Hey Ryan, Some great choices there. looks like were both hitting up pretty much the same destinations which is awesome.
In regards to a RTW ticket if you plan on getting a WHV in either Oz or New zealand and using it for whole year then this wouldnt be a good option as most RTW flight tickets are only valid for 12 months (From STA travel and trailfinders any way).
Your best option will properly be to just book flight tickets are you go which would give you the ultimate freedom anyways! With flying into S.America from the UK your prob best flying into Rio but be aware that when flying out/into S.America from Australia/ new zealand you have to fly from santiago (Chili) not always ideal but think its because of the distance. Your prob best starting in Bangkok then flying from singapore to bali, then bali to cairns, do your australia then then to new zealand then s.america before coming home in my opinion.
In regards to cost not sure how much it would all cost booking as you go, but a RTW ticket i payed around £1850 and you can see my route above
Either way you'll have a great time i'm sure and in the grand scale of things even if flights cost a little bit more doing it as you go it'll be worth it.
Hey Dom, thanks for the advice, Your route sounds amazing and knowing you've booked it must feel amazing to. I've got my route planned now and booking my flights this weekend still a few things i'm unsure of but going to speak with STA just before I book my flights.
My route so far is,
London - Bangkok (stay in South Thailand for about 2 weeks)
head into North Thailand - Chiang Mai, Pai and Chiang Rai (2 weeks)
Laos (no timescale)
Vietnam (no timescale)
Cambodia, again no timescale
back to Thailand (3/4 weeks)
Malaysia (no timescale)
Singapore (no timescale)
Indonesia (no timescale)
Aus (atleast 1 year, maybe 2)
New Zealand (3 weeks)
Santiago, straight into Peru and then again (no timescale)
Finally Brazil (no timescale)
I have no time limits what so ever so just going with the flow so timescales are just a rough guess, I want to arrive in Laos for about Oct so I miss most of the rain.
I'm still unsure as i've heard at border crossings they may request proof of onwards travel and at the moment as i'm going with the flow I was planning on just booking a single to Bangkok, same again with cost I have no idea how much this will cost but I dont plan on spending much of my savings in Aus as I will be working.
Hope you have a great time Dom.
Ps, when are you leaving?
Leaving on 16th November Whoop. Just a word of wisdom as well which i have been warned about by many people, distances getting around S.America is massive and flying it expensive. We were thinking of heading from santiago up through Chili, Bolivia, Peru and then maybe flying to Brazil east coast? But flight costs are looking a killer. So we'll see.
Ive heard the coaches in S.A are pretty good quality. Think ill be spending time on them rather than flying.