How and where to begin planning

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1. Posted by Lex Louthor (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My partner and I are planning to take a kind of career break for 6-12 months from April 2018.
I've started to look at flight options for RTW tickets and I'm instantly confused and overwhelmed!

We live in Scotland but really could start our trip from anywhere in Europe or America if that worked out better ticket wise.
We have no preferred order but want to visit South America (Peru, Argentina and Chile at least but possibly also Brazil and a few other places), South East Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and possibly Malaysia) Japan and New Zealand.

I have no real idea where to begin or what order would work out best financially.

Any suggestions at all would be appreciated.

Thanks, Lex

2. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 561 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I find a good place to start when it comes to working out flight routes.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1163 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The most difficult routing is across the Pacific. I'd have a look at round the world tickets on the Oneworld airline alliance site , since Chilean airline Latam is a member.

RTW tickets may work out cheapest for what you plan. They work when you continue in the same easterly or westerly direction. This makes a good starting point to your planning.

Heading east would start you off in Thailand, which is easy since they get millions of visitors and it's geared up for backpackers. This naturally leads you into doing the rest of South East Asia (maybe on your rtw ticket or maybe you can find cheaper legs here like Air Asia or Tiger) then down from Japan to NZ then over to Chile to begin South America. South America is probably slightly harder travel, so ideal for later on when you know what you're doing.

NZ - allow at least a couple of months. :-)

Oneworld's site has a nice trip configurator, as do those of the other two alliances, and even if you don't eventually buy their ticket it's a helpful tool.

Good luck!

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Sep-2017, at 14:50 by Andyf ]

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1047 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I'm not a fan of RTW tickets offered by the airline alliances. You'll have more options (and save money, too) by buying tickets as you make your way around the globe. Flights are fuller these days; and if you want or need to make changes in your journey, it could be problemmatic. is a useful tool. I use it, as well as and the online travel Web sites, such as and Sign up for airline loyalty programs for special promotional fares.

I returned home this evening from a 57-day trip that had me circumnavigate the globe. You can cover a lot of territory at reasonable cost if you plan ahead. For example, on Sunday I flew nonstop on Aeroflot from Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky to Moscow (crossing eight time zones) on a reasonably priced $226 one-way ticket that I bought in advance.

Tokyo residents know to use discount carriers such as Jetstar Japan and Vanilla Air to get to Sapporo and back. ANA, a Star Alliance member, offers discounted Experience Japan fares to foreigners. So explore the available options before you purchase a RTW ticket.

5. Posted by suhasj123 (Inactive 11 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

So are you heading to any exotic places? It could be Singapore, African Savannah or the streets in India. Wherever you go, you might end up thinking why I brought this stuff and not that? Although packing list is personal but some useful tips are universal.
so it is my advise do you make a list with you what you need during your travel trip.

6. Posted by puppa17 (Budding Member 66 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I would manly work around flight connection. Specially if you are planning to travel pretty much around the world. Seems though that South america, then Newzeland, Japan then se asia and back to scotland,,,,sound the easiest...or maybe the other way around!

7. Posted by yoshimidiana (Budding Member 12 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

I save a lot on my international flights by checking

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 350 posts) 51w Star this if you like it!

I'd work around the weather firstly.
Check where is 'wet season' or winter in the places you want to go to and that'll probably give you some indication of your route.
Equally, being from Scotland you may want to avoid some of the hottest times of the year in certain places :)

If you can plan for a certain window of climates/temps everywhere then it also simplifies packing to some degree.
Beyond that, flights and your own wishes will define the rest.

PS, if you haven't been there already, try to spend a few days in India (probably on the way home) as it's a fascinating place.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Sep-2017, at 11:18 by Andrew Mack ]