Travel Plans 2013
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Nov 12, 2012 1:18 PM Last Post By: Paulblue85
Nov 11, 2012 10:49 AM
Travel Plans 2013Hi All
Was looking for some advice/information if possible on my travel plans for 2013 as the internet is full of so much information on the subject it at times seems very confusing. Firstly a quick bit of background information, I’m planning to quit my job and go see the world for about 12-18 months. I’m fed up with my life in the UK and finally have convinced myself to live my life a bit and do something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the courage. I’m travelling solo which I’ve done in Europe before but never for more than a few days.
My plans originally started as a RTW trip but have changed now to the same destinations but with more flexibility. My plan is to travel in May to South America (Peru/Bolivia/Argentina/Chile) spending a couple of months, before then travelling on to Australia on a 12 month working holiday visa. Once I’m ready either during the 12 months or at the end I hope to slowly make my way home through SE Asia. My budget for this is anything between £7,000 to £12,000 I have almost doubled it since I started researching and I have looked at the RTW tickets but didn’t like the one year time limit and I felt paying the bit extra on plane tickets was worth it for the 12 months in Aus and the more flexibility in SE Asia.
So I’m not sure if I’ve rambled on a bit but what I’m hoping for here is for some help and advice from people who have had more experience with this then me. Could anyone recommend the best resources for information? Has anyone done a similar trip who could offer any advice? Is anyone doing similar? Also would anyone know if travelling to South America before Australia would affect my application for a WHV?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give.
Nov 11, 2012 2:10 PM
Welcome to TT!
You are more likely to get an answer for the question about the Australian WHV if you ask it in the Australasia-Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica branch.
In order to go from South America to Australia, some times it's cheaper to make it through the USA (despite the big detour it means). If you are in Brazil or Argentina, Emirates (changing in Dubai) has sometimes competitive fares to Australia.
Regarding resources for info, what type of info are you looking for? Flights? Visas? Accomodations?...
P.S.: If you don't get in this thread answers about your budget, you can try to ask about it in the Travel in a Shoestring branch.
Nov 12, 2012 2:40 AM
2I done very similar trip to yours a few years ago....what worked for me in terms of flights was to book a one way RTW ticket which got me 2 flights....Dublin to BA and then Santiago to Auckland. i was then able to get cheap one way flights from Christchurch to Ho Chi Minh ( jetstar)and then Bangkok to Dublin. I bought my RTW ticket with USIT which was reasonably priced.
You are planning to go to South America over their 'winter' months which has different climates in the varying geographical regions. southern Argentina, Patagonia will be cold snowy and not the best weather conditions for travelling.....it will be ski season if that interests you and popular ski resorts like Bariloche will be very busy. As you move further north the weather will be more favourable but still generally on the cool side. It is dry season in Peru....less rain but cold.
If your budget is closer to the 12,000 then it should be fine. Generally speaking budget travel in SA can be done on 1100 -1300 £ a month......of course depends on length of time spent in each country......Peru & Bolivia are a lot cheaper than Argentina & Chile. If this budget will last a year plus travelling will depend on how how much time you spend working and saving in Oz......it is expensive to live in and you could blow a sizeable hole in your funds if you struggle to find work. SE Asia is cheap to travel in and I was able to fund 2 months travel there by only working and saving for 6 weeks in NZ. As far as I know travelling in SA before Oz will have no impact on your WHV
Nov 12, 2012 1:18 PM
3Hi guys, thanks for your replies and the information it's a great help.
I think the information I was most needing to focus on was the flights, as I'm pretty clear on what places I want to be in etc. So the tips on the flights has given me a couple of good ideas too look at.
The visa issue was just something that occurred to me, so i'll have a look in the other topics on it.
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