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Round The World Advice...

IRL
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Round The World Advice...

Hi,

Just wondering if there's a forum here on trip advisor that specifically deals with people going backpacking for a year/round the world flights etc. If so, I appologise for writing here but I'm really longing for some advice. Here's my route (open to all suggestions,cricitisms!! )

I start in

Dublin> Rio or Buenos Aires> Fiji> Auckland> Sydney> Bangkok> India (optional)> Dublin.

Basically planning to travel SA for 6 months, then New Zealand for 3 months, then the remaning three months in Australia, Bangkok (ideally about 4 weeks in Thailand area), perhaps Delhi in India for a week and then back to Ireland.

I've done plenty of homework on where I'd like to go where to avoid, but the more I read the deeper and deeper I go, and I've now realised I've read alot of the information months previously when researching.

I'd love some advice on anyone who has done a similar trip!!

I've about 15,000 euros or 20000 dollars. I'll be wanting to stay in hostels (highly rated ones as usual). I'm also keen to possibly visit: Galapagos Island (I know the expense involved), Fiji, Cuba, or India as all very optional stops along the route.

I'm hoping to leave in 6 weeks.

Any advice/help??? I'd appreciate please. thank you

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1. Re: Round The World Advice...

For logistics that just concern getting from point A to B by air and whether you can or should purchase an RTW airfare, the Air Travel forum is best.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g1-i10702-Air_Trav…

For backpacking, there's an outdoors travel forum here:

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g1-i10701-Outdoors…

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2. Re: Round The World Advice...

Made an 18 month trip some time back. Lots of learning you will have along the way and most of the best tips will come to you as you make your way up/down the backpacker trail.

Some tips (by no means inclusive of everything)

1.) Try to keep some routines - helps you keep sane when you have those moments when you are tired, hungry, angry and have the crazy idea of stopping your travel. Remember, this is fun but there will be some bad days. Routines, like doing laundry, writing post cards and keeping up with your journal help in this regard.

2.) Don't marry yourself to a schedule or path of destinations. If you find a surprisingly good place, stay a while longer. If a place doesn't interest you as much as you thought, ditch it and move on.

3.) Without need to say, travel with other independents, couples or others going the same way as you. Backpackers naturally gravitate to each other so this is not difficult - 'safety in numbers'

4.) Be ready to travel your own way and break from groups if you want to go a different direction or different next destination. This seems difficult or rude at first but then you just get used to it. Remember, you are there to see the places that interest you, not someone else you met along the way.

5.) Go ahead and let mum and dad or someone else know where you are, where you are going every few days. It sounds silly but its best if someone back home knows where you are as you're moving around. In case of emergency back home, they can get ahold of you quickly. With internet being more widely available this is not as big of a problem anymore but you will likely find yourself in some places with very bad or no internet access.

6.) Buy snack food to take on long bus journeys. This sounds silly but you can starve when no edible food is found for 18-24 hours. Always nice to have a bag of chips/crisps or chocolates as emergency food.

7.) Have a pen ready at all times, incredible how much good information you get from fellow travelers about good hostels, restaurants, reliable tour guides, etc. Equally, they can share the bad ones as well. You need to get this stuff on paper, preferably in a notebook.

8.) Try to keep a budget, you seem to have a spend amount ready to go. This is good, try to average a daily cost and manage to it. If you go over a couple days, be ready to tighten your belt for the next couple of days in order to spread your costs out. Much easier to enjoy your trip when you can actively manage to your budget instead of finding out that you've exhausted your funds 3 months into a 1 year trip. This happens to a many!

9.) really think about souvenirs you may be interested in buying. Remember, you have to drag these things around for many months.

10.) Always look for power plugs so you can keep your electronics (especially your camera) charged. Sometimes you go days without finding reliable power sources so its best to charge whenever possible. Not really a problem in NZ or OZ but can be in Thailand, India and SA.

Ok, thats enough. Have to go to work now. Enjoy your RTW trip.

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3. Re: Round The World Advice...

I recently took a RTW trip (5 Continents) in a months time. There are RTW trip specialist, like Star Allance, Air Treks, Oneworld, but I found it a lot cheaper to book my flights on my own. I accually used the template from one of the RTW web sights to plan my trip and help me find flights. I then took all that information and booked all my flights myself through Expiedia or Orbitz ( I forget which one). This way I had to pay only once for all my flights vs each indivdual flight. If you where traveling as aggressivelly as I did you would want to travel in a westerly direction. It its easier on the body with all those time changes. Traveling as light as I did I made sure all my clothing materials where made to be wash out at night and would be dry by the next morning. This made it easier to travel with less clothing. Good luck, be safe, planing the trip is half the fun.

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4. Re: Round The World Advice...

thank you for your help. unfortuntaly I'm not really having fun in the planning stage. finding the oneworld and british airways flight search engines a nightmare. lots of helpful tips, thanks

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5. Re: Round The World Advice...

I just got back from a 7 month rtw trip. Everyone is different but I didn't plan ahead too much because when you are traveling for such a long time you need to not sightsee/travel regularly or you'll burn out!

I booked a rtw ticket in advance but no domestic flights, I booked those on the road, same for my hostels.

As you have found it's quite difficult finding a rtw ticket for a reasonable price online. I requested quotes from several travel agents online. After receiving the quote I'd check it online to compare the prices. World ticket centre came out as cheapest for me and they were also fast and clear on the conditions etc. So I booked with them. I booked about 2 months in advance and still got a good price.

You need to calculate your daily budget, that way it's easier to keep track of your money and spending. Your route will take you from less expensive places to most expensive (Australia). That might be difficult, so you need to calculate for that.

Good luck!

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6. Re: Round The World Advice...

I've found the Star Alliance site to be pretty helpful, but it's not One World, like you mention: www.staralliance.com/en/booking/book-and-fly

Again, a lot of good posts in the Air Travel forum, here are a couple:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k3892078…

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g1-i10702-k4155485…

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