Budget Travelling 2013. South America/Asia/Australia
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 10, 2012 5:32 AM Last Post By: simon19881
Oct 3, 2012 8:08 AM
Budget Travelling 2013. South America/Asia/AustraliaHi Everyone,
Before I start thanks for reading this post.
Next year 4 of us (all male, all aged 25-29) are planning a 6 month (possibly longer where funds allow us) trip.
2 years ago we travelled around Europe and it gave us the taste of freedom from our everyday lives, so we decided on planning a world trip.
We have listed the places we want to travel to and now are on the verge of purchasing flights.
Before I do however, (being the control freak I am, and the others not seeming to worry) I wanted to ask the advice of anyone who has been, is going etc etc. Any input is gratefully received.
So, the plan....
Our original plan was to;
Fly from London to Cancun, to travel overland to Belize (to spend a couple of weeks resting before we start our trek)
We would then look to fly maybe from Cancun to South Amerca.
In South America we wanted to experience the Inca Trail, possibly see the Igazu Falls, see the Amazon (possibly a boat trip), probably going to Brazil, Peru, Argentina and fly out of South America from Santiago Chile.
We were then looking to fly to Asia (Thailand/Singapore) and spend some time in a less expensive place, soaking up the culture, the sights, the beaches, the partying.
Our original plan included renting a camper van in New Zealand, but we're thinking of cutting that out due to expense.
I'm looking for advice on travelling around South America for a brief yet busy 2/3 months. I need to keep costs down so the cheapest routes would be good. As we don't know what route to take.
If you want any more info please do not hesitate to get in touch, but in the meantime any help in terms of budgets and cheapest route would be much appreciated. I know spending 2/3 months in South America is not enough, (I personally plan to go back) however a couple of my friends are on the verge of 'settling down' so see this as a trip to tick a lot of boxes in a relatively short space of time.
Thanks in advance
Oct 3, 2012 9:13 AM
Welcome to TT!
As you are asking mainly for info about South America, it would be a good idea to cross-post your question in the Americas-South America branch. BTW, if you cross-post it, don't forget to state what's your budget and what it includes (e.g.: if flights are included or excluded...)
Do you have a RTW ticket? Otherwise, there could be cheaper options to fly from South America to Thailand or Singapore than flying out of Santiago de Chile. BTW, be aware that most international flights within South America as weel as flights from Central America to South America are expensive (sometimes very expensive).
Oct 3, 2012 9:56 AM
2Thanks for your reply.
I have budgeted approx £1000 per month which from what I have read seems minimal.
I'm just worried about us booking this round the world ticket before we've got a more definite plan and travel costs for getting from Brazil to Argentina to Peru to Santiago. I realise how far this is so we may need to take Argentina off for starters. Flying out of Santiago seems the only valid option to get out of South America. If anyone has details of a similar journey, budget and travel costs I'd very much appreciate any advice you could give.
Oct 3, 2012 1:30 PM
3Flying out of Santiago seems the only valid option to get out of South America.
Sometimes is cheaper to fly out of Brazil with Emirates or Qatar Airways changing planes in their hubs in the Middle East so don't disregard that option. Emirates also flies out of Buenos Aires. Singapore Airlines has a flight from Sao Paulo to Singapore with a stop in Barcelona (Spain)...
Oct 4, 2012 3:39 AM
4Thanks anillos. I will look at those flight options, we've just been looking at direct flights etc, so might be a good idea, like you said to think outside of the box and pick up a linked flight.
We might be now flipping the plans on their heads, to fly from London to Bangkok, then Australia, possibly New Zealand then South America (of which I'm looking for help on routes, I have also posted a thread for advice on this in the South America branch).....
Oct 4, 2012 6:42 AM
5We might be now flipping the plans on their heads, to fly from London to Bangkok, then Australia, possibly New Zealand then South America
In that case, it wouldn't make sense to go through the Middle East or through Europe. However, be aware there are few flights from Australia and New Zealand to South America and they are expensive. Currently, your options would be Qantas from Sydney to Santiago de Chile, Aerolíneas Argentinas from Sydney to Buenos Aires and LAN that makes the route Sydney-Auckland-Santiago de Chile. Sometimes, specially if you plan to go to the North of South America (e.g.: Colombia), it's cheaper to fly through the USA (with two separate tickets, if needed).
Oct 4, 2012 9:41 AM
Oct 4, 2012 10:21 AM
I did Peru/Bolivia/Chile/Argentina in 2011, in just 31 days, which was by far too short of time for such a trip! I booked only flights, first and last hostel and the tour to Machu Picchu (strongly recomended!) before I went, and managed hostels and ground transport in each country/city, there at place. It was easy and I had no problems doing so, altough some hostels grunting about that I didn't call or anything in advance, but hey, it always work out. I flew Amsterdam-Lima outbound and BA-Paris homebound, I also had a flight between Santiago de Chile-BA, altough I think it's much more rewarding to do that trip with bus via Mendoza, and certainly cheaper.
I payed a total of about 3300 GDP for everything (flights, tours, transport, living, insurance, new gears etc) for these four countries and 31 days.
Living, eating and transports are mostly rediculous cheap (exampel: 5 GDP per night in basic hostel, Uyuni, Bolivia, 35 GDP Antofagasta-Santiago de Chile, bus). Prices get higher in Chile and Argentina, exept bus transport (compared to Europe at least), but prices is still cheap from a European's point of view.
But to the advices, try to fly to/from BA or Brazil, it's the cheapest, ground transport in each contry is cheap, frequent, comfy and safe. Go for the night-buses, as you save a hostel/hotel night, to save costs.
Allow more time than you think, or you may end up stress trough your trip, and that's not really that nice when you are in a such beautiful and cool continent as South America.
Hope this can be to some help.
Oct 10, 2012 5:32 AM
9Completely unrelated but how have you managed to convince 3 friends to go travelling? I struggle to get my friends to agree to a weekend in a Travellodge in Manchester. When I suggest travelling, well that just blows their mind!!
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