If you are researching travel insurance for your
round the world trip, but havent yet booked
the world flights, here is some advice:
This can be a mind-boggling process, especially if
you have either lots of time or have a healthy budget,
as you literally have the whole world to choose from.
Here are some tips that should help make the planning
process part of the fun and less of a chore.
TIP 1: RESEARCH
First up is a bit of research. Chances are youve
already done a fair bit of this by speaking to friends
and family who have been away and devouring the travel
supplements in the Sunday papers. There is a wealth
of information out there in the form of specialist
travel magazines, books, blogs and websites, all of
which are great places to look for ideas and inspiration.
Make the most of these resources as they will help
you pick out the must see from the might
be nice to pop in while Im in the area
places. It is handy to know which can be omitted if
your ideal route comes in over budget.
TIP 2: WHERE?
With the aid of a world map, jot down the places you
want to visit and sights you want to see and then
arrange them into a rough geographic order. You can
start your trip by heading either East or West and
you don't have to keep going in the same direction.
Some zig-zagging or back-tracking is OK (for example,
London - Beijing overland to Hong Kong - Bangkok -
Sydney is fine, whereas London - Bangkok - Cairo -
Sydney wouldn't work so well).
Don't assume that you have to travel Round
the World. You can go out and back to Australia
via the same part of the world or out via Africa and
back via Asia for example. While most RTW trips take
in Australia and/or New Zealand, you don't have to
go to these countries.
TIP 3: HOW?
If youve got the time then it makes sense to
incorporate some overland travel (surface sectors)
into your itinerary. If you travel overland from Bangkok
to Singapore for example, youll get to see Southern
Thailand and Malaysia en-route. Travelling from St.
Petersburg through Mongolia to Beijing is another
popular overland route as are Santiago to Lima, Sydney
to Cairns and Auckland to Christchurch.
There are lots of fantastic transport passes and
small group adventure tours that will help you make
the most of your overland travel experience. Your
travel agent will be able to recommend these and book
them for you in conjunction with your flights and
will often be able to do so at a discount.
TIP 4: WHEN?
Decide on when you want to depart and how long you
want to be away for (Round the World tickets are valid
for up to 12 months).
Its usually cheapest to leave the UK from mid-April
to the end of June.Lucky you if this is when you happen
to want to set off but don't spend the winter shivering
while you wait for the cheapest prices, as fares for
departures from the UK in January/February/March or
in September/October/November are only usually between
£50 - £150 higher.
However, do try and avoid peak travel periods (Easter,
July/early August and December/early January in the
UK) if you can as fares tend to be even higher then.
Probably the hardest flights to find availability
on are those returning to the UK from anywhere warm
in early January.
Check out the average weather in each place when
youre likely to be there. While its impossible
to guarantee sunshine everywhere you go, it might
be worth switching a few things around if you can
avoid monsoons or get the best trekking season.
TIP 5: HOW MUCH?
If you live in Continental Europe, its usually
cheapest to organise RTW flights from the UK and get
a low-cost carrier or train here separately.
Including pre-payable taxes, prices for economy class
round the world tickets range from well under £1,000
for basic routes up to £3,000 for massive ones.
It is worth noting that unlike lots of other products,
with round the world tickets, if you spend more, you
tend to get proportionately more for your money
for example, a trip costing £2,000 will almost
certainly have more than double the number of stops
and will contain fewer compromises than one costing
Dont assume that what you really want to do
isn't possible or will be too expensive. A specialist
agency can give you a quote for any route and will
also be able to tell you what changes need to be made
to save you money if your ideal route is over budget.
Booking your Round the World trip
Now youve got an idea of the main structure
of your trip its time to get in touch with a
Round the World travel specialist as this type of
itinerary needs a human touch; its not yet possible
to book such complicated trips online.
Article written by Haydn Wrath at round the world
flight specialist, Travel Nation
All of the staff at Travel Nation are especially
well travelled and, thanks to the generosity of many
of our suppliers and a staff travel fund, we all continue
to get out there every year. We also only
recruit travel consultants with several years experience
in the travel industry. This means that when you book
your trip with us, you will be dealing with someone
who has the skills and experience to help you get