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RTW: Clockwise or Anti clockwise

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1. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys n girls:Me and my girlfriend and her sister have finally got our itinery sorted:Londom-Bangkok-Singapore-Perth-Sydney-Auckland-Christchurch-Fiji-L.A.The only problem now is whether to go clockwise and do Thailand etc first or go the other way and do L.A etc first.It is our first major travelleing trip and so we thought by doing L.A etc first it might be easier?Any thoughts?
Also we are looking at taking around £5000 spends each excluding flights for 12 months.We are all planning on working 2 in OZ.Does this sound like a reasonable amount?
Any thoughts or advice would be great.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I would say just go with the route you have. Thailand is by no means a difficult place to start travelling. You will be one of thousands and thousands that head off to there for the first time everyday. Don't worry about it.

I would say with only 5000 pounds and a whole year, you had better plan on working quite a bit in Oz and NZ. It's not cheap to travel down there, and 400 pounds a month won't go to far in those countries. You could probably do it, but it will require some pretty strict budgeting.
In Southeast Asia you won't spend so much, so if you are short on money, stay there as long as possilbe.

3. Posted by liz_999 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am doing RTW trip - Africa, Oz, NZ, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong. We were advised to do Asia last because it is the cheapest and much better if we are running out of money.

Hope this helps!

4. Posted by Shaunmw (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

If you are worried about culture shock a lot of places recommend going with the cultures most like yours. You are already doing somthing that is very foriegn to you (traveling and living out of your backpack). To ease into the process you should go to LA first since it still has all the western trappings.

Essentially, for a budget outside of flights plan on (all in US$) 45 a day in the US, 40 in NZ and Australia, and 20 in SE asia. You can very easily do less, but you will be missing out on a lot. Have a great time!

5. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When are you planning on leaving and coming back, because with thailand there is not much point in going there in the rainy season. And like someone else said there that thailand is good to do last cause it's cheap and if your running out of money it would be a good stop.

If your going to be working over there, your 5k will keep you going.

6. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

We are leaving at the end of May next year.I have been advised that this may not be the best time to go to SE Asia because of the seasons.
Cheers for the advise so far everyone.Very much appreciated!:)

7. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ricardo,

Sounds like a great trip.
Clockwise or anticlockwise depends on which way you are looking.

My advice is to head in a Westerly direction. You get to a new place and wake up bright and early the next morning ready to take on the world and explore. If you head Easterly you will suffer jetlag more and feel as though you want to stay in bed.


8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Check out what climate you want to enjoy.
Getting to southern Australia (Perth/Adelaide/Melbourne/Canberra/ Sydney in our winter (June - September) may not be the UK winter (can still be pretty nice), but the weather in north Queensland and the Northern Territory would be pretty good.
You could do California in May and spend time in relatively cheap Mexico/Central America (not CUBA!!!) then get to Oz in our spring so you can get down to Sydney to enjoy the hot weather.
Perth in Jan - April can be oven-hot, but the beach and surf is fantastic.