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buy RTW ticket or plan and buy yourself?

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1. Posted by tab123 (Budding Member, 7 posts) 24 Jan '10 13:11

So I am planning a RTW trip for next year and I really dont know where to start.

I have decided which countries I want to visit and roughly which order, but not sure if I should try and get one of these round the world tickets or plan and buy my tickets separately?

I want to leave things as flexible as I can - I plan to work abroad and maybe I want to stay longer in certain places or move on more quickly in certain places.

Is it bad practice to sort out visas and tickets as you move from one place to another?

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru, 1281 posts) 26 Jan '10 01:39

It depends on the countries you go. Some countries require you to apply for a visa in your home country and have exact dates of travel which would be a bit hard if you don't really have a plan or rtw ticket. Most visas aren't too hard to sort out on the road as long as you have some spare time.

It is a requirement for entry in to all countries that you have proof of onward travel, so if you don't have that and then you get asked to show proof you may be denied entry. A lot of the time they don't check but sometimes they do.

The only way to have a lot of flexibility is to buy tickets as you go, but a lot of the time it works out substancially more expensive doing it as costs usually sky rocket the closer to departure you leave it.

3. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive, 842 posts) 4 Feb '10 07:00

Hello. You will find that buying individual tickets as you travel can work out extremely cheap and a lot cheaper than just one RTW ticket. However this is nearly always only the case when you buy a ticket well in advance and that isn't usually possible when you are moving continuously from one country to another.
Look at the airlines that serve the airports you are intending to fly in and out of. Then contact them to look at their different costings. Airline prices are a constant maze of of high prices and special offers.