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Travel Forums Round the World Travel RTW ITINERY OPINIONS NEEDED!

1. Posted by Marmite1 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I am currently planning a RTW trip with my other half.
Leaving November 2009! and hopefully returning August 2010.

We are planning ....

overland to SINGAPORE
overland to MELBOURNE
overland to AUKLAND
domestic flight to WASHINGTON

our plan is to spend
Almost 3 months in Thailand. volunteering for 2 months and travelling for 1
One month travelling from Cairns to Sydney in a budget campervan, Working for 3 months in Sydney (earning to live)
5 weeks in NewZealand renting a cheap campervan to travel the islands
2 weeks in Fiji island hopping with "awesome adventures"
4 weeks in USA - 3 weeks travelling west coast - domestic flight to Washington and 4 days in NY.

Our budget for overland travel, food and accomodation is about 5000/6000 gbp. depending on what we can save!!

Rough estimate for each country each is

Thailand- £1500
Australia- £1300
New Zealand- £600
Fiji - £500
USA -£1300

Any opinions on whether we have budgetted this realisticly would be great!

and information of person experiences
finding jobs in Aus - OZIntro
is it realistic to work in Sydney and be able to pay for accomadation with money earnt
Flat sharing in sydney is this the cheaper option?
Budget for 2 weeks in fiji - is it worth going through a tour or is it cheaper to do it yourself?

Any help would be appreciated :)

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Apr-2009, at 05:42 by Marmite1 ]

2. Posted by Marmite1 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Any help at all would be great
im supposed to be paying for my flights tomorroww!!!!
Bit apprehensive about our plans and would love some constructive critism or advice.

i understand thailand looks over budgetted but it is to pay for ....

Thai train £150
Thai volunteer £300
Thaiand tour - £200
Thai food £400
Thai 6 week accomodation £420
Thai visa - £37

3. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi There,

My girlfriend and i did the same route (ish) but in reverse (UK-NY-SF-Fiji-NZ-Oz-Bali-Singapore-UK) and we are currently in OZ, waiting to continue over to bali in 4 weeks time.

Just thought i would give you my two pennies worth.....

You will probably need a little more money for NZ, as it is such a great place with so much to do and see. We were there for 5-6 weeks and got the Magic bus around the 2 islands for about £250 (valid for 12 months). We try to budget as much as we could but spent aprrox £1000+ in those 5 weeks. However, we did a hell of alot including Sky Dive, Black Water rafting, Skiing and lots more.
We also did the Island hoping around the Yasawa Islands with the awesome adventures, who i have to say are very very good. But again it is not that cheap, you should be ok with £500, but you wont be able to stay on the more expensive islands. Then again, the more 'basic' islands tend to be a lot more fun and you might be lucky like we were and have the whole island to yourselves....if you want any more info send me a PM.

Anywho have a good trip.


4. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


It is definately worth flatsharing compared to staying in hostels months on end. You save so much money. The best places to look is Gumtree -

In terms of costs it really depends where you live. Alot of backpackers either head for Bondi Beach in the East Suburbs or around Manly on the Northern Beaches. For a double room for the both of you expect to pay $300AU per week (Summer rate)....again this depends on the quality of the place and you might get a shit-hole for about $150, but i'm guessing you want to enjoy your stay in Sydney.
I currently live in Manly, Sydney and would highly reccommend it. It has easy access to the city and other suburbs and the beach is fantastic.

With regards to getting work, you will need to set up an OZ bank account and apply for a TFN (tax file Number) this webpage provides some great info to get you started -

Hope it helps


5. Posted by cheese85 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

South East Asia is the easiest place to go to cheaply and experience it all.

A key thing to remember is that overnight travel means you don't need to pay for a hotel, it'll save you a lot of cash.

Plus don't book anything or agree anything till you've got out there and seen the prices for yourself.

I'm on a rtw tour in November, not too different from yours but including india.

We plan to fly into SEA by Bangkok and leave for Oz by Singapore, however between that we're doing Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Malaysia (including Borneo), Brunei, and Indonesia.

We fly in and out of Burma as the borders are mostly closed, but apart from that it's all boats and buses.

The other thing i would add is don't be afraid to rough it now and again (not sleeping on the street) but go off the beaten track, go to a non tourist place and just find some hidden gems.

I've been to Thailand, Vietnam, and China before and no matter how tough it gets those are your best memories.

Best of luck and try seeing as much as possible, rather then have a 6 month sun bathing holiday, travelling is about the experience, and you'll only ever do it once, you have the rest of your life to do 'holidays', obviously the odd week in the sun to recoup is standard!!!!