Getting an 1-yr air ticket is a good deal if you are short of time and aim to visit as many places as possible. However, if u go on a route overland meanwhile u may fell like 'time is passing by and I should be enjoying my ticket'! This feelling may create a legion of 'big-cities-visitors'.
Maybe a good option for those who plan to travel longer is to buy a couple of intercontinental tickets and do most of the trip overland.
By this point of view, when the 1-yr ticket is worthwhile?
It depends on how much overland travelling you are planning on doing. If you are going to land in London and travel overland Europe and Asia, then a RTW ticket doesn't make much sense.
If you are only going to visit a few countries (or a small region) and then move over a large distance to a new region, a RTW ticket could make sense.
I think the key thing with RTW tickets is to understand the restrictions and limitiations and have a plan in place of how you plan to use it. If you aren't willing to put a plan in place (because you want to stay open to following where the road takes you), then I would stay away from a RTW ticket.
Most of the RTW tickets actually come in smaller packages too, either based on milage flown or continents traveled, at least if you go with either of the big airline alliances (star alliance, and oneworld), or many of the consoldators. What that really means is that you can book anywhere from 3-6 continents in a single year. I've been toying with the idea of a 3 continent 12 month ticket, and then buying whatever else I need after that, but I think even 3 continents in 12 months could feel rushed.
Im confused with this situation as well !
As im planning to go to Oz/NZ for a years WHV, im starting to think bout the flights to get there.
The thing is - im set to go via Brazil,(Rio Grande de Sul) as i have a cousin who lives there, so im gonna drop off there for 4-6 weeks and then possibly continue on through Argentina and into Chile.
Anybody know how much flights would be from chile to new zealand or Oz???
From my cousins talk in the past £500 or £600 will take me to Sao Paulo in Brazil!
Im also thinking would it be cheaper just to an RTW??
or is it possible to buy like an open RTW where you can sorta jump on and off as you please (ive friends in plenty of other places id love to see)
When you buy a RTW ticket, you need to set an itinerary. However, you can make changes to the itinerary along the way, therefore you can make a "hop on / hop off" ticket and be flexible along the way.
There are restrictions on what is and is not possible to do with the ticket.
The best thing to do with regards to pricing is to figure out what you are going to do, and then get the tickets priced out for you by a travel agent.
Well for now , im set for brazil first then overland to chile perhaps for a month or two and then to Oz for a year's WHV at least - after that i dont know whats happening! so where do i go from here??
If you are leaving from the UK and going to be spending more than 1 year away without returning to the UK, then you will not be able to buy a RTW ticket. For a RTW ticket, you need to start and end your travels in the same country and complete your travels within a year.