How to Plan a Trip Around the World

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My presentation from 2010 on how to plan a trip around the world.


  • 1. Budget Travel:Around the World on a Shoestring Randy Ross, publisher,

2. Why Am I Here? Publish site for first- time world travelers. Tips/Advice blogger for Circulating novel to agents based on trip around the world. Randy Ross, Publisher, 3. Why Are You Here? Curiosity? Ready to plan a trip? Reasons to travel: Laid off with severance. Cheaper to ride out recession overseas. Relatives bet I wouldnt last 2 weeks abroad. Fianc dumped me and parents moved to Spain. Randy Ross, Publisher, 4. Format for Tonight 6:00 to 7:20: Presentation. Questions on material I presented welcome. 7:30 to 7:40 break 7:40 to 8:40 Presentation and related questions. 8:40 any remaining questions. Randy Ross, Publisher, 5. Assumptions Independent Traveler Not looking for prepackaged tour. Want to do what you want, when you want. Traveling on a budget. Starting to plan three to four months before trip. Randy Ross, Publisher, 6. Four Steps for Extended Trips I) Destinations: 3 to 4 months out. II) Transportation: flight 6 to 8 weeks out. III) Accommodations: 6 weeks out. IV) Pre-trip Preparations: 6 weeks out. All urls and resources are on my Web site -- see sign-up sheet.Randy Ross, Publisher, 7. Step I: Destinations (3 months out) Interests? Length of Trip? Budget? Solo travel? Randy Ross, Publisher, 8. InterestsSight-seeing.Exotic food, culture.Partying.Beach or mountains.Sports or activities.No idea? Try RoughGuide First TimeAround the World.Randy Ross, Publisher, 9. Sight-SeeingWorld Heritage Sites.Unofficial Web site:worldheritagesite.orgLists 878 lakes,mountains, temples,monuments, etc.Randy Ross, Publisher, 10. Parties and FestivalsRough raves towine-tastings tonudity events. Randy Ross, Publisher, 11. Sports Riverboarding Bungy Windsurfing Randy Ross, Publisher, 12. Sample pagefrom First TimeAround the WorldRandy Ross, Publisher, 13. A Word About Guide BooksOutdated/InaccurateBest I(Read: Do Travel Writersfound.Go to Hell)Heavy (almost 1lb)Expensive. ($11 - $20)A New Too much infoversionFeb 2010Not tailored to U.S.Borrow them: New Library, other travelers. 312 pagesRandy Ross, Publisher, 14. My Preliminary Destination List Windsurfing: Google search found (Brazil, Greece, Egypt). Sports: New Zealand. Cousin at game reserve in South Africa. I liked Apocalypse Now. (Vietnam, Laos) Asian architecture: Cambodia, Myanmar Partying: Beaches of Thailand.Randy Ross, Publisher, 15. Destinations: Safety State Department International Herald Tribune BBC News Oriental Expat (Asia, Thailand) Thorn Tree Travel Forum (Lonely Planet) Randy Ross, Publisher, 16. Randy Ross, Publisher, 17. Current Warning for ThailandRandy Ross, Publisher, 18. Country-Specific Info Randy Ross, Publisher, 19. Length of Trip At least two weeks in a location. Three weeks is better. Dont cram too much. Randy Ross, Publisher, 20. Budget: Destination vs CostDeveloping World ischeaper. (Asia, Africa,500KVietnameseChina, India, evenDong $26South America)50 S. African Hanoi: dorm, food, beerRand $6$18/day, $125 week,$6.5k a year.Melbourne: $55/day$385/week, $20k/yrRandy Ross, Publisher, 21. Budget: Accommodations vs Cost $500 a night (Hoi An beach, Vietnam)Randy Ross, Publisher, 22. Budget: Accommodations vs Cost $11 a night dorm room, Storms River, South AfricaRandy Ross, Publisher, 23. 4-Month Budget: Lower EndThird WorldSE Asia, India, China, parts of AfricaAirfare and insurance$3k to 3.5kDorm room$10/night (120 days)Food/ day: 2 meals and $10/day (120 days) ($5/beers from street stall. meal)20 percent contingency for $1500travel, activities, etc.TotalAbout $7,500 Randy Ross, Publisher, 24. 4-Month Budget: Mid-RangeFirst, Second, Third WorldNew Zealand, Venezuela,SE Asia*Airfare and insurance$3.5k to $5k*Rooms: singles/dorms.Avg: $30/night (120 days)*2 meals and beers from Avg: $15/day (120 days)cheap establishment.($7/ meal)20 percent contingency for$2000travel, activities, etc.Total:$12,500Randy Ross, Publisher, 25. Fine Tune Your Itinerary: Season Europe: July/August crowded/pricey. South East Asia: Monsoons June to Oct. Southern Hemisphere: (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand). Our winter is their summer Randy Ross, Publisher, 26. Good Deals Right NowLess Developed Thailand (deals oncepolitical climate settles.)More Developed Euro Countries ($1.23),Ireland, Hungary, U.K.,Australian ($.85),NZ.($.67)Randy Ross, Publisher, 27. Traveling Solo: Do it! Pros: Do what you want,when you want. Meet more people;lose fewer friends. Hard to findsomeone else withsame time off. Randy Ross, Publisher, 28. Traveling Solo: Do it! Cons: Will get lonely. Women need to be a little more careful. Single supplements. But: I met plenty of men and women ranging from 20 to 70 who were traveling alone. Randy Ross, Publisher, 29. Paperwork: Passports ASAP Go to Post Office First passport, Old passport was lost, damaged. Issued when under 16. (4 wks $100, 2 wks: $160) Mail to renew (4wks/2wks) For travel in less than877-487-2778,14 days, passport service. Randy Ross, Publisher, 30. Paperwork: Visas ASAP Some countries let you order online. (Cambodia, Australia) D.C. consulates may want passport. If time is tight, ask if you can send Xerox. Visa expediting a rip- off. Randy Ross, Publisher, 31. More on VisasPhotos: Fed Ex KinkosNot cheap: $12.95 fortwo, $5.99 for extrasets of two.Bring extra photos forvisas overseas.Randy Ross, Publisher, 32. Step II: Transportation (2 Months Out) Have a rough list of destinations. Travel in one continuous direction: Boston across Atlantic or Boston to West Coast across Pacific. Zig-zagging from northern to southern hemispheres can add to fare price.Randy Ross, Publisher, 33. Transportation OverviewHandful of companiesspecialize in, Expedia,difficult for complex,multi-stop tickets.Traveling overland orby local transport tosaves money.Randy Ross, Publisher, 34. Airfare Strategies for Multi-Stops Buy tickets upfront: Low stress, $$$ Find deal thats close enough: Low Stress, $$ Buy ticket to one city and travel. Not for newbies, $ Get best price and haggle with agent. Randy Ross, Publisher, 35. Where to Look for Office inBoston.)Only a few stops?, etc.Randy Ross, Publisher, 36. Good for 6months,flexible.Pass vs. RT Taxes?Fees? Kayak: Boston- Bangkok: 8/31-9/30 Prices about $1200 RT Check fees and taxes About 28 hoursRandy Ross, Publisher, 37. Deal #1: Interesting$1399 to $1399-Taxes:$1825 $1825 $500. Any other fees?$2,400 three regions:Asia, Middle East,Europe.Randy Ross, Publisher, 38. Deal #2: Not So Good Airfare to S.F.?$1599 to$2099Tax:$600Randy Ross, Publisher, 39. More Deals: -Note max length of trip. -Add $150 for NYC departure. -Compare to Kayak/Orbitz at $2139- Taxes or fees? (Add $125 for Boston takeFung Wa bus and train to Kennedy? plus $500or so for taxes.)- Interesting itinerary: Iceland, Moscow, SouthEast Asia, gateway to China. (Europe, CentralAsia, East Asia.)Randy Bangkok to Boston on Ross, Publisher, $1300(includes taxes and fees). 26 hours, 2 stops. 40. Interesting but lots of hiddencharges:-Old listing: add $200-Taxes and fees: $400-Baggage fees unknown-Flight leaves from JFK?-New total at least $2000 Randy Ross, Publisher, 41. www.circletheplanet.comInteresting: MiddleEast, India, SE AsiaSite made me alittle nervous: NoAbout Us page,got voice mail whenI called, unclearabout taxes andfees. Randy Ross, Publisher, 42. No Deals? Price Estimation ToolsEnter cities/pick from list.Choices appear initinerary box.Produces vague pricerange then click torequest quote.They tend to use lowertier carriers.Randy Ross, Publisher, 43. Another Tool: www.oneworld.comClick tab in middle ofpage for ItineraryPlanner.Click Create NewRound-the-worldPrice by number ofcontinents.Expensive but uses bigname airlines.Randy Ross, Publisher, 44. Now Contact Travel AgentsGet quotes,, STATravel agents. (StarAlliance, OneWorld.)Play agent pricesagainst each other.Randy Ross, Publisher, 45. Questions to Ask Travel Agents Overnights in pricey What if airline cancels a countries I can avoid? flight? (Bangkok, India) Pre-book travel dates? Can I have 4 - 5 hours Penalties for change?between connections? Names of airlines? Can I get estimate in (United vs. Airwriting with all fees? Afghanistan?)Replace flights w/ Pay by credit card?overland/open jaw?Randy Ross, Publisher, 46. Cost-Cutting: Airfare Open jaw: fly to one country and out other. Local transport/easy to book. Common routes: into Bangkok out of Singapore. Randy Ross, Publisher, 47. Open JawFly into BangkokFly out ofSingapore 5weeks later. Randy Ross, Publisher, 48. Local Flights Web sites,, work from overseas. Ask hostels, guest houses for best fares. For SE Asia, One way Bangkok to Hanoi: $13 Best fare on $204 Greece, Venez. countries have local air. Vietnam Air only option and not cheap. Randy Ross, Publisher, 49. Buses: Hop on, Hop OffGet on/off, like T-pass(Baz 2wks = $271)Stop at hostels, guesthouses.Easy way to see S.Africa, New Zealand.Hanoi to Saigon: $32by bus, $464 by plane.Randy Ross, Publisher, 50. Sample Hop On, Off BusesAustraliaOz Bus 20-day $ Bruce PassNew Zealand Magic Bus 20-day$587 Wayward WandererVietnam TNK-An$32 Hanoi to http://www.tnktravelvi(very rough!) Phu open Saigon months) tour.htmVietnam sleepern/an/abusS. Africa Baz Bus 21-day $376www.bazbus.comRandy Ross, Publisher, 51. Local Travel: Boats, Ferries Comfortable. I took ferries in Greece, Vietnam, Cambodia. 3-day, 2-night boat from Saigon to Phnom Penh for $47. (TSK Travel) 2-day to Halong Bay Keep receipts handy! Randy Ross, Publisher, 52. Cambodian-Style Tuk-TukRandy Ross, Publisher, 53. Quick and Dirty RecommendationsS. Africa: Baz Bus upand down the coast.SE Asia: Thailand,Vietnam, Laos,Cambodia, Malaysia byland, boat, air.New Zealand: MagicBus N. and S. Islands.Randy Ross, Publisher, 54. Travel InsuranceBig name insurer Squaremouth.comGet health does yourscover overseas?Evacuation?Get trip interruption, tripcancellation.Make sure covered forwhole trip.Randy Ross, Publisher, 55. Step III: Accommodations Hostel: Not just for kids. Guest House: Not a quaint Vermont B&B! Homestay: with a family. (Nice, France) Multi-night discount? Online booking: often Lungile, Port Elizabeth, S. Africa. per person!Randy Ross, Publisher, 56. More on Accommodations A/C: usually extra, not always available. Quality: tough to tell from books, travelers. See room before signing in. Lie down on bed, check a/c and reading lamp. Inn Longstreet, S. Africa Randy Ross, Publisher, 57. Lonely Planet Pick: The King Elvis lives on in Phnom Penh, in name at least! The range of rooms is as wide as the kings girth in the later years of his life, and there is a huge restaurant and a travel centre downstairs. Check out the handouts, with a handy ticklist of what all the rooms include. Randy Ross, Publisher, 58. price for price for cheapestCityHostel Roommy rating books travel?10/8/08dorm bed Dumpy, but in nice part of town.Sample hostels and prices AthensDioskouros double $60 $25 Mid-construction during my visit (hopefully). Note on toilet: dont ? flush toilet paper -- a little Athens, South Africa, But manager said it was ok. Breakfast included. A Lonely Planet authors pick,South East Asia, Australia, Cape Town Inn Longstreet double $37 $12 but I thought it was a dump, noisy (my room across from theyesand New Zealand. bars. Noisy till 4:00 a.m.), somewhat social. Web access. Social, nice accommodations,*Oudtshoorn Backpackers Paradise double, priv bath $42$8yes bar. Personal favorite. Set deep in the woods, nice room with*Storms River Dijembe queen, priv bath$35 $11yes queen bed, like a little bungalo, bar, very social. Nice room, dumpy part of town, near sad aquarium. I had a cold the whole time, which didnt*Port Elizabeth Lungile Backpackers queen, priv bath$40 $13yes help. Good social scene, but early 20s and younger (locals would stop by to play pool.) Nice location deep in the woods, room had decent bed, shared*Wilderness Fairy Knowedouble $33 $11bathroom and shower wereyes sketchy, not much social scene when I was there. Most were booked *Plettenburg Bay Albergo double with hostelworld.comscene, bonfire every night, long, but do-able walk to beach. Dumpy, somewhat social; notBangkok HI-Sukhumvit single $21$8? near legendary Khaosan Road. Very nice!, great social scene, bar happy hour. Includes WebHanoi Hanoi Backpackersdouble $18$8yes access, but it was almost always in use.Very nice, had a small pool. Inegotiated and got "Superior"Dorm rooms in Asia, Hoi AnAn Phu (budget hotel) single, priv bath $30n/a(midrange) room for $20. Butadvertising is misleading: claimshotel is .5 miles from beach. Its yesS. Africa about $10 a actually 2.4 miles. I believe hotelis owned by same company thatran bus company, which made itnight. Cheap room ineasy to arrange bus transport.Little flies in the room, checkedRed Sun Hotel (budgetAustralia $20-$35.Saigonhotel)single, priv bath $16 $9out after one night. Includesbreakfast and Web access.Lonely Planet pick, one of my ?favorites. Great location near$20river, great staff, travel desk. My(online** Phnom Penh Indochine II (budget hotel) single, priv bathn/aroom had no windows. Windowyes price:add $5. Hotel fills up fast. Rated$27)as a two star hotel, but it wasbrand new and clean.No a/c, checked out. Littleyes, but not great --Melbourne City Centre Budget Hotelsingle NO A/C $71$35social activity. Includes Webnever mentioned OZaccess.bus.Dum...