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    • lawtz04
    • By lawtz04 13th Jan 19, 4:29 PM
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    ‘Round the World’ trip
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    ‘Round the World’ trip 13th Jan 19 at 4:29 PM
    Hello everyone

    As a youngster I wasn’t much for travelling so missed out on arguably the ideal time to travel.

    Now, I’d like to take some time out and go an travelling as I realise life is short and it can’t all about work mon-Friday and live for the weekends.

    Of course this is much trickier now as I am a married man with a one year old little girl but I don’t believe it impossible to arrange, it’ll just need more planning and a bit of compromise of what we can do (ie we won’t be climbing mountains!).

    As far as work goes I am thinking of a three month trip and I can do some work early mornings or later at night and the rest I can take unpaid.

    So, the reason for my post is two fold - firstly of course the money element, I am unsure of a realistic budget at the moment, and secondly destinations and practicalities with a small one on board!

    I definitely like the idea of these places:

    Thailand, austrailia (perth as have friends there), Qatar, Japan, China, Iceland and plenty more! Wondered if we could squeeze a bit of Europe in by campervan?

    Any advice greatly appreciated! Thanks
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    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 13th Jan 19, 4:52 PM
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    This is something I've always wanted to do but I've never had the spare time and enough money at the same time.

    First of all, I'm not sure that I would want to do the trip with a 1 year old. Not only are there the inevitable logistical problems but she won't remember anything about it when she is older. But if you are determined to do it then there are plenty of websites/blogs about travelling with children.

    I'm not usually one to recommend travel agents but there are some RTW specialists who will give you some ideas of routes

    The RTW tickets can be good value if you know exactly what you want to do but they do come up with a lot of restrictions on routings and changes.

    Three months may seem like a long time but I'm sure it will go really quickly when you start travelling. Three months is only 12 weeks and that's only 2 weeks in each of 6 countries - and some, like Australia, really need more than 2 weeks. For your own health and sanity (especially with a little one in tow) you really need to avoid constantly travelling, chasing the next destination. Pick a few places and do them properly, travel slow and see more.
    • dawyldthing
    • By dawyldthing 13th Jan 19, 8:52 PM
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    I did 7 weeks in Oz and a month in New Zealand. If you try and do all them countries in one go you’ll be forever on the go. Plus cost wise on flights will be a lot.

    Have a look at some plans on sta travel and the like. You could always split Europe and the rest up. But the other thing is I wouldn’t do them all in one go or where will you go for the next x years. I split it up - did New Zealand and oz together, Thailand maylasia and singapore over 6 weeks 7 years ago, worked in camps in America and Canada and travelled afterwards and I’d highly recommend doing it this way as I’m not joking but you get to a point where it’s just another city, another view, some other food if you do it all in one go.
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    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 14th Jan 19, 12:23 AM
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    Well you could do all the Asian trips in one go, coming back via Qatar perhaps. Iceland you can do anytime from the UK so that'll be separate.

    As for budget - get yourself a spreadsheet, look at flight prices, hotel/airbnb prices of places you want to go and also how high end you want to go or budget.

    I'm planning a 3 month or more trip around Europe in a few years (once I've paid my credit cards off). I'm already planning a route and how to get places as well as the budget for different types of hotel/hostel/airbnb.

    Travelling can be really cheap or really expensive. Flights are always going to be the most expensive part
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