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How far ahead do you plan your trips ?

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Have you planned where you will be next month, next Christmas, 10 years from now......?
5 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #62204  
I usually have loose plans for the travelling I am going to do, pretty much for the rest of my life. Those plans get tweaked and changed as time goes by depending on opportunities, countries I take an interest in, how much time and money I can get my hands on......

The next place I have a solid plan for(meaning I have bought the ticket to get there) is Mumbai in May. I planned that around 4 months ago. Reply to this

5 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #62205  
I've been planning next year's RTW trip since mid-last year. It's undergone a few changes, but it's still essentially the same.
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5 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #62225  
N Posts: 38
I started planning my RTW trip since the beginning of last year and don't go til the beginning of next year. lol A long time to wait; mostly because of the money factor.

Dana Reply to this

5 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #62252  
Where are you going, Dana? Reply to this

5 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #62261  
N Posts: 38
Out of the U.S. to Fiji-NZ-Aus.-Thailand-London then back to U.S. Airtreks quoted $2600 for the plane tickets including taxes. I'm hoping that price sticks when I actually go to buy my ticket.

How about you Stephen, where are your RTW travels to?

Dana Reply to this

5 years ago, February 4th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #62263  
I've been planning, or at least thinking about, my upcoming RTW since I got back from my last 3 month stint in Asia 3.5 years ago. As for the details, I am figuring them out now and am leaving in June. I won't buy the tickets until Mid March. Reply to this

5 years ago, February 5th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #62358  
N Posts: 34
I have decided 5 places I want to see in the next 5 years. I have of course not bought tickets yet, but I am pretty sure I will actually go when time arrives.

Peru (machu picchu)
Prague
Transsiberian Railway (must include days of the train in both russia and mongolia)
Xian in China
India

=) Reply to this

5 years ago, February 6th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #62366  
If you are single, it's way easier to plan at last minute. When you are a family, you need a little of planing ahead...speacially around school holidays.

That said, plans are made to be changed, and that's all the fun about it!

Beathe, great list you've got above, agree on it, I just miss the Trans'.

If you wants the best airlines ticket, the best is to plan 3 or 4 months ahead....or very last minute, but as I said earlier, not that easy with a family.

Next two trips are in the planing...and preparing quite another fun summer holidays...

Peter Reply to this

5 years ago, February 11th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #62808  
B Posts: 836
I usually have a hit list of the places I want to visit ........ south america (m.picchu in peru, brazil, argentina and chile), africa, india, new zealand, more of china (xian, suzhou, etc), cambodia (siem reap), northern vietnam (hanoi, hue), northern thailand (chiang mai). I do a lot of preps by way of reading and surfing, and WAIT for the cheap airfares!
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5 years ago, March 30th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #67538  
Funny that this topic should come up just now... In my last blog (3 min. old) there is something in it about my planning... I know now that I will go to Tibet in June/July or if it is closed I will go to Pakistan and get into China via the Karakoram Highway (my backup plan) and after that western China and into Central Asia... As for the long term plans... I am still on my way to Australia, overland, which was supposed to take about 2 years in my initial planning but I estimate another 3 years at least... So after Central Asia, looping back into China, Mongolia, N. Korea, back to China, Burma, S.E. Asia, Brunei and Bornea, cross over via boats to Sulawesi, Molucca's, Irian Jaya, Papua Guinea, Solomon Island, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and finally Australia... How's that for planning! But things change constantly with me and I might do some other trips inbetween... Also my sister is living in Dubai now so I tend to visit her and at the same time use it to visit the region, so some plans for there include, the rest of UAE, Oman, Yemen and Saudi (will see if I manage to get in on an extended transit visa) Qatar and Kuwait... So many plans... Pfff... Reply to this

5 years ago, March 30th 2009 No: 11 Msg: #67561  
i have a solid plan (everything is planned, booked and almost paid for) for my trip to Africa in July - i started thinking about it in July of last year but was planning from about September of last year.

Other than that my future travels are just being planned by looking at travel shows mainly; my next trip will be South America + Galapagos (and if I have enough money an Antarctica cruise) with my best friend for about 5 months starting Nov of next year but hopefully if I save enough I might be able to do a quick trip to the Top End of Australia (I live in Brisbane) or Hanoi before I go.

Other trips I'm sorta planning are Egypt and India. Reply to this

5 years ago, April 1st 2009 No: 12 Msg: #67780  
I plan / daydream about my trips years ahead. It's very enjoyable but completely pointless because when the time comes many factors have changed the actual trip beyond recognition from the original daydream Reply to this

5 years ago, April 1st 2009 No: 13 Msg: #67789  
Agree with PA LEslie as I travel alone with a young child. I usually start planning 6 months ahead. However, as I am planning to go to World Cup 2010, already starting to plan a bit. Reply to this

5 years ago, April 1st 2009 No: 14 Msg: #67807  
Hi Mell,

Will you be able to bear the scorching heat (& not to forget, humidity!) in Mumbai in the month of May ....its barely april now, and i am already dying to get away from here asap!

Swapna Reply to this

5 years ago, April 1st 2009 No: 15 Msg: #67822  

Will you be able to bear the scorching heat (& not to forget, humidity!)


Hopefully! I heard it is going to be very humid. I will sit still a lot in the shade drinking water. :) Reply to this

5 years ago, April 3rd 2009 No: 16 Msg: #68119  
B Posts: 74
Well... I have some ideas for things I'd like to do in the future, whenever the occasion arrises. And I try to visit some of the places on 'my list' every now and then.. But really planning..
Usually I buy my plane ticket a couple of months in advance, but this is more because it stops me from fantasizing (I can spend hours and hours online searching for nice holiday destinations. It's a really big distraction!), than because I actually find it necessary to have everything arranged (in fact, besided my plane ticket the whole journey is usually left open. Normally I don't even know much about the places I'm visiting) Reply to this

5 years ago, April 4th 2009 No: 17 Msg: #68194  
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I am still "on the road" , having just done Turkey, the Aegean Islands, and now back in Athens getting ready for my flight to Shanghai, before finally going home to Manila. I have already made arrangements to go back to China in late May , visiting Beijing (again, this time to check out the Olympic site among others), Xian and Shanghai. I do want to go to Guilin as well, but we'll see. And then my friend's daughter is getting married in Mumbai in June. I earlier planned to go, but am now afraid I'd MELT! And then in October, I plan to travel with friends to Siem Reap in Cambodia.

For the next 5 years or so, I plan to visit South America (Macchu Picchu tops my list) and South Africa. I have not been to Scandinavia as well : Denmark, Sweden, Norway, etc. ..... so that should be in my list as well. Reply to this

5 years ago, April 4th 2009 No: 18 Msg: #68255  
I too plan years in advance, as I tend to travel around sporting events I wish to see - for example I already have pencilled into my calendar trips for 2011 (Indian subcontinent and/or Middle East and/or Africa) to include the Cricket World Cup, 2012 (Caribbean) to include one Cricket Test Match of the Australian team's tour, and 2014 (Trans-Mongolian Railway) to coincide with the Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, I do not spend all my time just watching sport, for example - my 2011 plans would only involve 2-3 days of cricket in 5 weeks, and the Caribbean will only be 5 days in 8 weeks. I normally use such events as an incentive to launch me into a new part of the world.

When there is an event I do not wish to include in my itinerary, my plans are a bit hazy - thus I have no idea where I'll travel in 2013 though Africa, Central Asia and South America are all good options. The minus with such planning is that I tend to miss special cheap flights as by taking them, I'll delay a future plan - and since they are tied to events, this is not an option. Thankfully, I am almost at the stage in my life where I could do both, so things look brighter on that front. Reply to this

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