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1. Posted by AnnieNorth (Budding Member, 9 posts) 4 Sep '12 15:30

Hi!

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 :)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4383 posts) 4 Sep '12 23:42

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.

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4. Posted by AnnieNorth (Budding Member, 9 posts) 5 Sep '12 04:13

Right, got it! I guess I have to decide on a few things then, thanks a lot Sander :)

5. Posted by Loisbrooks (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 5 Sep '12 04:55

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 :-)

6. Posted by AnnieNorth (Budding Member, 9 posts) 5 Sep '12 05:32

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!

7. Posted by maxihobbs (Budding Member, 28 posts) 5 Sep '12 12:03

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!

Maxi

8. Posted by AnnieNorth (Budding Member, 9 posts) 7 Sep '12 05:30

Good idea! Thanks :) And good luck with your own trip, Maxi!

9. Posted by libae (Budding Member, 8 posts) 8 Sep '12 10:04

Gonna do Central/East USA/Canada Summer of 2013 (6 months), then Jan 2014 -> Australia+New Zealand (and perhaps more) :) (6 months) Enjoy !!

10. Posted by MattyRex (Full Member, 117 posts) 12 Sep '12 05:28

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!

Matt