I am going on a rtw trip starting in November. For anyone who has done a rtw trip or intending on doing any traveling for that matter, how did you go about planning your trip without having to pre-purchase every single ticket?
Most countries require exit tickets, so I'm a bit confused as to how I can do a rtw trip over the base of a year or more and not have to pre-purchase 3/4 of my trip before I even leave! I have no idea where I want to be next August for instance, so there has to be a way of traveling without any general direction or time frame.
So far my travel agent has informed me that Australia is very strict about entering the country with an exit ticket, but for other countries can I just purchase my exit tickets upon arrival?
thanks a lot,
You would only need to book the next ticket in advance. You can always buy a refundable ticket and just cancel it if you decide to go elsewhere.
It all depends on which countries you plan to visit. All countries in the regulations for tourists say that you must have proof of onward travel, but most the time the various countries do not ask for proof of it before letting you in. The countries that it is very important to have an onward ticket are those where you need to apply for a visa in advance (if you don't have some proof that you plan to leave the country you usually wont be granted a visa).
One way that I travelled to places when not really knowing an exact itinerary was by booking an open jaw flight so land say in London on July 1 and then leave from Madrid on December 20. Despite the fact all the visa would not last that length of time, it shows that I have an airline ticket to leave the continent so do plan to move on rather than live permanently in a place. It's easy in Europe to do that sort of thing, but not as easy in other continents.