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Having trouble booking my RTW ticket

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1. Posted by sophhdw (Budding Member 2 posts) 30w

Hi Everyone!

I'm a 21 y/o female from the UK and I'm planning on going travelling October/November this year alone. I've been doing some research into RTW tickets and I feel as though I'm just getting more confused and frustrated the more research I do! I'd like to go to Hong Kong, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Bali, Sri Lanka and New Zealand (in no particular order). I really don't know the best way to go about doing this.. I tried several of the most popular sites for RTW tickets and just found after 7/8 destinations I'd maxed out the 16 segments, which is something I still can't seem to get to grips with! My end goal is to actually end up in Australia where I'd like to get a WH visa and live and work there for a year, but I know with a RTW ticket it can't be one way, so I'd have to come home for a couple of weeks where I could spend some time at home with family & friends and go out to Aus separately.

Is it best to book flights as I go in this case or is there some way I can get a RTW tickets with all the countries?

Any help/advice will be much appreciated!

2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 653 posts) 30w

A RTW ticket works best at one stop per continent, or similar. Your stops are nearly all in SE Asia so instead I'd look at getting a return to Australia with a break in somewhere like Hong Kong, and individual tickets for round SEAsia. Over there the budget carriers are like Ryanair here - cheap hops for peanuts.

The only bit I'm unsure about is being able to break your outbound route for so long. Myself I'd go into a specialist travel agent like Trailfinders and let them give me options.it may be you end up with a UK -HK return and a HK - Aus return.

Coming home then out again to Aus is an expensive and difficult way to do it. A RTW ticket really doesn't suit your current plans, so don't use one.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-May-2016, at 22:51 by Andyf ]

3. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 457 posts) 30w

Andyf is correct - get yourself to SE Asia and back with a big break between outward and homeward flights (either a return ticket or one-ways) and then look at cheap carriers over this way. Air Asia fly from KL to Auckland via Melbourne and cover most of the major SE Asia cities too. Look at Jetstar too.