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Farewell blog

It's time to say goodbye, so thanks to everyone who followed our adventures especially those who commented, it's really nice to know that people at home are following along - it made us feel less isolated from home.

I'll leave you with a few random thoughts:

Would I do it again? Most definitely yes

What would I do differently next time?

  • Stick as closely as possible to one season - coping with a temp range of 0 to 42 was hard on the packing

  • Take less clothes (it's better to hand-wash or visit the laundry then lug heavy cases around)

  • Book more apartments rather than hotels (you get more room and can do your own breakfast)

  • Don't count flying days as days when you can sightsee regardless of how short the flight is

What were my highlights?

  • Sanbona - getting very close to the white lions and the cheetahs

  • Vladivostock - walking on the ice over the sea

A few people have expressed an interest in doing a trip themselves and/or shown an interest in the sort of costs involved.
One very important thing to bear in mind is your own trip could be a lot less or a lot more depending on the route you choose and the sort of hotels you pick - ours were mostly mid-range 3-4 star and we aimed for roughly £100 a night.

So roughly speaking (for both of us):

  • Flights 7000 (the Round the World ticket was about 1500 for two people)

  • Cruise 2800

  • 51 nights in hotels 4900

  • Car Hire (SA, Ayers Rock, Cairns) 440 (includes an annual car hire excess policy)

  • Campervan (5 nights) 300

  • Spending money 4200 (includes food, trips, campsites, petrol, rob's new polo shirts etc)

  • Special trips 1000 (includes Sanbona Wildlife reserve, the Fox Glacier and Grand Canyon)

Grand total - just under £21,000

Posted by JenBuckley 17:52 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged round_the_world

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Many thanks. I was wondering if those costs per person for for the both of you and thought other readers might wonder too. (I guess I'm too poor either way!) Thanks.

by Land Lubber

They were for both of us - I have amended the entry to make that clearer.
As you can see from the flights, you could easily knock 5000 off by following a simpler route.

by JenBuckley

Just wanted to say it was great following your blog over the past 2 to 3 months....very interesting reading indeed !!! .....get saving for the next trip !!! :-)

by Al

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