I am currently planning a RTW trip and looking at working out budgets for flights and transport. (roughly, as the trip won't begin until March 2014, and I don't intend to reach PNG untill about Sept/Oct 2014 so working out exact cost is impossible at this stage)
By this point in our trip we will have come from Australia by air into PNG and hope to travel right up through Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by land/boat as much as is cost effective and possible (Flights are okay if they are cheaper!) before we fly again to Beijing.
Has anybody else had experience planning a trip like this? We are first time backpackers ( 2X 26 year old females) and welcome any advice from the more initiated!
Im hoping to be able to work out a rough transport cost total to aim for as I'm currently working my butt off to do this trip! =) (Main backpacking transport, not including the small exploration trips visiting places in each country while we're there)
Also any suggestions or tips about travelling in these areas in general are really welcome. It all seems very overwhelming trying to plan something like this while still leaving a lot open to be flexible, especially as we're never done this before!
We'd like to hike/bike and boat as much as we can to really be able to see these countries in all their glory.
Thanks, happy days.