Gap Year & Round the World Travel
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Okay, so four years ago we set a dot on the horizon. Halfway 2012 till halfway 2013 we'd leave for a year. For a taste of a few countries. The wish list was long, the encounters with ourselves on our destinations as well. We have a very expensive taste as we found out, but went for it anyway.
- Backpacking, but no compromises besides that.
- We do not like to be long in ons place and we do not mind gaping some distance.
- No detailed itineraries per country. We'll see as we go along. Few highlights, that's it.
- No extensive bucketlist.
Tell us your thoughts, on this itinerary since we're about to push it to a definite schedule. Ok, nothing is definite in the end, but we'd like to plan ahead since we're making a few flights.
- St Petersburg - Bejing. Trans Mongolion expres + 9 days Mongolia (3 weeks)
- Bejing: one and a halve weeks.
- Japan (...
Let's say that you can pick a country to visit - you can spend up to a year there - but once you return home, you have to remain there for the rest of your life.
Which country would you choose? Would it be one that you have already visited or a new one?
Personally I would visit Morocco. Aside from a brief trip to Malaysia, I have never spent any time in an Islamic country and I think Morocco would be very different to anything I have experienced before.
Hi, myself and my boyfriend ate heading to South East Asis in August for ten weeks starting off in HongKong. We plan on spending a day or two in Macau and then heading over to Bangkok to travel through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and maybe one other place before we head to Australia. I would be very grateful If anyone could give me some tips on areas we should definitely visit and what's the best route we should take? :)
Hi guys, first time post here! I'm looking for advice on the best way of booking flights going between UK, Tanzania, Thailand and Peru.
My husband and I are planning on leaving in November/December this year for 9 months travelling, spending 2 months travelling round SE Asia (Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos), 3 months staying in Arusha, Tanzania and 4 months in Peru. We don't mind which order we do it in.
I spoke to Trailfinders and they advised that this route doesn't fit into RTW tickets and the cheapest way of doing it would be to book return flights from London to each destination but I really don't like the idea of coming back to the UK every few months!
Can anyone recommend a way of flying to these countries without returning to London after each? Which airlines/website/travel agent would you use? Return flights to each destination are working out about £1600 each so we ... more »
I am planning to go on a rtw trip, please advise if the following route looks ok(Weather and time for each country)
China-Middle of September-Middle of October-One month
Japan-End of October-One week
Australia-November and the beginning of December-One and a half month
New Zealand-Middle of December and January-One and a half month
Chile and Argentina-End of January until mid March-Almost two months
Brazil-Mid march until mid April-One month
Bolivia-Mid April until the end of May-One and a half month.
Peru-June-One a half month
I plan to go overland between most countries in South America
I am not sure about the correct route in Australia as I read that the weather is bad in northern australia during november.
Please also advise if you have ideas for other interesting places to go during the trip.
Bar more »
I've just graduated from uni in England and have a budget of around £7000 for travelling for up to a year, leaving around October.
I will be travelling alone, and preferably want to get a job in one place for the majority of my travels and then be able to travel around after (I would also prefer to leave the UK with a job set up, does anyone know how realistic this is? Or is it a case of finding somewhere when I am there?)
I have a lot of experience in retail/bar work/waitressing...will this help?
Obviously as I am travelling alone, I want to go somewhere relatively "safe" (mainly my fathers request)
Places such as,
are on my list, but if anyone has any recommendations for having a interesting work experience destination that would be great.
Sorry to be so vague, I have a relatively large budget and little experience so ... more »
I'm a 26 year old student from Holland and I'm planning a trip around the world (well, in fact I'm not really going around it... :P ). I've checked this forum for many many times already (thanks everyone!!) and I've come to first a plan for my trip. Maybe you can have a look at it and tell me what you think? I'm not going to cross a lot of countries this way, but that's not what I think that travelling is about anyway...
I'm not sure about all the budgets, It's suppose to be between the high end of low-budget and the low end of midrange-budget... So I hope to get just a bit of comfort, but I don't need much more: I'm happy with an avarage room and a shower I can use that I dare to enter wearing flip-flops ;). Of course I like doing special things, but I won't need to go skydiving and swimming with sharks every week either.
I think the planning allows me to s... more »
My wife and I are planning a Round The World trip and needed some pointers on planning. Most of the RTW forums in internet cater to the US/UK/European/AUS/NZ citizens who dont need to worry about visa formalities. Its a completely different story for Indians, with pre-approved visas required for most countries. Planning is a nightmare. I have searched the internet quite a bit to see whether any Indian has documented a RTW trip, but havnt been able to find anything.
So the first and foremost question would be: how do you approach a round the world trip if you have to have random plans, but will need pre-approved visas? Most countries give a 30-60 day tourist visa, but I will need much more than - I am not sure what are the alternatives available here.
The rough plan is to do this in 2014, by taking a year off. We intend to cover China, Central Asia, Russia, Weste... more »
So- I have been (roughly) planning a fairly big trip. Planning has mainly involved getting everything together and quitting my job. But I now find myself at the last hurdle, pretty much ready to leave...
...and I'm caught stuck-in-the-mud wondering whether
a) I've actually 'planned' enough of the trip itself
b) whether I should have got a round-the-world ticket, rather than proceed as I had thought (unplanned)
I have been checking flights and rough dates of when-and-where I think I'll be in certain locations, and much of it seems okay unplanned. But now I've realised how much cheaper it would be if I had some flights on a RTW ticket.
Is it worth re-thinking about RTW tickets, and getting one of these, or should I just take the plunge and GET ON THE ROAD asap?
I just can't decide... :(
-Snuf more »
When I was in Thailand, I sent a postcard to my sister. It arrived...two years later. I had just left for South America and I'm not very good at staying in touch when I'm away so my family were really confused about exactly where I was.
I also sent a postcard to my friend from Cambodia two years ago which is still yet to arrive.
Perhaps I haven't had all that much luck with sending things home as I live in Australia? Around that time, I sent a camera to a friend in South Korea from a post office in Vietnam and thankfully that arrived soon after.
Do you send postcards when you are travelling? Or has email and facebook completely taken over?
Got a problem and would love if someone out there could help me out.
I'm about to travel from Portugal through Spain, France, northern Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Germany. The route seems realistic, but there's one spot on the way that is slightly problematic.
One of my greater goals of the entire trip is to visit Bovec in Slovenia and a friend of mine working in Pula, northern Croatia. As I understand Trieste in far-East Italy would suit perfectly as my "outpost". But with this in mind I need to sort out how to get get from Trieste to both Pula and Bovec. Heard of a town in western Slovenia called Nova Gorica that would be reachable from Trieste without any complicated combinations of trains busses etc.
As you can see I would love some info regarding traveling in Slovenia and northern Croatia. Thanks alot!
its adventures to travel all over the world without journey angcy, but l my english are worse .who can help me?
My boyfriend and I are planning a six month trip beginning next April 2013. Here is a vague idea of what we are thinking at the beginning stages of our planning:
April 5 - Leave NYC for San Francisco, CA (10 days)
April 15 - Leave CA for Sydney, Australia
Travel to Cairns, Darwin (ideally with one flight and partially in a camper van - any thoughts?) - (3 weeks total in Australia)
May 7 - Leave Darwin for Bali, Indonesia (2 weeks)
May 21 - Leave Indonesia for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (could go right to Thailand if it becomes too much) (2 weeks)
June 7 - Leave Malaysia for Bangkok, Thailand (5 weeks for Thailand & Laos)
Luang Prabang, Laos
July 15 - Leave SE Asia for Rome - There do not seem to be direct flights - we are thinking of leaving a week or so early and making a stop in Israel or Turkey (any suggestions would be grea... more »
Hi guys myself (49) and my wife (?) are thinking about taking a year out,we are getting so pissed off with work,maybe its time to go,we have some travelling under our belts but only 3-6 weeks at a time.
What i want to know is at 50 years old is it possible to travel for up to a year on £900 a month, without giving up some comforts ?
Dont know where we are going yet or when just wanted to put it out there and get some feedback if poss, and at least it seems like weve started the ball rolling rather than just talking about it inbetween tv adverts etc !!!
Thanks for all comments
I spent a year in Thailand in 2003-4 and loved the laid-back vibe in the quieter resorts such as Koh Chang, Koh Tao and Thong Nai Pan.
Redundancy looms, so I have a six month trip planned with my gf and am looking for destinations with a similar vibe, i.e. banana pancakes on the beach, wooden huts with cold showers and hammocks, local hallucinogenic mushrooms, chilled bars in the jungle etc... Oh, and as cheap a lifestyle as possible - accom/food/alcohol was around £10 per day in 2003 staying in basic beach huts and avoiding western brands etc. Old ruins, scuba diving, white water rafting etc would be a bonus but mostly we're looking for places my gf and I can live a basic lifestyle for a while, and maybe learn the local language and write a book... Take morning swims, play lots of chess, eat lots of fruit and get lots of sleep.
Budget is £10k total so maybe a thousand a month ... more »
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