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Newbie! + 2013/14 World Travelling
Post: #1
Hi all

First post, so please be gentle!! Smile

Ok, here goes. I'm at a point in my life now where I need to get away from things for a while, be on my own and experience the world. I can get saved up for 6-8 months or so, and just go for it, so was just wondering if anyone else has done it, and has any tips on how to go about it, where to go, how much money I would need etc?

This is the kind of route I would like to take - Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Borneo, Bali, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, then into South America starting in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and finishing in Rio, Brazil.

Looking at 3-4 month in each of SE Asia, Oz/NZ and South America. Would like to add a couple of weeks maybe at the end on the west coast of North America before flying home....but not sure if money will allow that stretch tho...
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Post: #2
Hello Andy,

Hope you have bought a few Euro millions lottery tickets and win so you will be able to enjoy all that touring in one go!!

I've just come back from Singapore, Australia & New Zealand with Just You and that was for only 5 /6 weeks trip and although I did not do all the excursions offered I still got through a considerable amount of money especially when you also have to buy Lunches, Dinners etc. Australia is expensive and I would imagine a few of the destinations you have listed will be also.

Good luck with your trip but I would do sections of it year by year so it is more afordable.

Regards

Eric.
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Post: #3
Hello Andy and a warm welcome to you,

I am not sure if JY could actually be the right place for you as they do constructive tours, but I might be wrong I am sure some one will point you in the right direction!

My nephew has done an around the world tour in his GAP year he had a great time,and was offered a sponsorship to stay in AUSTRALIA!!! Which he has taken up, much to his Mums un happiness ...he bought a round the world ticket that allowed so many stop offs...

I hope you manage to achieve this dream off yours ,

Good luck

Cindy
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Post: #4
(17/12/2012, 06:02 PM)nixon Wrote: Hello Andy and a warm welcome to you,

I am not sure if JY could actually be the right place for you as they do constructive tours, but I might be wrong I am sure some one will point you in the right direction!

My nephew has done an around the world tour in his GAP year he had a great time,and was offered a sponsorship to stay in AUSTRALIA!!! Which he has taken up, much to his Mums un happiness ...he bought a round the world ticket that allowed so many stop offs...

I hope you manage to achieve this dream off yours ,

Good luck

Cindy

Hi Cindy

Yes, I realised that after I posted my message - that's what happens when you google for travel forums and don't really look at the site first, lol.

No, this probably isn't the place in terms of booking a round the world trip with multi stop offs, but hopefully someone will have done something similar and be able to offer some advice on where to visit in certain countries that maybe wouldn't be in your normal tour guide books etc...
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Post: #5
Hi Andy

What a marvellous itinerary you are planning. I think the cost depends on whether you plan to stay in cheap hostels or good hotels. I am wondering if you are thinking of 'back packing'. With Just You tours everything is organised for you and they usually use good quality hotels. Good luck with your travels.

Jaya
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Post: #6
Hi Andy

Similar situation - just at that point where a gap year is suddenly a possibility. I've travelled to parts of Europe independently for a while now - about to take my first JY holiday for a change of scene - then going to start planning my year of solo travel. Don't think JY is the avenue for that as it's a package holiday company. But this community is still an interesting place to be from the point of view of single travel, the challenges, locations, pitfalls, etc.

Happy travels! S x
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Post: #7
Hi Andy in 2006 after 25 years in the same job I decided it was time to give it all up & go travelling. Went through Asia, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Isles, The States & Canada for the best part of a year. Where to go is really determined by your budget & where you want to go.
Your itinerary is pretty big to cover in 6-8 months. I spent best part of 6 months in Oz & NZ & still felt I needed more time there. If your intinery is determined by your wishlist of places you'd like to go on holiday to then you maybe best booking lots of seperate trips during that period & JY cover a lot of the destinations. Extended travel or a gap year is totally different, it is adventure & expolration & requires a somewhat different mind set to a normal holiday.
the advice I would give you in no particular order is;
1 I spent about 18 months before I left planning my trip so I could get the most out of it so use the internet, library & lonely planet books to help.
2, You'll need a Round the World air ticket. It goes in one direction either East to West or West to East depending on which way round the world you want to go. It's cost is determined by how many flight miles you do & how many stops you want. You don't need to fly in & out of the same airport in each country so you can travel around. Go to a specialist firm. I used Travelbag who were excellent.
3, Think about what the seasons will be in each country/ continnent you want to visit.
4, Think about your accomodation. I used a lot of hostels especially in Oz & NZ as they are cheaper & you get to meet people. My budget did allow me to have my own room rather than share a dorm.
5 You will need to manage your finances abroad & if you can get one get a debit card which doesn't charge every time you use an ATM. I kept moving money from a svings account into my current account when it needed topping up.
6, Travel light you will do a lot of clothes washing !! Get a decent travel bag or backpack it has to be bulit to last a lot of travel. Go to somewhere like Blacks for advice.
7, Get a decent diary to keep a daily journal of your adventure. I still enjoy reading it & reminiscing. Also get someone to save your ;postcards to create a scrapbook if you want.
8, Be prepared to be flexible in your travel plans both before & during. Your dates of departure from each country will be fixed on ther ROW ticket although for a fee you can change dates on route but be prepared to go with the flow when in the country itself.
9, Some serious stuff to consider. Make sure your will is up to date & you have set up an enduring power of attorney. Get the proper travel insurance for this type of trip. If your property is going to unoccupied during the trip get someone to check it regularly & get the Post office to redirect your mail to a family member or friend. Check your household insurance cover. Most policies have an unoccpuancy clause that will kick in after a set number of days & certain risks won't then be covered.
I hope some of this helps. A trip like this is what you make. For me it was a great experience & one I have absolutely no regrets about doing. My wanderlust is not yet exhausted either. I have a dream to spend about 6 months exploring South America in about 3 or 4 years time although I will definitely learn to speak Spanish before that.
My final piece of advice would be if you want to do & have the opportunity then just go for it.
If there are any other questions you've got let me know & I'll do my best to reply.
Good luck with your venture/adventure if you do go for it.
Keith.
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Post: #8
(17/12/2012, 06:02 PM)the_baron1 Wrote: Hello Andy,

Hope you have bought a few Euro millions lottery tickets and win so you will be able to enjoy all that touring in one go!!

I've just come back from Singapore, Australia & New Zealand with Just You and that was for only 5 /6 weeks trip and although I did not do all the excursions offered I still got through a considerable amount of money especially when you also have to buy Lunches, Dinners etc. Australia is expensive and I would imagine a few of the destinations you have listed will be also.

Good luck with your trip but I would do sections of it year by year so it is more afordable.

Regards

Eric.
Hello,
Which travel insurance have you subscribed for the Singapore travel ?
AXA Singapore ? https://www.axa.com.sg/travel-insurance ?
Thanks !
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