And... breathe. Planning your round the world ticket doesn't need to be overwhelming or stressful. In fact, it should be fun and exciting - it's as much a part of your journey as your gap year itself!
An important thing to keep in mind is that RTW tickets are very different to normal flights. Unlike normal flights, RTW tickets are incredibly flexible and can be altered once en route. It is also much cheaper to buy a RTW ticket rather than a series of individual flights.
We've put together a series of articles below which will help you plan your RTW flight, and you'll find more information throughout the tabs on this page, like FAQs and popular routes.
Advice on Round the World Flights
We have tons of advice and tips on how to get the most out of your round the world flights. All these articles have been written by people well-versed in this kind of travel and as such they all speak from first-hand experience.
The best thing to do first is think in terms of regions rather than countries. Perhaps you have two or three continents in mind that you just have to visit - like Australasia, Asia and South America. Once you've decided on your general direction, you can start working out which specific countries you would like to visit, and indeed which specific areas within those countries you would like to visit.
Bear in mind that, depsite the name, round the world tickets don't have to literally circumnavigate the planet. Many gappers choose, for example, to fly to Australia, and then work their way back on themselves through Asia. Think of a round the world ticket like any other normal flight, but one with multiple stops and flexible dates.
For a route in which you come back on yourself perhaps consider:
London > Sydney > Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) > Bangkok > Mumbai (India) > London
And for a route which will literally take you around the world you could consider:
London > Bangkok (Thailand) > Sydney (Australia) > Auckland (New Zealand) > Los Angeles (USA) > London
oOf course, these are just the tip of the iceberg. We haven’t even mentioned South America or Africa yet! Your options are practically infinite. And although we have countless suggested itineraries, based on popular routes, we can also tailor-make an individual flight route just for you.
The best thing is simply to make a list of the places in the world you’d most like to see and talk it over with one of our travel agents We’ve all been there and done it ourselves so can offer really valuable, first-hand advice for pretty any route and any destination in the world!
FAQs about round the world tickets
What exactly is a round the world ticket?
A round the world (RTW) ticket is a single ticket which covers you for a minimum of three and a maximum of 15 flights. Also known as a multi-stop flight ticket, they are usually valid for a year from the date of your first flight.
Why not just book individual flights?
Buying your flights in bulk with a RTW ticket works out considerably cheaper than buying your flights individually.
How much do RTW tickets cost?
There are no definitive answers to this question: the price of your ticket will completely depend on where and when you want to go.
For a typical RTW ticket – if there is such a thing – you’ll be looking at around £1,200 - £1,500. That will include around five or six stops.
But keep in mind, the price scale is very broad. The cheapest ticket you can buy will come in at around £800 – £900, whereas the most expensive will be around £9,000. We don’t sell many of those.
When is the cheapest time to travel?
Although you should always keep an eye out for special deals, generally speaking the cheapest time to depart the UK is mid-April to mid-June, closely followed by mid-August until the end of November. All of our ticket prices are based on when you depart the UK. Some periods are insanely expensive, such as Christmas and New Year, and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary!
Do I have to travel all the way round the world?
Nope. One of the biggest misconceptions about RTW tickets is that your route has to literally circumnavigate the globe. While you can easily do this, keep in mind that there are loads of RTW tickets which allow you to come back on yourself – see the Popular Routes tab above for some examples.
Can I still travel overland?
Not a problem – in fact we'd recommend it! While flights are very convenient for covering huge distances in relatively short spaces of time, nothing can substitute the excitement and satisfaction of travelling overland using local transport.
We can easily tailor a ticket which allows you to enter a country through one airport and depart from a different airport – even in a different country – at no additional cost. So, for example, you could enter Malaysia through Kuala Lumpur airport, travel overland from there to Thailand, and then leave Thailand through Bangkok airport.
Am I on a strict timetable here?
Not at all! All our tickets are very flexible. When you originally buy your ticket we'll have to set specific dates but these can be changed pretty much as and when you please once you're on the road. If you're under 26 or a student you can usually change your dates for free if you book with Round the World Experts; if you don't fall into that category you'll probably have to pay a small fee (about £30, depending on the airline).
What if I change my plans?
Again, not a problem. One of the great things about travel is being spontaneous and we try and cater to this as best we can. Perhaps you'll decide to skip Thailand, for example, and travel through Vietnam instead. There will usually be a fee for re-routing your flights but keep in mind this will still be a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a new flight from scratch.
What about cancellations and missed connections?
Despite everyone's best efforts, sometimes things just don't go to plan. Bad weather, airport strikes, natural disasters&hellip these kinds of things can result in your being delayed or stranded. Rest assured that if this should happen we'll do everything we can to get you back on track as quickly as possible. Talk to a consultant for more information on this.
How do I pass time on the plane?
The vast majority of long haul flights have superb ways to fill the time. Typically you’ll have your own ‘entertainment system’, which is a personal screen filled with enough films, TV shows and music to keep you busy for 24 weeks, let alone 24 hours. It’s also a good idea to bring a guide book for the destination you’ll be flying into: nothing like a bit of travel inspiration en route! You’ll be amazed at how quickly the time goes. If you do find yourself feeling downhearted and bored, spare a thought for the early explorers – it used to take them two years to reach the other side of the world!
Round the World Tickets
Time to take the first step towards that adventure of a lifetime? You’re in the right place. We specialise in creating round the world itineraries, whether they’ve been dreamt up by us based on what’s most popular, or tailor made by you, based on everything you’ve ever wanted to see and do. Just fill out the form to get started – can’t wait to hear from you!