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Need some RTW planning advice!

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1. Posted by TEmery (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Hey guys!

I've recently been looking into doing a RTW travel... I've been on the OneWorld trip planner and planned everywhere I want to go. When it comes to choosing flights, how do you find flights that are after a date where the info is available? Do you have to book some flights whilst on your trip?

I will be going for around 9 months, seeing some of Europe, North/South America, Australia etc...

I was just wondering how you go about sorting all the visa's, right of passage etc... it just seems like such a mojor task, and I don't know where to start.

I have done some travelling before, but on a much smaller scale (1 month around some of America).

Any help you can give would be much appreciated!

2. Posted by Laura173 (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y

I found going to a travel agent was the best way to get started. They would point you in the right direction and they can even book things for you once you have everything sorted.

Plus, its free!

3. Posted by KatherineF (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Well...

I'm thinking about RTW travel, and need as little assistance!
So here goes, off the top of my head!

1. With around the world tickets, how long can you stay in each destination? The whole idea of travelling from one place to another sounds fantastic, but is your time in each place limited? (Does it depend on the travel agent?)

2. How long is your ticket valid?

3. Where are some good destinations that you have been to and would recommend?

4. Costs? In the simplist form.. if possible!

5. With travel expenses, additional cost etc what would you recommend that would make the travels so much easier that you wouldn't think of planning?

Thanks heaps!!! PLEASE HELP..

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

Quoting KatherineF

Well...

I'm thinking about RTW travel, and need as little assistance!
So here goes, off the top of my head!

1. With around the world tickets, how long can you stay in each destination? The whole idea of travelling from one place to another sounds fantastic, but is your time in each place limited? (Does it depend on the travel agent?)

2. How long is your ticket valid?

3. Where are some good destinations that you have been to and would recommend?

4. Costs? In the simplist form.. if possible!

5. With travel expenses, additional cost etc what would you recommend that would make the travels so much easier that you wouldn't think of planning?

Thanks heaps!!! PLEASE HELP..

You could spend 11 months in one place if you really rushed the rest of your itinerary, but if you did something like that you may find yourself getting denied entry in to a country because they think you are going to overstay/break the rules of your tourist visa. It would be a bit different if you landed in Cairo and departed from Johannesburg and left a lot of time in the middle, because this would most likely mean you plan on doing a huge overland expedition which realistically takes many months.

A RTW ticket is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the first date of departure (if you changed your departure date after booking that doesn't matter it still is 12 months from the original departure date).

Good destinations that I have been to, well without knowing any of your interests what you plan to do while your away etc, place that I have been which I consider really good may or may not suit your likes/dis likes.

Costs can not really even be estimated with any sort of certainty without having any sort of itinerary. Taxes could vary from a $500 for a very basic rtw route to well over $1000 in taxes for a bit more complicated route that includes expensive airports like Sydney, London and Los Angeles. The fare before taxes can also vary greatly for a couple of thousand dollars to over $4000 for an economy class fare depending on which alliance you book which and which ticket.

On a RTW trip unless you want to spend thousands of dollars more their is nothing you can really do to make it easier without planning to some degree. The best you can really do is land in one city and depart from another ie land in Kiev/Ukraine and depart from Oslo/Norway a couple of months later meaning you could make your own itinerary up in that middle section. Even then if you need to apply for a visa prior to arrival in a place such as Russia, you would need a degree of planning due to various rules relating to your visa.

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

Quoting TEmery

I've recently been looking into doing a RTW travel... I've been on the OneWorld trip planner and planned everywhere I want to go. When it comes to choosing flights, how do you find flights that are after a date where the info is available? Do you have to book some flights whilst on your trip?

That oneworld trip planner is pretty useless when you are planning a while in advance. Best thing I found was to download the destination guide pdf file from the One World site. The file I am talking about tells you all airports that the alliance flies to and from and also tells you which days of the week the flights depart on. This means that if you access the calandar you should be able to see what date you need to go on to get that flight.

A travel agent is able to look for flights a very maximum of 364 days in advance, but normally it is 11 months in advance with the majority of airlines. With RTW tickets you need to be aware that sometimes you may need to re arrange your itinerary a bit to make it so you can see the places you want. This is especially the case in South America where flights are not that easy to come by on the rtw ticket. You are very limited as to where you can fly from to get to South America and also where you can fly out of South America from. Basically the only options for getting to South America from Europe is Madrid. A couple of flights every so often leave from Barcelona and I think one does from London but the majority are from Madrid. Flights out of South America are almost as limited.

Depending on what passport you hold, a lot of countries do not require you to have a visa prior to arrival. When you do have to apply for them usually it isn't too bad as long as you have some proof of onward travel. Some places like Russia and now China like to make life difficult for tourists when getting a visa, but the majority of countries are pretty easy going to get a visa if you hold a passport of a major country like US, Australia, UK or Canada. If you hold a Chinese passport, some african country passport or that sort of thing then it would be difficult.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 8, 2008, at 3:30 AM by aharrold45 ]

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7. Posted by fussy (Inactive 208 posts) 8y

Flights: from our research, cheapest option is RTW fare, we found travel nation(UK) cheapest. We live in rural UK, local travel agent could not match thelondon based agencies flight prices. Aslo we found we couldn't book all the flights ourselves independantly as too many carriers involved.

We leave in oct '08, so we have started injections and visa gathering. Visas depend on your nationality, where you are going and to some extent how you arrive (ie land or sea). There is a great site I found that is good for staring, as a new member I cannot give url however I can tell you the name, Tucan Travel Visa inforamtion.

We have our indian and nepalese visa, about to get china. We have done them no trouble ourselves via downloaded forms from internet and good old royal mail. There are a lot of agencies that will get visas for you, I think their fees are too high.

Decide where you want to go, get your air ticket, then you can start on the rest. A bit at a time. Have fun.