Okay, i have a rough idea mapped out for my trip. I havent checked any of this with the travel agents and I havent done RTW before so I'm looking for advice/tips/criticisms/pearls of wisdom etc....
I read somewhere that you can only go in one direction so would this mean, for example, that I couldn't fly from Beijing to Hanoi and then fly out of Bangkok? Here's the plan:
Dublin - Delhi-Kathmandu-Beijing-Hanoi surface Bangkok - Kuala Lumpur - Melbourne - Christchuch surface Auckland - Cook Islands - Santiago - Lima - San Fransisco - Dublin
I'm going to book the RTW ticket just for the security of at least having my flights paid for and booked. I would prefer to jus take off though and get flights as and when I wanted to....
What is your experience of this? Does it work out more expensive to get flights as you go....?
I'm reeeeeeally grateful for any advice!
Samsara, there are all sorts of travel restrictions when it comes to buying an "around thw rold" airfare. As you say, you can only "travel in one direction" and this, in my mind, is enough of a reason to forget this whole RTW airline ticket thing. Other restrictions include expiry times, which airline/partner airline you can fly with, dates, etc.
Forget it, and forget the "security of at least having my flights paid for and booked". Who wants to go around the world with it all pre-booked? Your flexibility is really restricted, and when you go around the world, it's the flexibility that you will really appreciate.
Would it not be a lot cheaper to buy the RTW ticket rather than to have to buy separate tickets?
Ideally, I would prefer to do it that way (as in not pre-booked)...but paying for individual flights must work out much more expensive in the long run?
It is not necessarily more expensive to book individual flights in the long run. It might be, but it also might not be.
One of the things to consider is that if you are going to book individual flights, you might not fly as much as you would if you book the RTW fare. You might find yourself doing more overland travel in the connected places (like Asia or South America), which can be very inexpensive.
Okay Greg - thanks. I might look into that.
Have you ever travelled overland in Asia or South America btw?
Overland travel in many Asian countries is better and much more fun than air. For example, most anywhere across China...the best is the far away places outside of the big sities where your big planes will not be flying into. Also, across the golden triangle (Thailand, Lao, Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma), and through Malaysia to Singapore.... got to go overland to see the good parts. Mind you, in Laos and Cambodia you will have to rely on some flights due to land minds and general unsafe places in some areas
Laos may have some security risks, have not been there. But I would not be concerned with travelling around Cambodia. I have been from Koh Kong to Siem Reap 3 times and have not felt threatened. The land mine situation is much improved and is only a concern if you really get off the beaten track. Most do not go bushwhacking outside the know temple areas. That is probably not a smart move. The one area that can be a bit dicey is Phnom Penh at night. There is a fair amount of street crime and it pays to use caution at night in PP. Let me know if you need additional detail on Cam. or VN.
Thanks guys. I'll keep the bushwhacking to a minimum Mike!