1.) This is not a "once in a lifetime" trip. You're only 24. This is your FIRST trip, that's all.
2.) Your special medication is not an issue. There's always around that situation. That said, 3 - 4 months is plenty of time for your first time away.
3.) I know you have this infatuation with Australia/New Zealand/United States but the more I read your posts and how this appears to be such a big issue for you I'll reiterate my opinion... forget about super expensive western countries that aren't that much different compared to where you're from... Keep it simple and buy ONE round trip to SE Asia, then go with the flow.
I think you're making this way too dramatic and getting way too worked up about something that isn't that complicated....
thanks for your input terry but on this occasion i think im going to ignore your advice. i will do these trips and it is a once in a life time. maybe not for the likes of you but it certainly is for me and so i will save up the money and i will do all the places i want to....because i can
Good luck then, but save up lots of money. It's no fun to be broke or living on a shoestring in expensive western countries - and you have big flight costs too.
like i said im just after advice atm i just want a rough idea as nothing is set in stone as yet and im able to be flexible on my dates but thanks very much man much appreciated
3-4 months is definitely a tight schedule, but it's not impossible. What I would do in that time frame is this:
6-8 weeks in SE Asia
2-3 weeks in Australia
2 weeks in NZ
1-2 week in the US
Maximizing your time in SE Asia will be lighter on your wallet and allow you to gain a much better feel for it. You will have time to hop over to Laos or Cambodia with that time frame as well.
Australia in three weeks for me would be about a week in the Northern Territory to get to Uluru, 3-4 days in Cairns, 3-4 days on the Gold Coast and the remainder in Sydney.
Two weeks is simply not enough time for NZ, but taking a week for each island will at least give you a feel for what you didn't get to see!
For the States, get the heck out of LA. Check out San Francisco, head over to Vegas or hit up the Grand Canyon.
For a rough idea on costs, you're looking at $20-30 per day in SE Asia and $50+ everywhere else just for food and lodging. That's for decent hostels/guesthouses and not starving yourself. All your transportation and activities will be on top of that.
[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jun-2012, at 13:48 by talesbackpack ]
thaks jen much appreciated.ive got an appointment witha travel expert at 5pm just waiting for their visit. i guess ill get soe more information from them