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1. Posted by Moony Moon (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Not sure if anyone has any info on this.

Am looking at getting a rtw ticket, but not flying back to England. Would be looking at flying from London to Asia, travelling round and eventually ending in Oz and using my working visa for a full 12 months and just booking a flight home at the end of the 12 months.

so in effect, could be away for two years.

So, basically can you get a one way ticket?

I have asked STA / Travelbag, but just wondered in the meantime if anyone had done this?

Cheers

Dale

2. Posted by Rubymurray (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

Hi Moony moon

I got a pretty good deal on a RTW ticket, I will be in and around Asia for 5 months then visiting OZ for a couple of months finally ending in NZ where I have a 12 month working holiday visa.

The ticket I got is only valid for 12 months so as you can see the numbers don't really add up!! I will probably bite the bullet and pay for my flight back once my visa has expired rather than cut my trip short. I'm pretty sure it's a lot cheaper to do it like this than pay for standard holiday tickets.

I don't think there is many if any companies that will do a RTW ticket over 12 months, not 100% sure though so let me know if you find one.

Hope I have helped a bit

Ruby

3. Posted by Moony Moon (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Yeah cheers for that, i thought that i may have to just not use my return flight.

Seems to be the best and only way of travelling for over a year and not getting too screwed on flight prices!

Suppose if the sh!t hits the fan can always book a flight back on the old credit card!

4. Posted by Rubymurray (Budding Member 62 posts) 8y

That's why the trusty credit card was invented!!

5. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

check out travelcuts you might have to give them a call as their website is a little hard to navigate but they have a phone number online. My return ticket is already set but I can push the date back up to 24 months past my original departure date. don't know if that's what you're looking for though.

I'm leaving philadelphia to sydney to cairns to auckland to philadelphia, I imagine you could add in a bunch of other destinations in there to make it a RTW.

6. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

also, did you already get a working visa from australia? from my experience...they won't issue one if you don't show a paid for/confirmed flight out of their country before your visa expires.

7. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y

All RTW tickets only have a validity of 12 months from the first day of travel. What you could do in a trip like yours is do the 1/2 way round the world part and then commence your WHV. From the part your ticket that would show you as landing in Australia, you would then just make as direct as possible itinerary from Sydney-London in the direction that would make it a round the world ticket. So probably something like Sydney-Los Angeles-London would be about the most direct routing that would allow your travel to continue in the direction it would need to be to make it a valid rtw ticket. If you plan on arriving in Australia well before the 12 month part of your ticket, then make the date for closer to your time in Australia just to save you possible hassels with the travel agency having problems issuing the ticket.

Doing the last bit of your itinerary to make the RTW valid should then be as direct as possible with only making necessary stops due to no direct flight or none that go across the Pacific which is what you'd need to do if the starting bit sees you going to Asia first.

If you did what I've said above but made the return bit late in that 12 month validity of the ticket, it would show proof of a flight departing Australia if they request to see this proof despite the fact you'd have no intentions of getting that flight out of Australia that is shown on your rtw ticket.

Not sure if North America is on your agenda anytime in your two years, but maybe if the weather isn't going to be too bad in the USA you could consider going from England-North America-Australia then making the fake bit going as direct as possible back to London. By doing this after you finish in Australia you could get a cheap flight to Asia on Tiger (mainly flies to Singapore), Air Asia (flies out of the Gold Coast/Coolangatta-Kuala Lumpur) or Viva Macau (flies from Sydney-Macau a few times a week) and then get a cheap flight to London possibly on Oasis airlines which has bargain fares from Hong Kong. All those budget airlines are really cheap if you book well in advance and get the specials but if you miss out or leave it late to book, they can rise quite a lot. If North America wasn't on the agenda then just stick with the way you had it but otherwise you should change it to save yourself money. Getting to mainland North America from Australia is far more expensive than getting to Asia and then to Europe using the cheapest airlines possible. If you weren't planning on USA then forget I mentioned all this last section.

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 2, 2008, at 2:19 AM by aharrold45 ]

8. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Hi Dale, thats funny I am in the exact same situation as yourself. I too am intending to go for 2 years, flying to india first and then my last stop will be america, so in total 12 mnths travelling. I then, as you do want to go on to Australia and work my way around for a year, aswell as NZ. I too need help on what to do. I'm a bit confused with all the above info! When are you off, my plan is to leave Sept 08. Please let me know any info you find. Hope you sort it out.

Good Luck:)

9. Posted by j4cko1984 (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

Mate check this link out :

http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/travel/holiday_type/gap_travel/article1649639.ece

Its travel round the world for £500 from the times, so you could check the differetn countries ye want to go to and see the airlines that they have here, Ih vae checked a few out and pretty dam cheap!

Hope it helps.
Jay

10. Posted by Moony Moon (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Jay, cheers for that.

Theres some really good info on there.

If i decide to ditch my final leg home and stay in oz, at least i could get myself home on budget flights

Dale