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Old 03-28-2005, 06:50 AM   #1
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I am saving up for taking a rtw trip for next year sometime. So far what I have come up so far as a route to take. I'm going to get a plane ticket leaving from Clevland or New York to Reykjavik then to london. Then use a eurail pass and bum around through as many European countries as I can for 3 months. I want to see spain, prague, paris, italy, etc or as much as I can within 3 months and try to spend a week in each country so that would be 12 countries in 3 months. Then at the end of 3 months return to london and travel overland to hanoi via train following this route it will take me from london into moscow and to beijing via mongolia. From beijing I can travel to shanghai, and then to Hanoi to Vientiane. From there fly to bangkok. Then fly to hong kong, then honolulu to San diego and then make my way back to ohio. The rtw ticket came out to be between $1444.00 - $1732.00 on the trip planner program on air treks. The eurail pass is $1075 I turn 25 this may hopefully I will be able to make this trip before I am 26 and I can qualify for a youth eurail pass. The trains will probably run about $520.00 according to the website that I was looking at. So that is about $3400 in transportation. I am planning on having at least $10- $12,000 saved for my trip. So does this sound feasible on my budget? Am I missing anything or any real good places. Would I be better foregoing the RTW ticket? So let me know what you all think. I want to be gone as long as possible. I would like to be gone for at least 6 months. When I get back to the states I plan on seeing as much of out west as I can I will probably head up north towards alaska and snowboard through the winter. Then I guess it woud be back to the normal routine of working until I can make another trip or I will have to finish up college or something.
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South America, especially Peru is a must see!!
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Seems strange to me to start in London, travel all around Europe via train, then return to London only to head to Moscow via train.

Why not end your European travels as far East as possible, like Poland or the Baltics (north) or Bulgaria (south)? Seems like you could catch a train from there to Asia just as easy.

Of course, sounds like you've done your research, and maybe it is a specially priced ticket that you can get only by departing out of London...

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Ireland is a must see too!
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Worldwide mike that is a really good point. Thanks
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Mike I was gonna say the same thing. There must be a cheap way to get from say Krakow to Mosow, and then you could just pick up the train there, No? Other than that I envy the hell out of you but if you don't have a car waiting for you in San Diego(and even if you do with gas prices these days) it's gonna be expensive to travel around the US for a long time, especially going all the way to Alaska for snowboarding. I wanna go to Alaska too but you might want to save it for another trip and just go snowboarding in Utah or colorado this time.

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Jaimie7777 is spot on, South America - Peru - Machu Picchu.
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