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Head away for 12months in Dec 2012 but need some help please

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1. Posted by deanomarks (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Need help with some travelling plans. Need to book it soon and still don't have it sorted.

Plan was:
South East Asia = 3months (Kuala Lumpar, Singapore, Bali for a few weeks: Koh Phangan for New Years, into Thialand, through Laos, down Vietnam and into Cambodia)
Oz = 2months (South to North, up the East Coast - WHERE, WHAT and HOW?????)
NZ = 1month (both Islands, South first. WHERE, WHAT and HOW??)

Then the plan was to go to America for 6months in June, Football Coaching for 2months first then travelling around. Don't know WHERE to go or WHAT to do, or HOW to get around as it's so expensive.

Also, might not be able to work coaching and won't be able to live for 6months out there so need to think of other options!!! HELP WANTED PLEASE

Thinking of cutting down the America part to 3/4 months but still need to know what, where and when, so chuck me some idea's.

Then what to do for the other 2 months, if anything???

How much would i need per country per month please

Many thanks

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Sep-2011, at 13:50 by deanomarks ]

2. Posted by Gwestby (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Grey Hound Bus and Peter Pan Bus are the most affordable ways to get around the States. Also Major City Travel by plane is relatively inexpensive for example the average fare for Los Angele's to NY is around $180 or LA to SF is $80-120. But compared to the bus its still pricy and like anything travel related it totally depends on the season.

As for where to go NYC has the most landmark what to see's where SF comes in a close second and is FAR more beautiful. The Grand Canyon is a must. Yosemite is pretty awesome. The Redwoods in Humboldt County CA are astonishing. Portland Organ is just a really really cool town as is Boulder CO. Miami aint bad and spring break can be crazy fun there (IF you go there is a Jazz Hostel right in South Beach). New Orleans for Mardi Gras is something that I still have on my bucket list. Burning Man, also on my bucket list.

Cost: As far as I can tell by your travel itinerary you should be able to do SE Asia and NZ and all of that for around $600 a month modestly. The States is where its going to go vrazy. Hotel in SF and NY easily $150 plus a night (depending on season) and even Hostels in the area can start at $40 in a 12 man dorm. Even the national parks can be pricy camping can be 20-30 a night Cabins MUCH more. Park entrances average about $12 too. ANY "tourist" activity you do here is going to average a $20 fee just to go in with meals and everything I say you can easily be looking at $1500-2500 a month depending on your lifestyle level of comfort etc while keeping it on the low end.

Hope this helps with the States!

3. Posted by deanomarks (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Gwestby,

Thanks for all of this. Really helpful!!!

Think I will cut my months down in the states and try to squeeze more in, so party where possible, best partying cities, college towns/cities and the main sights (Grand Canyon, etc). Events like Mardi Gras and Bruning Man are things that I would really liek to do if possible, just need to find out when and whats going on. Think i will be in the states Aug/Sept/Oct and Nov 2012 if I can afford it.

Thanks again!!

4. Posted by Gwestby (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Burning man is the last week of Aug/ 1st week of Sept... get your ticket early as it works off a sliding scale starting at $185 then progressing to the $400 range.

Good luck!

5. Posted by Kali_ (Budding Member 17 posts) 5y

In regards to australia, i would probably go North to South down the east coast then head to NZ from there,

So starting in the top of queensland (which means you should have cheaper flights coming from Asia coz it's closer), then working your way down to melbourne in victoria.

6. Posted by 52nova (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hey there

If by America you mean the United States you are not allowed to be there for more than 90 days. If you are there for more than 90 days and they catch you you can be banned from the country. My boyfriend (now husband) came for 6 months. Legally he had to leave before the 90 day mark and go to a non-contiguous country (i.e. not Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda). When he came back (after being gone for 5 weeks- all of which is totally legal) they gave him a really, really hard time and managed to scare the shit out of him in the process.

As far as where to go it totally depends on what you want. If you like the outdoors there is absolutely nothing in the world like Utah (yes, I know it is a bit screwy) but seriously -- the national parks are like something you have never seen. Northern California, the Redwoods, the Sequioas, San Francisco will take your breath away). New Orleans is great. I personally believe the SW version of New Orleans (as far as uniqueness goes) is Santa Fe. Truly unlike anything else in the country. In Colorado for mountain towns go to Telluride. You can thank me later. TOTALLY stunning. NYC in my opinion is the best city in the world. And of course, Yellowstone. Which as far as land animals is the most spectacular place I have been outside of Africa.

If you are looking for budgeting info -- I always have the same problem so I started to put together a list of places that have good (as in actual numbers) for budgets. If you want to check it out you can go to -snip-

Have a great time.

Cheers,
Linda

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

7. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1827 posts) 5y

As said, America is EXPENSIVE. In your place I would spend a lot more time in Asia which is generally quite cheap, and in some places, as cheap as you are willing to put up with.

There is a lot to see on both islands in NZ, though most tourists limit themselves to the south of the South Island so miss it. Accommodation was quite reasonably priced too in many places. I could spend two months wandering around there. A car makes getting around easy and means you get cheap out of town accommodation. It also gives you the ability to visit lots of nice small towns and places where you could not reasonably go by public transport.

How about South America, notably Peru?

8. Posted by 52nova (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hey there
I was just in London (crazy expensive) with a friend of mine who lives in Auckland. She was shopping in London as it was, "so much cheaper than NZ." From what I understand Australia is even more expensive than NZ. I have a friend who has spent the last 9 months in SE Asia and had a bit of a heart attack when she arrived in AUS and saw the prices. For saving $ stay in SE Asia. The Philippines is insane cheap and a bit off the normal tourist path.
Enjoy!