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1. Posted by mtemes (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

I'm planning a 4 month trip around the world and am tempted to book flights from destination to destination. Anyone have experience with this? Is it always better to book the rtw trip in its entirety before leaving?

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 11y


I'd say it depends on your route and what you want to do, but I went with a company called Air Treks I was able to book the first leg of my trip and then the second leg at a later date. It worked out pretty well and you are able to change the dates of flights as you go along. Depending on how many stops you are making I may not recommend just buying one-way tiks all the way through.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y


I'm booking flights as I go. Havent actually left yet but have just booked the first few flights. It's definitely the more expensive option, I'd say, but it's worth it to have the freedom of making it up as you go. Depends on what you want from your trip...

A RTW ticket restricts you to a least if you buy individual tickets you can stay on the road for longer than that, but seeing as you're going for just 4 months, mayeb the RTW ticket would be a better option. But, not all individual flights are a rip-off and you mught find some good deals. Buying cheap fligths on-line is a good option. For example, I just paid €158 for a flight from Shannon to NYC and then a further $360 from NYC to Lima, which I think are both bargains!

The killer is getting a really long-haul flight (e.g. from somewhere in South America on to, say, NZ...thats where it's really going to hurt).

If you decide to opt for lots of overland travel though, that will bring the cost down too. Plus, overland travel allows you to see more of the various landscapes and meet more ppl than you would if you were flying, obviously.

I dont know if any of that is any help ...;)

4. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

The killer is getting a really long-haul flight
(e.g. from somewhere in South America on to, say, NZ...thats where it's really going to hurt).


Marlene, I would think that a RTW ticket would be a lot cheaper.Check out the tickets for the continents that you want to visit, you may have to set the destinations in stone but the dates can always be changed.. depending on where you are visiting you may need a ticket out to actually gain entry... good luck with the planning!

5. Posted by Mclaren697 (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hi, although I haven't actually left yet I've booked a one way ticket to Bangkok for October, and am going to buy tickets as I go. I've researched into it and I think it'll work out cheaper, as well as providing much more flexibility and freedom...

Also Hi everyone, this is my first post on the forum!

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Hello Mclaren!
Welcome to Travellerspoint!