I'm planning a trip for next year, probably July-September, but I am totally overwhelmed with all the stuff that needs to be done! Alle the tips and planning-lists are starting to turn me off the whole idea.. As of right now I think Australia, NZ, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, USA and South-Africa is my route. However I'm uncertain as to how it is to travel alone as a girl. I mean.. Are there any countries I should be aware of? I don't know..
And also! Do I need to order all the tickets in one go, or can I choose to stay longer than planned in a country if I want to?
I know! Total newbie! I'm used to travelling alone, but this.. This is a lot of planning!
Any tips you can give me will be very helpful
if you have a lot of budget, you should stay longer in country which you like Annie, dont too rush, relax a bit in your around the world journey
I have realized that afer a little research, so I think I'll save America for another trip and just do Australia, NZ and Vietnam
I am in the same situation too. I want to go to Africa, (Kenya and Tanzania), then Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.
I'm really worried about going on my own. Everyone keeps telling me to just book a plane ticket, and a hostel for a few nights and then you will meet people out there... but I am so worried about doing that. What if I then don't have anywhere to stay, or don't meet anyone that is interested in the same things as me.
I am thinking of going with a tour company - RealGap. Has anyone else looked into them?
I'm just confused/nervous about how you meet people if you go travelling on your own?
Will be in Asia in 2013 if anyone Is heading there then
@Kelly.Allum I know just how you feel! But the thing is, that if you travel on your own and stay at a hostel you are kinda forced to meet people. A friend of mine that travelled on her own told me that you have to keep your antennas out, if you feel you can't trust a person- trust you instict. But there are a lot of nice and cool people out there that are in the same situation as you (just look at these forums), so don't worry about meeting new people, you'll be alright And in big cities there are always hostels or hotels with vacancies, I don't think you'll be homeless! I'm thinking of booking at least the first week, and then just use hostelworld or something to book for my next stay as I go along.
Hope you get over your fears, but if not: go anyway! Then it'll at least be much better than expected
Planning a round the world trip should be enjoyable and if you are traveling to many countries there are things that you have to consider before going. it just makes good sense.
Consider the following.
Climate and which direction you'll travel round the world.
Budget, drip feed your funds into a current account. Take more than one debit and credit card. Find the cheapest current account, charges can mount up.
DON'T use Internet cafes to transfer funds or do banking. Use * hotels business section the chances are they will have a secure line.
If you are carrying cash use a money belt. You'll get searched at airports but it's not a problem.
Visas and where you can buy them as you travel. factor the cost into your budget.
Inoculation, jabs tablets you might need, see a healthcare professional, factor this cost into your budget. Take a prescription for meds or specs with you just in case.
If you are buying a round the world tickets check out the small print. some alliances charge high fees for changing dates or the route.
For Multi flights and to save time and get information ask two or three travel agents to cost the trip for you and go into detail with them. You don't have to use them. If you do ask for a discount and barter you'll get money off if they know they have competition for your business.
I can't comment on CR never been there, OZ NZ Vietnam Thailand US are easy you should take care not to go into the shanty towns in South Africa, these towns are very tribal and murders between tribes are common place. Use common sense don't put yourself at risk, take local advice on areas that are safe.
We traveled along the Garden route and stayed in Capetown for a week.
I've traveled extensively over many years and I start off with a spreadsheet listing all the countries and towns, then I put in days and travel days, have a running total at the bottom for the days.
Then add in the budget per day for each of the towns which includes accommodation and food and misc, then the cost of travel, flights, trains, ferries, coaches the big costs not local travel.
For each country, check out the visa requirements, the cost, days allowed and where you can purchase the Visa.
For more detail for the countries I have a page for each country and copy and paste information in as I find it.
Add the currency for each country and the amount you have for each £$ whatever your currency is.
This will give you a start and you can alter as you go along.
I would advice you to always book accommodation when you arrive in a country after a long flight. There is nothing worse than having to walk round trying to find accommodation when you just want to get your head down to sleep.
Hope this is helpful