Hello all I'm a newbe
I'm looking at going on my first big travelling adventure hopefully end of this year or very early next year and would like to know if anyone can recomend good companies to get a round the world ticket from, websites i've been looking at are
and an American site
Has anyone got any personnel recomendations for companies to use, I'm hoping to go to South Africa, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Possibly somewhere like Fiji. San francisco, New York then back home to England. Haven't decided how long I want to go for yet but hey any advice on where to get tickets from would be great
Thanks for the help
I got mine through Sta, http://www.statravel.co.uk they were really helpfull and would definately recommend them.
Best of luck.
Ive just booked my round the world ticket with Thomas Cook, they were fantastic, really helpful. Plus i did not have to pay for the whole thing in one go, they let me put a deposit down and the rest has to be paid in 3 months time, which was really handy for me. My plans are london - bangkok - singapore - cairns - sydney - Aulkland - fiji - LA - london all for £1300 which i thought was a bargin!
Id recommend them. it was so much nicer going into a shop and talking to someone about this rather than on the phone, a bit more real feeling.
I wish you all the best, happy booking
airtreks is a well known and established company for this kind of trip and have a lot of people who really know their stuff. I can't speak for the other groups but I do know that airtreks is reputable - and I'd buy from them in an instant.
I've bought a few from STA and been happy.
I also bought from STA and I was very happy with the service I got in the UK, though the guy I spoke to in the Potts Point office was rude - maybe it was a bad day though.
You don't really need a 'company' to book your RTW trip.
You can pretty much plan your itinerary on here. I have found some of the flight details to be slightly incorrect but if you cross check the relevant flight with the actual airline website, you can't go wrong.
When you're ready to book ,you can phone British Airways and book all the RTW flights this way. I did this in 2004 and will be doing it again in a couple of months. I think the prices are excellent and the airlines are 'good'. If you're like me, i'd rather fly from Hong kong to Beijing with a company like Cathay pacific, rather that Dragon Air or something. You only have to pay approx £75 deposit and then the balance approx 2-3 wks before you go.
Me and the missus booked our RTW flights about a week ago. The route is: London > Rio (overland to) Santiago > Auckland (overland to) Christchurch > Melbourne (Overland to) Cairns > Bali > Singapore (overland to) Bangkok > Hong Kong > London. Leaving in September it cost us £1365 each.
We used a company called Travel Nation (http://www.travel-nation.co.uk) - they are based in Brighton, and we had originally planned to go down there and have a chat but the guy I got in touch with via Email (email@example.com) was so helpful we never actually needed to. Their website is pretty informative too, especially for first time backpackers like us.
I did have a rough idea of the route we wanted to take and I sourced quotes from elsewhere including some of the previously mentioned companies but they worked out the cheapest by a long way and were able to include Melbourn and Bali connections where other agents couldn't. Trailfinders didn't even bother getting back to me.
Hope that helps,