Which Way Round??

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1. Posted by stuw (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi to all

Planning a trip for Sep 05, SEA,OZ,NZ & SA. Anyone any opinions/advice on which way to go East to West or vv.



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

Hi Stuw

Well, apparently it's easier to fly West - our bodies can handle longer days but not shorter ones...I think...(?)

But I suppose it depends on what kind of weather you like or what time of the year you want to spend in each country.

I'm leaving in Oct to go RTW....I thought about going West first to America to ease myself into things but eventually I decided on going East first.

The weather in India/Nepal/Tibet seems to be perfect in October. Nov/Dec also seem to be quite dry in China. Going to work my way down through Vietnam/Cambodia/Thailand in January....aiming for Malaysia by February (CHinese NY)....etc etc....

It all depends on where you want to be at what time...are there festivals in any of the countries that you are going to that you'd like to see....or do you want to go skiiing in a particular country.....do you want to avoid the rainy season in a certain place....stuff like that....

What countries are you going to?

3. Posted by saalten (Budding Member 3 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

My tuppence worth...

a) going west you keep "gaining" an hour as you move from one time-zone to the next, and simply lose the accumulated "extra" time in one fell swoop as you cross the dateline, thereby avoiding a continuous feeling of jet lag. Well, that's what I read somewhere at any rate, can't say I'm speaking from personal experience but that's our plan.

b) my impression is that most people do seem to travel round in an easterly direction, which to me is an incentive to do it the other way round and go "against the flow".


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4. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Stuvv,

Im doing your exact trip in July this year. I chose to go SA, NZ, OZ, SE Asia in that order cause aparently if reduces jet lag if you travel in that direction. Unfortunatley this means Im hitting Patagonia in the winter though. Gonna Freeze!

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

which ever way I am travelling I always find that coming back to London I suffer the most.

When you are chilling and travelling a small discomfort is not a big deal - but coming back home and trying to work and stick to your normal routine is really difficult for at least a week.