Round the world trip - Advice wanted!
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 10:57 AM Last Post By: BrookeAndPhil
Oct 31, 2012 7:55 PM
Round the world trip - Advice wanted!Hey Guys,
My round the world trip starts in Santiago, Chile at the beginning of September and eventually make my way to Rio for Carnivale and from there up to Venezuela, Colombia and eventually stop at Mexico City in May. From there my plan is to go to go to Europe and do Portugal, Morocco, spend lots of time in Spain up to UK and Ireland then scandanavia, Germany through some of Eastern Europe and end up in Istanbul. From there want to go down to the sub continent and do Nepal and India (this bit will be paid for) before making my way back home to Melbourne, Australia. Fair trip, any ideas on how much it will cost? any advice on how to go about booking airfares? and please any other advice in general is more than welcome! no real time frame except I want to be in Europe for there summer.
Thanks in advance!
Nov 1, 2012 1:21 AM
Nov 1, 2012 1:25 AM
2On the airfares...personally I'd just book a one-way to your first destination,and take it from there.
You might change your plans,and if you have the budget (and time) you can visit SA as you like...and without flying.
When (and if) you finally get to Mexico...and if you still have money and desire to travel...then book the next long-haul flight.
Of course you can book short flights while you go..again if you have the money.Air travel in South and Central America is generally very highly priced though.
Nov 1, 2012 12:00 PM
3from there up to Venezuela, Colombia and eventually stop at Mexico City in May.
If you plan to go overland all the way from Colombia to Mexico City, I'd suggest to make a search in the Central America branch in order to know what are your options to cross the Darien Gap by surface transport.
BTW, if you are Australian an only have an Australian passport, be aware you can't spend more than 90 days in each 180 calendar days period in the Schengen Area. For more info, you can take a look here. So don't forget to have it in mind when planning.
Nov 2, 2012 9:10 AM
Nov 2, 2012 10:25 AM
Congrats on your trip! I have been planning a similar RTW trip for next year. This site has been helpful in determining daily budgets for different locations: http://www.budgetyourtrip.com/budgetqueryadv.php. It breaks out costs depending on your budget type.
I also used http://www.hostelworld.com/ to get average costs of hostels in different locations.
It's also important to consider the travel costs in between places. Will you be flying, taking a train, bus, ferry, etc. These costs add up the more places you go.
Some advice: when I first started planning, I spent a lot of time working on an itinerary down to the day adding up all the costs - costs per day, travel costs, hostel costs, specific flights, car rental prices, etc. Then as I'd read more about places, I'd add new towns I'd want to visit and it was very time consuming to revise my whole itinerary. In the end, I decided to scrap the itinerary in favor of flexibility. You don't know how you're going to feel when you're there and you don't want to be bound by dates.
The itinerary exercise was really helpful for me to have an understanding of what places I'm interested in seeing and costs, but now my spreadsheet is much more general simply listing the countries and cities/towns I want to go and costs for those places without specific dates. I purchased my first flight out and am leaving it open from there. I suggest not pre-booking all your flights.
If you are interested in seeing my costs per country, PM me and I'll send you what I came up with.
Nov 4, 2012 6:46 PM
Nov 7, 2012 10:57 AM
7Good luck with your trip! My wife and I are in the middle of a Round The World trip ourselves. I could offer endless advice, but given your question, I'll stick with three trips that might help ya:
-Look into Air BnB for accommadations in some cities. They make for reliable, inexpensive home stays and hosts are often eager to show off their city!
-Many towns offer free walking or biking tours by knoweldgable, enthusiastic locals and are usually in English. Great way to see a new place.
-Costs can vary wildly depending on the trip you want to take, how long you want to go and what means of transport (fly 90 minutes or bus it for 14 hours) that you want to take. Really need to figure out how long you want to be gone and how much you have to work with first!
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