Gap Year & Round the World Travel
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First I was in Nepal for about 6 weeks, roughly 3 of these weeks I was sick unfortunately from a cough to travelers diaherrea... Non the less it was fun despite not getting to complete all the trekking trails that I set out to do.
Now I've been in Thailand since the 12th of April, actually regretting not getting a 60 day visa!!! Been in Koh Tao for about two weeks, originally planned to dive but after snorkeling I figured it would be better to spend my money elsewhere... Specifically toward my climbing fees when I arrive in Krabi.
Anyways, I wonder - where to go after Thailand???
I looked into Malaysia since that seemed like an obvious go-to after here but it looks a little dull in comparison to Thailand, and simply the fact that a guide is a total must to climb the highest mountain (which appears to be a simple day hike split into two days) makes me almost want to not go the... more »
I am currently trying to compile a list of destinations and activities that would excite, scare, amaze and/or push individuals and I would greatly appreciate your help to expand it.
The list is predominately around adrenaline however as you will see there are some exceptions in there and although I would like to continue along the adrenaline line I would be more than open to just amazing things to see/do in this incredible world we live in... any addition along this line would be fantastic.
The current list is:
· Worlds Fastest Rollercoaster
o Ferrari World - Dubai, UAE
· Worlds Longest and Tallest Rollercoaster
o Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, New Jersey USA
· Worlds Tallest Waterslide
o Insano @ Beach Park - Fortaleza, Brazil
· Worlds Highest Bungee Jump
o Macau Tower, Macau
· Worlds 2nd Highest Bungee Jump
o Verzasca ... more »
I wanted to get your opinions on the cheapest way to get from South America to Morocco. Both these continents seem to be some of the most expensive places in the world to fly to so I'm trying to see how low I can go.
Basically my RTW trip goes: Canada to Central America, to South America, to Africa (probably only Morocco), to India & South East Asia
Some of the questions I have are:
- Are certain airports in South America (eg. buenos aires, or rio de janeiro) cheaper to fly out from than others?
- Should I fly into one of the major european cities first, rather than direct to morocco?
- Apparently you can sometimes score fairly cheap flights from major airports in the US like JFK - if so, would it be worth flying from wherever I am in South America to the United States THEN to morocco?
I've done some basic flight searches and many have quoted approx $2000 (USD).... more »
Need as much advice/info as possible to help make some decisions. Am looking at going off travelling, only for about 3 months. Have a rough itinerary and some thoughts as follows;
3 week bus about tour in Europe (Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich & Venice)
3 weeks in America (possible car hire)
3 week Thailand (not sure of transport??)
2 weeks either China or Japan (possible train?)
Am not sure of rough budget (including everything - flights, accommodation other travel), am not sure of the best direction of travel to minimise length of time on flights but also cheapest ways in out out of the main 3 countries etc. Not sure whether China or Japan - peoples preferences would be helpful...
At the moment all very vague as only really started having thoughts on it yesterday, would be planning to travel May - July 2014 (so again impact on direction to... more »
I'd like toget some opinions on what countries you think I should avoid when planning a RTW trip. Am I right to assume that, as an American, I should avoid anything that ends in "stan?"
What countries are the most dangerous? Are there countries that I can assume I'll probably get robbed because I stick out as a tourist?
Also, which should I avoid because theyre not worth going to?
Hi everybody. Possibly planning on taking a trip next year round the world with my partner for about 9/10 months. Thinking of taking in South America, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji/Tahiti, And some of Asia. Would €15000-20000 of a budget be enough? I know there is a big difference between 15000 and 20000 but just wondering what your thoughts would be?
Thanks in advance :) x
Hi, not sure if this is the right place to post this or whether it should be in a different branch so if so, please do let me know.
I'm taking a year out and heading round the world (well, some of it) for around 12 months at the end of next month. I fly on 31st May to Zambia, India, China, SE Asia, Australia, NZ, San Francisco. I've got a couple of queries about getting my Chinese and Vietnamese visa's as I'm not sure what the best plan of action is. (I've already got my Indian visa)
I land in China on 4th August so I'm not sure when to apply for this visa. On the Chinese Visa Service website they say not to apply more than 3 months in advance - ideally you should apply a month before you go, but in July I will already be away (India). I had hoped to apply by post before I go and then I know it's all done and dusted but am I correct in that if I apply now (e.g. in the next week)... more »
I'm a quarter through my trip and bought some super glue today (for minor repairs for my flip flops) and this got me thinking of stuff I couldn't live without, so here's my (mostly obvious) advice;
Pack half the items you'll think you need.
But definitely pack a serong - it can be used for so many things.
Only bring travel towels and always ask for one at the hotel - no matter how much of a dump it is.
Buy a small bottle of shampoo and use as shower gel - its cheap and saves on space in your toiletries bag.
Bring gaffer tape - I've used it a few times, such as patching a small hole in my bag and to repair a plug.
Cut up your guide book and take a small light portion of it in your day luggage - use said tape to bind it.
Buy a cheap light/ silk sleeping bag when away as it's very handy for overnight train rides and to use on beds that aren't particularly ... more »
I'm hoping to get some advice on my round the world plan.basically I want to run my itinerary by you guys and see if anyone thins its a ridiculous idea. I am a Portuguese/Australian citizen living in Sydney and plan to start my trip by spending xmas 2013 back in Portugal.
Feb to April - England, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Moscow
May - transiberian railway to shanghai stopping in Mongolia for a week
june - ferry into japan for 3 weeks then cross to new York
july/august - new York to LA
September to December do Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago.
the dates aren't locked in, I may stay more time in Europe as I'm expecting to stay with friends for long stretches. My main concerns are the time of year I do the transiberian and, of course, my budget.
also, I'd like to know if anyone can tell me if its easier ... more »
Does anyone have an advice about what routes through Europe would be the cheapest and/or if there's anything on this route that shouldn't be missed. Time isn't really an object (within reason) but we'd just like to keep costs down where possible. We'd be free camping as much as we could but probably be staying in hostels occasionally.
(I wish there was a forum specifically for overlanding!)
I haven't been around on Thorn Tree for a while but I notice the 'your choice' branch has gone! Anyone know why?
I'm heading off on a 12-month round-the-world trip in July 2013 and am going to keep a blog. I specifically want to focus on providing information about budgeting once I'm abroad (e.g. I'm going to try and give daily estimates for shoestring-budget for each area I travel to).
However, before I go I also want to share some of my experience in planning and booking the trip.
If you're planning your own trip, please check out this post - it gives some handy advice about flights, train travel and visas:
Check back for information on daily budgets in each country once I'm travelling (July 2013 onwards).
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i m negociating at the moment with my work to have a 6 month sabbatical .
i m bored to stay on the same road as tourist and want to see the inside of few non touristic countries (Iran - Pakistan for example ) . just want to take my camera and see what s happening . not sure if it s possible in some countries.
my plan is to ,instead of chilling 6 month on a south east asian beach (one of my option but already done it ), try to do a road trip.
so the goal will be to start from Istanbul then go to with local transport to
first question is :
what do you think about the trip ? is it doable ?
Passport wise will i be in trouble crossing iran - pakistan - then India ?
i m looking to do a kind of silk road trip , starting from one country and arriving in south east asia if possible.
i thought about Moscow then go do... more »
....just wondering if anyone had ever used this site.... www.budgetyourtrip.com ?
What are your thoughts on how accurate it is? From my own research/experience it appears a little on the cheap side but interested on what others thought.
So I have this crazy plan.
I don't want to give too much away at this stage, but let's just say that it involves two wheels and around 6400 kilometers.
I would dearly love to hear from anyone out there who has cycled through any of the following countries and survived to post on this forum:
Any takers want to come with me?
Edited by: kinkarlash
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