And... breathe. Booking round the world tickets for your gap year doesn't have to be overwhelming or stressful. When it comes to booking your gap year travel, nobody is more knowledgable than our Gapyear.com Travel consultants. We're here to help you every step of the way, both before you travel and once you're on the road. And because we are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group we can also get you the best deals on the market. Your flights sorted!
Have a flick through the tabs above and you'll find heaps of useful information. We've answered a few of the more common questions about RTW tickets and also put together some of the more popular itineraries and given some rough price brackets.
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.
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 & Prices 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!
Right, let’s get down to the nitty gritty: how much?!
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.
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!
And finally… where to go?
The choice is yours!
For a literal round the world route you may want to consider something along the lines of:
London > Bangkok (Thailand) > Sydney (Australia) > Auckland (New Zealand) > Los Angeles (USA) > London
For a route in which you come back on yourself perhaps consider:
London > Sydney > Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) > Bangkok > Mumbai (India) > London
But these are just the point of the tip of the iceberg. We haven’t even mentioned South America or Africa yet! Your options are practically infinite: although we have countless suggested itineraries 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 expert consultants. 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!
You can reach us on 0845 344 7667 or have a play around with our trip planner below.