Round the world in 120 days
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 24, 2012 8:31 AM Last Post By: AndrewTaylorRSA
Oct 16, 2012 12:24 PM
Round the world in 120 daysHey all!
My husband and I are planning a trip almost around the world in 120 days, starting on the 15th of Jan 2013. We are in the process of finalising the details and would love comments and advice from all you guys. A bit of background on us, its our first backpacking trip, we are both 28 and our budget is R200k South African Rands (USD11500 per person). Our plan is as follows, dates still relatively flexible, we stop working 31 Dec and have to start again 1 Jun 2013...
15 Jan – Johannesburg to Buenos Aires – want to eat some real good steak and learn tango dancing!
21 Jan – we really want to spend a few days in the Amazon jungle, but we are not sure what would be the cheapest option, as we have to come back to Rio for the Carnival 7 Feb. we would like to go somewhere/the best place in the Amazon where we can see the animals and the local people for 5 days or so. Please could you give advice, if you have recommendations for a tour or something that we can pre-book, that will be great. We love camping, living with locals, nothing fancy. We looked at G-Adventures tours, but not satisfied yet...
7 Feb – Rio Carnival – we would also like to know here what would be the cheapest/best option for the carnival – doing the G-adventures tour that includes the hotel, breakfasts and the Samba parade for ZAR16100pp, or putting together our own package of hostel accommodation, the samba parade and a ball one evening. Please advice.
15 Feb – Cancun, Mexico. We will do daytrips from here on our own. Eat some great tacos and drink lots of tequila! Advice welcome!
22 Feb – Dallas, USA – Here we will be visiting friends and collect a car/camper-van/motor-home and road-trip through interesting towns to our next destination and in the end return the van in New York. We are just not sure about the weather. How bad is the snow at that time of the year? Will we encounter any issues in terms of being on the road during that time? We are not experienced snow drivers at all!
1 Mar – on our way to New York, we would like to stop in Chicago to visit some friends. again the worries about the snow?
7 Mar – New York – Return the van on the 1st day and spend the rest of time in a hostel, exploring New York.
15 Mar – Dublin/London – the 17th of March is St. Patrick’s Day! Really want to be in Ireland during that time! But our base for the next 3 weeks will be London. We would like to buy a rail-pass and explore London, France, south-west Germany, Netherlands and Belgium and end in London again.
8 Apr – Moscow, spend about 5 days here to see a Bolshoi Ballet show. Anyone done this before??
13 Apr – Delhi, India - spend about 5 days here to see the biggest landmarks, do yoga and taste the food!!!!
18 Apr – Singapore for a short visit with the family (3/4 days)
22 Apr – Bali, would like to stay in the smarter lodge here, any suggestions?
29 Apr – Bangkok – we would like to overland Bangkok, Phuket, the east coast of Thailand, Saigon and Hanoi if possible. Also island hopping as well as the famous full-moon party if the time is right. Suggestions?
17 May – return to South Africa…
Is this enougn time? Biggest concerns at this stage is the Amazon fit, roadtrip in USA. Also not to sure what we should pre-book and what not.... Looking forward to your inputs! Thanks!!
Oct 16, 2012 5:30 PM
1I'll just comment on the US road trip part of your plan...
Arrive Dallas Feb. 22 and leave NYC March 15--
21 days is o.k. but it might not be as easy as you think to buy a van right away nor sell a van right away so really plan 2 days on both ends for that. Snow can be bad--it's impossible to know until you get there. Even Texas gets ice storms. Depending on the weather you might need to take a southern route to the east coast, and then go up the east coast to NYC.
Oct 16, 2012 8:25 PM
Oct 17, 2012 12:45 AM
3On my view you are trying to fit too many countries and continents in. As for your budget whether it's enough depends on if your flights and preparation costs come out of this 11,500....the problem with trying to travel to so many continents is that your flight costs could be very high. Also think it is a bit of waste going to places like Mexico and India for only a few days and agree with Westwood re: your time for SE Asia. In your planning you just seem to have picked the capitals and most visited places....the countries you want to go to all have so much more to offer
Oct 17, 2012 1:45 AM
4Far too fast and far too many destinations for that amount of time.
And you will spend an absolute fortune on air fares...is that included in your budget?
Four months is a decent amount of time to get a look at one continent,or not even that in a large and varied one such as South America......
Oct 17, 2012 12:40 PM
5looking at your proposed budget of 11500 minus the 4400 for your flights....this leaves approx $60 a day travelling costs.......enough money for daily travel in Vietnam, Thailand, Bali,India and possibly Mexico but not enough for the states, Argentina, Brazil (going to be very expensive during Carnival),Europe, Japan and your Safari.......your going to need to increase your budget if you want to get this trip done
Oct 18, 2012 5:52 PM
6+Flyfishing in the running rivers of the USA
Gamble in Vegas+
If you are going to Dallas, Chicago and NY how are you going to do the above two items? I don't know maybe Dallas has some running rivers with good fish?? (I used to live there but I don't fish. I know you don't want to fish in the Chicago River!) Now that you have added Las Vegas it will be a much longer trip. With your itinerary you've got at least 8 long days of just driving crossing the country. Do a Google map of your itinerary--it's 3760 miles and 61 hours with no weather delays. That's assuming you can find fishing along the way without going somewhere special. (Don't forget the time you need to buy and sell a car/van.)
You can do Vegas for $60 per day (don't gamble much) and since you are staying with friends in Dallas and Chicago that will be fine, but you have to budget for gas also.
On another note: Halong Bay is fantastic!! You can book a boat trip when you get to Hanoi and it will be much cheaper than doing it in advance before you arrive.
Edited by: Bohemiana
Oct 24, 2012 8:31 AM
from one saffa to another, how much are you loving that green mamba now? How are you doing your visas for Russia? have you looked at open jaw flights?
I must agree with the other posters, that you are trying to take on too much in too short a space of time.You will see that as your plans evolve,you will have to cut certain things off, i know that in planning my trip, there has been loads of evolution.
Also if you travel slower, you travel cheaper and your budget only caters for everything falling into place 100% of the time and i am afraid that that is really unlikely.
But it sounds like an epic trip and i really hope it works out for you guys... Good Luck.
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