Around the World

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So you’ve scored some time off work, your savings account is looking pretty healthy and your feet are getting itchy…  A round-the-world trip will be one of the most  daunting travel planning you’ll ever do, but it’s really not as hard as it seems. 

Grab your Bucket List, and let’s get started.

There are two ways to go about it – and they largely depend on how much time and funds you have available.

One Ticket

If you have a set length of time (preferably 12 months or less), and a set idea of where you want to go, then a single ticket is usually the best way to go.

BENEFITS:

  • Because most of your flights are on one ticket, the fare is usually better value and you pay less taxes
  • All of your major flights are paid for in advance so you know that any money you take with you is free to be spent.
  • You’ll have less trouble getting into countries on a tourist visa, since you can prove you’ll be leaving again.

DRAWBACKS:

  • Change fees can be expensive and are still dependent on flight availability
  • You’re restricted to flying with one group of airlines (ie: Star Alliance or One World)

 

Multiple Tickets

This is the best option if you are on extended leave, and want maximum flexibility to go where the wind blows you.

BENEFITS:

  • You can fly anywhere, with any airline – as long as there are seats available.
  • You’re not restricted to a 12 month ticket validity.

DRAWBACKS:

  • One-way tickets tend to be more expensive than return tickets, especially when they’re booked at the last minute.
  • Most tourist visas require proof of your onward journey, which may create a snowball effect.

 

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QUICK TIPS

Always travel the globe in one direction.

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Make the most of transit cities by staying a night or two.

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Most plane tickets have a maximum travel time of 12 months, some shorter.

If you’re spending a lot of time in one area, see if they have a regional airpass available.

Sometimes it’s wiser to pay more up front to get a ticket with cheaper change fees.

ALWAYS check the entry requirements for every country you’re flying into – even if it’s just a transit.

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