So I've decided January 2014 I'm off. The travel bug has got me good!
A few years ago I went to Europe with a friend and did a contiki tour, which was a great starter to get my confidence up in travel. In fact since then travel is all I can think about!
So, I'm going to take a leap and head off on my own for 6 months. Ideally I'd like to go to South America, Europe, and Asia with some stop over's in North America along the way.
Now, prepare yourself for a rather confused and jumbled blerb, (sorry)
I was thinking about getting an around the world ticket with oneworld alliance. Does anyone think this could be a BIG no? I've had a quick look and with my planned route and depending on how many non-flight legs I take I've worked it out to cost about $4800 to $5600 (NZD) I'll need to have a much better look into this but ive got time however, my Flight break up would be something along these lines:
Auckland - Los Angles (1 Week) - Lima (12 weeks) - Madrid-(8weeks)-London - (any stop over suggestions here?)- Thailand (5weeks) - Hong Kong (1week) - Japan (3weeks) - Auckland.
So here's where my big question comes in. Not including my flights how much money, just a general daily/weekly/monthly budget, do you think I'd need to have for make this work?
12weeks South America (8 of which I want to spend volunteering, so Accommodation and Meals will be paid for in that time.)
9 Weeks Europe (I'll add my week in LA here as I'm guessing cost will be similar?) And 4weeks of this time I'll be trying to live/camp out on my friend's couches.
9 weeks Asia/ the Middle East (if I add a stop over from London).
So that's my $$ question.
Here is some additional info I've come up with for the trip. Any advice about anything would be great! Especially any on travelling alone in these places!!!!
SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA (January-April)
I'd quite like to volunteer in Peru for 8weeks. I know that. What's land travel here like? I also want to travel to Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Argentina before I leave would that be possible/suggested to do buy bus or train??
EUROPE (April- June)
This (along with my week in LA) will be the big hit to my budget I'm guessing.
Fortunately I have quite a lot of friends to visit here which will hopefully reduce some of the costs in this expensive continent. I'm looking at about 4 weeks with friends and 4weeks travelling to Paris, the Greek Isles, Berlin, and possibly Croatia before heading off to London. Any advice of Croatia and the Greek Isles while travelling alone??
ASIA. (June to July)
Okay now here I am truly lost.
-I Know I would LOVE to go to Thailand maybe for 2weeks. But I know I should branch out. Any suggestions on where else to go while in the area? I have another 2-odd weeks I'd like to spend in the region.
-Hong Kong in on the list next as it's a stopover on my way to Japan. (Osaka-Tokyo)
-Japan. Any advice here?
I have a friend who has just moved over there to work for the next two years so a visit to him is a must, along with Tokyo.
Again, sorry for the muddled blurb. Any advice and suggestions will be a HUGE help!
When you're in Peru do you realize there's no road through the Darien Gap to reach Central America? To reach Guatemala and Costa Rica you have to fly or arrange something by sea. It's not cheap. Also, going to Argentina is at the other end of South America so with your short time frame you're looking at flights too.
Consider instead Colombia (in my opinion the best country in South America right now) and perhaps Ecuador or Bolivia instead.
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I'm from the UK and I can give you some ideas as to prices here. Most of Europe is around the same, with the UK being maybe slightly more expensive than most other countries in Western Europe. Let me know what sort of things you need to know, and I'll do my best to answer.
While you are in Thailand, you could travel to Cambodia and visit Angkor Wat. Or, if you have another 2 weeks, take the train down to Malaysia and Singapore, which are very different from Thailand, and well worth visiting. Kuala Lumpur is a nice mix of Indian, Chinese and Malay/Muslim culture, where you can sample many different types of food, and visit Petronas Towers, formerly the world's tallest buildings. I'd also recommend the nearby Batu Caves, which contain a Hindu temple and are home to a family of monkeys which come down from the mountain to steal food from the temple. (I found the monkeys more entertaining than the temple ceremonies!)
THANKS! I wasn't aware of that when I posted it. And I've had a bit of a fiddle with my intended route and I've decided to fly from San Jose down to Rio and then fly/bus my way up to Peru.
Now just to research bus companies and the best routes to take.
I've visited the UK and Europe in the past, so I've got an ok grasps on things there...so far. But any questions I have I'll be sure to send your way!!
Madpoet, ahhhhhh everything you've said I'm going to try and fit into my trip! If the weather allows it. My trip will have me in South East Asia in August/September so it might be a bit wet from what I've read, but I'm hoping it will all be ok
i'm also hoping to go travelling in 2014 for a few months and have looked at thailand and lima too. Roughly i'm think about £1000 a month just to be on the safe side. the lucky thing with it being a year and a half away is that you've got time to safe and figure it out. i've also seen loads of great sites that help with the planning.
hope that helps. i'de be intrested in any useful info u may get, or if u need anything when u get to london
For the European places you may find it cheaper to use London as a hub and use cheap flights to hit the Greek islands, Croatia, etc, rather than doing point-to-point.
Croatia - split and Dubrovnik are interesting but if you're planning on the islands then maybe you'll find more of the same but cheaper in south east Asia.
Depending what you've seen already if I were zipping through Europe I'd like to see Rome, Venice, Budapest, Florence, krakow, and any of the Scandinavian capitals.
Japan is going to be a real budget killer - and I speak as someone who's bought a round of drinks in Norway! I always suggest Taipei as a cheaper alternative that no-one thinks of. (But I know it's not the same!)
Sounds a good trip :-)
Thailand/ Southeast Asia: I highly recommend doing Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is a bit of a struggle/money to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap ($150 USD flight abouts) but highly worth the trip. I agree with the post above saying if you have a few days check out Singapore, but I wouldn't say Kuala Lumpur is a must.
Also, make sure to check out the Thai Islands while you are there, Koh Phi Phi and the other famous ones are worth a few vacation days on a beach.
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Also heading off early 2014 hopefully but in the opposite way as I'm from the UK! Asia I thin is a must and has so much going for it at very good value it seems.
Would you want to work abroad to extend the stay and earn whilst you go? That's the route I'll be taking.
Good luck planning, it's truly exciting and although it seems ages away, it really isn't!! I joined here in June after my trip around Europe and already it's almost November!