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1. Posted by frances64 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Ive never organised my own holiday, or been to many places abroad and i dont know where to start. I would like to go to places like new zealand, russia, canada, etc. I would like to book it all together eg, flights, accomodation, taxes, etc. Is this possible? what are the best travel agencies, websites, any information would be very helpfull as i haven't got a clue where to start!

thanks, fran.

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Usually, when travelling RTW you will travel for at least a couple of months. And the best way to arrange it, will be to buy a RTW ticket (including taxes) and nothing more. Maybe a few nights of accomodation at arrival and a guide book for the first weeks.
For you a possible option would be to fly to Moscow, take the Transsib to Beijing and maken your way down from there to Bangkok, on to New Zealand and then to North America and back home.
There are many agencies selling RTW tickets (google a bit and you will see), with most of the time a minimum number of stops of about 3 that will cost somewhere near 1500 USD.
Try to get only flights where travelling over land is not possible, that is to australia/new zealand, from there to the US and to London again.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 31, 2007, at 12:07 PM by Utrecht ]

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

If you are 19 years old and a student like your profile says, the last thing you need is an organised tour like old people with a lot of money often go on. If you are a student, one thing that you should definitely do before you leave if you go to Russia is get a student card through STA travel. That card will save you a mini fortune in Russia at the tourist sites. You get free entry in to the Hermitage and 50% off all other entry fees. Also if you do decide on something like Utrecht mentions for an itinerary, do not just go to Moscow, be sure to at least see St Petersburg as well. You should allow at least 5 days for Moscow and 7 days for St Petersburg, because they both have a real lot to see in and around the city. Just seeing inside the Hermitage can easily take a full day if you like art. A trip to Peterhof is a day trip as is a trip to Catherines Palace which are both really amazing sites to check out. You'd then need to allow the extra days for getting from Moscow-Beijing on the train which you may wish to stop at a couple of places in Russia along the way and also may like the idea of going to Mongolia. You'll need a visa for Russia in advance which is a bit of a pain to get, but the country is well worth visiting. You need to set dates for Russia and stick to them (if you tried to make your visa for the full 30 days which is the maximum, then it would allow for some flexibility, but be sure not to make it for the exact day you'd plan on leaving but at least a couple of days after, because the Russian immigrations people are very fussy and painful to deal with).

Most students in UK seem to go to STA travel to arrange tickets, so that is probably the cheap place in UK for RTW tickets, but not living there I am not 100% sure on that side of things.

Instead of going Bangkok-New Zealand, perhaps you could get a flight from Singapore-Darwin and then make your way overland-Sydney or Melborne (if you have plenty of time) and from Sydney or Melbourne fly to Auckland or Christchurch, then make your way to South America to then make your way up north to Canada or maybe just get from New Zealand-Los Angeles and then do something in US before heading to Canada and then back to UK. It would depend a lot on how adventurous you feel like being, because your options are endless if you plan it yourself. It also save you a considerable amount of money planning yourself instead of getting a package tour. For example a tour I did in Vietnam which would have cost no more than $400AUD, costs close to $2000AUD in this travel brochure and my tour even went to more places than the one costing $2000AUD.

Have a great trip whatever you decide on.

4. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 9y

I started my planning at STA travel. They're all really friendly and helpful, and they can give you plently of ideas even if you're not completely sure of what you want to do. Their website lets you look at pre-arranged itineraries or have a go at making up your own, so that's quite good to play with.

Have fun planning :)


5. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 9y

haha i work for STA Travel and yep, we are friendly and helpful

we are also all over the world and specialise in RTW trips

pop into your local branch and enjoy

joey ;)

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

Hi. 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 answerall 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 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.