Planning the Route and the Tickets!

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

So a couple of weekends ago I went into STA and spoke to a very nice guy called Kim, in the Bath office. He was very happy to listen to everything I wanted to do and plan my trip with me. The main thing I wanted to get sorted that weekend was my route. I had no idea how to do things, how much flights would be, how I’d do flights etc.

So the first thing we did was go through the countries I was sure I wanted to visit. From that we mapped out lots of possible routes on his map, like going to Australia first, or South America first.

But the deciding point was how long I was staying in Australia for. My plan is to work in Australia for a year and because of that, I can’t get round the world tickets, because by the time I’d got to Australia and done a years work, any flights after that would have expired. Also for RTW flights – something I didn’t realise, is you can only book up to a year in advance, so I could only book my travel in June/July (starting Oct 2012) until June/July next year, then halfway around I would have to book the rest or something along those lines. This was all far too confusing so I decided this wouldn’t be the best option!

So Kim kindly said, how about getting 3 separate Tickets. At first I was like, shit, more money, it’s going to cost a fortune. But then realised I’ll only be paying the first ticket now, the other two tickets won’t be paid for until I’m out in Australia and back in the UK in around a year and a half/2 years time.

SCORE! This means that I won’t have to fork out a fortune and have time on my Working Holiday Visa in Australia to work up the money for the next flight ticket, and a couple of months in the UK before forking out for the final ticket.

So Kim went away and researched the cheapest routes for the countries I wanted to pass through, and the internal flights I would need to get that would be extra when I’m out there. I came away with a pretty good idea of exactly how much everything will cost and what I’ll have to budget for in each country.

After looking at the best prices that’s when the route seriously started to take shape, because you realise, for example, a flight out from one airport is more expensive or less convenient than another airport, or that adding a flight to Bali into the schedule will be more expensive than getting a cheap budget return from Singapore or Australia to Bali when you’re out there.

It was all a bit confusing but Kim wrote it all in an email so I could look over it later and get my head around it. And so this is how I have decided to plan out my route – some may be subject to change nearer the time if prices increase, but generally I can get good prices for these destinations. The main airports that will be included in the initial ticket are in bold.

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