RTW Travel - first timer going it alone

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1. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi guys,

Been reading thru this site for a while now and it is excellent. Just looking for a little guidance on how long to stay where. My provisional RTW itinery (departing April/May 07) so far is : glasgow-london-bangkok then overland to singapore-cairns overland to Sydney-Fiji- New Zealand then on to santiago (Chile) and overland to Rio and then home .
I wanted to go on the reasonably well travelled routes since its my 1st time and i'm going alone. I was planning on the overland from Bangkok to singapore to take about 2 months (thinking about spending more time there after reading posts). About 6-7 months or so doing Oz and NZ. and finally about 3 months for the South American leg. Any suggestions would be helpful. also due to the problems in Fiji and after doing some research i was thinking of changing to Vanuatu instead. Is there stuff to do there (bear in mind i am a very poor swimmer so watersports aren't much use)? Would i also be better travelling westwards or eastwards?
Thanks for your help.

2. Posted by JodieHill (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm a first timer also, so I can only advise you on what I have been advised... if that makes sense.

Apparently they're saying only travel to Fiji if your travel is 'essential' BUT i know of people who are going regardless and aren't worried at all, as for Vanuatu, theres a Volcano there you can climb up and actually look into apparently, I would go there over Fiji anyway but that is personal preference.

Most people travel Westwards rather than Eastwards, but as far as I know this is only to minimise jetlag, so it depends whether you have problems with this or not.

Whats your budget for each leg by the way? I've posted my provisional itinery and budget on here and am hoping for some advice on that you see.

Sorry I couldn't be more help.


3. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi Jodie - i don't know if i will have a problem with Jet Lag as i have never travelled far enough before that it would be an issue. As Far as my budget goes i will have an absolute maximum of £8000 after tickets and insurance for the whole trip ( i have sold my house to pay for it). judging from other posts i thinik that would be enough for the 12 months if i work for a while in Oz. I was thinking an average of £1000 per month. (places like asia and SA will apparently cost less). From what i have read this should be enough.

4. Posted by JodieHill (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

As you are going away for so long I'd guess that jet lag wouldnt be so much of a problem as you can afford a day here and there to get over it if need be. If I were you i would decide when your setting off and work whether it is best to go east or west depending on the climate of the country you would be in at that time, if you can avoid some monsoons or something by going round one way or the other then do that!

Yeah your budget sounds like the basis of what I am working from, you will spend a lot less in thailand for example though, but i always over budget, it would be nice to come back with something in my wallet afterall!

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

An idea (only if you are on a mileage based One World RTW ticket) that might make for an interesting section of your trip would be instead of going Sydney-Fiji, Go Sydney-Auckland-Papeete-Easter Island-Santiago. If you decided to go in the opposite direction, then you could just do it Santiago-Easter Island-Papeete-Auckland instead. Fiji is full of danger at the moment, and the last thing you want is to be caught up in any bad crap. Going to Papeete would allow you to see one of the tropical island type places, then Easter Island is just an amazing place that is a once in a life time opportunity, and then you recommence in Santiago where you were already going.

I personally think that Jetlag is a load of crap, because I have travelled very extensively now and am yet to experience what I have thought jetlag to be. I have never gone on a really enormous flight in terms of time zones like say a Sydney-London flight which covers 10 or 11 timezones. I also did a flight from Sydney-Tokyo, which was very long but not in terms of timezones. I have gone from Rio De Janiero-Easter Island in one day which was 2 days without any sleep at all and 5 time zones I think. Sure I was tired on the night I arrived at Easter Island, but what do you expect when you haven't slept for two days due to camping in the airport the night before? I was still up at about 8am the following day and was out and about all day.

You are travelling in the direction which is supposedly meant to make jetlag worse, because if you travel from East-West it isn't meant to effect you as much as West-East. That is probably why I haven't felt anything, although I did have a couple of reasonably long backtracking flights in a West-East direction and didn't feel bad. My nan who did some long haul flights when she was younger had told me how she felt and said how she was bed ridden for days, but I find it hard to believe. For a while, I did find that when I would normally wake at say 7.30am, I was waking at 4.30am. I found though that if I held off going to bed until late local time then my body clock quickly got in to the pattern. If you say change a couple of time zones and go to bed at what your normal time may have been back in the last spot, then you'll wake up very early every day.

I'm not going to spend thousands and thousands of dollars to spend some time other than night time hours in bed when I can see the place I've paid to come and see. I've spent nights at airports and got no sleep and then got off a flight tired as hell and still spent all day going and making the most of my hours and then just go to bed earlier than normal after dark. I think people who claim to have jetlag and feel that they need to be bed ridden during the daylight hours because of it are just wimps. They are probably the same people who if they get a slight cold they'll take a sick day off work or school, when truth is you can walk, talk and move properly, so you are well enough to go to work or school.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2007, at 7:00 PM by aharrold45 ]

6. Posted by JodieHill (Budding Member 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Slightly off topic but I'm at work today and I'm well ill. Getting paid to be ill always seems a good idea to me. I agree though, get over it!

7. Posted by jlongred (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Just on the jetlag issue... it is real. I've done the Sydney to London leg many many times. It's not about lack of sleep on a plane. The most common thing is that as soon as the sun sets you find yourself falling asleep. It takes awhile for your body to adjust. It's only supposed to affect you if you cross more than 4 time zones at once, which means on a round the world trip there will only be a couple of legs where it will be a problem. Just plan to spend a few extra days in that first city seeing the sites and settling in whilst your body adjusts.

8. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice re jetlag. I think i may just take a pocket full of valium just in case!

9. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well it looks like i have decided on the itinerary:
Am now flying to Madrid in April and staying there for a week. Then on to Lima. Then travelling overland to Buenos Aires and Santiago. Estimate SA leg about 2 months or so.
From there on to Auckland (3-4 weeks in NZ), then 10 days in fiji.
Then its off to Sydney (staying in OZ for 5-6 months) and flying out of Cairns to Singapore. Will make my way up the Malayasian peninsula, taking in Cambodia, to Bangkok then home. 12 months all in.
Thanks for your advice guys - you've been a great help.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 20, 2007, at 3:22 PM by george1979 ]

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like a great itinerary, you'll have a great time. Start trying to practise a bit of Spanish and some hand signals to try and signal certain words, because in South America you'll need it.

Have a great trip.