A Round-the-World Trip – How to Plan it Carefully?
Most of us want to see the world, but some fall short financially, some short of time and some short of proper planning. A round-the-world trip is great for those who want to see everything but are just indecisive. To simplify the complex business, here are some tips.
How to Book?
Circumnavigating can be done in the most economical way by buying a round-the-world air ticket wherein there are more than one airline alliance involved. As such, you can book any routing, but if you know how the RTW system of booking works that will bring costs down for you.
Some tips are: Follow one direction (no backtracking); Start and finish in the same country; Book all the flights before departure, although you can amend them later (for which you may have to pay extra).
Most RTW trips are of minimum ten days duration. However, a month or two should be considered if you don’t want to go that breathless. Start accumulating annual leave, (e.g. work on public holidays) in such a way that you can get 1 or 2 months. Maximum you can spend a time of one year for a RTW trip.
When will You Go?
It’s not possible that weather at all your stops will be favorable when you reach there. So, decide what you wish to do the most and research climatic and other conditions there. E.g. for a Himalayan trek, avoid mid-monsoon.
- Talk with your expert traveler friends and take advice. An experienced RTW tourist can guide you about pitfalls in itinerary, bookings and costs. Just a few tips from them can bring you big savings.
- Consider an excellent tour operator like Round Trips (German Tour Operator) to plan a tour for you.
- Have flexibility in moving your date of departure by some days and that will save you money.
- Usually mid-week flights are cheaper.
- Be informed. If on a whim, you don’t board any of your booked flights and decide to travel by bus or train to your destination, your airline may cancel all your succeeding flights.