I have just recently got back from Phuket where I spent Xmas and New Year.I spent 6 weeks there and it was the best time of my life.Even after the Tsunami the things I saw and people I met were amazing.I am now home in the Uk and all I want to do is get back out there and not only there but all over the world.I want to plan a RTW trip for the end of this year but I have not got a clue where to start.i want to see every where and do everything,and there are so many questions.Can any one give me any advice on where to start my planning.I just have so much to ask
My sympathies on the Phuket front ... my wife and I were on the beach in Phuket on Boxing day. We were at the JW Marriot which is on the north of the island. I'll keep it short cos repeating the story is becoming tiresome, anyhow we managed to get behind trees on the beach front by the time the second wave hit. Funny this but the water hit the trees so hard it actually went around us ... after the force died down we were wallowing up to chests. The place was pretty much wrecked and this was 5 days into a 3 week holiday - we were back in Heathrow by the Wednesday, oh well!
All of this has made us reflect a little on life and the overall point of this reply is to say we too are planning a year out to travel. This'll be next year once we got the finances sorted. We've sketched out the follow Russia - Japan - China - Vietnam - Kampuchea - Thailand (watch those waves!) - Malaysia - OZ - NZ - Brazil - Argentina - Chile - Peru - and possibly up to Mexico. But beyond coming up your ideal itinerary, which frankly anyone could do, we are starting from scratch.
There seems to be two schools of thought here … plan plan plan or you take your money and see how far it gets you. I’m a fairly cautious person and so I’m planning on planning (if that makes sense). I want to know key dates when I’m expecting to arrive in the countries, if only to help booking flights and when I’m arriving I’d like to know where I’m hoping to stay at least the first few nights. Between these key dates I’m happy to wing it for example buses/ trains, hostels b+b etc.
Money is of course a big thing. I’ve seen other threads on here covering budgets – people seem to allow an average per day for accommodation, essential spending money, sightseeing, bus/trains or car hire plus fuel, etc. Don’t forget departure taxes on top of this. You also need to think insurances – medical makes sense if you can afford it, beyond that I’m not convinced having personally been through the “you are covered for nothing because of the Tsunami” experience. You might want to allow for a parachute fund i.e. something to get you home in case of difficulties etc. You need to think about how you will get cash whilst away … check out the availability of cashpoints in advance.
If anyone else can add any pearls of wisdom here please please do, cos it sounds as though us newbies need all the help we can get
You can plan as under.
- Thailand-Bangladesh-India-Nepal-Dhutan-Pakistan-China to cover the Asia.
Check out this site, very useful & should answer most of your Qs. I am in the same boat (pardon the travel pun!!), I am planning to RTW on Sep & there is so much to think about!!!!
Regards & good luck
Sorry forgot to attach the site!?!?