I aiming to travel abroad and leave Perth Australia at the End of May 2013...pretty much 1 year from now.
My question...when is a good time to buy my flights, earlier the better or wait til closer to the date? If I buy a round the world ticket does the year start from your first flight or when you buy it?
Also on a another note when do you apply for Visas, say fro example, I want to work in Canada at the end of 2013 start of 2014 do I apply now or next year before I leave or can I apply for one during my trip?
Tours like Contiki, I have heard all about them and I would love to go on one while Im away for such a ling time to just break up the fact that I am travelling on my own. Should I just wait til I get there (Europe) or book something now?
Any advice is welcome, let me know how your organising has gone?
Regular flights: ~6 months in advance (though who can really tell).
RTW flights: The year itself starts with the first flight, but generally you can't book flights more than 12 months away, so booking too early means that you'll have to pick placeholder flights for the later legs, and then change them to the real dates once those become available.
Canadian WHVs: These don't work like Australia/New Zealand WHVs: they take ~2 months to acquire (you need lots of paperwork), are in limited supply, and usually run out sometime between april and july (could be different depending on your citizenship; as an example, for the UK there's currently 518 out of 5350 visas remaining), with a new batch becoming available each year mid-December. They're only usable within the same calendar year you acquired them. (That is, you have until the 31st of December to enter Canada.) So get them either in early 2013 if at that point you know for certain you'll be entering Canada by the end of that year, or straight away when they become available in late December 2013 if you want to enter in early 2014. Do your research on what paperwork you need before you leave, as some documents might be hard to acquire while on the road. (Start here.)
Thanks for the advice,
It will be tough trying to get a Canada Working Visa for 2014 while I am travelling in 2013, is it still possible to do though? I may have to rearrange my travel plans in that case but I will definitely look into it.