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1. Posted by Ivory (Full Member 6 posts) 10y

In the process of preparing for 10 months RTW trip this fall. Itinerary at this point will go east to west beginning in NZ/Australia up to China and south through SE Asia then over to India, down to East Africa and ending in N.Africa/E.Europe and the Mediterranean. We've done a lot of pricing online of RTW tickets but are concerned about being tied into specific dates and regretting our choices. Any advice on what the price comparison is for buying tickets as we go instead? Also, any travel agencies one would reccomend for this kind of thing?

2. Posted by zellyuk (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

hi sivory
my boyfriend and i were planning our rtw trip last month and had the same questions. we planned to go to south america, new zealand, oz, fiji, thailand then home maybe through europe. we didnt want to be restricted to specific plans and our main concern was having to come home within a year. we talked to various companies (STA travel, trailfinders etc) and priced up routes on the internet. in the end we booked a one way ticket to oz, stopping in south america for 3months and new zealand for 2. once we get to sydney we will plan again from there. our tickets cost £600 each (rtw ticket at least £1600) and will give us the flexibility we needed. although we will still obviously have to pay for the rest of our trip home from oz through thailand, for us, this was the best option.
hope this helps, enjoy planning yor trip.xxxx

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 10y

If you are going Oz to Asia, North Africa and Europe, it is feasible to go mainly overland. You will need only a few flights, mostly to get past problematic countries like Saudi-Arabia or to cover long distances and a flight from Europe back to Oz. You could book them as you go with local airlines, which often are not available online.

4. Posted by Steve-o (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Quoting sivory

In the process of preparing for 10 months RTW trip this fall. Itinerary at this point will go east to west beginning in NZ/Australia up to China and south through SE Asia then over to India, down to East Africa and ending in N.Africa/E.Europe and the Mediterranean. We've done a lot of pricing online of RTW tickets but are concerned about being tied into specific dates and regretting our choices. Any advice on what the price comparison is for buying tickets as we go instead? Also, any travel agencies one would reccomend for this kind of thing?

I presume you are starting the RTW journey from the US based on your profile.

I would suggest looking for a RTW ticket that has some flexibility in it where you can change your dates of travel. Different RTW tickets have different rules, so you would need to look for one that best meets your needs.

Many countries also require that you have proof of onward travel when you go through Immigrations. This could potentially be a problem if you buy tickets as you go. When I travel to different countries, sometimes I am asked by the immigrations officer for proof of return or onward travel. A few years ago I booked a FF award ticket to London with Northwest Airlines, but my outbound travel was on Continental (a partner airline). Continental had no record of my return leg and requested to see proof of onward travel before checking me in. If I were denied entry to the UK because I lacked proof of onward travel, the airline - Continental in this case - would be subject to a fine and also be required to transport me back.

I would check the entry requirements for all of the countries you are going to - the last thing you want is to be denied entry or get into a sticky situation because you have no proof of onward travel.

As far as price differences, I suspect purchasing the RTW ticket would be cheapest. Using ramdon dates I would suggest you go to a booking site and see how much all of your segments would cost if purchased seperately. Look at both one-way and round-trip pricing, as round-trip advance purchases are often cheaper. Also remember the budget carriers when looking at segment pricing - not all budget carriers are on the major booking sites and require you book directly with them (i.e. JetStar Asia, Virgin Blue, Virgin Pacific ... JetStar International, a budget division of Qantas International should be starting up soon).

Good Luck!

Steve-O -

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

5. Posted by g_trekkers (Budding Member 27 posts) 10y

Hi,

I would recommend a RTW because they end up being much cheaper. They all come with different conditions, but make sure you get one that allows you change your flight times/dates.

Good Luck

6. Posted by Scrotum (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

I would also recommend a Round the World Ticket for several reasons.

1. Its cheaper, it is, no question.
2. As flexibility would be the only reason anyone would buy the tickets separately, i would like to wave a flag for all the companies (Alliance and all).

They are Really Very very good. If not on any extreme, almost on the most basic tickets you can change the dates and destinations, and on the most flexible ones you can do it without a charge.

The price for changing the tickets (normally), is hardly worth noticing, and its really easy and problem free. I would only recommend to solve it from the start, and then IF you for some reason want change, you can cash out the extra cost quite easily.

OK there might be one other reason to why i would choose separate tickets, and i guess that would be the chance to see more. You can take Trains instead of Flights, you can take Boars instead od Flight, You can suddenly decide to take the Boat from Java to Sri Lanka instead of flying. But in all honesty, you should decide before you go if your doing such things. RTW ticket is the way to go *promise*.

7. Posted by Scrotum (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

ADDED:

I saw you where an american so i just wanted to point out to you that you will need a VISA when you travel to certain countries.

A Visa is a sort of approval from the country you visiting that you are allowed to enter, i met many americans whom think that "i am american of course i can go and do anything i want", but reality does not work like that.

Also, i sugget that you find out as much as possible about the country you visit, and respect the culture and not act like your in the States. No insult intended, but very very few americans ever leave their country, and the few that do walk around the world thinking that they are better the nanyone else (because of their culture). So i hope you show respect towards other cultures in the world.

Just a note, maybe your not one of does, which is good, but better safe then sorry :)

Be Well.

8. Posted by Ivory (Full Member 6 posts) 10y

Thanks so much for all the feedback. After hours at STA and online and on the phone with others who have done it, we've actually decided to throw caution to the wind and start with just one one way ticket. STA has a great return and flexibility policy and their "RTW Ticket" is mearly a string of one ways that they don't require to buy in advance. Plus by taking the South Pacific off the agenda we'd save a ton of money and buy us an extra month in Asia. So that's the plan. Buying a one way to Osaka this weekend!!

I've never used one of these sites before so I just wanted to say thanks again, I didn't know people would be so helpful. (Also thanks to the swedish guy with the anti-american pointers -- you mean a visa is more than a plastic card my daddy uses to buy me everything i want?? Give me a break. My grandmother immigrated from Stockholm, I like to think she passed along some discretion and class to the rest of us along the way... Besides, half the fun of travelling as an American is getting to make up ridiculous stories about where you're really from) ;)

9. Posted by HeedTaken (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

No kidding.

Scrotum, there is no need to condescend to us because of our nationality. It is quite bigoted to do so. As travellers, participating in a travel forum, I think it is a safe assumption to make that we are familiar with the visa process. If your only exposure to "Americans" is the odd beligerant drunkard university student on holiday, you have been sorely underexposed to the vast spectrum of culture represented by the nearly 300 million people residing in the 3.7 million square miles (9.1 million square KM) of the North American continent that the United States occupies.

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y

Hiya,

I had the same debate before I left on my travels last January. The biggest problem for me was that you can only get a RTW ticket for 12 months, and that just really didnt suit me.

In the end, by keeping a very close eye on internet airfares I got ridiculously cheap fares. My two main airfares cost me US$118 from ireland to NYC and then US$360 from NYC to Lima!

My next flight is costing me US$1300 from Rio de J. to Auckland. That´s a bit of a killer.

When I enquired about the RTW ticket back at home it was going to cost me about €2600. So, so far, I see that I´m not doing too badly really. I think if you look for cheap airfares they are out there..it just means a bit of time trawling the net.

I definitely dont regret the decision...you are so free..no dates or times to stick to. Its great! That said, anyone I have talked to who is on a RTW ticket seems pretty happy with it. ç

Hope that helps! :)