I'm planning a trip for next year, probably July-September, but I am totally overwhelmed with all the stuff that needs to be done! Alle the tips and planning-lists are starting to turn me off the whole idea.. As of right now I think Australia, NZ, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, USA and South-Africa is my route. However I'm uncertain as to how it is to travel alone as a girl. I mean.. Are there any countries I should be aware of? I don't know..
And also! Do I need to order all the tickets in one go, or can I choose to stay longer than planned in a country if I want to?
I know! Total newbie! I'm used to travelling alone, but this.. This is a lot of planning!
Any tips you can give me will be very helpful
There's two ways to do this: 1) buy individual tickets as you go, which means you can make up your itinerary as you go, but which generally costs a ton (although with cheap airlines you sometimes can end up at a pretty reasonable price), or 2) buy a round the world ticket. With the latter your route is fixed from the moment you book it, but you can change dates around (within a maximum period of 1 year) for free (limited by availability of certain types of seats on flights, so it's not really quite perfect). One thing to note: RTW tickets either work on a "total miles travelled" system, or on a "continent" system. Either option gets way more expensive because of the inclusion of South Africa, so given this list of countries, I'd consider postponing that one to a subsequent trip, and only do the rest.
Right, got it! I guess I have to decide on a few things then, thanks a lot Sander
Annie I am in the same boat as you. Looking to travel this time next year but just haven't a clue how to go about it all, just don't kno where to start, glad I'm not the only one :-)
I know, and thanks for that Lois, I'm sure we'll figure it out But it's so hard to decide where to go! The world have never seemed this big before. I love it!
Hi guys - I'm also planning to do the same but in 2014 instead so I've a bit more time to digest it all. It is daunting but once you break it down it's not too bad - I've been looking solidly for a couple of months now
I've been in touch with STA Travel who have been very helpful so far so I'd recommend having a word with them or someone similar to maybe help with an itinerary and costs.
Good luck planning - it seems so far away but time will fly!
Good idea! Thanks And good luck with your own trip, Maxi!
Gonna do Central/East USA/Canada Summer of 2013 (6 months), then Jan 2014 -> Australia+New Zealand (and perhaps more) (6 months) Enjoy !!
Like maxihobbs said, give STA Travel a try if you haven't already. I booked a load of flights with them lately and they were really helpful!
Oh and if your under 26 you usually get discounted fairs!
Have not checked out STA yet, only Kilroy (who by the way have excellent advice and tips). But now I'm starting to get second thoughts about travelling in June to Australia and southern Asia because of the seasons. However that is my only option (I have a cat that needs to be looked after). I guess I'll take what I can get, the weather can't possibly be that bad compared to northern-Norway