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1. Posted by philymc (Budding Member 10 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hi looking to go travelling in january 2005, can anyone reccomend a good route to take for a year taking into consideration world weather. Im looking at the following continents, asia, australasia (N,zealand)(fiji)(cook islands) then maybe america can anyone advise?

2. Posted by jordy (Full Member 54 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hello, I am also travelling RTW in jan 2005 going to asia first where we are travelling overland most of way. Then off to OZ and NZ. The we are off to South America, chile , argentina and brazil.
A good piece of advice i heard was dont go to somewhere where you might normally go on holiday to. eg we planned to go to south africa but changed our mind as thought and knew we would probably go there another time. The same goes for America, people are definatly more then likely going to go there again.
Hope this of some help

3. Posted by philymc (Budding Member 10 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

cheers many thanks its gave me some food for thought.

4. Posted by lindsay_21 (Budding Member 12 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hey, this may sound a little weird, but what exactly is round the world travel? Do you just buy one ticket and go whereever? And if so, how much does one of those tickets cost? Thanks for the explanation

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hey Lindsay,

Hope some of this helps!

Round the World (RTW) can mean any form of approximate RTW travel, but in most cases it means a specific type of ticket. There are dozens of different versions, but most allow you to travel over a period of time - normally 12months maximum - using an airline or alliance of different airlines (such as One World or Star) to fly around the world.

You normally have either a set number of flights (or legs) which you are allowed to take, or a maximum flight distance you are allwoed to use. In both cases you can normally pay for extra legs/distance on your ticket. Most tickets will also only allow you to travel in one direction (East or West) so you have to go physically all the way around the world instead of doubling back.

The different air alliances all have plus/minus points and cdifferent coverages - some offer a number of options in Africa or South America, some very few, for example.

An example of a standard-ish route might be something like London - Delhi - Bangkok - (overland to Singapore) - Melbourne - (overland to Sydney) - Auckland - LA - New York - London.

Prices vary depedning on where you buy, what you buy and the options you include, but you can get basic ones for as little as about 500gbp for a basic 4 stop under 26 ticket. Prices tend to be cheaper in the UK than Nth America or Oceania.

Hopefully some of that helps answer your question and give you some more information. Unfortunately I'm in no way an expert on this sort of travel (as i don't fly ), but if you have further questions, just ask. If I can't help there are many people on here who will be able to help and know much more about it all than i do (especially iloveflyin, although i haven't seem him for a while)

Happy travelling, and welcome to TP

6. Posted by sarahm19 (Budding Member 12 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


For weather, maps, bus & taxi info, local culture & travel info on fiji, check out - also gives info on how to stay in local villages - unlike hostels / resorts the money you pay when you get there stays in local community. You can stay there through village homestays instead of as a normal tourist which is really expensive - i think the costs are about $60/night in fijian dollars...check it out if you're interested otherwise have a wonderful trip!


7. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

First decide which way round you want to go, our trip was from UK to Eastern USA New York and coach to Philidelphia) then across to mid west (Colorado and the grand canyon) then to Los Angeles and the Califonian area, hopped off to Fiji (an absolute must and you can do village stays or backpack resort midway between airport and Suva) then it was North and South Islands of New Zealand ( places to visit: -

North Island - top to bottom
Waitangi - where the treaty was signed between Maori and Queen Victoria's representative
Russell, Bay of Islands - original capital of New Zealand, hole in the rock boat cruise
Dargaville - Kauri museum and forests - huge redwoods like California
Rotorua - thermal activity, boiling mud, geysers etc
Taupo - large lake for Water sports and trout fishing
National Park - hiking and mountain (can ski in Winter)
Napier / Hastings - wine country
Wellington - Capital - Te Papa museum and cultural activities, and Massey University.

South Island
Nelson - hiking and pottery
Blenheim - more wine country
Kaikoura - whale watching - try the crayfish - it's what it’s named after
Christchurch - access to Mt Cook for skiing,
Akaroa - French community
Various mountain resorts for ski-ing
Queenstown - home of the winter festival with lots of backpackers and it’s a fun, party town!
Wanaka - like Queenstown but more upmarket
Dunedin - oldest university
Invercargill - famous for oysters

then we made it to Australia, Melborne, flew up to Cairns for the Great Barrier Reef and flew back 2 weeks later to Sydney then train to Adelaide then train to Perth, another must go place and see the Yanchep National park while there, learn to throw a spear and a boomerang and all about Aborigine culture and songs and what they mean accompanied by the digeridoo. The long drive north to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins was a major disapointment, they only allow two to come in near the bach and you must stand knee deep and not move or touch them as they swim past, give it a miss.
then we flew to Thailand, Bangkok and up th Chiang Mai and hill treking, elephant riding and river rafting, then explore the neighbouring countries, babk to Bangkok and flew on to Rajasthan in northern India and ran out of time, end of a great trip, it would have needed another 3 months to do India.
Enjoy your trip, remember some of the places you are in are poor countries, enjoy the bertering as much as the locals will if you do it with understanding of the game, it is their liveliehood; pay what something is worth to you within the prices asked.