i am really stuck and need some help
i am planning to do a round the world trip september 2006. but need some advice on where to go. also with rtw tickets do you have to plan your exact journey or can you decide where to go next from the country you are in?
any help appriciated
Where to go is totally up to you! Everyone on here will have their own favourite places but at the end of the day it's you who will have to make the decision yourself. My route sees me going through India-Sri Lanka-Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore-New Zealand-Fiji-Mexico-Washington-New York-Home. I got my ticket with STA Travel and as long as I didn't go over 30,000 air miles it cost me £1299 plus tax. I've got all my flights pre-booked but when we fly into Thailand we are not boarding another aircraft until Singapore. We are doing SE Asia overland which cuts out getting any flights. I'm sure that you can move to a country and then book flights to another place but it will work out more expensive, you'd be better to get a RTW ticket. I'm not doing Oz or South America but that shouldn't put you off doing those countries, it just depends on how long you want to be away and how big the bank balance is!
Hope this helps but I know how you feel, I was exactly the same last year. If you want anymore help and if I can I will, just send me a message.
thankyou very much paul for your help.
did you jut let STA travel know where you want to go and they fixed you up wih a price? or are there specific places you have to go for specific prices?
I did pretty much the same as Paul with STA. I just went in with a list of countries I wanted to go to, they told me which order was best for a RTW ticket and which places it was easy to skip a flight from (ie SE Asia is easy to get around without air travel), then I booked it. I did go slightly over the allowed mileage, but I just paid an extra 200 pounds, which isn't alot to get exactly the trip you want is it? Normally STA consultants know what they're talking about and would also advise you on up and downsides of any place you're not sure about visiting.
Oh, and on changing the flights, that's possible too, you just need to find the nearest office and tell them what you want to do. Bear in mind that there will be a fee for this though.
Also, join an airmiles club, you will probably have points enough to buy yourself an extra flight by the time you're halfway.
Good luck and have fun!