My sister, friend and I are English teachers in Japan. Our tour of duty ends this summer and we're planning on taking the long way back home to the US-by going west over Asia instead of East over the Pacific.
We're planning to travel for about 5-6 months and want to buy RTW tickets. Here are my questions:
1. Is it possible to buy tickets starting from one place (Japan) and ending up in another (the US)?
2. Is it possible to get tickets where we fly into one city (ie, Bejing) and out of a different city (ie, Shanghai), or do we have to back track every time?
3. Are there any recommended RTW tickets?
Thanks for your help!
You might have trouble buying this ticket, as it isn't actually a "Round the World" trip you want to do is it?
I think they usually have to start and finish in the same country, but I won't swear to it.
On the other hand, there is no problem leaving a country from a different place to the one where you entered, having travelled 'overland' in between. Sometimes, you have to travel in the direction of the ticket i.e. if your RTW ticket takes you west to east, then your next flight must be further east if you see what I mean.
I think you will have to find a good travel agent for this one, but I can recommend Star Alliance RTW tickets, although I'm not sure they'll do exactly what you want.
Good luck though.
Steve is right. A Round The World ticket needs to start and end in the same country. If you want to start in one place and end up in another, you are better off buying the tickets point to point.
Landing in one city and leaving from another is called an open jaw. Most RTW tickets only allow a limited number of open jaws. If you are planning on doing it more than once or twice, you again are better off buying point to point tickets.