I am currently planning a rtw trip with two friends and we are keen to push our money as far as we can, I was wondering which countries are the cheapest to travel through, we are open to pretty much anywhere but style ourselves as trekkers.
Also we would like to go to tibet and have thus far uncovered only chinese-sponsored tours, I have been told it is 'not approved of' to go to tibet without a chinese guide, does this mean you cannot, or do so at personal risk.
Also I understand there are political problems in Nepal at the mo and somebody mentioned a tourism ban, could anyone clarify?
There is a Maoist insurgency in Nepal and the King is in a bit of a mood or something. To get the proper info on this..go to the Asia forum and there are a couple of threads devoted to this topic.
Cheapest countries are in South East Asia and South America. As far as I know, yes its recommended to go to Tibet as part of a tour which can be organised in either Nepal (if you decide to go) or in China.
Ive been reading up a lot on the countries of South East Asia in recent weeks and it is possible to make your money go very far in most of them.
Where else are you planning to visit?
We are planning, to buy a ticket called the 'great escapade', it gives us 29000 miles, fifteen stops and a year for about a grand,
currently I intend to go to France (Channel tunnel) and quickly through France and Germany to Amsterdam , I will rest for a week and there and then meet my friends to go to India, where we will spend four of five months, after that we will go to nepal, hopefully tipet and then to thailand, vietnam and cambodia, then on to aus and nz and fiji before peru and back to london. We are all total novices so any advice, tips or recommendations would be well handy. We are going to do some trekking pretty much everywhere but particularly in nepal and peru. I'm most excited about India, I've been getting really into buddhist and hindu literature
YOur trip sounds almost identical to mine K. I'm starting in October but the first stop is India. When are you leaving?
Nepal's situation is still unstable at the moment, but I'm hoping that things wil have settled down by October/November time....in any case, I dont think tourists are in any real danger unless you are really going off the beaten track.
I am still working to save money at the mo, I'll quit at the end of may and hopefully we'll head off early june, we need to book our tickets nowish however and we still don't know our exact itinery, dates etc. I worked out we can spend about ten months away on £5000
(£4000 after we but tickets) We will stay in India for four months probably, so you'll arrive after we leave. I was thinking though, if we can work in Aus and earn enough to replenish our funds, i.e pay for the last legs of our trip then we could go to a few extra destinations or stay longer somewhere. Is this a bit risky? could we earn enough? can you even answer these questions?
I wanted to go to Angkor Wat in cambodia and macchu pichu in peru but subsequent research has revealed that these are generally swamped by tourists, something I want to avoid like the plague, what do you reckon?
Well Angkor Wat and the Inca Trail are on my list of to-dos. I know they will probably be pretty busy but spending a couple of days around other tourists wont be so bad if you spend the rest of the time in places that are more off the beaten track. It's a pity to miss these places just for that reason. I'm sure there are certain times of the year when they might be less busy...I'm not sure.
YOu can definitely survive on £5000 for 10 months if you manage it well. The cost of living in India and many of the SE Asian countries is on a different level completely to England or Ireland. Your money will really stretch there.
You should try to get work along the way. Australia is probably the best bet. The problem is trying to find work for everyone in the same spot.
if you're really worried about the money issue, why dont you put off leaving for another month and save like mad at home. A month's salary in British pounds would probably go a long way towards adding another month or two onto your trip.
At least you guys (and girls) are starting with Pounds or Euros. These days if you're starting with Dollars you definitely need to work a couple extra months before going anywhere.
any travel planned soon Jeff?
I wouldn't recommend skipping Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat. I generally try and visit places during their off-season so I've been pretty lucky avoiding crowds almost everywhere I've been. In Machu Picchu if you spend the night in Auga Caliente (the small town at the bottom of the mountain) you can stay up in Machu Picchu after most of the day tourists have to leave (they have to go off the mountain to catch the train). After around 3pm It seemed as though I had the place to myself.
Angkor Wat is a big place (its not just 1 or 2 temples). Even if there were a lot of tourists there you can get away from them. Besides the main "Angkor Wat Temple" and the "Bayon" there are lots of temples spread out over a large area.
When I was there in Jan. 1994 it wasn't crowded, but maybe that was because the Khmer Rouge were still around. I think I'd take a few tourists over the Khmer Rouge.
A while back I remember reading that they were considering building a cable car to take tourists up to Machu Picchu (instead of the scary bus ride up) now that would be a disaster. I wonder if they're still considering the cable car?
Of course for you hardy souls, like Samsara who's got the strength and energy to walk to Machu Picchu I guess it doesn't matter.
I always have lots of travel planned. If only I took ALL the trips I planned. I'm still recovering (financally) from my Feb./Mar Trip to Euro land (not a good place for dollars these days ). Where I want to go the most is to Ladakh (in the Indian Himilayas). I'm facinated with the Tibetan culture (and since I've been fortunate enough to have visited Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan...Ladakh is my missing link and another great place to experience more "Tibetan-tyoe" culture.
However, since that's lots of miles and dollars from here (it may have to wait until maybe next March or Summer). So the trip I think I'll take this Summer will be to drive across the US (Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, Yellowstone, etc.. places I haven't been yet), then up to Vancouver and back East across Canada. There's something cool about planning a trip where all I need to do is get in my car and go (no visas, no plane reservations, etc..). I guess you couldn't get too far via car from your house.