RTW tickets vs buying tickets as you go???
I hope you can help. I've found conflicting advice on airfare travel for a RTW trip. Many say get a RTW package (from say Airtreks.com) and yet a number of others say, just get your first flight and then pick up flights as you need them as long as you schedule is flexible so you can seek out last minute/cheaper deals. What does everyone think? At this point, I'm planning a two year trip RTW (might have to reduce it to one if the costs get to crazy). I plan to visit the following places (roughly in the order in which I'll see them) and will usually stay a month in each place (some two months like France & Italy):
-possibly visit El Salvador if time
Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
Argentina & possibly Easter Island
China (Beijing & Great Wall)
Mongolia (use Trans-Mongolian railway)
Russia (use Trans-Siberian railway)
-possibly Lativa & Lithuania if time
-possibly visit Austria/Croatia/Slovenia/Romania/Slovakia
Africa (Botswana or Tanzania)
-possibly Madagascar if time
That's probably too much, but it doesn't hurt to plan more and then reduce later.
thanks in advance,
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Best of luck!
You can make a wish list, but things will change. For that amount of time, the ability to adapt to conditions is a greater skill than the ability to plan.
I'm 11 months into my trip. Longest I purchased ahead was 30 days. Even then, I wish I had more time in some of the places I went.
This is my rough flying itinerary: home -Hongkong -PP overland Siem Reap - Hanoi - Luang Prubang - overland (thailand, Malaysia etc) Syngapore - bali - perth - sydney - queenstown overland auckland - cook island/ fiji - home
home is whereever would be cheapest in US between Boston and Philly. My question for all you seasoned rtw buyers: is there a different route that would make things cheaper? I have played around with the routes quite a bit and it looks like flights are going to cost 5k-ish either way. So booking as I go will be a no-brainer.
Also my only recommendation might be to buy the long haul flight to hong kong and back from cook islands or fiji...personally i think flying back from FIJI will be cheaper as Air pacific goes between LAX and Australia and is a codeshare for oneworld...
I originally planned on Fiji - but Cook islands grew on me b/c I will land in paradise vs. Nadi being a dump apparently and needing to travel more once in the country. So unless the expense is drastically more I am leaning in that direction.
Nadi is a dump, but only if you go into town, which you never really have to do. There are backpacker places near the airport and you will probably only have to stay in Nadi for one night if you are going up the Yasawas.
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