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Just Kids serves as a salute to New York City during a pivotal time in its long history. Use at least part of your RTW ticket to visit destinations that are otherwise prohibitively expensive to purchase. Each of these places is fairly expensive to travel to on a simple ticket. I spent a couple hours writing out this information because I frequently get questions about booking RTW tickets, and while I try to respond to each request individually, I also like to send people to an online resource for more reading. How can I claim the sources are biased? Because many of them lead visitors to book through an online travel agency where they receive commission.
There are some situations when a DIY trip will be better, but honestly I think those situations are a small minority. I heard in the recent survey that some of you wanted me to interact more in the comments section. If anything is confusing or if you have specific questions, just let me know. Also, there are a lot of other highly-knowledgeable travelers who hang out here every once in a while.
I hope to see you somewhere on a future Round-the-World stop! Turn your travel dreams into real life when you become a member of the Travel Hacking Cartel. We'll help you hit the ground running—and you'll earn at least , miles a year, guaranteed. Tags: airfare , oneworld , plane ticket , round-the-world , rtw , star alliance. Thanks for organizing all the relevant information with such an objective tone — RTW tickets are much more flexible than they appear, especially if you know how to tweak the system in your favor!
This can be a lot simpler — depending on what your goals are. My experience with RTW tickets was more like going into a travel agent here in Australia STA — a few years ago now and saying I wanted to fly to the US and visit three different cities and getting the response that that would be cheaper as a RTW ticket.
Other times I did want to go to some specific places in the Americas and Eurasia. I probably did it about four times or so in The price was not a lot more than flying to London and back say from here. But this could all be different now. Yes, it can be simpler depending on travel goals, but you will likely pay a premium for doing less legwork.
Also, most RTW tickets are booked just as you note — with the traveler going to only a few places. What I want to show is that if someone does a bit more work, they can optimize the ticket to do a lot more than even some travel agents realize. Thanks so much for this! The post is so helpful. I definitely want to take advantage of one of these tickets at some point. Round the world tickets are very flexible and also very complicated.
The rules change regularly and what is the best deal varies continuously depending on fares, currency exchange rates, service fees, etc. For someone unfamiliar with them I would make 3 points. Preferably spend some time with those who know what they are doing. The alliance forums on Flyer Talk are a good source of information and tips, and some very knowledgable people give plenty of good free advice. Generally these are less flexible than the alliance RTW tickets, however they also save a lot of money.
Depending on where you want to go these can offer much better value. I need help from your experienced expertise in traveling: I will be studying abroad in Spain for 6 months, I have a 6 month student visa for Spain. The Schengen union has told me I have to leave Europe for three months minimum after this time. I have heard many reports from people living and traveling abroad that given I am a United States citizen, when traveling to other countries in Europe I will only be asked to show my passport not my visa.
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I would love to stay for the entire summer traveling since I have never been abroad before. Since you have travelled so much, what is your informal opinion? I know what the strict rules are, but what would you do? Would you risk someone asking to look at my visa at a train station?
It might be worth the risk …. Fantastic job, Chris. I really appreciate you passing this on. I knew I could count on GlobalTraveller to provide more info. He was quoted in Conde Nast recently. Thanks, man. FYI, the other kind of RTW tickets he is referring to can be researched here at this site — which is one of the few that provides unbiased info, although some of it is a bit outdated.
The challenge is not necessarily traveling within the E. The difficulty comes when you depart to go back home, because your passport is usually electronically scanned by immigration and they will see when you arrived and what kind of visa you came in on. Wow, what an informative post.
I feel like I did when I graduated from college and realized how little I knew. I will use the resources you and others gave to start my travel studies. At 70 I learned the Internet business so why not travel. Thanks to all those who add comments regularly. They are as interesting as the articles, sorry Chris. They are all good. I look forward to reading three times a week. A lot more interesting than most of the gurus newsletters and sales pitches. Great info. But no matter, the RTW ticket is a fantastic value and should be seriously considered by everyone who has the time and the money.
Thanks for the suggestion! While there is a lot of good information here, I found that RTW tickets offer little value to a traveler. I have always been able to price the ticket out cheaper by myself. Moreover, the more complex the route, the more it costs. I did a cost benefit analysis once …. That is not the case with Star Alliance and OneWorld tickets. The price is the same, except for airport taxes, regardless of the route.
That is why optimization is so important. You can get flexiblity but at a price. My friends are on Oneworld right now and wanted to make a change to their trip only to be told the leg they had booked was now canceled. After hours on the phone with the rep, they got to their destination but had to change a lot of plans and ended up having to go back to go forward.
I found myself ignoring literally everything sophomore year of college, literally locking my door, and not coming out even for classes as I read it TWICE in a row. That is love. I would love to talk to you about it in Thailand, too. If not, just let me know and I will bring it as a gift. You will love The Alchemist, Adrienne!! It inspired me so much. It is a rather short book. In fact, I would have to say…it was probably THE book that inspired my wanderlust the most. I read it before I spent two months abroad in Latin American and Spain. Funny it was a gift to your then lover; it was actually a former lover who had turned me on to Gabriel Garcia Marquez!
Melissa, I dearly hope you get this msg. You have already made my day with what you wrote me about Years of Solitude. Journeys that somehow are written so erotically that they lie forever like paintings in the mind…naked urgencies, emergencies of love. I would love to meet you!!! Are you by any chance going to Thailand with us in Feb? Hi Adrienne, So wonderful to see your note! I would love to meet you, too! What a joy it is to connect with other seekers who relish the adventure of both the inner and outer journey. Thank you for your note. Here or abroad.
Best, Melissa. Thanks for this list! The trip started in Tangiers hence the title , and the journey involved far more than just the intended destination. The author mixes in plenty of history with his travel, comparing his own journey and sights with the previous one. Great list! The Beach is now on my reading list for next month! Geography of Bliss is one of my all-time favorite travel books love the section on Iceland especially— it gave me some great conversation starters with locals when I visited. You will find yourself agreeing over and over again see also his brilliant How Proust can Change your Life a hilarious self-help book disguised as a philosophy and Kiss and Tell the anatomy of a relationship.
Love his pithy twitter feed insights too. Tales from Fast Trains— Europe at mph Tom Chesshyre — I am jealous of Londoners who can hop on a train and see a different country every weekend—Times writer Chesshyre does just that. Postcards from Europe— Rick Steves. The Lunatic Express— Carl Hoffman. I just downloaded The Alchemist — starting reading it!
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I love a good travel book that makes you think about life. The interesting part about this blog post is the highlights about each book and how each book may be relevant. Great post. There is one other book missing from this fabulous list which was the first book ever read to me as a three year-old. My dad read it to me aloud, night after night, and it truly was the beginning for me as a traveller. I escaped. I went everywhere. My imagination bloomed.
I went to sea, I struck gold. If somehow this masterpiece has slipped through your fingers, grasp it! You will never be sorry. Thanks for the list! Before deciding to start our slow travel nomadic life by land my boyfriend and I were planning to buy a sailboat and sail slowly around the world. Matt, Thanks for the great list. Vagabonding was one of the books that helped me leave on our first sabbatical in I also loved the Four Hour Work Week. I am always looking for books on travel for my kindle so thanks for having so many great new ones to explore!
Lisa We Said Go Travel. At LAST! Thanks a ton. One of the most entertaining travelogues I have read. Thanks for the suggestions. Lucky for us now, the reasons to travel are more to fulfill personal dreams. As for modern travel literature, The Beach is a classic almost cliche one that still gives me that wanderlust feeling. Just read it ….. It is a classic. I love Troosts books too about living on different Pacifi Islands…..
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