me and my boyfriend are planning a round the world trip starting in September 2014.
I just have a few issues regardig age and visas? i have heard that you cant get into aus if you are over 26? (on a travel/working holiday visa) is this true? Are there any other places we may have trouble with? He will have jus turned 26 when we leave and then probably turn 27 in aus.
Our plan is as follows:
any help or advice wpuld be highly appreciated!
Thank you so much
The Australian visa you want is for people aged 18 to 30 years old, so no problem.
The other places will be no problem.
Let the weather decide your route. A few of these places get very cold in winter and others have very bad rainy seasons that last for months.
Vietnam you pay for a letter from an agency and they send it by email. Tell them you do not want a month visa as if your letter says a month, even if you are only spending a few days there you pay for a month ($45 for one visit, $65 for multiple visits and $95 for one month). Payable in US dollars on arrival. Make sure you have American dollars to pay for it, and the $20 Cambodian visa. Along with the Cambodian Riel, American dollars are accepted by almost everyone in Cambodia, and even available from ATM's there.
Berlin, Hamburg and Helsinki you can get cheap flights to and go any time so no real need to have them in such a schedule.
Canada is way out of your way so if I were you, I'd go another time for a holiday there, in summer.
Try to travel light. Most of the things you will need you can buy on the way.
Looking at the list I think the thing you need to research is the visa restrictions for your nationality and where you will get your visas on route usually embassies or agents as clearly they are not all available before you leave.
For instance the China visa is from date of issue and is generally for 30 days although a 3 month visa is available to people traveling there to work.
Some visa are available on route and easy to get usually via agents, we managed to get our visa in Vietnam for China. Vietnam Cambodia, Thailand available on borders or airports.
Russia is another matter and you will need an invitation, I would advice going via an agency use the link below
The Indian visa is date of issue generally so check out for your nationality via the on-line embassy.
By the way how long are you traveling for cus this will be expensive. Everyone says Asia is very cheap but it's not if you add in any touristy things and the malaria shots and tablets.
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On our 12 month round the world we spent £28,000 for the two of us in 2007/8.
Don't forget to add in medical insurance and look for a deal on the flights.
Don't get medical advice from travelers check your requirements out with a medical professional is my advice, you can't be too safe with your health.
Best of luck and keep safe out there.
As already suggested I'd say ditch Finland and Germany from your RTW - but maybe you want to do one or both of them this year to get a bit of independent travelling experience under your belt, as on your profile you're saying you've only been to a few tame places.
Your route looks pretty good. A little doubling back on yourself from China to India - I'm assuming you're doing the Trans Siberian to get out there (as Moscow is followed by Mongolia!) so you're not bound up by the requirements of an RTW ticket. Check out AirAsia (and Tiger I think?) who offer cheap hops - a few times I've ended up doing a hop in a couple of stages via their hub in Kuala Lumpur and overnighting in their very cheap Tune hotel.
Those are also a cheap way to get onward to Aus.
Not sure about the advice to drop Canada. On a quick search of flights it's only adding a few hundred quid to your homeward journey (SYD-LHR £600 versus AKL-YVR,YYZ-LHR £900) and I think that difference would be cheaper than a separate trip - Air Transat flight deals from about £600.
This would all be different and irrelevant if you were on a RTW ticket, though.
What's your calendar for this? Something like September across Russia, Oct/Nov/Dec SE Asia, Jan/Feb/Mar Aus/NZ and late spring into Canada? Think that would work with the seasons, prob don't want to arrive in Canada before May and want to do the trans siberian before winter sets in, I think.
For visas it's just a case of figuring out which have to be applied for at what point in advance. Think the only ones which really need to be planned are Russia, Mongolia, China. Real Russia offer all those, their website it worth a read.
Budget: all fairly cheap places until you hit A/NZ, then Canada gets Expensive.
thanks for all your advice its really helpful.. We are aiming to go with between 20 and 22k so i am hoping that will be enough. We are planning on jis sort of booking as we go rather than booking a RTW ticket as we like the idea of flexibility..i think we will book london to hamburg then get a train to hamburg then book a flight in advance to helsinki and a boat from helsinki to st petersburg..then wing it through russia and china then most probably book a flight from china to india then indoa back to se asia. i know we will be doubling back on ourselves but after much deliberation we have decided this is the only way we can do it really and we are pretty ok with it. sri lanka is debatable at the moment as we may drop tjat out. i know canada is far out but we may go from oz to san francisco for a like two weeks and my bf has been to canada before and is desperate go go again so its a must really.
As far as time scale goes the plan is
hamburg 3 days
berlin 3 days
helsinki 3 days (all of these all reduced from 7 days due to us wanting to miss out the freezing cold by the tome we get to russia and china)
st petersburg 7 days
across russia...around 3-4 weeks
mongolia a few days
china 3-4 weeks
india 4 weeks
sri lanka (possibly?) 2-3 weeks
thailand 3 weeks
cambodia 4 weeks
vietnam 4 weeks
singapore 2-3 days
australia 6-12 months (probably 6 due to finances but we are gonna see how we go i think)
New zealand 3 months
san fransisco 1-3 weeks
canada 2 months
so its a pretty long trip but none of these are set in stone a hundred per cent regaeding time. we know we want to go to all of these places but are flexible to the time scales..possibly stay longer in some places and leave earlier in others..
Anyone have anymore advice? And thanks fpr the visa advice! I find it really stressful! haha
Btw incase you didnt guess i meant get a flight from london to hamburg then a train from hamburg to berlin and then a flight from berlin to helsinki.
Also sorry for all the typos i am writing on my phone and it is bloomin annoying!
Thanks guys :D