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Money, money, money

When we tell people about our travel plans, the most favorite question seems to be where we got all the money from. Well, I would be lying if I said a round-the-world trip is just a little more expensive than going on vacation. But it`s definitely not as expensive as most of us think!

Money (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)Depending on how long you`re traveling, which countries you are planning to visit and how comfortable your accommodation needs to be you can calculate a few thousands up to a few ten thousand Euros. As we are planning to come around as backpackers most of the time our travel budget will be somewhere between 5.000 and 10.000 Euro per person. The budget includes the round-the-world tickets, visa and tourist cards, overnights stays in hostels and cheap hotels, food, transportation by motorcycle, rental car or bus and a few specials we will not yet tell you about to keep it more exciting 8O

So if you would like to travel around the world but the money is your reason to stay at home, there are some tips I got for you to beat down the price:

  • Search the Internet for other kind of tickets, e. g. RTW tickets with a fixed route or fixed dates are cheaper than individual ones
  • Living one week in cheap countries (Asia…) can be as expensive as living in other countries for just one day. Check out the list on worldtrip.de to get an overview of daily budgets
  • If you don`t mind earn the money you need ON your trip Work and Travel could be a possibility

Last but not least: Where there`s a will, there`s a way! If you really, really want to do it, nothing will hold you back. And if you don`t…you know, then you`ll always find excuses like you don`t have the money…

- Bernd -

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step…

… or in our case: with a single click!

After the decision was made thoughts were going crazy: HOW are we travelling? WHERE do we want to go?  WHEN are we going? HOW LONG are we going to travell? WHAT about the costs? …

So, one thing at the time:

HOW to travel: Okay, let’s face it – anything else than plane didn’t come to our mind. But instead of booking every single flight there is a great way to get around the world: Round-the-world tickets ! ;-) There are several united airlines like Star Alliance, OneWorld Alliance and SkyTeam that provide different around-the-world programs: Whereas SkyTeam only offers booking via telephone, OneWorld does have difficulties with crossing the Pacific. Star Alliance seemed to have it all:  Great deals, easy booking, friendly support – need I say more?!

WHERE to go: The world, of course! Ahw well, some countries have been on our list for a long time: Australia, USA (continent), USA (Hawaii), Thailand and the Fiji Islands – we have to visit these countries! And then one thing led to another: hey, if we’re on the Fiji Islands we could also go to New Zealand. And before we go to the States we could make a stop in Mexico. And why not go to Bali right before Thailand?! Can we do this within 29.000 miles – YES, we can!

So this is the actual route:  Frankfurt/Germany – Mexico City/Mexico – Los Angeles/USA – San Francisco/USA – Honolulu/USA -  Nadi/Fiji – Auckland/New Zealand – Sydney/Australia – Denpasar/Bali - Bangkok/Thailand – Frankfurt/Germany

WHEN to go: Due to a little trip with friends end of August we set the date of departure on September 10, 2010.

Travel planning with Poker chips (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)

HOW LONG are we travelling: According to the novel of Jules Verne our trip will take 80 days. (There is no bet going on, we know that it’s possible!). As easy as it was to set the 80 days the harder it was to choose how many days to spend in each country: First put a minimum of days on each destination, then spread the remaining ones and finally flipping one or two. (Hint: Poker chips are perfect for that!)

WHAT about the costs: Well, nothing’s for free. There are two aspects: The ticket and the trip itself.  As I said before, the ticket price depends on the miles, the stops and the countries you travel to – 29.000 miles are cheaper than 35.000 miles, the entrance fee for one country is more expensive than for another country…. I think we’ll have an extra post for this topic!

Okay, these were the first steps we took on our journey around the world… but be sure, there’ll be A LOT more! ;-)

- Isabell -