Budget Backpacker 360

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Duration: Up to 12 months

Trip code: BB360

Want to backpack around the world on a budget? Choose from one of our amazing round-the-world packages and travel the globe on a shoestring! Our Budget Backpacker 360 offers the best of both worlds: It is ideal for the independent, adventure-seeking traveller but one who still wants great guided tours and advice along the way as well as the chance to do paid work. Our 360 trip offers flexibility and freedom to see the world at a price that won’t break the bank! Have fun in Thailand, explore more of Asia in Bali, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, find paid work in Australia, take a flexible tour in New Zealand and add in a great American road trip for the perfect money-saving gap adventure around the world. All our 360 trips are fully flexible and tailor-made to suit you, so if you want to add in or take out tours then let your travel advisor know and you can plan your own perfect itinerary.

Trip highlights

  • Go round the world on an epic budget backpacking adventure. This 360 trip can be tailor-made to suit you and is ideal for the independent traveller who wants freedom and flexibility but also the benefit of great guides – it’s the best of both worlds!
  • Enjoy an amazing whirlwind adventure tour in Thailand. Discover beautiful Bali. See Laos on a brilliant hop-on-hop-off bus tour or extend your Asia adventure to add in Cambodia and Vietnam too!
  • Enjoy an amazing beach and city week in Sydney and then find paid work in Australia and earn money. Hop-on and off along the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns with our amazing, flexible travel pass, valid for 12 months
  • Explore New Zealand with a flexible hop-on-hop-off travel pass through the beautiful North & South Islands
  • Add in a 1-week road trip in the USA from L.A. to San Francisco and live the American dream!
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Our Budget Backpacker 360 Routes

Here are the four suggested routes for the budget backpacker 360:

The Earner: Thai Intro + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (NZ)

The Express: Thai Intro + Southeast Asia Bus Pass: Tom Yum (Laos) + Bali Intro + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) 

The Essential: Thai Intro + Southeast Asia Bus Pass: Tom Yum (Laos) + Bali Intro + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) 

The Epic: Thai Intro + Southeast Asia Bus Pass: The Lot (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam) + Bali Intro + Absolute Oz Jobs (Australia) + Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass (Australia) + Kiwi Discovery Pass (New Zealand) + Los Angeles to San Francisco Adventure (USA)

You can choose from one of these suggested around-the-world packages, or you can design your own Budget Backpacker 360 by adding in or taking out any combination of these packages, or any of our other gap travel programmes.

The Epic

The Essential

The Express

The Earner

The Epic - See and do it all on a shoestring!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, USA

Experiences include: Adventure, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes, paid work

Budget Backpacker 360 - The Epic Map  

Thai Intro (9 day)

  • Day 1: Arrive in the Buzz of Bangkok. Airport transfer included.
  • Day 2: Bangkok. Boat ride, temple visits and tuk tuk ride. Party in Bangkok!
  • Day 3: Bangkok. Thai cooking class, overnight train south.
  • Day 4: Khao Sok National Park. Long-tail boat ride. Optional activities: tubing, bamboo rafting or sea kayaking. Stay in floating bungalows by a lake.
  • Day 5: Travel to Koh Phangan island. Beach party time!
  • Day 6: Koh Phangan. Beach time and traditional Thai Massage. 
  • Day 7: Koh Phangan. Long-tail boat ride, swimming, snorkelling.
  • Day 8: Koh Phangan. Elephant jungle experience, farewell dinner, beach parties.
  • Day 9: Thai Intro ends. A return transfer to Bangkok is not included.

Please note: If you are travelling after 1st March 2018, the elephant experience on day 8 will be replaced with an exciting Muay Thai Boxing or Yoga session!

Add-on Adventures: You can add on a 4-day learn to dive package on Koh Tao and/or a 4-day paradise island adventure on Koh Phi Phi after your Thai Intro ends if you want – just ask a travel advisor for more details.

Want to stay longer in Thailand? Why not replace the Thai Intro with our 3 or 4 week Thai Adventure instead?

Southeast Asia Bus Pass, the Lot: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam (Minimum 40 days, recommended 60 days, 12 months validity)

As this bus pass is valid for 12 months, you have the freedom to explore this part of Asia at your leisure, although every stage is fully guided to make sure you get the max out of this Asian adventure. The itinerary is based on minimum travel time to complete the tour:

  • Day 1: THAILAND. Arrive in Bangkok. Welcome night on Khao San Road.
  • Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya). 8am start in Bangkok. Explore Ayutthaya. Overnight journey to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 3 & 4: Chiang Mai. Arrive into Chiang Mai between 8-11am on day 3. Discover the wonders of this vibrant Thai city and try exciting optional activities.
  • Day 5: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai. Leave Chiang Mai at 9am and stop at Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) before crossing the border into Houay Xai in Laos.
  • Day 6: Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey. Private slow boat up the mighty Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey. Homestay & Baci ceremony.
  • Day 7 & 8: Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang. See the famous limestone caves at Pak Ou before travelling on to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.
  • Day 9 & 10: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. Travel to the adventure location of Vang Vieng: Try river tubing, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, hot air ballooning or party!
  • Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane. Stop off at the impressive Tham Jang Cave before making tracks for Vientiane and a tour of Vientiane’s main attractions.
  • Day 12: Kong Lor. See the ‘Buddha’s footprint’ at Wat Prabat Phonsone. Discover the Kong Lor caves.
  • Day 13: Kong Lor to Thakek. Visit the Khammouane Protected Area.
  • Day 14: Thakek to Xe Champhone. See temple of Old Wat Taleow, Turtle Lake and Hotay Pidok Buddhist library. Village stay in Monkey forest.
  • Day 15: Xe Champhone to Pakse. See the Bolaven Plateau & Tad Ngeuang Waterfall.
  • Day 16: Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands). Temple of Wat Phou, visit to 4000 islands area.
  • Day 17: CAMBODIA. Don Det to Siem Reap. Cross into Cambodia to Siem Reap, gateway to the Angkor temples
  • Day 18 & 19: Siem Reap. Free time – visit Angkor Wat.
  • Day 20: Siem Reap to Battambang. Ride on Battambang Bamboo Train, overnight homestay.
  • Day 21: Battambang to Sihanoukville. Visit the Udong Historical Site and end up in the beach and party town of Sihanoukville.
  • Day 22 & 23: Sihanoukville. Relax with 2 free days by the beach.
  • Day 24: Sihanoukville to Kampot. Visit the town of Kampot, famous for its salt and pepper farms.
  • Day 25 & 26: Phnom Penh. Visit Cambodia’s capital and the infamous Killing Fields.
  • Day 27 & 28: VIETNAM. Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City. Explore all the sights of Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Day 29 & 30: Dalat. Discover wonderful Datania waterfall and the unspoilt rural spot of Dalat.
  • Day 31 & 32: Bai Xep. Switch off in the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep for blissful beach time off the beaten track!
  • Day 33 & 34: Hoi An. Stop at the My Lai Memorial and explore historic Hoi An.
  • Day 35: Hoi An to Hue. Discover Hue, which lies along the Perfume River.
  • Day 36: Hue to Dong Hoi. Visit Vinh Moc Tunnels and stay by stunning Dong Suon Lake.
  • Day 37: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and Thien Duong Cave.
  • Day 38: Ninh Binh. Relax, bike, hike and explore this stunning mountain landscape!
  • Day 39 & 40: Hanoi. Trang An Grottoes canoe experience. Guided Hanoi tour. Tour ends in Hanoi.

Please note: If you are travelling before 1st October 2017, the minimum duration of The Lot Bus Pass will be 39 days. You will also visit Koh Tunsay. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Bali Intro: 12 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Airport pickup. Meet the rest of your group at your guesthouse in Kuta.

Day 2: Beaches, Temples & Sunsets. Temple and beach visits. Sunset dinner and night out.

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations.

Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Visit amazing ancient temples and hand-feed wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the spectacular mountain surroundings of Lovina.

Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Traditional outrigger boat excursion. Enjoy snorkelling and dolphin-spotting. Visit a local homestay for some Balinese basket weaving and lunch with your hosts.

Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. Visit the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan.

Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Explore the island by bike.

Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and party in paradise!

Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud and prepare for the next stage of the adventure!

Day 10: Monkey Forest. Explore Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys.

Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Sunrise volcano trek, including breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the Volcano. Return to Ubud for an inclusive massage.

Day 12: Bali Intro Ends. Your amazing Bali Intro ends today in Ubud. Travel on to the next stage of your adventure!

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia: 8-day programme + Independent work/travel time in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)

A great way to earn money for all budget backpackers, this programme also helps you find a paid job Down Under! You kick off the Aussie part of your adventure with our Absolute Oz job programme:

  • Sunday - Arrive in Sydney – free time (Accommodation included).
  • Monday - Start Absolute Oz. Sydney tour and welcome dinner.
  • Tuesday - Harbour cruise & city relaxation.
  • Wednesday - Travel to Absolute Oz beach base camp.
  • Thursday - Outback base camp.
  • Friday - Wild Dolphin cruise & return to Sydney.
  • Saturday - Free time and party night.
  • Sunday - Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour.
  • Monday - Job hunt begins!

Once your week of fun is over, a day will then be arranged for you to have Aussie work preparation and then it’s time to get job hunting! At this stage you will be eligible and prepared to undertake paid work in Australia. You will also have an inclusive 12 months of job support beyond the initial week. We recommend you take around 6-7 months to work, earn money and travel around Australia, although your working holiday visa allows you to stay for up to twelve months so you can extend your stay if you want.

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass, Australia: Sydney-Cairns (valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months of one-way travel. Minimum travel time: 13 days. Recommended time: 4-6 weeks. Trips depart at least 3 times a week. Timetables and booking can be accessed by using the unique app or on the website.

The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:

  • Sydney - Barrington Tops: Depart Sydney at 8am and sip wine in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Overnight stay in stunning Barrington Tops National Park. Opt to go inner tubing (additional cost), or relax with some fishing and wildlife spotting. This unique overnight stay costs AUD60 and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • Barrington Tops - Surf Camp: Explore beautiful Barrington Tops National Park and then visit a Koala Hospital to meet these cute and iconic animals. Your next destination is surf camp - surf's up! Accommodation costs at surf camp start at AUD40 per night.
  • Surf Camp - River Camp: Spend more time surfing (extra cost). Then go off the beaten track and swim in the stunning inlet of Solitary Islands Marine Park. Camp out in this remote and wonderful place! This overnight stay costs AUD60, and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • River Camp - Byron Bay: Make tracks for the legendary surfing and arts town of Byron Bay and enjoy the laid-back vibe in this coastal town. Byron Bay is a popular spot, so you may want to hop off here for a few more days by the sea.
  • Byron Bay – Brisbane – Noosa – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in the smart beach resort of Noosa. You can hop off here for the night, or head on to Rainbow Beach, gateway to famous Fraser Island.
  • Rainbow Beach - Noosa - Emu Park: Travel to Emu Park and check into a beautiful beach resort for approx. AUD35 a night. Optional Treasure Island Overnight Experience. AUD99 including transfers to Great Keppel Island, accommodation, dinner, treasure hunt and turtle spotting walk.
  • Emu Park - Overnight Train - Airlie Beach: Relax on the beach or opt to visit a local crocodile park. Catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island: Take a ferry to tropical Magnetic Island. Nearly 50% of Magnetic Island is National Park, and the island boasts amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk around the island. Accommodation starts at AUD28 per night.
  • Magnetic Island – Tully: Head to Tully and enjoy a unique Rainforest experience. Visit a swimming hole, spend the night in a historic country pub and enjoy a sunrise mountain hike and champagne breakfast. AUD57 extra cost. Alternatively, stay in a hostel in Tully at hostel rates.
  • Tully – Cairns: Travel north by train from Tully to Cairns. If you fancy adding in amazing activities in Cairns, book our Cairns Adventure, which includes white water rafting, snorkelling, kayaking and a hot air balloon ride, or discover the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef on our Learn to Dive course.

Don't forget your travel pass is fully flexible, so if you fall in love with anywhere along the way you can hop off and spend more time in your favourite spots!

Please note: itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on. The pack includes a fantastic 2-night yacht cruise around the Whitsundays, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and some beautiful snorkel spots, and a 4x4 camping experience on Fraser Island that sees you exploring in a 4WD vehicle and camping out under the stars.

Make sure you save money by booking this add-on pack BEFORE you travel. Booking locally is a lot more expensive so get ahead of the crowd and secure your adventures early! (and spend the money you save on more fun and games in Oz!)

If you wish to book this Add-on please contact your travel adviser. You can also book either of the adventures separately so let your travel adviser know your preference.

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, recommended: 37 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

Los Angeles to San Francisco Adventure, USA (7 days)

  • Day 1 – Los Angeles - Arrival
  • Day 2 – Joshua Tree NP/Los Angeles (Dinner included)
  • Day 3 - Lake Havasu (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
  • Day 4 – Grand Canyon/Las Vegas (Breakfast included)
  • Day 5 – Las Vegas/Death Valley NP (Lunch and dinner included)
  • Day 6 – Yosemite NP (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
  • Day 7 – Yosemite NP/San Francisco (Breakfast and lunch included)

Please note: For 2017 departures, this trip will last 8 days and include an additional night in San Francisco at the end.

Please note: this USA tour does not operate over the winter months. Please speak to a travel advisor for an alternative tour option in America during this time.

Please Note: All itineraries are for guidance only and are subject to change.

 

 

The Essential - Adventure tours plus paid work in Oz!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Laos, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, 

Experiences include: Adventure, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes, paid work

Budget Backpacker 360 - The Essential Map  

Thai Intro (9 days)

  • Day 1: Arrive in the Buzz of Bangkok. Airport transfer included.
  • Day 2: Bangkok. Boat ride, temple visits and tuk tuk ride. Party in Bangkok!
  • Day 3: Bangkok. Thai cooking class, overnight train south.
  • Day 4: Khao Sok National Park. Long-tail boat ride. Optional activities: tubing, bamboo rafting or sea kayaking. Stay in floating bungalows by a lake.
  • Day 5: Travel to Koh Phangan island. Beach party time!
  • Day 6: Koh Phangan. Beach time and traditional Thai Massage. 
  • Day 7: Koh Phangan. Long-tail boat ride, swimming, snorkelling.
  • Day 8: Koh Phangan. Elephant jungle experience, farewell dinner, beach parties.
  • Day 9: Thai Intro ends. A return transfer to Bangkok is not included.

Please note: If you are travelling after 1st March 2018, the elephant experience on day 8 will be replaced with an exciting Muay Thai Boxing or Yoga session!

Add-on Adventures: You can add on a 4-day learn to dive package on Koh Tao and/or a 4-day paradise island adventure on Koh Phi Phi after your Thai Intro ends if you want – just ask a travel advisor for more details.

Want to stay longer in Thailand? Why not replace the Thai Intro with our 3 or 4 week Thai Adventure instead?

Southeast Asia Bus Pass, the Tom Yum: Laos (minimum 12 days, 12 months validity)

Itinerary is based on minimum travel time to complete the tour. As the buses do not run every day, you should allow more time than the minimum duration for arrival and catching your first bus:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. Welcome night on Khao San Road.
  • Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya). Begin in Bangkok, 8am start for Ayutthaya. Explore this historic site on a bike tour. Overnight train/ bus to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 3 & 4: Chiang Mai. Arrive into Chiang Mai between 8-11am on day 3. Discover the wonders of this vibrant Thai city and try exciting optional activities.
  • Day 5: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai. Leave Chiang Mai at 9am and stop at Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) before crossing the border into Houay Xai in Laos.
  • Day 6: Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey. Private slow boat up the mighty Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey. Homestay & Baci ceremony.
  • Day 7 & 8: Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang. See the famous limestone caves at Pak Ou before travelling on to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.
  • Day 9 & 10: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. Travel to the adventure location of Vang Vieng: Try river tubing, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, hot air ballooning or party!
  • Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane. Stop off at the impressive Tham Jang Cave before making tracks for Vientiane and a tour of Vientiane’s main attractions.
  • Day 12: Vientiane to Bangkok. Spend the first part of the day making the most of Vientiane, before boarding an overnight train back to Bangkok.

Please note: As this pass is a round trip from Bangkok, you are able to begin your journey anywhere along the route (not just Bangkok), and finish where you started. Let us know your preferred starting location when you book.

Please note: If you are travelling before 1st October 2017, the minimum duration will be 11 days. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Bali Intro: 12 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Airport pickup. Meet the rest of your group at your guesthouse in Kuta.

Day 2: Beaches, Temples & Sunsets. Temple and beach visits. Sunset dinner and night out.

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations.

Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Visit amazing ancient temples and hand-feed wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the spectacular mountain surroundings of Lovina.

Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Traditional outrigger boat excursion. Enjoy snorkelling and dolphin-spotting. Visit a local homestay for some Balinese basket weaving and lunch with your hosts.

Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. Visit the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan.

Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Explore the island by bike.

Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and party in paradise!

Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud and prepare for the next stage of the adventure!

Day 10: Monkey Forest. Explore Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys.

Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Sunrise volcano trek, including breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the Volcano. Return to Ubud for an inclusive massage.

Day 12: Bali Intro Ends. Your amazing Bali Intro ends today in Ubud. Travel on to the next stage of your adventure!

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia:8-day programme + Independent work/travel time in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)

A great way to earn money for all budget backpackers, this programme also helps you find a paid job Down Under! You kick off the Aussie part of your adventure with our Absolute Oz job programme:

  • Sunday - Arrive in Sydney – free time (Accommodation included).
  • Monday - Start Absolute Oz. Sydney tour and welcome dinner.
  • Tuesday - Harbour cruise & city relaxation.
  • Wednesday - Travel to Absolute Oz beach base camp.
  • Thursday - Outback base camp.
  • Friday - Wild Dolphin cruise & return to Sydney.
  • Saturday - Free time and party night.
  • Sunday - Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour.
  • Monday - Job hunt begins!

Once your week of fun is over, a day will then be arranged for you to have Aussie work preparation and then it’s time to get job hunting! At this stage you will be eligible and prepared to undertake paid work in Australia. You will also have an inclusive 12 months of job support beyond the initial week. We recommend you take around 6-7 months to work, earn money and travel around Australia, although your working holiday visa allows you to stay for up to twelve months so you can extend your stay if you want.

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass, Australia: Sydney-Cairns (valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months of one-way travel. Minimum travel time: 13 days. Trips depart at least 3 times a week. Timetables and booking can be accessed by using the unique app or on the website.

The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:

  • Sydney - Barrington Tops: Depart Sydney at 8am and sip wine in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Overnight stay in stunning Barrington Tops National Park. Opt to go inner tubing (additional cost), or relax with some fishing and wildlife spotting. This unique overnight stay costs AUD60 (approx. £28) and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • Barrington Tops - Surf Camp: Explore beautiful Barrington Tops National Park and then visit a Koala Hospital to meet these cute and iconic animals. Your next destination is surf camp - surf's up! Accommodation costs at surf camp start at AUD40 per night.
  • Surf Camp - River Camp: Spend more time surfing (extra cost). Then go off the beaten track and swim in the stunning inlet of Solitary Islands Marine Park. Camp out in this remote and wonderful place! This overnight stay costs AUD60, and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • River Camp - Byron Bay: Make tracks for the legendary surfing and arts town of Byron Bay and enjoy the laid-back vibe in this coastal town. Byron Bay is a popular spot, so you may want to hop off here for a few more days by the sea.
  • Byron Bay – Brisbane – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in Rainbow Beach
  • Rainbow Beach - Noosa - Emu Park: Travel to Emu Park and check into a beautiful beach resort for approx. AUD35 a night. Optional Treasure Island Overnight Experience. AUD99 including transfers to Great Keppel Island, accommodation, dinner, treasure hunt and turtle spotting walk.
  • Emu Park - Overnight Train - Airlie Beach: Relax on the beach or opt to visit a local crocodile park. Catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island: Take a ferry to tropical Magnetic Island. Nearly 50% of Magnetic Island is National Park, and the island boasts amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk around the island. Accommodation starts at AUD28 (approx £14) per night.
  • Magnetic Island – Tully: Head to Tully and enjoy a unique Rainforest experience. Visit a swimming hole, spend the night in a historic country pub and enjoy a sunrise mountain hike and champagne breakfast. AUD57 extra cost. Alternatively, stay in a hostel in Tully at hostel rates.
  • Tully – Cairns: Travel north by train from Tully to Cairns. If you fancy adding in amazing activities in Cairns, book our Cairns Adventure, which includes white water rafting, snorkelling, kayaking and a hot air balloon ride, or discover the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef on our Learn to Dive course.    

Please note: itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Add-On Islands Adventure Pack

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on. The pack includes a fantastic 2-night yacht cruise around the Whitsundays, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and some beautiful snorkel spots, and a 4x4 camping experience on Fraser Island that sees you exploring in a 4WD vehicle and camping out under the stars.

Make sure you save money by booking this add-on pack BEFORE you travel. Booking locally is a lot more expensive so get ahead of the crowd and secure your adventures early! (and spend the money you save on more fun and games in Oz!)

If you wish to book this Add-on please contact your travel adviser. You can also book either of the adventures separately so let your travel adviser know your preference.

Don't forget your travel pass is fully flexible, so if you fall in love with anywhere along the way you can hop off and spend more time in your favourite spots!

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, recommended: 37 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

 

 

The Express - Fun & independent adventure travel around the world!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Laos, Bali, Australia, New Zealand

Experiences include: Adventure, tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes

Budget Backpacker 360 - The Express Map  

Thai Intro (9 days)

  • Day 1: Arrive in the Buzz of Bangkok. Airport transfer included.
  • Day 2: Bangkok. Boat ride, temple visits and tuk tuk ride. Party in Bangkok!
  • Day 3: Bangkok. Thai cooking class, overnight train south.
  • Day 4: Khao Sok National Park. Long-tail boat ride. Optional activities: tubing, bamboo rafting or sea kayaking. Stay in floating bungalows by a lake.
  • Day 5: Travel to Koh Phangan island. Beach party time!
  • Day 6: Koh Phangan. Beach time and traditional Thai Massage. 
  • Day 7: Koh Phangan. Long-tail boat ride, swimming, snorkelling.
  • Day 8: Koh Phangan. Elephant jungle experience, farewell dinner, beach parties.
  • Day 9: Thai Intro ends. A return transfer to Bangkok is not included.

Please note: If you are travelling after 1st March 2018, the elephant experience on day 8 will be replaced with an exciting Muay Thai Boxing or Yoga session!

Add-on Adventures: You can add on a 4-day learn to dive package on Koh Tao and/or a 4-day paradise island adventure on Koh Phi Phi after your Thai Intro ends if you want – just ask a travel advisor for more details.

Want to stay longer in Thailand? Why not replace the Thai Intro with our 3 or 4 week Thai Adventure instead?

Southeast Asia Bus Pass, the Tom Yum: Laos (minimum 12 days, 12 months validity)

Itinerary is based on minimum travel time to complete the tour. As the buses do not run every day, you should allow more time than the minimum duration for arrival and catching your first bus:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok. Welcome night on Khao San Road.
  • Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya). Begin in Bangkok, 8am start for Ayutthaya. Explore this historic site on a bike tour. Overnight train/ bus to Chiang Mai.
  • Day 3 & 4: Chiang Mai. Arrive into Chiang Mai between 8-11am on day 3. Discover the wonders of this vibrant Thai city and try exciting optional activities.
  • Day 5: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai. Leave Chiang Mai at 9am and stop at Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) before crossing the border into Houay Xai in Laos.
  • Day 6: Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey. Private slow boat up the mighty Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey. Homestay & Baci ceremony.
  • Day 7 & 8: Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang. See the famous limestone caves at Pak Ou before travelling on to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.
  • Day 9 & 10: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. Travel to the adventure location of Vang Vieng: Try river tubing, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, hot air ballooning or party!
  • Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane. Stop off at the impressive Tham Jang Cave before making tracks for Vientiane and a tour of Vientiane’s main attractions.
  • Day 12: Vientiane to Bangkok. Spend the first part of the day making the most of Vientiane, before boarding an overnight train back to Bangkok.

Please note: As this pass is a round trip from Bangkok, you are able to begin your journey anywhere along the route (not just Bangkok), and finish where you started. Let us know your preferred starting location when you book.

Please note: If you are travelling before 1st October 2017, the minimum duration will be 11 days. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Bali Intro: 12 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Denpasar, Bali. Airport pickup. Meet the rest of your group at your guesthouse in Kuta.

Day 2: Beaches, Temples & Sunsets. Temple and beach visits. Sunset dinner and night out.

Day 3: Learn to Surf. Learn how to surf in one of the world’s most exciting surfing destinations.

Day 4: Temples, Waterfalls & Rice Paddies. Visit amazing ancient temples and hand-feed wild monkeys. Stop to swim at an incredible waterfall, before arriving in the spectacular mountain surroundings of Lovina.

Day 5: Dolphins & Culture. Traditional outrigger boat excursion. Enjoy snorkelling and dolphin-spotting. Visit a local homestay for some Balinese basket weaving and lunch with your hosts.

Day 6: Travel to the Gorgeous Gili Islands. Visit the idyllic island of Gili Trawangan.

Day 7: Gili Island Bike Tour. Explore the island by bike.

Day 8: Snorkelling Boat Trip, Group Dinner & Party Night. Take a boat tour around all three gorgeous Gili Islands today. Tuck in to a delicious group dinner and party in paradise!

Day 9: Travel on to Ubud. Jump on a ferry bound for Ubud and prepare for the next stage of the adventure!

Day 10: Monkey Forest. Explore Monkey Forest, an incredible temple which is home to hundreds of mischievous wild monkeys.

Day 11: Sunrise Volcano Trek & Massage. Sunrise volcano trek, including breakfast cooked using the natural heat from the Volcano. Return to Ubud for an inclusive massage.

Day 12: Bali Intro Ends. Your amazing Bali Intro ends today in Ubud. Travel on to the next stage of your adventure!

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass, Australia: Sydney-Cairns (valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months of one-way travel. Minimum travel time: 13 days. Trips depart at least 3 times a week. Timetables and booking can be accessed by using the unique app or on the website.

The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:

  • Sydney - Barrington Tops: Depart Sydney at 8am and sip wine in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Overnight stay in stunning Barrington Tops National Park. Opt to go inner tubing (additional cost), or relax with some fishing and wildlife spotting. This unique overnight stay costs AUD60 (approx. £28) and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • Barrington Tops - Surf Camp: Explore beautiful Barrington Tops National Park and then visit a Koala Hospital to meet these cute and iconic animals. Your next destination is surf camp - surf's up! Accommodation costs at surf camp start at AUD40 per night.
  • Surf Camp - River Camp: Spend more time surfing (extra cost). Then go off the beaten track and swim in the stunning inlet of Solitary Islands Marine Park. Camp out in this remote and wonderful place! This overnight stay costs AUD60, and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • River Camp - Byron Bay: Make tracks for the legendary surfing and arts town of Byron Bay and enjoy the laid-back vibe in this coastal town. Byron Bay is a popular spot, so you may want to hop off here for a few more days by the sea.
  • Byron Bay – Brisbane – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in Rainbow Beach.
  • Rainbow Beach - Noosa - Emu Park: Travel to Emu Park and check into a beautiful beach resort for approx. AUD35 a night. Optional Treasure Island Overnight Experience. AUD99 including transfers to Great Keppel Island, accommodation, dinner, treasure hunt and turtle spotting walk.
  • Emu Park - Overnight Train - Airlie Beach: Relax on the beach or opt to visit a local crocodile park. Catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island: Take a ferry to tropical Magnetic Island. Nearly 50% of Magnetic Island is National Park, and the island boasts amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk around the island. Accommodation starts at AUD28 (approx £14) per night.
  • Magnetic Island – Tully: Head to Tully and enjoy a unique Rainforest experience. Visit a swimming hole, spend the night in a historic country pub and enjoy a sunrise mountain hike and champagne breakfast. AUD57 extra cost. Alternatively, stay in a hostel in Tully at hostel rates.
  • Tully – Cairns: Travel north by train from Tully to Cairns. If you fancy adding in amazing activities in Cairns, book our Cairns Adventure, which includes white water rafting, snorkelling, kayaking and a hot air balloon ride, or discover the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef on our Learn to Dive course.

Please note: itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on. The pack includes a fantastic 2-night yacht cruise around the Whitsundays, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and some beautiful snorkel spots, and a 4x4 camping experience on Fraser Island that sees you exploring in a 4WD vehicle and camping out under the stars.

Make sure you save money by booking this add-on pack BEFORE you travel. Booking locally is a lot more expensive so get ahead of the crowd and secure your adventures early! (and spend the money you save on more fun and games in Oz!)

If you wish to book this Add-on please contact your travel adviser. You can also book either of the adventures separately so let your travel adviser know your preference.

Don't forget your travel pass is fully flexible, so if you fall in love with anywhere along the way you can hop off and spend more time in your favourite spots!

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, recommended: 37 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

 

The Earner - Earn money and see the world!

Countries Visited: Thailand, Australia, New Zealand

Experiences include: Experiences include: Paid work, adventure tours, hop-on-hop-off bus passes

Budget Backpacker 360 - The Earner Map  

Thai Intro (1 week)

  • Day 1: Arrive in the Buzz of Bangkok. Airport transfer included.
  • Day 2: Bangkok. Boat ride, temple visits and tuk tuk ride. Party in Bangkok!
  • Day 3: Bangkok. Thai cooking class, overnight train south.
  • Day 4: Khao Sok National Park. Long-tail boat ride. Optional activities: tubing, bamboo rafting or sea kayaking. Stay in floating bungalows by a lake.
  • Day 5: Travel to Koh Phangan island. Beach party time!
  • Day 6: Koh Phangan. Beach time and traditional Thai Massage. 
  • Day 7: Koh Phangan. Long-tail boat ride, swimming, snorkelling.
  • Day 8: Koh Phangan. Elephant jungle experience, farewell dinner, beach parties.
  • Day 9: Thai Intro ends. A return transfer to Bangkok is not included.

Please note: If you are travelling after 1st March 2018, the elephant experience on day 8 will be replaced with an exciting Muay Thai Boxing or Yoga session!

Add-on Adventures: You can add on a 4-day learn to dive package on Koh Tao and/or a 4-day paradise island adventure on Koh Phi Phi after your Thai Intro ends if you want – just ask a travel advisor for more details.

Want to stay longer in Thailand? Why not replace the Thai Intro with our 3 or 4 week Thai Adventure instead?

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia: 8-day programme + Independent work/travel time in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)

A great way to earn money for all budget backpackers, this programme also helps you find a paid job Down Under! You kick off the Aussie part of your adventure with our Absolute Oz job programme:

  • Sunday - Arrive in Sydney – free time (Accommodation included).
  • Monday - Start Absolute Oz. Sydney tour and welcome dinner.
  • Tuesday - Harbour cruise & city relaxation.
  • Wednesday - Travel to Absolute Oz beach base camp.
  • Thursday - Outback base camp.
  • Friday - Wild Dolphin cruise & return to Sydney.
  • Saturday - Free time and party night.
  • Sunday - Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour.
  • Monday - Job hunt begins!

Once your week of fun is over, a day will then be arranged for you to have Aussie work preparation and then it’s time to get job hunting! At this stage you will be eligible and prepared to undertake paid work in Australia. You will also have an inclusive 12 months of job support beyond the initial week. We recommend you take around 6-7 months to work, earn money and travel around Australia, although your working holiday visa allows you to stay for up to twelve months so you can extend your stay if you want.

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass, Australia: Sydney-Cairns (valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months of one-way travel. Minimum travel time: 13 days. Trips depart at least 3 times a week. Timetables and booking can be accessed by using the unique app or on the website.

The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:

  • Sydney - Barrington Tops: Depart Sydney at 8am and sip wine in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Overnight stay in stunning Barrington Tops National Park. Opt to go inner tubing (additional cost), or relax with some fishing and wildlife spotting. This unique overnight stay costs AUD60 (approx. £28) and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • Barrington Tops - Surf Camp: Explore beautiful Barrington Tops National Park and then visit a Koala Hospital to meet these cute and iconic animals. Your next destination is surf camp - surf's up! Accommodation costs at surf camp start at AUD40 per night.
  • Surf Camp - River Camp: Enjoy a free morning of inclusive ocean rafting, or spend more time surfing (extra cost). Then go off the beaten track and swim in the stunning inlet of Solitary Islands Marine Park. Camp out in this remote and wonderful place! This overnight stay costs AUD60, and includes accommodation, meals and activities.
  • River Camp - Byron Bay: Make tracks for the legendary surfing and arts town of Byron Bay and enjoy the laid-back vibe in this coastal town. Byron Bay is a popular spot, so you may want to hop off here for a few more days by the sea.
  • Byron Bay – Brisbane – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in Rainbow Beach.
  • Rainbow Beach - Noosa - Emu Park: Travel to Emu Park and check into a beautiful beach resort for approx. AUD35 a night. Optional Treasure Island Overnight Experience. AUD99 including transfers to Great Keppel Island, accommodation, dinner, treasure hunt and turtle spotting walk.
  • Emu Park - Overnight Train - Airlie Beach: Relax on the beach or opt to visit a local crocodile park. Catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island: Take a ferry to tropical Magnetic Island. Nearly 50% of Magnetic Island is National Park, and the island boasts amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk around the island. Accommodation starts at AUD28 (approx £14) per night.
  • Magnetic Island – Tully: Head to Tully and enjoy a unique Rainforest experience. Visit a swimming hole, spend the night in a historic country pub and enjoy a sunrise mountain hike and champagne breakfast. AUD57 extra cost. Alternatively, stay in a hostel in Tully at hostel rates.
  • Tully – Cairns: Travel north by train from Tully to Cairns. If you fancy adding in amazing activities in Cairns, book our Cairns Adventure, which includes white water rafting, snorkelling, kayaking and a hot air balloon ride, or discover the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef on our Learn to Dive course.

Please note: itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on. The pack includes a fantastic 2-night yacht cruise around the Whitsundays, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and some beautiful snorkel spots, and a 4x4 camping experience on Fraser Island that sees you exploring in a 4WD vehicle and camping out under the stars.

Make sure you save money by booking this add-on pack BEFORE you travel. Booking locally is a lot more expensive so get ahead of the crowd and secure your adventures early! (and spend the money you save on more fun and games in Oz!)

If you wish to book this Add-on please contact your travel adviser. You can also book either of the adventures separately so let your travel adviser know your preference.

Don't forget your travel pass is fully flexible, so if you fall in love with anywhere along the way you can hop off and spend more time in your favourite spots!

Kiwi Discovery Pass, New Zealand (Minimum 28 days, recommended: 37 days, pass valid for 12 months)

Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 28 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience). 

Please note: Following the earthquake on New Zealand’s South Island on the 14th November 2016, there have been a few minor changes to the Kiwi Discovery Pass route until further notice. Days 25-27 will now run as follows:

Day 25: Mt Cook – Christchurch. Discover tranquil Hagley Park and the spectacular Botanic Gardens in the vibrant city of Christchurch.

Day 26: Christchurch – Picton. Head across the Southern Alps and drive past Nelson Lakes National Park on the way to Picton. Unwind here this evening

Day 27: Picton to Wellington. Leave Picton behind and head across the water to the North Island. Here the original itinerary resumes. These changes have been made with the safety of our customers in mind, and to support the recovery of those areas affected by the earthquake. Please contact us for more information.

You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!

You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!

  • Day 1: Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
  • Day 2: Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today. 
  • Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland. 
  • Day 4: Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
  • Day 5: Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
  • Day 6: Hahei to Raglan. Visit the amazing Bridal Veil Falls en route to Raglan. Chill out in this cool surfer town.
  • Day 7: Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua. Visit Waitomo Caves, famous for their glow-worms. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set.
  • Day 8: Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
  • Day 9: Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay. 
  • Day 10: Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
  • Day 11: Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
  • Day 12: Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
  • Day 13: Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park. 
  • Day 14: Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
  • Day 15: Marahau to Westport. Leave a legacy behind you as you plant your very own tree! Stop at Cape Foulwind to see the amazing fur seal colony. Your final destination of the day is the historic coal mining town of Westport. 
  • Day 16: Westport to Franz Josef. See the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
  • Day 17: Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
  • Day 18: Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon. 
  • Day 19-20: Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
  • Day 21: Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp. 
  • Day 22: Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
  • Day 23: Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown. 
  • Day 24: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
  • Day 25: Mount Cook to Rangitata. Visit Lake Tekapo, where you can try optional activities such as ice-skating, snow tubing or swimming at hot springs (winter months only). In Geraldine you can try white water rafting! Spend the night on an original sheep station in Rangitata. 
  • Day 26: Rangitata (via Christchurch) to Kaikoura. Set off early across the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch and then on to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal). 
  • Day 27: Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington. 
  • Day 28: Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end! 

Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!

Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.

 

 
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