First Draft of a RTW- any thoughts?
I am a 23 year old American looking at leaving on a RTW trip next May. Current plans look like it will last 12-ish months. A good friend of mine has expressed interest in the past, but I'm not sure if that will work out so there may be two of us, or I may be a solo traveler. I like history. I like art. I like moderate treks and the occasional adventure activity. I'm sure I'll try to find cooking classes lots of places I go. I am not a hard partier, but I do drink.
1st draft of the plan
start May 2012
Spain (4 weeks)
Portugal (2 weeks)
Paris (4 days)
Turkey (4 weeks)
Egypt (2 weeks)
Jordan (1 week)
India (8 weeks)
Nepal (2 weeks)
Thailand (3 weeks)
Indonesia (4 weeks)
Singapore (5 nights)
Malaysia (2 weeks)
Laos (4 weeks)
Cambodia (4 weeks)
Vietnam (4 weeks)
China (5 weeks)
Mongolia (1 week)
Japan (2 weeks)
Okay, now for the reasoning. I know my friend will travel the spain/portugal/paris leg with me. Neither of us have ever been, and it just sounds like a nice way to start the trip. There are definitely bits of the whole plan that I am debating. Also, I think I screwed up my order in SE asia, I will visit them via the route that makes sense, not just whatever I typed.
Looking at it all typed out it looks like I would be traveling a lot. I'm sure I will end up cutting things, mostly this is just so I can start working on budget.
Budget- Currently I think I can have $30,000 US to pay for EVERYTHING including visas and flights and insurance and all. I feel like I would be okay on that, but by the time I get to Japan I may be running low for such an expensive country. I know myself well enough to know that I will not always stick to the cheapest guesthouses or the cheapest food. I'll be reasonable, but I will go up to nicer places on occasion.
To make Japan cheaper:
- minimize your time in Tokyo, as it's the most expensive part of the country
- minimize your alcohol consumption, especially from bars and restaurants (if you're still traveling with your friend, it's cheaper to buy beer/wine from a store or vending machine and drink it in your hotel room; if you're by yourself, I guess you'd feel kind of lonely drinking by yourself, though)
- eat at cheap restaurants like noodle shops - curry rice is another cheap meal
- go to a grocery store and fill up on free samples
And yes, you will definitely change your Asia route when you start looking seriously!
Bottom line, I think what you have here is great, go with it, and change it when you want once you're on your way. Haven't been to Mongolia, but I'd tend to think Mama-to-many is right. Cambodia is cool, but you have a lot of time there, and Mongolia probably needs more. But... if you love Cambodia, stay and let the trip sort itself out later.
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