And... breathe. Planning your round the world adventure doesn't need to be overwhelming or stressful. In fact, it should be fun and exciting!
There is, however, quite a bit to think about, which is why we have created this step by step guide based on our own extensive first hand experience.
8 Step Guide to Planning Your Round the World Trip
The nuggets of advice are featured in the order you will need to think about them in real life, from those initial saving plans to choosing your travel dates, so work your way through the list and begin ticking them off!
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!