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1. Posted by stu_board (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This week I've made the decision to quit my job (as soon as I've saved the money) and go travelling. I've done some initial research into getting a RTW plane ticket but the ones I've found seem a little ridgid. You're pretty much able to pick where you go and when which is exactly what I don't want. I know I want to do a 1/2 season boarding in canada or New Zealand and I know I want to go to Australia and Thailand but other than that I'm pretty much open to go anywhere depending on who I meet or what takes my fancy while on my travels. Does anyone know of a UK based company who can offer that sort of Plane ticket?

I'd really appreciate any help advise and anything else useful from people who have done this before.


2. Posted by anystreet (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hmm- I'd personally just start traveling and buy tix as you go, on cheap local transport. You're most likely going to be making fairly short jumps between close countries, not like Denmark to Mauritania and then on to Laos.... For instance, if you're in Egypt, you'll hear how cool Jordan is, and jump a bus. (bring earplugs.) And online fares are so good these days that I'd hate to lock myself into some itinerary that I know I'm going to change; if the goal is to be footloose and free, following what comes your way, then do just that, and don't fret it! And if you're in Canada, use Flight Center or TravelCuts. I'd guess that it's pretty much impossible to buy a ticket that would cover all your bases like that- there's too many variables. Who knows where you'll be eight months in, and where you want to go from there? It would be like asking for a ticket that's good from anywhere to anywhere, at any time. (ooh, baby! wouldn't that be SWEET!;)

Have fun!

3. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

RTW tickets aren't really that rigid - you can use one as your base for roughly the areas you want to visit. it will still be cheaper than individual intercontinental flights. The dates are changeable and youu can buy local transport to go to other places not on your ticket. Buying individual flights for a RTW trip would be really expensive. you can also change destinations although you usually pay a bit extra for this. Hope that helps.

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

How can someone sell you a ticket for places you don't know you'll go to yet?! I'll have one if you can find it!
But like george1979 said, buy one with a few basic stops on to get you across oceans, say, then travel independently within the continents as and when you please.
You'll find that timings are changeable for free (subject to available seats), but route changes are chargeable and you can't blame them for that really.

5. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I agree that you should just get the main tickets - like the one to the far off destination and the one home. Course, those RTW companies may want you to have more than two tickets. Go where you want in between. It's more fun to overland anyway and you don't have time restrictions.

Our first trip we did the RTW ticket thing - it worked out ok & we were able to change dates with no extra charges. Second trip we just did the whole thing overland - but I can say this - we SHOULD have booked a ticket home from some place as it was REALLY expensive trying to get home by the time we got sick and tired of traveling.


6. Posted by James123 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am also planning a RTW trip and will be planning some work/volunteering along the way. Have you considered doing that? It all depends how you like to travel!

7. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,
your tip with the basic ticket sounds pretty reasonable, but doesnt a RTW ticket expire after a year? i might be badly informed, but it would get really expesive, if i stay longer in e.g. Australia and i d have to get a oneway ticket to Europe or wherever. Is there a chance to extend these tickets?
I know this one from STA Travel for 1700 euros/year. Does anyyone has a better option?
Thx in advance,
take care and all the best,stephy

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For anyone who's realyl planning on travelling for longer than 12 months, then it probably makes the most sense to buy tickets as you go.

Ive been buying tickets as I need them, and it hasnt worked out to cost more than a RTW so far. :)

By checknig out airline websites for their lowest fares you can really keep the cost down, and it gives you a huge freedom in how long you can stay somewhere and how you move around.