an issue either (AUD30k).
I don't really know what I plan to see/do while in these countries, just hoping to go along with it.
Does this seem reasonable/doable?
Also, upon quick research, I figured doing this direction poses these issues (please correct me if I'm wrong):
1) It progressively gets more expensive going from Asia into Europe.
2) While I can pay more to get a 6 months multiple entry visa for China, I can only apply from Australia. Meaning I will have to rush through SE Asia.
3) Russia visa is also similar - have to apply from AU, and no earlier than 3 months of entry. Meaning rushing through SE Asia + China + Mongolia.
4) Youth Mobility Visa also has a 3 months deadline to enter UK. Entering after 3 months of issue date reduces chance of entry?
Am I better off doing the reverse direction?
1) Work in UK, travel around Europe
2) Not sure how to apply for Russian, Mongolian and Chinese visa while not in home country though... (maybe this direction isn't possible as well)
3) Perhaps can still live in SE Asia with the remaining cents I have left.
Do you good folks have any suggestions?
I think starting of in the UK would be better and sounds alot less complicated! To apply for visas just look for that countries government website! Ive just applied for a US visa so i just rang up the US embassy in london!
Other than that im doing pretty much the same just quit my job too! but travelling North America eastwards, then Canada then over to Asia hopefully!!
Have fun anyway hope this helps a little
Others have adviced me to start from London as well - seeing i could get the YMV 'out of the way'. Just not sure how problematic it would be to apply for visas outside of my home country.
Or the other is breeze past SE Asia, just to reach London, and I could always stop over when I fly home.
Hope you enjoy your trip!
I would get the WHV over and done with first as well. You can always travel into Europe while you are in the UK and it's probably easier and cheaper to go on weekend trips (considering you wouldn't have to lug all your luggage around with you).
It'll be easier for yourself money wise not to have to budget your trip to make sure that you have enough to live on when you get to London because it's not a cheap place to live, especially if you have no friends or family here that you can stay with while you try and find a place to stay and work.
I don't think you'd have a problem getting visas to other countries from a different country. I have previously applied for a visa to China while I was in Oz using a NZ passport.
I think it'll be less stress going back to Oz via Europe and Asia because on the other end, you know you're going home where you can sponge off your parents/friends while you settle back down and it's a place you are familiar with whereas, London and UK you may not be familiar with and it may be harder to sponge off friends while you are here in the UK.
Have fun either way.
I think you're right - it does make sense to start in Europe and work way back to Oz via Asia, both in visa and money wise. I was afraid I could spend all my money en route to London and risk of not finding a job...
I was quite adamant in doing the reverse direction purely on assumption that it would be less crowded (more people would be doing Moscow > Beijing, as oppose to the other way). But I guess visa regulations just won't allow me to work out.
I read that you have to be a resident in the UK to apply for Russian visas - would having the WHV qualify me as 'residing' in the UK?