For RTW flights I think each of the airline networks - oneworld, skyteam and star alliance - has an online configurator to let you build your package.
It's a starting point, but then a lot of people would then talk to a specialist travel agent such as STA or Trailfinders or Travelbag. Can't hurt to visit them, they may be cheaper or give you options you hadn't considered.
I'll look into those companies, thank you.
hey I'm looking at Australia and New Zealand aswell but will be solo and the thought terrifies me too! lol
Maybe we can meet up at some point along the way! I will be on my own so any company will be welcome.
I have submitted my Australia holiday working visa application today
Looks like a good starting point.
One thing I would caution with the RTW flights is that you're typically stuck to a limited time period and set number of changes - how structured will your trip be? If you're planning on making it up as you go like Kellie and I have been (speaking of which Kellie, I'm in London, and came from up north - always happy to meet another traveller and can give you info on where I stayed, etc up there if you want it), it might pose some challenges for you later on. They can be really good, depending on how you're travelling so you have to evaluate what works for you.
Like the others have said, each country has different entry / exit requirements and you should be aware of them. That being said, you don't necessarily need all your visas before you leave home - in fact, some you may need to get en route. China, for example, only allows visa processing when your arrival time is less than 3 months away. All this means is that if you were going here you'd have to apply at a chinese embassy in a country you're visiting along the way. Some visas are processed quickly, some more slowly, so it's important to allow enough time to do this along the way if necessary. Of course, many of the visas you can probably get at home ahead of time, and some countries you may not need a visa. I'm just using that as an example.
Hope that helps.
speaking of which Kellie, I'm in London, and came from up north - always happy to meet another traveller and can give you info on where I stayed, etc up there if you want it
Cheers for the offer! Arrived in Edinburgh a couple of days ago (hence the radio silence) and looks like I'll be here for about a month. Can you tell I like slow travel?
Kellie barnes,I know this sounds weird but....if you are ever in Glasgow go to the sighthill cemetery just before sunset and go across the cemetery to the other exit.That place always gave me the creeps,I think everyone should walk across a cemetery without holding their breath at least once in their life.That shiver down your spine?priceless.
I'm going solo through South East Asia, Australia and NZ too, starting in mid June. The thought kind of terrifies me as a young girl going alone! I need to make new friends as I go along ha! Are you planning on going through Asia first or after Oz?