I am from Australia right, and a friend and I would like to travel in 3 years time, when we turn 21. We will travel for a year and at the end of it we will end up in NYC where she is permanently going to live We would like to start of in New Zealand, then to Bali, Malta and then through some of the countries in Europe, then down to Brazil, then back up tho the Bahamas, LA, canada and then NYC.
I have a few queries, what are some ideas for cheapest travel? We were thinking about getting jobs in some of the places we plan to stay for like a month or whatevs so that we dont have to save as much up front, is this a good idea?
Also would it be cheaper for us to go as a group of two or as a bigger group of 4 or 5?
Also best way to travel as we are new to this sort of thing!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
For this type of route hopping from place to place, it usually works out cheapest (and if not cheapest, then certainly easiest) to buy a Round The World (RTW) ticket. Most big airline alliances have a version, where you can make your way in one direction around the planet, with a limited number (3-5) of stops per 'continent', and a limited total number of miles, and a total duration of up to 1 year. Your friend would just have to not take her final leg from the USA to Australia. (And New Zealand might have to be included as a separate trip, as the RTW tickets I know don't allow a first stop on the same 'continent' as where you live. The miles might be an issue too with the specific route you're outlining here, as you're zig-zagging above and below the equator quite a bit, which tends to cost a lot of miles.)
Be aware that you can't just work anywhere as the fancy takes you. You need to be in that country on a visa which allows working. The easiest countries for this for you would be most countries in Western Europe and Canada, which all have the concept of a Working Holiday Visa (WHV), which usually allows staying in the country for up to a year (sometimes longer) and working, once per lifetime for people under age 31. Do note that most backpacker jobs don't really earn a whole lot, so unless you have specific in-demand skills, think of working in a place as a way to stretch your money, so you can stay in a location for longer while saving money, rather than as a way to really earn enough to fund your next several months of travelling.
Thanks for the help Salander, I definitely will look into the RTW tickets because it will be a lot easier as you said... :D And yeah I looked into the job visas and that is going to take forever and cost more money so :S
Work visas take forever. Working Holiday Visas should be (relatively) hassle free (probably won't take more than 2 hours of filling in forms (either online or paper), nor more than two weeks of waiting after applying) and cheap ($100-$200).