Hi everyone! I'm 25, hoping to leave on a RTW trip in september or october and want to start in Australia and be there for a while (3+ months) then go to asia for a few months (india, nepal, cambodia, thailand, laos, etc). I'm looking for some advice and also to see if other people are looking for travel buddies!! At this point I'm feeling really overwhelmed (haven't planned much of anything yet...) but also excited. I'm from the U.S. and can't decide if I should get a RTW ticket or get flights as I go. Any advice? Also thinking about working some in Australia. I can't decide where to start out which is why I haven't booked anything quite yet. Eek! I definitely want to backpack in Oz and keep it as cheap as possible, I definitely don't mind camping for a while!
A RTW ticket can save a fair bit of money but can tie you down if you do not leave open some dates. It can feature overland portions of journeys between flights but you must always travel in one direction and cannot use it to travel back on yourself (buy extra ticket for that, maybe locally?
I came across this recently where they are crying out for workers in Australia:
The later you leave booking air tickets, the more the prices will go up as cheaper flights fill up. For Australia in September, I would have booked a few months ago.
Sounds great what you have planned. I too am travelling alone in Feb 2012 for 9 months and starting in New Zealand. I booked a RTW ticket for this that will also take me to Australia, then Singapore from which I will travel overland through Malaysia to Thailand. I personally would use a RTW ticket as it is a bit cheaper and they sort out all the administration for you which is useful.
However, as mentioned, it can be a bit restricting if you find you want to change your plans and you may find you have to pay an extra charge to change your flights. But if you are sure about the time you wish to spend in each place, then a RTW ticket is definately the best option.
I think you should first sort out exactly where you plan on going and work from there. My advice would be to do the most expensive places first (Australia), so at least you know how much money you will have for the cheaper asian countries and can relax. It would be horrible to arrive in OZ with low funds! But each to their own!
I really cannot wait for my trip. The freedom of travelling alone and seeing new sights and making new friends is so exciting - I am sure you will have an awesome time!
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Jul-2011, at 06:45 by AlexH1987 ]