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1. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member 39 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

I am planning on leaving in May 2013 for a round world trip to places like Europe, Asia, North America (Mostly the border between Canada and the USA) and South America. I want to go for a year or until I run out of money.
If anyone has done something similiar doing backpacking with the occasional splurge, how much money would you save for a year long trip, or a daily rate average which includes accommodation, food and travel? Obviously the more money the better but do you think $25-30K is do-able?
Is it cheaper to get a round world ticket or book things as you go? I just didnt want to be restricted by a world ticket if you have to book all flights in advance? Plus I think you have to use the world tickets within a year?
Any Advice is greatly appreciated!

Thanks Peeps,

2. Posted by happytravel01 (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi casey,

It may be an idea for you to talk to Dom on the below thread, he is going this year, so he might be able to offer you some indepth planning advice.

Hope this helps!


[ Edit: Edited on 11-Mar-2012, at 07:12 by happytravel01 ]

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1855 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Decide where you want to go and what you want to see. Get a RTW ticket. The condition is that you travel in one direction so side trips for side and backwards journeys are extra. You can have overland sections and open dates where you are not sure.

Check on the weather where you are going so that you do not arrive in rainy seasons, or when very cold.

There are numerous cheap airlines which like cheap accommodation has to be booked early to get the bargains for extra flights. Buses and trains can be a bit expensive, and can often be booked online beforehand. Attractions can often be booked online too to avoid long queues when you get there.

Obviously Europe, America and Canada will be expensive while much of Asia and South America will be fairly cheap.

How much it costs depends on what kind of a lifestyle you want. hostelbookers, hostelworld and travellerpoint has cheap accommodation. Where available, lowcostholidays has good accommodation at reasonable prices.

July and August in Europe is fairly expensive and crowded because that is when the kids are on school holidays.

4. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member 39 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Cheers guys,

The hard part is Im so indecisive about where to go and for how long, I would love to go somewhere and then just see how things go without knowing when I have to leave.

I took a 4 week trip to the USA last year and it was most definitely expensive. I would only spend a very short time there if anything it will be just a pass through on my way to the Carribean.

I have only just starting planning but Im very excited :)

5. Posted by dlovallo1 (Full Member 119 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Casey,

You should def do it, as you've prob read on my post i've just booked my RTW ticker the other day. :D

In regards to planning, you need to see what you want to do and see and what sort of budget you have, when i planned mine i knew i wanted to travel as long as possible on my budget and had to be realistic. Also you have got to account for activities as well (e.g Machu Pichu is expensive, Scuba diving etc).

My RTW flight ticket cost be approx £2000 (Flying London-Mumbai/New Dehli-Bangkok/Singapore-Bali/Bali-Sydney/Sydney to Santiago/Rio de janeiro-London). I booked a RTW instead of doing it as i go because flights seem expensive when jumping accross continents. With STA for £59 we actually got a pass which allows us to change our flights 3 times through trip which is great and allows for flexibility.

With budgets, I've heard that about $1000 a month is plenty for Asia and £1000 for S.America. I'm not sure about north america but i can imagine it being expensive so if you want to travel longer would maybe try to stick to s.america? Also Europe is expensive too.

All in all will have saved about (hopefully) £11,000 for all flights, Visas, spending money, RTW ticket etc. Hopefully it will be enough to travel for 10-12 months :D

Let me know if there is any more i can see if i can advise on, or try to advise on :) I'm sure your trip will be amazing in the end no matter where you go!


6. Posted by choco_bear (Budding Member 24 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


I bought RTW flights for £2200 and also the Trans Siberian Railway for £1300 so that's all my transportation paid for.

I fly from London to Russia, get on the train to Beijing from Moscow, fly Beijing - Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Bangkok, Singapore - Perth, Perth - Darwin, Darwin - Alice Springs, Alice Springs - Cairns, Melbourne - Christchurch, Auckland - Fiji, Fiji - Los Angeles and finally L.A - London. So that's quite a lot of travelling for £3500.

That now leaves me with accommodation and daily living costs for 11 months. I have budgeted roughly £20 a night for hostels and £15 living costs. That equates to about £10-11k. I do have a WHV for Australia so will hopefully pick up work as I go. Also, pre-paid for accommodation in Sydney over Christmas and New Year because it sells out about 10 months in advance!

Basically, anything left will be for excursions which will probably be £1-2k.

So to make sure that I have everything covered I have assumed £15-16k in total including EVERYTHING. Now, I hope that I don't spend all that, but at least I am covered if I do. So far I have saved £10k and 12 weeks before I leave so doing last minute savings!! Hope to have £12k before I leave.

I haven't bought Travel Insurance (£150), vaccinations (£150) or all my visa's (£250) yet either. All stuff to consider.

Hope this helps. I am so excited to leave, can you tell!!

7. Posted by Casey_Me (Budding Member 39 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Wow, thanks guys! Thats a great help.
The Aussie dollar is not worth as much as the £ but I think its about half so I have alot of saving to do.

When do you think you will hit Perth anyway? I might be able to help you out while your here.

8. Posted by LucySowah (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey Casey,

I'm just home after a RTW trip. I travelled for six months on a RTW ticket flying from London to Delhi, Kathmandu to Bangkok, Singapore to Bali to Sydney to Christchurch, Aukland to Honululu to Chicago to London. In between places I travelled by land to my next destination or purchased additional flights (skyscanner is an excellent app that finds the cheapest flights available). My ticket from Flight Centre was £2400 and cost £25 each time I made a change (which I found really useful as I too am indecisive, some places charge around £100) I probably spent an additional £400 on flights as I added a couple of countries and had to fly out of Bangkok due to the floods.

If you are planning a tight budget but want the chance to splurge, really stick to Asia and SA. Europe and US are expensive as a traveller; accommodation, sights and experiences cost a lot. However, if you can find friends or family who can accommodate you, the treats are possible!

I planned a budget of £30 per day. I stayed in cheap hostels in Asia £3-10 per day and ate cheaply £1-10 per day, totally fine. I took some trips and hired guides on occasion, usually £10-50, so easily stayed in-budget.

In Australia I stayed with a friend and still struggled to stay in-budget. Food and accomodation were expensive. US, I shared a house with friends, food is relatively cheap but I still went over-my planned-budget.

I was really busy before i left and arrived 'in-country' with my Lonely Planet and planned as I went along. I did not check seasons and dates for my trip. A mistake? I'm not sure...I did get caught in the Indian monsoon and the Bangkok flooding, I did miss the festival of lights in Thailand and St Patricks in Chicago but I relished the savings in off-season areas and there are lots of interesting celebrations year-round in many places. If I were doing it again, I might check a festival calendar for each country and try to be there for the big ones but I don't feel I missed out on too much. Also, try to minimise temperature changes ie visit US Europe in their Summers. This means you can take less with you, no need for a Winter wardrobe.

In total, after six months I spent £11000. About £3000 on transport, £3000 for three months in Asia and £5000 for three months in Australia, NZ and US (mainly staying with friends but having fun, eating out and doing things). I am certain you can do it on a smaller budget, especially if you travel with others, share rooms and haggle for everything!

Have a wonderful trip. Get in touch if you have any questions (or suggestions for my future travels!) All the best. Lucy