Final RTW costing/budget help please!
Were planning to go to the following countries, heres a rough costing with lengths of time. Costs are based on single person travelling in a couple:
Italy 10 days £510 (£51 pd)
Greece 2 days (Athens stop over) £100 (£50 pd)
Egypt 4 days £92 (£23 pd)
India 45 days £1170 (£26 pd)
Nepal 31 days £620 (£20 pd)
Bangladesh 21 days £210 (£8 pd)
Thailand 76 days £1748 (£23 pd)
Laos 15 days £210 (£15 pd)
Vietnam 31 days £465 (£15 pd)
Cambodia 21 days £294 (14 pd)
Malaysia 14 days £392 (£28 pd)
Indonesia 31 days £527 (£17 pd)
Total costs each for 10 months £6338
+ Flights (rough max est) £1500
+ Visas £215.87
Total costs £8053.87
(total costs together) £15891.87
Not including travel insurance or vaccinations. Were gonna be able to save around £21300 at a minimum estimate between us which leaves us just over £5k spending money. Do these costs sound feasable? I've tried to over estimate. These costs are based on hostelling with reasonable ammount of activities, eating reasonably well and travelling overland in asia.
Any critique would be good guys
Lew and Kat
To be honest the Italy/Greece/Egypt part reads a little rushed to me and is borderline "are you sure you want to spend such little time as long as you're there?" to me- Egypt for four days is just long enough to see the Great Pyramids and Cairo, and there is so much more to that country! Similarly I think 10 days in Italy when you are staring at as much time as you want will feel like way too little- I was there 3 weeks on my rtw and it felt like barely scratching the surface.
So if it were me I'd take a few days from, say, Thailand and put them there instead. Also I'd take some time from Thailand and us it for Laos instead as I loved Laos a lot more than Thailand, but travel is slower over there so two weeks won't be enough.
All of this of course assumes you're ok with throwing out the number of days if and when you want to of course- the fun thing about travel for so long is you don't need to stick to the itinerary!
I've been to egypt before on a nile cruise and have seen the temples, valley of kings and queens, temple of horus etc.
Greece is a two day stop over from italy as thats where the flights transfer, didnt really want to go there but thought we may as well spend two days in athens.
The reason we're spending so long in Thailand is due to what were doing there. Was planning on spending a month seeing central and bangkok areas of thailand and then travelling up to spend a month renting a place in chiang mai as a base to explore northern thailand. Then when we come back round from cambodia we were going to work our way down through the southern most tip of thailand and into malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and then fly onto indonesia. (Q: Where would be good for 1 month here, don't want to spread myself too thin and would like to see bali).
How would we see Borneo and Myanmar and factor them into the itinerary?
The opnly reason we're only doing ten days in Italy is down to the cost of the place really, we were only going to see Pisa Florence Rome and naples (day trip from Rome).
Also i though Laos was only a two week visa? I would have factored longer into the trip there if not.
So is the costing ok then guys?
Also have some more quesitons if you guys can help:
Q: were in india for 6 weeks, would really like to see kerala for the boat trips there and want to go up the country to see agra and some of northern india. Don't want to stretch ourselves too thin though so wondered if this was long enough to make our way overland. If not any itinerary help for northern india would be great.
Q: How can we travel between india, nepal, bangladesh and then into thailand, or if we're doing myanmar from there to thailand. Is Myanmar safe? Had some worries about that.
Lew and Kat
And when I was in Laos the visa for me at the border was for a month- US passport, but that seemed fairly standard and it's fairly easy to run across the border at more than one point to get a new one into Thailand. Speaking of which, perhaps you're confused with Thailand as that's where I see more of a visa issue if you're planning on seven weeks there- you get 30 days on arrival if you fly in, but only 15 days when coming over a land border (for, once again, most countries). So might want to play around with that.
I didn't realise it was only 30 days for thailand found this on http://www.visabureau.com/worldwide/thai-visa.aspx
Quote: Thai tourist visas are granted for a period of 30 days, as a standard. However, should an applicant be a national from a short-list of 40 countries (including the UK and USA), then their Thai tourist visa will be granted for a period of 60 days. And as were there for about 60 days and coming back for about 2/3 weeks to see the southern gulf on our way to malaysia and indonesia this should be ok right? As re-entry is permitted i think.
Still fussing about India. Haven't been able to do much planning atm as ive contracted labyrinthitis (wouldnt recommend it!) so the screen is a bit wobbly. Still im looking for an itinerary that will allow me 6 weeks. Would really like to see Kerala for the backwaters, agra for taj mahal, am really into culture and nature and am planning to take trains across country (would also love to see Darjeeling if its possible to fit in between nepal and bangladesh don't know about re-entry visa requirements though. If 6 weeks isnt enough we might have to factor a flight. However looking at the rtw trip planner it isnt possible to get a flight from cairo direct to kerala but you have to go through mumbai!(Q: should we buy a rtw ticket for above trip or just buy as we go? note: most of SEA is being done overland and i prefer to cross borders overland where possible, struggling to figure out the india, nepal, bangladesh and away thing though.)
Phew! sorry alot of informaiton there but my mind its bustling with ideas and questions. I know its 13 months away but its becoming real to us now and i've started to see the money tot up in the account which is really satisfying! This is gonna be great!
Myanmar is only a couple hundred dollar return flight from Bangkok where visas are readily the same day from their embassy. Spend 30 days in Thailand, go to Myanmar, back for another 30, saves the hassle of getting the 60 day visa.
Fly from KL to Brunei then travel by bus & fly out when done or catch a Pelini ship if your timing is right. Air Asia based in KL has cheap flights all over the area.
You have 13 months to plan & is your friend.
Wouldn't that be a bit of a pain in the ass to travel back and forth? Couldn't i get the visa in say Nepal, or before i travel from the UK (is this possible if its like 4 months before i get there?). It's just tht we want to rent a place in chiang mai and live in the country for a month to see it from the pov of a resident, really get to know the place.
Lew and Kat
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