Straight away i'd book up for one of those December Antartica Ice Breaker trips. I nearly did it this year,because i had the cash. But it was my very very last cash. Some years you can get very good prices indeed. So with that E8000, i'd straight away book myself a berth
8000 euro? With that, timeframe is probably the bigger issue.
That's approx what i plan to leave with in a few months time. I don't have a definite game plan as i prefer to make it up as i go along, but i'm looking at a very approx 6wk/2mth tour of E Euro, month across Russia, month in Japan/korea, 2 or 3mths around in china/mongolia, 2 or 3 mth SEA then either down towards PNG/Oz/NZ or loop into India. But i really will make it up as i go along, so could just as easily end up anywhere else. At the end of it all, i'm supposed to end in China for work, but as they'll pay for me to get from wherever i end up to China, and there's no time frame, that's essentially irrelevant.
I was supposed to spent a year crossing Africa land, but circumstanes mean't that didn't happen. I will do it though, as i really want to. But for 8k, that's plenty for a year in Africa.
Sth America sounds amazing as well, but language seems to be a bigger issue there than most, and i speak no Spanish/portuguese. Plan to spend 8-10+ months wandering around Sth Am as well at some point, and again, 8k seems a good amount for that.
The antarctica type trip sounds amazing too, but i'm kind of hoping to manage to do something like that with work within the next 5 or 10 years, so wouldn't have to worry about cost...
So basically, you could go anywhere. And i know that doesn't help in the slightest.
How far do you think I could get (rough idea) on that amount without working?
I'm thinking of a RTW trip but I have no idea how far that would take me....
Samsara2 - if you stay away from the expensive places, it should be possible to get all the way around the world without a problem. Obviously the longer you take, the more you spend, so you won't get as far, but i'd say it should be easy enough to spend maybe 6mths (or more) and go all the way round, providing you stick mainly to cheaper countries.
The standard RTW route tends to end up with people spending significantly larger chunks of time in Australia/New Zealand etc and then the US then cheaper places, both of which will obviously be significantly more expensive than just a couple of weeks in each. Japan/Korea will also eat heavily into your budget for any legnth of time.
But if you spend, only, say a month or so max in Australia/NZ/US combined, you will probably still be able to spend 4 or 5 months plus in India/China/SEA/chunks of South America. Africa can be harder on a RTW due to transport links, but still possible.