My RTW - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Members Lounge > General Travel Tips, Education, Advice > Post Your Itinerary

Post Your Itinerary Need help in planning, sorting, adding, and subtracting to your itinerary?
Post it here and see how the Tpunks would do it!

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-13-2009, 03:40 AM   #1
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dundee, Scotland
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default My RTW

Ok, im out the army soon, saved up the money and iv just booked my RTW ticket, i know exactly what countries im going to and rough dates ill be there but was just wondering, based on your experiences, word of mouth etc about where to go in these countries! My boyfriend is so laid back that i know ill end up doing most of the planning!

Iv got my travel books but dont really intend to follow the tourist trail the whole journey so if anyone has found any hidden gems along the way and want to let me in on their secerets then that would be brilliant!
I leave in January and finish near the end of August so i have around 7.5 months.

Heres my plans


UK - India (1month for india and nepal)
Nepal - Vietnam (3month for SE Asia, inc Thailand,
Laos, Cambodia, China, Vietnam
Malaysia......may have to cut 1or2)
Singapore - OZ (5 days in Sydney)
OZ - NZ (3 weeks NZ)
NZ - Samoa (1week samoa)
Samoa - Cook Islands (1week Cook Islands)
Cook Islands - LA (approx 2month to travel from LA, west coast
to NY east coast)
NY - UK

What do u think?? any suggestions??
Thanks
gillx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2009, 04:40 PM   #2
Dig
TPunk Moderator
 
Dig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Austin Texas
Posts: 667
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

See the National forests while you are in the US. Go camping in the Rocky Mountains. I say this because you should be in the US during the summer.


Welcome
__________________
Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary FALL 2012!!!
Dig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2009, 09:45 PM   #3
Tpunk Senior Moderators
 
marc873's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: in transit
Posts: 2,071
Thanks: 3
Thanked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Default

Looks good! Just know it will change multiple times before you leave
__________________
When an adventure ends you can never go back, never relive it, never hope to feel the same emotion. The secret is to not try and go back but to keep searching for new adventure....
marc873 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-2009, 09:51 PM   #4
french touch
 
Esterina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Québec
Posts: 3,251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hi gillx and welcome to travelpunk !

I'm thinking you won't have enough time for all you have planned in Asia. India and China are major countries to discover. One month for India and Nepal is short unless you focus on one region of India and limit your time in Nepal to a trek. A better frametime would be around 2-3 weeks in Nepal and 4 weeks in India.

As for SE Asia, my recommandation is a miminum of 3 weeks per country, even the small ones such as Laos, otherwise you'll feel you have seen nothing. China in itself needs a lot of time, but maybe you just want to see one city or two. And it will bring you outside the ideal route (and because of that, it will eat out a good chunk of your budget/time. In SE Asia, the best route should be a loop, something like Bangkok head up North-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia-back to Thailand South-Malaysia.
__________________

people are people


Esterina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2009, 09:47 AM   #5
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dundee, Scotland
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hey, thanks for the replies! Visiting a few of the National Parks are definately at the top of my list Dig, i just need to decide which ones!! they look amazing and each so different aswell!

Also, iv decided to probably cut out China from my time in SE Asia, cheers Esterina, due to my limited time, 3weeks each country sounds more realistic but i suppose i will just wing it when i get there and see what happens!

Maybe save China for my trans-siberia trip which will hopefully happen one day! Ill have to save a few more pennies if i want that to happen though! Do any of you know anyone who has done a trans-siberia rail trip?? looks amazing!! Doubt ill ever get the chance to see Mongolia otherwise!

Thanks for all the comments folks!
gillx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-23-2009, 08:38 PM   #6
french touch
 
Esterina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Québec
Posts: 3,251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Yes, the best way to travel South Asia and SEA is to wing it. Time has a different meaning over there, so even if one was trying to plan everything, the asian pace would get him/her to slow down.

If you want to avoid the tourist trail, the only way to achieve it in Vietnam is to rent a motorbike. Otherwise, everything is organized and it's nearly impossible to discover the country "your way".

In Laos, if you go south, plan a week or more to enjoy the Si Phan Don islands (Don Kong and the best Don Det). Feels like paradise, quiet or party as you please, luxurous nature, genuine village and culture, and the nicest people possible. Incredibly cheap also !

I stayed four months in Nepal, in the Kathmandu Valley, and barely visited the main attractions. I could give you a few tips, just tell me if you want to do more than a treck, and what are your interests. You want the "modern nepali youth" culture, rural and traditional, outdoors ?

__________________

people are people


Esterina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2009, 05:20 AM   #7
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Dundee, Scotland
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Motorbiking around Vietnam is a great idea....do u need a licence though or is it pretty relaxed?? is this what you did? im guessing its pretty cheap to rent and buy petrol aswell. It will probably make a good change to the dodgy busses/trains etc that we would have been using up untill then!
Plus Laos sounds awesome! exactly the type of thing we are looking for!

As we only have 4 weeks in total for both india and nepal, were still deciding how much time exactly to stay in each country, probably wont decide until we are actually there, the main thing is just to get a feel of the place really, see a few sites, chat to the locals etc. Our flight is from Kathmandu so we will probably stay in and around this area due to time restrictions. Any ideas?

Thanks, gill xx
gillx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2009, 12:51 PM   #8
TPunk Recognized
 
millmuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Calgary, Canada
Posts: 130
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Hey Gillx,

Congrats on the trip, the only better feeling than planning a RTW is when you actually land in that first country and realize you got x amount of months to enjoy it.

Things actually look pretty good from what I saw. it's obvious that you know how things change and to not get to set on one plan. Once your gone you'll realize how much time you wasted calculating exact days and weeks becuase things just happen how they happen.

I do agree with Esterina with her advice about asia. I spent nearly 6 months in SEA and felt more than satisfied the amount of time I had to get around, but about a month for each country is a good rule of thumb. Don't be fooled with peoples thoughts that you can just ride night buses and then enjoy a day or two in a twn before heading out. You'll wear yourself out that way not get to enjoy hanging out in a town of city for a week. Especially once you travel 12 hours on a bus and a few more on a ferry, you'll want to spend at least a week on that nice little island your on!

I also spent a month in each Japan and China and hardly got a chance to scratch the surface. For China the problem for you might be that most of your time would be spent covering large distances rather than enjoying it.

I disagree about the comments on Vietnam though. Bus routes are hardly organized tourist trips. It all depends on the type of ticket you by and the destination your headed to. True if you plan on using a VIP sleeper that are commonly sold I agree you'll be sitting next to another white person and heading to the the regular spot, but you can just as easily by a ticket on a local bus and head the other direction. I was the only white person, sitting on rice bags in the isle of a local bus for 21 hours on my way to Hue from Laos so it all depends on the bus you feel comfortable taking. Renting a bike or moto is a fine idea but theres a lot more to it than most people realize. Rental can be expensive, you will need to be a lot more familiar with where your headed, your going to need different clothing or sleeping arrangements if you head anywhere near mountains (which is usually considered off the trail), and enjoy yourself when that bike you rented breaks down and you have little to no experience with fixing one,etc, etc. What I'm saying is that traveling completely independent with your own moto and supplies is a great idea but 99% or people aren't capable of realize what it consists of. You can also rent a guide and head from one city to the next which cuts out a lot of the logistics. I think this is a really cool idea but it's also an expensive option and how much you enjoy it will usually end up on the guide you pick. I heard really mixed opinions from people I was with on the option but.

Just a few thoughts....cheers.
__________________
Where I've been: Canada, United States, Mexico, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Phillipines, Japan, China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, England.
millmuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2009, 08:51 AM   #9
french touch
 
Esterina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Québec
Posts: 3,251
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I agree with your advice too. In Laos, I only used local bus (btw I also did the Savanaketh-Hué trip sitting in the back of the bus on a pile of luggage and bags, and which took 24 hours in my case).

In Vietnam however, my experience and the one of the travellers I've met, was that it was more difficult to use local transportation because when you ask to go to some place, they direct you to an organized trip. I did use local trains and busses when I met a Vietnamese that took me to visit his hometown. But he was the first one to take the time to explain how to avoid the tourist trail.

But I only did the northern half of the country (from Hué to Halong) and I've been told it was easier to travel the south. Maybe that's part of the explaination too.
__________________

people are people


Esterina is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:54 PM.



 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121