Hey! I'm new to this whole traveling thing. I noticed people often travel with few plans whereas what they're doing (RTW, etc.) Isn't it expensive to wait til' the last minute for flights? Maybe it is only the USA where standby is EXPENSIVE (up to 4x normal flight costs). Are there last minute deals in the rest of the world? I don't leave the USA very much at all and I don't know (yet) how the rest of this world works!
I would think rtw requires some planning and preparations.
Tickets - it all depends. Sometimes I buy a ticket at the airport just before departure - the same price would be at any travel agency.
It's not a standby - from what I know standby is travelling with a valid ticket issued for a different date. You turn up to the airport in hope that there are cancellations/no show ups.
There are no last minute deals - just low budget airlines or charter flights.
I don't think the airlines in other areas of the World play the same games, and make booking an airline reservation, such a miserable experience as here in the USA.
Hey I would say that of all the things I plan it's my flights, then I leave the rest up to chance and change, so I know when I enter and leave a country the rest in between is the adventure...
Cheap last minute flights are hard to come by these days as lots of people were doing it a few years ago so the airlines pulled the plug on it.
I totally agree with Mim, book your flight, once you land at a destination everything else falls into place, and if it doesn't then it's all part of the adventure.
I travelled out to Asia with a one-way ticket only and it's been absolutely great not being tied to any other plans, meaning that i can make it up as i go along. Additional flights are available cheap from travel agents or online for a week in advance or sooner, often much cheaper than they would've been if i booked well in advance.
I was travelling with people who all had RTW tickets and they had no problems in changing dates to accomodate their plans.