Since I posted my Initial Itinerary for my RTW Trip, much has already changed. I originally wanted to end my travels by going to the UK/Scotland area for a week or so, but from the looks of it that might just end up being a separate trip in itself when I go to London in the April of 2017 to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I had also originally planned to go to Poland for a week and meet up with my friends Shannon and Luke, but it looks like that may not happen now either due to factors on their end. I could still go to Poland if I really wanted to, I would just be going solo now, but I have started looking into other options as well.
As of right now, I will be in Bali, Indonesia until at least Saturday July 16th. I don’t have to be in Naples, Italy until 2 weeks after that, which will be on Sunday July 31st. I’ve been looking up different flights to see how much it would cost to go to a few different places and on what dates, etc. and have 2 options right now.
Leap 1 – Leave Bali on Sunday July 17 and arrive in Singapore ($53)
Leap 2 – Leave Singapore Tuesday July 19 and arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ($28)
Leap 3 – Leave Kuala Lumpur Thursday July 21 and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ($17)
Leap 4 – Leave Ho Chi Min City Saturday July 23 and arrive in Bangkok, Thailand ($65)
Leap 5 – Leave Bangkok Monday July 25 and arrive in Phuket, Thailand ($36)
Leap 6 – Leave Phuket Tuesday July 26 and arrive in Berlin, Germany ($317)
After getting to Berlin I would probably take a train from Berlin to Naples and stop off in some other cities along the way, but I have not looked into that much yet. I would have 4 full days to make my way from Berlin to Naples, which seems plausible.
Leap 1 – Leave Bali on Saturday July 16 arrive in Singapore ($53)
Leap 2 – Leave Singapore Sunday July 17 arrive in Bangkok, Thailand ($53)
Leap 3 – Leave Bangkok Tuesday July 19 arrive in either:
- Germany ($230) – in Berlin, Hamburg, or Leipzig
- Milan, Italy ($241)
- London, England ($273)
- Budapest, Hungary ($241)
- Zurich, Switzerland ($241)
From any of these locations I would spend a few days in the city I landed in and then make my way (most likely by train also) towards Naples, with some other cities in between.
Now that you’ve read through my options, in your opinion what do you think is the best route to go by? I will be spending more money on flights if I choose option 1, but will probably spend less money on hostels/hotels in any of the South East Asia locations compared to Europe. However, if I choose option 2 and flew into Hungary, I could explore some of the more Eastern European countries which tend to be almost as as if I were to spend time in South East Asia.
Money isn’t really a huge factor for me, cheaper is usually what most would want, but cost isn’t necessarily the only factor I am looking at. I think it would be really cool and worth while to do option 1 so I can see a few other countries that I didn’t originally anticipate to see in South East Asia, but I also don’t know if I want to jump onto a plane every other day, in which case I could always omit some of those cities. If I do option 2, I feel like I won’t feel quite as rushed with having to get off and on planes constantly and could just make my way to Naples at my own relaxed pace.
As I start looking into flights and everything now, I am just trying to figure out which of the two options would be the most worth while. Have you been to any of the above locations? And if so, do you think it would be worth it for me to go there? Let me know in the comments below!