Now, I am seriously thinking about going to Australia. The flights were always too expensive, but those less than 500 pounds return ones are certainly affordable. 😊 And, if there is a few days layover someplace in Asia, that makes it even better. 😊
Do it Australia is brilliant! My sister lives in Perth and I have been 3 times and am now planning a rtw trip stopping in perth for 6 months in the middle. Its one of the most beautiful places ever! Its so clean and every-one is so friendly! Especially as Singapore are offering flights for under £400 which is great as they are classed as a 5* airline!!
Do it Australia is brilliant!
I think I will, Adelle. 😊
I agree! I love Oz, it is one of the most beautiful contries and as the flights are so cheap at the moment I think its the perfect time to head out there! I paid £480 return to Bangkok last year!!
Ive only been to the East side; Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns but have to say I cant wait to go back.
I have visited in their summer, BBQ's on the beach at Xmas is a must, and also a few times in their winter (round about now) which I think is definately as good as an British summer, so I would say whenever you go would be great I dont think there is a bad time.....
When I go, I will only have around 2 weeks. I suppose I can knock 4 days off this for long flights and layovers. But, hanging around Sydney and its surroundings for 10 days seems well worth it to me. For the last 20 years I have had a fantasy of myself standing someplace looking at the Sydney oprea house in the distance. Doing nothing, just standing there. Dont know why this image is so reoccurring when I think about Australia. Maybe, because there are so many photos of the oprea house. 😊
Are layovers of a couple of days in Asia usual? I would like that better than a 6 hour layover. I would want to do a bit of hanging out in wherever the layover is.
Yes def, my auntie went with emirates and they stopped in dubai! usually it doesn't put the cost of the ticket up or if so only about £50 for a few days or a week. I would def do that, I wanted to when I went with emirates but I preferred to have the extra days with my sister!
When I have been to Oz, Ive stayed over in Osaka - Japan, Singapore & Los Angeles. I know you can stay over in Bangkok and KL and probably alot of other places, so there are lots of options!
Ah Cool! 😊 Anyplace in Asia would be OK with me, if there is no complicated visa situation to deal with. Hopefully, someplace where I can at least easily get a visa on arrival.
Thailand issue a 30 day visa on arrival as does Malaysia, so its very easy. I cant remember Japan, as I was travelling with parents so they sorted that out :-)
Thailand issue a 30 day visa on arrival as does Malaysia, Japan I cant remember as I travelled with my parents so they sorted that out. :-)
yes sure you can do that !
I went to NZ last year with a WHvisa, i did a stopover in dubai (5 days) another in Singapore (8 weeks, so I moved to Malaysia then Thailand, then back to Spore), another in brisbane (3 days).
As long as you ok with visa in each country, no problem !
In Spore/Malaysia/Thailand you don't need a visa if you plan to stay less than 12days/30days/30days, but you can cross the borders as much as you want and then get a new tourist visa !
I flew with Emirates and paid 1200 return (Paris-Auckland), the only bad thing : i was not allowed to do "more" stopovers on my way back to Europe last month !
Thanks for the info Phil and Yann 😊
I flew with Singapore Airlines (I can't recommend them highly enough) and stopped over in Singapore for 2 days. I stayed at the Hilton and it only cost $85 (40 GBP) a night, as part of a deal with the airline. They also gave free hotel transfers and a ticket for the zoo. I believe these deals are quite common if you ask for them, as the governement likes to encourage stop overs for the tourist dollars.
I think one day I sat at bar people watching for most of the day. The nice hostess keep saying "another one sir". I liked the service and the Tiger beer so much I didn't want to leave. You don't get that service in Australia.
All in all Singapore isn't the most exciting place in the world, but it's clean and the people were nice enough.
I'd probably stop over in Hong Kong next time for a bit more of a buzz. Qantas and Cathay Pacific refuel there.
Hi guys, I saw Yaou had an 8 week stopover in Singapore, is that a normal thing airlines allow? I'm planning on heading out to NZ next year and wanted to spend a few months travelling round SE Asia on the way out. I always presumed I'd have to buy separate tickets for UK-Asia and Asia-NZ but if I can get a ticket all the way then that might be cheaper (and save the worry of needing proof of onward travel)?
Anyone else had a really long (e.g.months) stopover on a long haul flight?
There are two things to consider with stopover and airline tickets - first do they allow stopovers, and second how long does is the ticket valid for. As long as the answer to the first is yes and the second allows you a six month or one year ticket - then there is nothing to prevent you for having a stopever for many months in any part of the world.
For example, I flew Emirates last year from Kuala Lumpur to London and stopped over in Dubai on the way there and back. On the outbound ticket I partly used other cheaper airlines to explore the Middle East for a "stopover" of about 4 weeks, and on the way back, I had a "stopover" of 7 weeks that allowed me to visit East Africa - again using airlines other than Emirates.
Great news! Thanks for the info, even more options to consider now then!!
I had a three night stopover in Hong Kong recently on the way back to Oz from the UK. Helps reduce the jet lag.