Hi, a friend and I are thinking of going on a Round-The-World Trip but have absolutely no idea on how to get started.
Is there a particular website that is good or should we go to a travel agency? Where can I buy these RTW tickets (web, travel agency)?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
There's one system I know of that works online and it can be found here on Travellerspoint (http://www.travellerspoint.com/round-the-world-tickets.cfm). I have a feeling their prices are good when starting off from the US but shopping around is always a good idea when it comes to a purchase like this.
I have heard good things about the STA RTW's too, but I think they follow popular airline discounted routes normally so if you are going to be doing a trip that is very different and you require a lot of one ways, it might not work out to be the best bet.
Good luck; wish I was planning a RTW trip !
I used a company based in the UK, but the RTW ticket 'operator' was the Star Alliance (www.star-alliance.com) which is a group of 15+ airlines that allow you to use their flights.
You can book several levels of ticket - up to 29, 34, and 39000 miles, with so many flights and stopovers.
It's possible to create virtually any trip you want to all sorts of places.
If your plans include some really remote flights, you'll never get these included in a RTW ticket - you'll just have to add them as you go or book them separately.
I think Rough Guides or Lonely Planet publishes a book about planning this sort of trip online, but I did it myself. There aren't many short cuts - you just have to do lots of planning and lots of 'surfing', depending on how many commitments you're leaving behind and how structured you want your trip to be.
Feel free to ask me any more specifics.