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RTW ticket or pay as I go? Confused/excited girl, help!

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1. Posted by ponderosa (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,

I'm planning on travelling from around october this yr, but as it stands my plans are quite sketchy and i'm just researching everything at the minute. My areas of interest are: New York, Southern Asia (Nepal) & Central Europe (Prague, Italy...wherever an inter-rail ticket takes me). Everything is subject to developing and incorporating other viable places into the trip, money permitting of course.

But...I am unsure of whether to invest in a RTW ticket when my plans are finalized, or to wing it from one place to another when i'm there?? I'll be staying in hostels and living on a pretty modest budget, so any temporary work i could find would be ace. I don't know if the RTW ticket would be restrictive, or alternatively if it's the most sensible and safe option?

I'd appreciate any advice or ideas, or hearing from anyone else who's of the same mindset to see some of these places this yr. At the grand old age of 25 (!) i'm going to be travelling alone given all my circle are either married or are resticted by proper jobs, so i'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by planning all this and making the right choices

thanks!
kate x

2. Posted by aliyoung99 (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

Hello!
What kind of budget are you planning on? I personally think its better to do exactly what you want.... write down a list of everywhere you want to go and the reasons why for each one. Then pick the top destinations and book it... my girlfriend and i agonised over places to go and after two months of indecision, sat down and did what i mentioned... We booked it in Feb and leave on 13th Sept...(Way heh!)

RTW tickets give you a bit of a safety net (i.e.. you will be able to get home if you run out of money etc... but on the other hand, kind of restricts your travel to the lenght of the ticket.)

Its your chance to do whatever you want... So do it!

3. Posted by ponderosa (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Hey Ali,

I'm looking at having around £4000 and hoping this will keep me on the road for 6 months, possibly more if i'm V sensible! No idea whether this is a practical amount, but i'm hoping i can find bits of work in places and providing i keep it budget in NY, my destinations after that will easily be less costly.

I do need to reach a definite itinerary before i get too caught up in everything else i know. But still remains; RTW Ticket & have a safe structure as a single traveller or freewheel it along the way in the knowledge oppurtunities/distractions/money shortages may arise when i get to places. I know the RTW ticket would cut air costs & offer me a set out plan to guide me whilst on my own (and be less daunting?), so maybe i should resolve to just do that. Hmm.

Have a great time dude, can't wait til i'm past the million & one choices and in the same exciting position!

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 27, 2006 11:43 AM by ponderosa ]

4. Posted by aliyoung99 (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

hi again!

Im taking the same amount of money as you when i go (excluding my air ticket) and im planning to be away for 12 months.. working along the way will help (i hope) so maybe you could try that? Again it all depends on what kind of trip you want. if you are spontaneous then wing your trip and book flights out there... check the costs of internal flights etc and then go see someone from STA.. they were so helpful with us...

Good luck.. if i can help any more just ask!

5. Posted by ponderosa (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Thanks, very much appreciated!

From comparing budgets i'm beginning to feel more confident about my funds now, and yes i'm thoroughly open to the possibilty of finding work. As yet, what and where i've no idea...but i believe it would be relatively easy to find work in Europe??, which will be the last leg of the trip.

As it goes, i booked an appointment with a Sta representative today for mon, so I plan to be less messy come this time next week. Or at least be armed with many more definite well-formed questions!

k

6. Posted by aliyoung99 (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

let me know how it goes!

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 10y

Although I personally winged it, I think most RTW tickets do offer quite some flexibility with changing flights (just as long as you keep going in the same east to west, or west to east direction), and since you're going for only six months, that does seem like the most obvious way to add some structure to the trip. (You could easily spend 6 months in most countries on this planet without getting bored, so it's good to have some incentive to go to the next place.) :)

8. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 10y

I think you need to look at the cost options as well. You dont seem to be going to many destinations by plane, and that is what the RTW world ticket is designed for. Try and find out how much it would cost you to go point to point and compare it with the RTW price. Personally i would rather the RTW flight, if u book with some agencies you are able to change ur dates / places u fly into and out of. Sometimes for a small fee and sometimes this is part of the ticket.

Just something to think about perhaps....?

9. Posted by ponderosa (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

Knowing you can change dates on the RTW ticket is definitely a big help for me, if only to be assured the option is there & as far as i know it's not mega costly either. And #Nickla, i would like to look into a couple more stop off's i guess if i did go for that option, get the most for my money/time.

I spoke to a guy a while back who was very anti the RTW notion and has given me some hesitation, he told me he'd carefully planned his trip - but when it came to it, his plans where blown out of the water because he met people who influenced him, got wind of new ideas & places he'd never ever considered before, so forsaked the last 2 stops of his RTW ticket to go off explore other places for a 18 months!

I guess given £££ doesn't flow quite that freely with me, i'm edging towards the RTW as i'll need to keep myself focused in some way. Despite my uncertainty above, it's probably a blessing to have ticket costs out of the way when i'm the other side of the sphere!

10. Posted by speedo (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

hi there , i went through a similair process when deciding about rtw tickets or just winging it , i came up with a couple of answers hope they help
1 you can specify rtw tickets that can be altered for different destinations £50 to change with ba
2 some countrys you may have problems getting a visa with no onward flight booked
3 atleast with a rtw ticket you will have a rough itinery to keep you moving
4 if it all goes horribly wrong you still have a ticket home
5 if you use 75% of your ticket you probably will not have lost out even if you give up the last 25% to carry on travelling
hope this helps , it is just my opinion so feel free to take no notice at all
cheers jon