There is nothing quite as exciting as planning a round-the-world trip. For travellers contemplating a round the world trip it is vital to plan the trip before-hand to avoid any bedlams. With proper planning and scheduling travellers can not only save money, but can also plan the most varied, the most exciting, the most adventurous round the world trips! Read on to know about different things to be considered while planning a RTW trip.
Where to Go
A round the world trip does not necessarily means ‘travelling to every corner of the world’. Therefore, pre-deciding the destinations for which one would like to book round the world flights remains the foremost thing while planning RTW trip.
One of the most convenient ways of doing this is to get a world map and mark off places one wishes or plans to visit. For a coveted RTW trip, one can include places that are one’s dream destinations.
When to Go
One of the most crucial factors for travellers contemplating round the world trip is ‘when to go’. It largely depends upon the budget of the travel and the climatic conditions of the intended destination. This makes it all the more important to pre-decide when to depart and how long to be away for.
It is cheapest to depart from the UK between mid-aprils to the end of June. However, those planning to leave UK during busy times of vacations or festivals can search and grab different special ‘non-seasonal’ fares, where generally no premium is payable for the peak season departures. It is definitely an art to dig out dirt cheap tickets and one can do so by being at the right place in the right time. While the climatic conditions can be extremely divergent, it’s worth ascertaining the weather patterns for the intended destinations.
While those with lavish budgets literally have the whole world to choose from, those on tighter budget should plan to spend more time where it’s cheaper rather than costlier. Additionally, travellers need to know the average daily budget required for the intended destinations. This will not only prepare the traveller in terms of budget determination but will also allow flexibility in case the traveller decides to change plans without messing up the estimated budget. However, it is also important to keep a contingency for the unexpected.
It is prudent to know that there are generally two ticket options for RTW flight, standard and customised. While customised RTW tickets offer bespoke itinerary as per travellers’ wish, the standard RTW ticket options constraints the number of miles or countries that can be visited. Additionally, one can generally fly only in one direction with standard RTW tickets. For example, with standard RTW ticket from London, one can only fly either eastwards or westwards.
Nowadays airline alliances like OneWorld and Star Alliance offer near to the ground quotes for RTW flight tickets - all thanks to the stiff competition in the aviation industry nowadays.