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1. Posted by r.burns (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi,

I'm doing a bit of early planning on a RTW trip I'm planning for early Jan 2008 (I know, stupidly early!). Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that a RTW ticket would be the most sensible option for me, as it stops me spending all my money and not being able to get home! However, due to the restrictions they put on the tickets, i'm having a few difficulties deciding on which one to go for.

I'm currently planning on (leaving from England) stopping briefly in Russia, then doing a month or two in Asia. From there I'd like to spend around 6 months in Australia on a working visa. After that i'd like to spend a month or two travelling from South America to the West Coast of North America (flying and over land), in preparation for travelling overland across the US to get a flight home. Ideally, somewhere on the itinerary I'd like to include Cuba, The Cook Islands and Fiji, however I haven't come across a single ticket that would allow me to do that yet.

Sorrow for the really long post! Any help would be greatly appreciated,

Thanks,

Rich

2. Posted by DianaR (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Hi Rich. Just wanted to tell you that if you need advice about Russia and especially Saint Petesburg you're welcome to contact me and I'd be glad to answer all your questions. We LOVED Saint Petersburg, Russia and would certainly come back again if we had a chance. My husband and I prefer flexibility when traveling and like being on our own and exploring cities in and out so we decided to arrange for private guide services to feel secure in such a foreign country. I was really uncertain about arranging guide services not through my travel agent but my fears were gone by the time we met with Svetlana. We found her on www.SaintPetersburgTour.com. She was absolutely adorable and friendly, very knowledgeable so that by the end of the day our heads were so full of exciting stories and useful information that one would need one more full day to sort everything out! Anyways, we absolutely did not regret that we hired her and would certainly recommend her to anyone who's interested and is planning a trip to such a beautiful city like Saint Petersburg. By the way, the trip turned out to be several times cheaper than some packages we were offered by our travel agent so that we just got plane tickets and had our visas with his help. Everything else we did on-line on our own. Diana

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Hi Rich,

When I was researching my trip I found the One World RTW tickets to be the most flexible and best value, in my opinion. YOu probably already know the gist of how they work, but you can basically choose your number of continents and then you will get a specifi number of flights within that continent.

In the end though, I found that the terms of the ticket were jsut too limiting for me, and I went with buynig single tickets as much as possible. This means that I am taking the miniumum of flights, usually just overseas ones, getting to do a lot of interesting overland travel and it's really not costing me a hell of a lot more really. I wouldn't worry overly about the last trip home. You could just leave a thousand at home with a relative or something to use as your fare home. Or whack it on the plastic! ;)

4. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

I'm currently planning on (leaving from England) stopping briefly in Russia, then doing a month or two in Asia. From there I'd like to spend around 6 months in Australia on a working visa. After that i'd like to spend a month or two travelling from South America to the West Coast of North America (flying and over land), in preparation for travelling overland across the US to get a flight home. Ideally, somewhere on the itinerary I'd like to include Cuba, The Cook Islands and Fiji, however I haven't come across a single ticket that would allow me to do that yet.

I think you'll have a really hard time finding a RWT that will let you follow your planned route. Almost all the RWT available on the market will only allow you to fly in one direction (no back-tracking), so the order of countries you've indicated above probably won't work on a RWT. Perhaps you're better off buying single one-way tickets as Samsara suggested.

5. Posted by paulandjes (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

I have just bought my RTW ticket and after much research decided on One World. They are pretty flexible and once booked you can change the dates and route for no cost!! However you cannot backtrack continents BUT you can backtrack in continents. I would spend the time looking into this one and for us it worked out much cheaper than any others and didn't have a km restriction either

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

The continent based oneworld ticket that a couple of people have mentioned is about the best one on the market. It is possible on that ticket to even get to Easter Island, if you wished to visit the most remote permanently habitated place on earth and also one of the most mysterious places on earth.

That ticket does have about the most options, I think it is also the only one that now currently flys to South America and like someone else mentioned it doesn't have a limitation on mileage, so if you have a frequent flyer program you can build the miles up pretty big if you get yourself a very undirect routing. I got about 48,000 miles on my 4 continent ticket.

It is a possibility to get to Cuba on the ticket, but is very difficult and certainly not adviseable when you want to include America as well. I have read things on another travel forum that America has got a thing about turning back tourists who have just visited Cuba. Supposedly even Americans have to get some special permission or some bullshit to be allowed to go to Cuba and come back to their own country.

An option which may appeal to you a bit is going Sydney-Auckland-Papeete-Easter Island-Santiago. That option is only available on the mileage based ticket though, otherwise Papeete isn't available on the One World ticket and Easter Island is very hard to get to on the ticket but still possible with some serious mucking about and large amounts of backtracking.

Have a great trip.

7. Posted by r.burns (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Wow, thanks for all your help! I actually came on to ask another question, as now my circumstances have changed and I'm going to be leaving in September this year instead. Very surprised that this thread has come back though! Thanks!

Anyway, I have now decided (as many of you have suggested) to go for the OneWorld ticket. In order to by pass the Cuba/USA problem, I am toying with the idea of leaving Cuba until last, so that I would finish in the USA and then fly to Cuba. However, as the OneWorld ticket uses American Airlines, and they refuse to fly you anywhere if Cuba is on your itinerary (!), I was thinking of 'suddenly deciding' to change my plans to include Cuba at the end of my travels in the USA. I have checked, and I'm fairly sure this would work in principle, however I'm not terribly sure if this could cause any other problems with my ticket - any thoughts?

Thanks to samsara2, KoalaGirl, and paulandjes for your advice - much appreciated! aharrold45 - I was actually looking into that Sydney-Auckland-Papeete-Easter Island-Santiago route earlier this evening! One mind! Thanks. DianaR - that is very kind of you to offer. At the moment I can't think of anything to ask you, however I'm sure your offer will be of use later on if that's okay?

Thanks,
Rich

8. Posted by rag7 (Budding Member 41 posts) 9y

Your are all mentioning the One World ticket, where is the best place to purchase this ticket from? Interested in looking into this ticket and would be grateful if someone could point me in the right direction of a website.Thanks

9. Posted by r.burns (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

The official website is http://www.oneworld.com/ - they have a useful program that you can download and plan your trip with. Not too sure where the best place to get them is from, but I'm fairly sure most travel agents sell them (though that is just an assumption, so I could be very wrong!)

Cheers,
Rich

10. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

I can't recall the wording of the Cuba issue properly, but you may be able to look in to doing something like the following:

Do your travel in the USA, make Miami as you 3rd last flight classed in the North American continent. Fly from Miami-Havana/Cuba-Cancun(Mexico)-somewhere else in Central/South America. Then you could make your way down to South America.

If you did that, it'd be avoiding landing in Cuba and having to re enter the USA, because instead you'd be leaving America to go to Cuba and then head to Mexico even though they are both still considered as part of the North American continent as far as the RTW ticket is concerned. Only problem with that though is that it would mean the whole thing of going to Easter Island, Papeete etc would be mucked up as you'd need to do a flight like Sydney-Honolulu-Los Angeles to get get mainland America from Australia without backtracking via Asia. It'd still be possible to get to Easter Island (although very difficult while still remaining within all the rules of the ticket) and uses at least 2 of the South American flights up).

Is Cuba really that important that you couldn't leave it to a future trip when it wouldn't screw your whole itinerary up and maybe the American government might have come to its senses and changed those bullcrap regulations (probably wishful thinking)? Couldn't you add somewheer like Montego Bay/Jamaica for a Carribbean type experience and save yourselve the huge hassels you are getting with trying to include Cuba? If you did Montego Bay, you can fly from Miami-Montego Bay-New York within the rules of the ticket.

Goodluck.