Budget Travel Trip Planning – Day 7

by budgettravelnotes on March 12, 2010

The plans outlined in my first post developed a number of times over the last few weeks.  From the outline it progressed into the following :

  • Fly to Oman
  • Get from Oman to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Overland to Kyrgyzstan for 2-3 weeks
  • Enter Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Travel via rail to join the Trans-Mongolian at Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Spend a few nights in Tromsk, Russia
  • Rail to Krasnoyarsk, Russia to spend a few nights
  • Rail to Irkutsk and spend a few nights by Lake Biakal
  • Rail into Ulanbataar, Mongolia and spend a couple of weeks
  • Rail to Beijing, China and somehow fly out of Shanghai or Hong Kong to New Zealand….maybe via Australia to visit friends on the way
  • Live in New Zealand for a while (6-12 months)
  • Fly to South America, and maybe attend a wedding in the Falkland Islands before returning home

Phew….sounds exhausting but fascinating writing it all down, but at the risk of sounding like a spoilt brat I ‘only’ had 2.5 months to do all the stuff before I hit New Zealand due to visas running out on a certain date, so everything up to New Zealand above had to fit into the period of 1st May until mid July 2010.

After hitting the ‘Big G’ (Google) many times I stumbled across a whole range of options, ideas and opinions, each of which gave me more and more to consider.  After spending around 8 months moving around SE Asia before it was all becoming a bit overwhelming travelling much further, and in a far shorter space of time.  I was getting to the point where I was starting to wonder if I was really going to see things, or just whiz through them….but then I thought that if I spent 2-3 weeks travelling around my home country of Scotland I’d be delighted – I’d be able to do loads of stuff I’ve always meant to, but then I already know where everything is.

So what’s the point of all this rambling?  I’m not trying to brag about my trip, but it’s really to highlight the importance of what you want to achieve out of your trip.  When I get places into my head and I’m planning a trip I find it hard to let go of certain places as I’m not sure when I’ll get back to that area.  The one thing that does really stand out if you have a deadline in any part of your trip – whether it’s your friend’s wedding, visa restriction dates, work, or budget you want to have a strong think about where you want to go, and what you want to achieve, and what compromises you’re willing to make to get the most out of it.

Would you rather have a month in one place, or go to 8 countries and spend 4 days in each?  The choice is up to you, but mine would be the former if possible, and get right in amongst the local culture of the place.

What other things do you consider an important part of your trip planning?  Let me know via the comments, and subscibe to the feed if you want to know how the above itinery was swapped around to find my ideal trip.

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