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FAQs: Budget Backpacker 360

by Georgia Wilson

Q: How much will flights be? Can you arrange them for me?
A: Yes we can arrange flights for you. We work with an expert flights team who are able to find you competitive deals on reliable airlines. You are welcome to search around for other tickets as well, as our team has a price beat guarantee. You should budget around £1,500 – £2,200 for a round the world ticket.

Q: How much spending money do I need?
A:Now, this is the big question! Everyone has different spending habits; some travellers are masters at budgeting by surviving solely on noodles and boxed wine, as opposed to our ‘flash packers’ who prefer cocktails and plenty of shopping! Here are some suggestions of how to keep your travel spend somewhere in the middle:

Thailand – You should allow around £200 spending money for the Thai Intro. Then for independent travel you should budget around £750 per month.

South East Asia – Whilst travelling on the bus pass, you’ll need to budget for accommodation, food, activities and partying! Having around £500 per month will be plenty.

Australia – As you’re doing a Working Holiday, you’ll need enough money to keep you going in Oz until you’re earning, as well as having a security blanket of a little extra. We recommend a minimum of £1,500. Then as soon as you have a job you’ll be earning enough to cover your living expenses, as well as being able to travel around the country and hopefully saving some travel funds for New Zealand as well.

New Zealand – Whilst travelling around on the bus pass, you’ll need to budget for accommodation, food, activities and partying! Having around £1,500 per month should be plenty. Our recommended spend here is quite high as this is the place where you tick off all your bucket list/adrenaline activities and there are plenty of them in NZ! Every day there is a new adventure to be had.

Fiji – You’ll have most of your major costs included in the island-hopping pass, except for a few nights where you may like to hop off and stay a little longer. £200 should be plenty to see you through your Fiji island stop-off.

USA – For the tour part of the trip, we would suggest having around £250 on hand for extras en route. If you would like to stay on for some extra time at each end, or travel around a bit more of the USA at your own pace, we would suggest budgeting around £350 per week.

Q: When can I go?
A:Whenever you like! You can kick-off on the Thai Intro, which runs around 3 times a week throughout the year. Bear in mind, if you are choosing an option that includes the USA tour, this only runs in the summer months, so ask a travel advisor to help you plan your trip accordingly.

Q: Is it a group trip or am I travelling alone?
A: As the Budget Backpacker 360 is a combination of different programmes and is our most flexible and customisable round-the-world trip, it is predominantly designed to be a solo trip, although if you want to team up with a friend or two, that’s no problem. Each of the programmes that we have included in our suggested itinerary will mean you will meet a great bunch of other travellers at every stage of the way so you won’t be alone for long!

Q: How much is the deposit and do you offer payment plans?
A: Yes we offer payment plans for this trip, as we do with all of our trips!

1) Book with a £500 deposit. Pay off the remaining balance as and when you can. Pay off a little more whenever you have a bit of cash, after a birthday, particularly good pay cheque, Christmas etc…The final balance needs to be paid off 12 weeks before you go.

2) Book with £250 Deposit. Pay off the remaining balance in split equal monthly instalments. Your first instalment can be on the 1st of the following month, up until the month before you go!

Q: What visas will I need?
A: Please note that the rules regarding visas do change, so please regularly visit www.fco.gov.uk for the most up to date information.

Thailand – You’ll be issued a free 30 day visa on arrival. If you intend on staying longer you can apply for a 60 day visa before you leave the UK.

Laos – You’ll be issued a 30 day visa on arrival for around USD30.  You may also be asked to pay an exit fee of a similar amount.

Vietnam – You will need to get this before you enter the country. It’s around £50 for 90 days.

Cambodia – You’ll be issued a 30 day visa on arrival for around USD30.

Australia – If you intend to work in Australia, you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. We can obtain this for you for a cost of £299.

New Zealand – You’ll be issued a free 90 day visa on arrival.

Fiji – You’ll be issued a free 90 day visa on arrival.

USA – You will need to get this before you enter the country. It’s around £10 for 90 days.

Q: Can I do this trip with a friend?
A: Absolutely you can!

Q: Do I need Vaccinations?
A: Some of the countries included in this round-the-world trip will require some vaccinations. We’re not medically trained so therefore cannot legally advise you on this, but you should visit your GP around 6 – 8 weeks before travel to discuss where you’re going and what vaccinations they recommend. This website also offers helpful advice – www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

Q: What about Travel Insurance?
A: We have an insurance policy that has been specifically designed for gap year travellers. It’s competitively prices with just a small excess of £50. Please follow the link for more information – https://www.gap360.com/worldwide-travel-insurance

What are you waiting for? If this is the adventure you’re looking for, contact us and we can make sure we plan the perfect Budget Backpacker 360 round-the-world trip for you!

If I haven’t answered your questions please feel free to contact me on: georgia.wilson@gap360.com or call: 01892 527392.

 

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