The final thing to consider when booking your round the world trip is the best time to go.
The answer to this largely depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. If you want to hike the Inca Trail, for example, there’s not much point rocking up from January to March because those months are the wet season in Peru, and the trail itself is closed in February for conservation work.
With all the amazing things to do on your gap year and the vast multitude of places to go, it would be impossible to list the best times to do everything, so the best advice we can give is to talk to your gap year travel expert about your specific trip. This way you can avoid disappointment and feel safe in the knowledge you’ll be able to do everything you want to do in the best conditions possible.
It is worth bearing in mind, however, that some destinations are cheaper at certain times of the year, so while you may find yourself in the middle of a rainy season you may also simultaneously be paying half of what you would at any other time of year. Never has the phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ been more apt.
A common misconception is that the later you leave it to book your flights, the cheaper they will be.
This is totally wrong, unless you get very lucky.
In actual fact, it's often the further in advance you book, the cheaper your flights will be.
The furthest you can book your flights in advance is about one year.