Gap Year & Round the World Travel
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My family and I are going on a 7 month RTW trip. Our destinations are: Hong Kong, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal, Turkey, Tunisia, Kazakhstan and then Southern Africa (mainly Botswana and Namibia). My husband and I have been to many of these countries before, but want to revisit some of our favorites and also take our children to see some interesting and varied places.
Between Turkey and Tunisia or Tunisia and Kazakhstan, we've got 2-3 weeks and wanted to add in one more stop somewhere that is new to both of us. We had hoped to see Russia during that time, but the visa situation has made it too difficult. So, shall we go to Greece, Italy or Croatia?
Our travel options include:
- ferry from Turkey to Greece (2-3 weeks)
- ferry from Tunisia to Italy (2-3 weeks)
- somehow get from Turkey to Croatia (2-3 weeks)
Once we decide on the country, we will probably pick 2-3 lo... more »
Sorry to post another one of these, I've browsed other topics but none quite answered my specific query.
I'm on a New Zealand passport in the Czech Republic on a work visa which will expire June 30. My parents arrive in the Czech Republic on June 27 for just over four weeks of travelling. I want to join them. The plan is for them/us to spend 6-7 days in the Czech Republic (on their arrival), then travel to Poland, Sweden, southern Czech Republic and/or Germany, Austria, then we fly back to NZ from Prague.
I know that ideally, I'd leave Schengen on June 29, returning on July 2nd or whatever, to re-enter as a tourist. If that's the only and/or best option, then I'll do it. But as my parents are here from June 27, I want to be in Prague with them to show them around.
So my question is:
Can I leave Schengen BEFORE my visa expires, returning to the Cz.Rep. to meet my parents off... more »
I have been a bucket load of general research to try to plan out a RTW for this year, roughly april til december 2012. I have done some of the big steps, like buying my initial flight and quitting a job I actually like, however my big problem is my annoying indecisiveness when it comes to actually picking countries and a route. I have held off on getting the opinions from you more experienced travellers, as I feel I know I should be able to figure it out on my own, but it is getting to a point where it will be to late to organize properly, so I thought I'd give it a go.
A little about me. I am a 23yr old male who has never travelled outside of my own continent (North America). Since my travel experience is limited it is hard to know exactly what I would want in destinations, but I defiantly seem to lean towards nature over city. Main travel interests would likely include o... more »
I have just come back from the most brilliant two weeks in Fernie, BC hanging out with some of the people working the season there. It has given me a bit of direction for what I want to do when I travel in the future - probably starting in about 18 months time.
I was wondering if the forum could help me out with some travel ideas that fit the bill of what I'm looking to experience - perhaps trips that you have done in the past that meet the criteria.
Here are the details:
1) I'm 25, female, Australian. Will be travelling solo - probably.
2) I have an Irish passport which means I can work relatively easily in any EU country, I think.
3) I pretty much can only speak English, but am totally willing to learn another language if it is kind of a 'key' language to help me in my travels (I've started on French and Spanish).
4) Countries/continents... more »
I'm thinking of volunteering abroad for several weeks but I'm not sure if UBELONG is a legit organization. I've searched for reviews but haven't found much. However according to their website, UBELONG is certified to give the US President's Volunteer Service Award. That alone suggests that they are legit but again, there are very few reviews about them.
I'm mainly interested in the agriculture or conservation projects because my education was in botany/environmental science and I'm limited in the amount of time that I can commit. If anyone has had any experience with UBELONG, especially with their conservation projects, please let me know.
I’m interested in people’s advice … My partner and I (both Australian) are looking to travel from Australia (Perth) to Central and South America for 6 months from August this year. We would also like to include Japan (primarily Hokkaido) at the end (i.e. around Feb time) for two weeks.
From my research to date, the way I see it we have the following options…
This would appear to be an economical way to approach and it includes Japan which is a preference…
2. Book an “open-jaw” ... more »
Plan on traveling around the world. (Australia, New Zealand, All of Southeast Asian countries, China)
Would like to know specific names of your favorite places to stay. I am hoping all readers can share with me any hidden gems that you really enjoyed.
Thanks in advance.
My boyfriend and myself are planning to go travelling in September and are looking to book our RTW ticket pretty soon. Our stops will be UK - Bangkok - Aukland - Sydney - UK, we have had a few quotes from STA, RTW flights, RTW experts and flight centre and they seem to be able to match each other.....would anyone recommend booking with any agent in particular and apart from cost what other questions should I ask to check I'm getting the best deal? All I can think of is how many free changes can you make to the dates of travel and baggage allowance?? Can anyone advise me on anything else I should find out and consider before booking!?
Thanks Annie x
I have not begun traveling yet and haven't even done enough to actually make this happen, so these are just some simple vague questions i would like to know about so i can start thinking about what to do about them. I am planning on backpacking around Europe for 6-10 months or however long the money holds out. I have asked a lot of stupid and un-educated questions on this site but I have just finished reading "Rough Guides to First-Time Europe" and would like to get some more information on things it didn't go over in too much detail.
1. The economy is not too great at the moment as everyone knows. How will this effect my travels, I won't be heading out until late august but it won't be fixed by then, will this change anything for me that I should know about?
2. I will still be around during the dead of winter, growing up in Southern California I do not know to much about this e... more »
I am planning a trip to SEA for approx. 4-6 months (dependent on money) starting in this coming December/January. My trip will be primarily photography based. I am looking for tips and places to go, that are 'off the beaten path' so to speak. I know a lot of people probably ask this question, but any replies would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I am interested in possibly finding a travel partner for parts of it. Someone that is willing to put in the effort necessary to 'get there' for the great shots. A go getter! message me if you are interested!
Thanks in advance!
I am also interested in Nepal
So, some people might've seen me posting here and there about a Round the World trip I am planning. I won't post my list of destinations again, least not until I've come up with a more concrete idea, but suffice it to say I'm trying to do the whole thing overland. I've reasoned I may need to take a small flight here and there, but I figure if it's a tiny plane and not a jet liner then that might be a wash in terms of my self-imposed rule.
So far I've managed to get a reasonable idea (for the most part, it could change) of how to get from Bali (my starting point, unfortunately I have to fly in from Darwin as I can't find a cheap way out of Australia) to the U.K. without any flight. My route goes through Central Asia, as I feel like it's part of the world that doesn't get a huge amount of attention and it could be worth seeing and blogging about.
My question here, though, is one t... more »
Was curious about a few things...
For those of you who have completed a RTW trip...
...did you prefer to spend a longer time in fewer places, or see as much as possible? did you experience burn-out often?
Other questions too...
...in your opinion does this itinerary have too many countries?
...any places you've been to on this list that you would skip or would definitely keep?
...does anything stick out to you as being subject to complications or not doable?
...are there any other RTW travelers out there who have had complicated RTW itineraries - and if so - did you go with one-way tickets or RTW tickets through an alliance?
Here’s our tentative itinerar... more »
I will be heading on a 12 month trip. Looking for your opinions from your own experiences.
I will be going to New Zealand, Australia, All Southeast Asian countries (Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Singapore, Viet Nam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, China, Hong Kong, India)
Then heading to Turkey, Israel, Spain, Croatia during the summer months.
No winter clothing will be packed. Hoping to only wear shorts and flip flops.
1) Lodging Budget - $60 per night for 2 people. Want to stay a bit higher end. Would consider hostels if you can recommend some of the favorites you really enjoyed and were well run.
Please let me know if you have any hidden gems that you have stayed in that you really enjoyed?
2) Best activities and Things to do that you enjoyed in each of these locations.
3) Favorite Towns/ Cities and Beaches that were super memorable.
Thanks so much for any assistance. ... more »
I will be traveling to Iran this summer and while we are traveling part of the time, I am also going to be volunteering at a local women's shelter for the poverty stricken people of Tehran. The shelter is called "The House of Compassion" and has been notably reported on by the BBC, Al Jazeera, etc. Please help me raise this money to donate. I am hoping to get $2000 by the time I leave for Tehran in late July.
My website is here: http://www.gofundme.com/egx9o
Thanks for your support and time!
I'm due to graduate in June and like many others I feel I need to stretch my legs. Rather than looking at solely traveling I've been researching various volunteer programmes. I've got my heart set on going to South America and I ideally don't want to be away for more than 6 months.
Currently, I'm finding it difficult to wade through the masses of options out there. However, my options do seem to be limited as I have no knowledge of Spanish. Ideally, I would like to work with a relatively small grass roots organisation. Despite this is desire, as a sole traveller experiencing South America for the first time I don't know if this is too ambitious. Would I be better off applying for volunteer opportunities through a larger organisation?
I've been looking for quite a while and I am particularly drawn to the English Open Doors scheme as I feel it will help me to immer... more »
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