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1. Posted by rbisset (Budding Member 26 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Planning to go travelling in September but am currently undecided as to which way to go first.

My initial plan was to head to Asia first (Japan, S. Korea, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore) then head to Aussie for 6 months and finally across America. I figured leaving this way would be idea for climate and possible money wise.

Now my Dad is telling me to go the other way as I would get to Aussie with no money as Asia is so expensive?

I am going to have a tight budget so it is important that I choose well. I know North Asia (Japan, S.Korea and China) are generally more expensive than southern asia but I still believe that overall going through asia first rather than America will be cheaper.

Anyone got any suggestions?


2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Japan and Korea are expensive, but excluding a few isolated places (Hong Kong for example) the rest of Asia cheap. Going there first means you will know how much money you have left. America and Australia are both more expensive than SEA, so if you go that way, you risk spending all your money in USA and Australia, so having to miss out on SEA or find some more money on route.

Unless you plan to spend lots of time in Japan etc i'd suggest teh Asian route.

One other thing to consider, is the state of the dollar at the moment compared to the pound in particular (admittedly your trip is a few months away and things change) means that from Europe, America is cheaper now than it has been for a while, so you may want to take advantage of that if you are British/based.

And i'm sure somebody will contradic all i've said!!

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


i'm planning the same route (more or less) beginning in October 2005 and after much deliberation and so on, i think heading east first is the better option in many ways for me. It depends on what time of the year you want to spend in each country...

I havent been to Asia before but from what I can gather most of the countries over there are much less expensive. In the long run, as long as you are confident that you can secure some work along the way, then it probably doesnt really matter which direction you take. I'm sure you'd have no problem getting some work in Australia anyway. ;)


4. Posted by rbisset (Budding Member 26 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thanks a lot guys for confiming what i thought. I was planning to work in Aussie so that shouldn't be too much of a struggle money wise :D

I am only planning to go to Japan for 10-14 days. I would love to stay there longer but it is too expensive for my budget :(

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey r?

still there?