I am a 24 year old male and am going travelling solo for the first time. Obviously, I am extremely excited and slightly nervous at the same time. I am leaving on Feb 2nd 2012 so I still have plenty of time to sort out alot of my stuff.
Although this could obviously change, the rough plan I have at the moment is as follows:
February - New Zealand
March - Australia
April - Australia
May - Singapore, Malaysia
June - Thailand
July - Thailand
August - Laos, Vietnam
September - Vietnam, Cambodia
Depending on funds, I may also add a month in India at the end of that. Do you think 12K will be enough for 8-9 months in the countries I have listed bearing in mind I am not a HUGE drinker so will not be blowing money EVERY night on alcohol!
It just depends on your life style:-) But I really think it should be enough, to eat local food, sleep in hostels and enjoy sightseeing. Of course NZ and Australia are more expensive than the asian countries, especially for food you will spend in Australia/NZ 10 times more than in thailand, but it is good that you first go to the expensive places, then you will see how much you have left and relax in asia :-) Have fun!
Thank you very much for your reply Angela.
Im more interested in sight seeing and enjoying the culture of places rather than simply boozing all the time, although don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional party! But I would rather spend the majority of money on sightseeing and adventure activities rather than alcohol.
That was my thinking, to do the most expensive places frst so then I can just relax in Asia and see how much I can spend. So excited! I think 12k should be OK, I will have a bit extra if absolutely necessary but I would prefer to keep that for when I return home or if I want to extend my travels.
Wow my plans pretty much the same as yours route wise.. plan on leaving march 2012 starting in India if we have enough funds then on to singapore through SE.Asia then on to Australia. I plan on doing India and SEA for about 5 months then get a working visa in Aus and travel there for 6 months hopefully.
funds wise im planning on saving £8k (exclusive of visas, flights etc) to last me through Asia and hopefully a bit in Aus. So 12k should be ok, if its dollars though from what i've heard might be a push but very do-able. Asia is dirt cheap and obv most of these funds wil go in Aus and NZ.
Sounds like a good plan anyways, if your like me.. i can't wait to get off!
Thanks dlovallo1. 12k is in GBP so I think that should be enough to cover as long as I do not good to overboard with the spending. I will have extra cash anyway but I would rather keep that in my savings!
I like the sound of your route as well. The more I hear about India, the more I want to go. It sounds like a fascinating place. Hopefully I can add a month there once I have finished in Thailand.
I really cannot wait until February, I am so excited it scary. The rest of the year is going to drag.....I hope we both have the time of our lives!
Asia is cheap. And you can find a lot of bargains. You're fine with 12K. And if you have a credit card, you're even safer.
Do you think I would be ok to travel with simply my HSBC debit visa card? Im unsure as to whether to open up a new account and maybe transfer some money into it so I have 2 accounts with money in, incase one of them gets lost or stolen?
Any advice appreciated.