Whether you’re planning to go backpacking before starting university or you wish to get out of the rat race for a year and do a spot of travelling, round the world flights can be a great way for you to get out there and experience different cultures and make the most of a gap year or 6 months abroad.
No matter where you want to visit, such multi stop flights you can save a significant amount of money in comparison to individually booking your transport from country to country.
However, there are many things to think about when it comes to booking your round the world flights, not least the matter of where it is you want to go. Most multi stop flights will travel west to east in a continuous journey, which may be ideal if you first want to explore Africa or Asia on a backpacking adventure, or go east to west, a direction that could be best suited for trips that will begin crossing the United States or touring through South America.
You may also want to visit Australia and New Zealand. These two countries have often been popular with British backpackers, so by making sure your round the world flight itinerary stops here you could be able to see stunning natural sights such as Milford Sound or Ayers Rock, as well as manmade marvels like the Sydney Opera House.
It is a good idea to figure out the countries you want to see and place them in geographical order before you book your flight.
Whilst regular round the world routes fly straight to the Far East, pick up the Antipodes and swing by North America or South Africa before heading back home to Blighty, there are many variations on the theme that can create a unique travelling experience.
Breaking up flight times is a good way approach trip planning – 5-6 hours being the maximum before that irritable uncomfortable stage kicks in crammed into to your airline seat. There are some great alternatives to traditional round the world flight itineraries.
Take a stop off in Egypt for example, a fantastic, intriguing nation full of ancient history and a great insight into modern day Arabian culture. An Egyptian stop-over would offer up a long haul feel at short haul distances. Attractions here are world renowned, from unrivalled diving in the Red Sea region, unique climbing and desert safaris on the Mt Sinai peninsula, through to the only remaining ancient wonder of the world, the Pyramids of Giza.
Heading towards South East Asia and the Pacific rim, other convenient stop-offs include Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Hawaii, Central and South America.
This way you can get a grasp of how long it will take you to reach each destination and begin to figure out the amount of time you want to spend in each country.
You may decide that you want to spend a full 12 months travelling or you might only have a few weeks to go away as you are on a sabbatical from work, but no matter how long you choose to travel be sure that you make the most of your time.
It’s important to be realistic when drawing up your travel plans, if you try to fit in every single place that is on your wishlist into the space of a few months, you may find yourself constantly rushing from airport to airport leaving little time to appreciate the sights and get a true flavour of a country’s culture.
You should spend time comparing the round the world flights offered by different carriers in order to get the deal that is best suited to you. Of course, you will need to bear in mind a number of other things when it comes to booking cheap around the world flight tickets. For instance:
• Some countries require that you have a visa before you are permitted to enter, so make sure that you have all the paperwork you need before leaving the UK.
• It is also a good idea to make certain that you have a passport which will remain valid during your trip.
• Currency exchanges in airport terminals can be rather expensive, change some cash before setting off so you don’t need to go through the stress of changing a large ‘note’ with a taxi driver straight after landing!
• When booking your flight you should also look into the level of travel insurance you will require, as well as hotels and car hire.
• Some further flung destinations may require injections, please ensure you have double checked what vaccinations you need before jetting off.
Copyright © 2011 Paul Woollacombe