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Planning an RTW, need some suggestions on places.

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1. Posted by Rabbits (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

This is my first post at this forum, Though I hope to make more.

I am in the early process's of planning an RTW, Slated for 2010. It will be me and a freind from Australia (I am from the U.S.). And will include a rather large number of countries. We intend for the trip to last an entire year. I am not so much asking for countries to visit, as we pretty much have that worked out. I am more asking for places we should visit in these countries. Things like, Resturants, Clubs, Bars, or Services I should make note of will be muchly thanked.

The basic itenerary for the trip Works out like this.

Late febuary - March - April, road tripping around the united states, Hitting all 48 Continental states. With forays into Ontario, Quebec and British colombia Canada.

May - June, Iceland, Ireland and the U.K. I am quite familier with the U.K. having been there around 5 times, and having just completed a 8 week trip there this past may. I plan to get a Britrail pass for the UK and Ireland. But I am a little more fuzzy when it comes to Ireland and Iceland. Specifically Iceland, So any help on this would be greatly apreciated..

As an aside, after having had some odd experiances in trying to find flights from asia to Egypt, and having been told most of them will take me back to Heathrow anyway. I have decided just to fly from London to Egypt for a week, and return to london afterwords.

July - August - September, Western and Eastern Europe and Russia. I intend to get a Eurail pass and an East Rail pass, and work my way through all the Continental european countries, Ending in Russia for a week before getting on the Trans siberian and heading for China.

Beggining of october, Two weeks in China
End of October, Two weeks in Japan

November - December, Australia, New Zealand.

January - Febuary, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile (including Easter Island), and ending in Mexico. Before flying back home to Atlanta at the beggining of march.

As I had said previously, I have just planned and completed an 8 week trip in the U.K., Not the most exotic locale by any means. But it was the first trip I planned from beggining to end. Now I'm on to something larger. So I have the planning skills, But I'm having a bit of a problem with the logistical elements. Specifically finding airfares to use as estimates from one place to another..

I am not planning this trip to be anything more than a whirlwind excursion across the globe.. Not staying anymore than 2 days in any town unless otherwise noted. I realise its not the best way to travel, But I figure when I'm older and slower I can go back and be slow in my travels.

So any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have 2 doubts here:


Beggining of october, Two weeks in China
End of October, Two weeks in Japan

Which part in China and Japan will you be going to? China has a lot to offer as well as Japan. Sometimes' the art of 'slow' will serve travellers a better life experience about one country/nation. What about Tibet or extend to India/Sri Lanka/Pakistan/Nepal/Bhutan/Bangladesh? Japan is so close to South Korea/Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau too...

2. Iceland, Ireland and the U.K.

Iceland is northward the scandinavia: I always thought travellers would prefer to include Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Iceland in one package??? Will you consider Iceland has been too far away from UK and Ireland? Same thing...UK and Ireland are big and lots of things to see...

Hope my plain words would help.

3. Posted by Rabbits (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The reason for Iceland being included with the UK, is becuase Iceland air flys from Orlando to London with an optional multiple day layover in Iceland..

I had considerd going to india.. But i Don't think i'm gonna be able to put it into my budget for the time being. tibet might be a possibility, But Isn't it rather difficult to get the Chinese government to give you a visa to go there?

4. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yep. Not easy to enter Tibet tho....what about Mongolia? Another piece of unpolluted land.

My recommendation: Yunnan in China has many scenic natural beauty to offer. You'll find also many etnic group which population are among the least in China. Unique culture and friendly people.

South Asia such as India/Pakistan/Sri Lanka and etc are seem very cheap tho...I never been there but i have friends who have been there. Assure you the unforgettable moments there.