How to use a Round the World Ticket
Round the World (RTW) Tickets are a phenomenal way to visit several countries while making the most of your hard earned dollars.
Ignorant to the existence of RTW flights, I booked the majority of my trips in 2008 as individual flights. Ouch! I could have saved atleast half my cash had I done a little bit more research on traveling.
In all fairness, Americans are not exposed to RTW travel information like Europeans, Australians, or Canadians. How was I to know?
I learned from my mistakes and in 2010, I embarked on my first official RTW adventure which lasted for 9 months. I explored 3 continents and 16 countries. I started my trip in Fiji and made my journey West to South Africa.
How does a RTW ticket work?
My RTW flights consisted of a series of one way tickets:
Los Angeles to Fiji – Fiji to New Zealand – New Zealand to Australia – Australia to Thailand – Thailand to India – India to Kenya
(I didn’t have a flight home.)
Was the ticket expensive?
The cost for all 6 flights came to a total of $2,350.
This may seem like alot of money but it was actually cheaper than my round-trip fare from Los Angeles to Africa!
A RTW ticket is also great even if you don’t want to travel around the world and you just want to go to a few select destinations like Australia and New Zealand. You’re trip to both countries using a RTW ticket is still cheaper than booking a round-trip flight.
It is also very cost effective to travel between different hemispheres using a RTW ticket.
For example, A RTW flight from Mexico City to Mubmai is cheaper than a one way or round-trip ticket from point A to point B. Plus, it also offers “free” stop-overs in other places of interest such as Los Angeles, Bangkok, and even Hong Kong.
With a RTW ticket you don’t have to start and end your trip in the same place. That’s the beauty of it!
How did you book it?
It was really simple. I chose a list of destinations that I wanted to visit. I then used a company that specializes in RTW flights and they took care of the rest. They figured out the most cost effective way to get me everywhere I ever dreamed of visiting.
If the ticket only included 6 flights, how did you go to 16 countries?
A RTW ticket usually incudes major cities and regional entry points but it can be as detailed as you like. I traveled to the other 10 countries overland by bus or through internal flights.
In general, round-the-world trips are cheaper than short spurts of travel or one week vacations. Not only are your flights less expensive but your average daily budget is a portion of what you’d spend on a holiday to a resort in the Carribean. A trip to Europe for 2 weeks can cost $5000. That’s about half my budget traveling to 3 continents for close to a year!
Are you on another RTW trip now?
I’m currently on an extended voyage without an end date. I don’t have any plans and I don’t have any flights booked. I can stretch my budget as much as possible for as long as I can. That is how I survive on just $15 a day instead of the typical backpacker budget of $30-$50/day.
Long term travel is definitely the best value for your money. Check out how I funded four years of travel 🙂
What was your most expensive short term vacation? Mine was probably 3 days in Catalina Island. Yeah I know. Not every impressive.