Feedback on a rough travel route; have £7K saved
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jun 20, 2013 12:12 AM Last Post By: joolz2
Jun 15, 2013 2:58 PM
Feedback on a rough travel route; have £7K savedHi!
I have saved just over £7,000 and have started planning a rough travel route.
I have always wanted to go to Japan since I was little and after looking at a world map I have thought this basic plan up:
UK - Japan - South Korea - Shanghai - down coast dropping into Vietnam - overland Bangkok - Thai Islands - Indonesia - Auz - New Zealand - UK
I'm just wondering if this is too ambitious based on my budget. I am going to see STA about a RTW Ticket soon. A flight out to Japan is around £380 (with a horrible 10hr wait in Sri Lanka, but its cheap!!).
I decided on Japan as entry point as the route will follow an arc down, and by and large I should be able to do most of the travelling via land/boat to minimise additional flights.
But yeah any feedback would be great, realise theres probably HUGE issues/obvious obstacles I have overlooked!
Jun 15, 2013 11:45 PM
1Not huge issues maybe...but important ones if you have set your heart on that route ;-)
If you want a decent look at all these countries,your budget is nowhere near enough,and you will not get a RTW that covers that route.
Flight to Japan..no problem.How long do you want to stay there? It is not a cheap destination,as I'm sure you know.
You will need to get a cheap flight to South Korea,then i guess you want to fly to Shanghai from there?
Then overland and sea as far as Indonesia is possible.Then more flights......Australia and NZ are very expensive destinations,and flights back to the UK from there are not cheap either.
How long have you got for this trip?
Jun 16, 2013 3:20 AM
2Yeah 7K is pushing it i know!
But basically have two options to raise more: Teach in south korea or farm work in Auz. My friend who works in Zhuhai gets offered english teaching jobs on the street, so there's always that option! And my brother has got two contacts in cattle ranches...
As far as I am aware, there is a ferry to korea from japan.
But yeah need to look into korea to shanghai for definite, see if there is any non flight option...
I think I would have to limit time in Japan for sure, I would probably say 2-3 weeks depending on spend! I have research Japan on a Budget; I dont mind staying in them tube hotels and eating just street food if it means longer to see the country.
Apparently a railcard is pretty good value aswell....
Jun 16, 2013 9:02 AM
3As any traveller knows a trip starts with a dream and you work from there.
So you've got the first bit right....you know where you want to go.
Next comes "Can the route be done" and yes,your route is doable.
There is a boat from Japan to Korea (google Beetle...its a fast catamaran type boat)
There are ferries from Korea to China but there are also cheap airlines running this route.
The Overland to Vietnam and onto Thailand is a long established route and is cheap via bus.
Have a look at Air Asia for a cheapo flight to Indonesia from Thailand they are the "Ryan Air" of Asia and if you book ahead long enough you'll get a flight for next to nothing.
OZ and NZ will be your challenge budget wise,OZ is huge and getting around isn't cheap,however,theres a very good backpacker scene in OZ and you might be able to car share with fellow travellers.
I wouldn't bother working....sod that...work isn't that easy to find and there restrictions listed by Mr Friendly above....AND why go all that way just to work?
Your £7000 would give you 6 months on 60USD per day(ish) but your flights would have to come out of that and the visas etc so you'll need to make up for that by having a few weeks kicking back on an island doing and spending little in order to make that up.
Can be done,have a great trip.
Edited by: MrNightwood
Jun 17, 2013 10:40 AM
4I can't comment about the trip/budget overall, just the Japan/China bits:
You can do Japan cheaply. Food is easy, and you can find hostels fairly cheap. Intercity transport, however, is pricey. The Japan rail pass might be good for you, although there are some cheap and slow local trains which might work out cheaper (and take you through some cool local places).
Despite being fairly short hops, Japan-Korea-China flight are quite pricey. The boats aren't always much cheaper. A few years ago I needed to go from Tokyo to Shanghai. My time/money trade off was a flight Tokyo-Fukuoka, boat to Pusan (2 hours), then a flight to Shanghai....still not cheap or fast!
For China, don't go without visiting Beijing!!! Shanghai is quite over rated as a tourist destination I think. Beijing can easily take 4-5 days, Shanghai 1-2 at best. Nice places to go in China: Hangzhou, Yunnan (Shangri La), Sichuan (Jiuzhaigou), Changbaishan Lake (gorgeous!) and around Guilin (Yangshuo/Longsheng). Zhuhai is a nice place actually, although without much do to. Teaching jobs are easy to come by, but remember, you'l probably not get a tourist visa lasting longer than 30 days. Maybe try and arrange a job in advance.
I think teaching English in Korea is the best paid in the world.
Jun 18, 2013 6:55 PM
5It depends how long you want to be away for, but your budget is very tight for a long-ish trip. I would consider dropping Aus and NZ and saving those for a later date - maybe get a WHV for either or both in a few years time if you are eligible.
Your budget would be plenty for at least 6 months if you stick to Asia. If you're going to China, you definitely should see more than just Shanghai. And you could easily spend a couple of months in Indonesia.
See what sort of quote you get from STA, but a RTW ticket may not be the best option for this trip. Buying flights as you go is more flexible and can work out cheaper.
Jun 19, 2013 9:56 AM
6Thanks for the feedback!
Yeah I aim to see more than just shanghai, planning on the main areas of china...
I just need to research japan on a budget more now!
In regards to the 7K budget, think best plan is just try to watch spending and see how long I can make it last...if I really want to stay in Auz I can always try to arrange cattle farm work.
My brother left for travelling in Nov 2011 with similar budget and is still out there! So suppose if you really want to stay you'll find a way....
Jun 19, 2013 1:23 PM
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