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1. Posted by mags21 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I think its about time I left my crappy job and see some of the world. I have no idea where to begin, but i have an idea of a route so let me know what you think?

starting in:
South America 4 months
Australia 3
Soth Africa 3
than back to England.

Very simple any help would be good?


2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Your trip break down sounds great but I would definately plan on spending a month in New Zealand. Auckland a day or two. Bay of Islands and Coramdel penisula worth a week. Rotorua and Taupo a few days. Go blackwater rafting in Waitmo caves. South Island just drive around the whole island and see it all. Milford sound is a bit out of the way but worth it to kayak on the sound (two days). Queenstown is awesome but watch out for the adrenaline activities, though fun they will make you poor. In that time you can comfortably see the whole country and it is one worth seeing.

I recently got back from a trip to Peru and loved it, though that is the extent of my South American travels. It is is cheap and there is a lot to see. Macchu Picchu was the main reason I went. I hike the Inca Trail and was beautiful but expensive. From what I have heard from other travelers Bolivia is very cheap and not to be missed.

Australia I lived in Melbourne for six months and haves seen about 90% of the country and it is incredible. I suggest going from south africa to Australia through Perth. It is and incredible city and fun. Between there and Fremantle (just south by train) there is enough to do. Also spend a day or two on Rottnest Island. Rent a bike and just ride around the island and swim in the beautiful indian ocean, and sun bath on some of many empty beaches. Head on to Ayers Rock if that is your thing and wonder around this magnificent place. Adelaide can be skipped. I went only to go to kangaroo island to see the remarkable rocks. Then head to Melbourne. Spend a couple weeks exploring the city and its suburbs. Great bars and Clubs... The great ocean road and phillip island make for an enjoyable getway as well. And as I can go on and on about Australia the best place by far (other than Lichfield park in Darwin, its out of the way I know) is Frasier Island. Spend a minimum of 3 days there. Is like no place I have ever been. Rent a 4x4 and cruise through the sand. Not to be missed at ALL!! Other than being jealous I wish and incredible trip and if there is anything that I can do to assist you, feel free to contact me. Brent

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

According to the One World site, the One World Aliiance is now the only RTW alliance network which has flights to South America. So that being the case, Africa is an extremely difficult place to travel with on the ticket.

You might be able to do something like:
London - Rio de Janeiro (overland to Buenos Aires) Buenos Aires-Lima- (overland-Santiago via Bolivia)Santiago-Easter Island-Papeete-Auckland-Sydney (overland to Perth) Perth-Johannesburg-(somewhere else in Africa or back to London).

I think that this might be able to fit underone of the mileage limits for one of the mileage based oneworld tickets, if it wouldn't you'd have to go for a continent based ticket and then that would rule out the Easter Island-Papeete-Auckland part of your ticket. On a continent based ticket, Easter Island is not impossible to get to, but extremely difficult whilst keeping in with the ticket rules. You also need to back track to Santiago if you were to be able to fly to Australia as the Papeete flight only is allowed to be used on the mileage based ticket.

Have a great trip.

4. Posted by Acdale (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The BA/ Quantas World Discovery Plus RTW ticket still allows you to travel to South America. You can fly into and out of Rio, Sao Paulo, BA and Santiago and also between Lima and the UK.