Me and my girlfriend plan on a RTW trip, departing september/october 2012.
We shall have a budget of around £10000 once we buy our ticket and hope to spend the majority of our time in Australia and the US, 1 month in each and then a month set aside for visiting places such as thailand etc, we were interested in this...
Would £10000 be sufficient for a 3 month duration? We hope to get private rooms in hostels which I've been told are available for slightly extra.
Regarding visa's do we apply for those as soon as our flights are booked or beforehand?
Also, regarding accomodation, we've been told its better to just find somewhere once we get there opposed to booking in advance, is this risky?
Any feedback/information would be great! Thanks
[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jul-2011, at 09:40 by Liamg1987 ]
Depends. Maybe. Impossible to say. That about sums it up I'm afraid.
For me 10K is a huuuge amount of money and could last 8 months. It depends how you want to live and eat. Budgets change drastically between countries, even in the same region. Cambodia for example you can get buy on 8 pounds a day if not less. In Australia that could go to 50, 60....and thats without doing anything.
Should you book? Book your very first hostel and see the situatioon when you arrive. If it's quiet, and semptember/october could be as the Unis go back, wing it. It's part of the fun.
Visas, generally, are a piece of piss; I got most of them at the border. The only visas I've had to get in advance were India and Thailand and even that you can get in Phnom Penh the day before. India was hard mind...Australia you get online.
Hope that helps. If you have specific country questions just ask
Thanks so much Jamie,
I was told by friends they spent £4000 in 3 months and with it being the both of us we thought £10000 seemed sensible.
We're unsure on what route we want to take but we'd love to do the whole cambodia vietnam visits, can you get flexible RTW tickets do you know?
I spent 6 months in India & SE Asia a few years ago and spent £3500 (not including £1000 on flights). I travelled with my boyfriend who also took £3500, so we had about £7000 for the whole trip.
We stayed in private rooms, which you'll often find aren't any more expensive than getting a bed in a shared dorm - for example a bed in a dorm might be 300 thai baht, but a private room is 600 baht - so if you're in a couple you can spend pretty much the same as a solo traveller. Sometimes the rooms are more expensive than dorms, but never by a huge margin.
£10k is a huge amount of money, but depends how you want to travel. We budgeted and done the real "backpacker" side of travelling - cheap but healthy local food & travelling on the local buses rather than the tourist buses etc. We splurged on our first hotel, and our last hotel... and also on our birthdays! But other than that we budgeted our trip.
We didn't go to Australia and that will be a lot more expensive than Asia, plus I know the GBP is weaker now than it was in 2007 but I still think £10k will be more than enough for a 3 month trip.
Oh yeah and forgot to add:
You get a 30 day tourist visa upon arrival in Thailand (airoports) so don't worry about applying for a visa unless you plan on staying for over 30 days.
All other visa's for SE Asia you can sort when you are there - for example you can sort your Cambodian / Laos visas in Thailand, from what I remember
Thankyou for that information Beckiboo, Im starting to wonder if Australia is overrated and that we should maybe spend more time visiting SE Asia etc?
Well your money would certainly go a lot further in SE Asia. I reckon £5000 would do you fine for 3 months. And there is so much to see, we spent 6 months there and could have done loads more.
But then I've never been to Australia, people will probably recommend that too!
Australia is awesome if your budget can handle it but right now it's horrifically expensive. I hadsome of the best times of my life on the east coast. I wanted to go back on this trip and do the west coast but there's just no way. Go to India instead
Japan is my fav destination. But you need time and money to actually see everything there is to see, from the heights of Mt. Fuji to the shrines of Kyoto, or the completely rebuilt Hiroshima. But it's worth it, that's my opinion.