Hello, I hope that everyone is ok.
My name is Will and I live in London, I am planning a round the world trip and have been since i was 22 (now 26). it is so exciting as i plan to leave in May 2012! Wow 4 long years in the planning, its strange because i still feel totally unprepared. i have a million questions but before i hassle everyone with them i will read through the threads and posts to see if it can be answered.
i plan to start of in India in may 2012 (anyone?). flying into Mumbai then travelling down to Goa for a month then travel north via Agra and to western Bengal. going to spend 3 months here
after that i will travel to S.E Asia for 4 months (i have no exact plans for this, am always open to suggestions)
then i want to spend a month in Bali before flying over to south America to spend the reminder of my time (5 months) i will also be spending 8 days in the Galapagos (which eats up a lot of budget but this is one of the main reasons i want to go travelling)
I have a budget of just over under £14,000 but need to buy a ticket, get vaccinations and insurance etc which I have worked out to be about £2300!! Does that sound about right.
One quick question (sorry it has begun already) what is the best UK company to go with when buying your ticket?
Hi Will, welcome to Travellerspoint.
I always find Trailfinders the best one to go with in the UK.
Good luck with your planning and hope to see you around!
wow! your trip should be nice!! I have visited Bali but only 3 days not much any advice to you but I can tell that there is nice you will see Hindu traditional I love it if u love diving and spend time on the beach you will love it.
Have a good trip
I'm 28, from London and I'm also heading on a massive trip next year! 1yr in Central and South America for me.
I looked at flights either with StaTravel or Flight Centre, I found Flight Centre to be slightly cheaper on price, but StaTravel agents seemed to know their stuff more. There's plenty of branches everywhere in London so pop in and get a few ideas of dates / times. Then you can play them off against eachother and make sure you get the best price!
I actually ended up buying my flight (into Mexico City and out of Rio de Janiro) direct through British Airways as it was slightly less than Flight Centre (and more control as it's a direct booking), but as you're booking lots of flights with different airlines it's worth going via a travel agent.
I travelled through India and SE Asia a few years ago and we booked London - Delhi - Mumbai - Bangkok - London through Flight Centre and they were all decent airlines and cost about £800 I think (was in 2006 though).
Do lots of research on here and ask lots of questions, there's plenty to find out
Oh also - you'll get most of your jabs on the NHS, just go and see your GP (depending on where you live). I think the only ones I had to pay for were Malaria tablets.
thanks for the welcome guys.
@ Ms_Sunshine1977 - thats good to hear. i plan to stay for a few weeks. how much money did you spend while you were there? anything you would suggest?
@Beckiboo - thanks for all the info. how much did you end up spending while you were out there? also what you you suggest I must see?
I spent about £3500 in six months, which obviously isn't much at all!! But bear in mind back then the exchange rates were much better (2006/2007). I'd say allow £4-5k for six months nowadays. You can still do Asia really cheaply if you don't mind budgeting a lot. But then again if you spend an extra couple of quid the difference in quality is vast!
I.e you could spend £5.00 a night on a real dump, or £7 a night on a 3* decent room!