Planning for a trip is an integral part of travelling and if it’s a round-the-world (RTW) tour then it becomes all the more crucial. Planning for such holiday is no doubt a fun experience, however travellers should keep in mind various aspects involved that are not usually a part of typical single destination holiday.
A meticulous and detailed travel plan is must for RTW trips. Travellers must keep following things in mind while planning for their ‘big’ trip.
Places to visit
The first and foremost thing to do is to decide on the destinations one would like to book round the world tickets for. It depends completely upon the interests and fancies of the travellers. What interests you the most nature, culture, cities or a mesmerising combination of all? Is there any particular place you’ve always wanted to visit?
One of the best and convenient ways to go about this is to get a world map and circle out places one would like to visit. One cannot cover each and everything in a single tour, so be realistic and prioritise. Travellers are advised to do a thorough research on the internet for each location they plan to visit. Organise notes by country, and also learn about their respective culture and local traditions.
Deciding when to go is another very important aspect of a round-the-world trip. A vital factor to be kept in mind is the season. A traveller in UK planning a trip in summers may not like to experience the chilly weather of the Southern Hemisphere. Instead, one can first travel to other Northern Hemisphere destinations or maybe visit Tropical locations and then head down south for spring in Southern Hemisphere.
It is a great idea to research about the various seasons of different countries you plan to visit. One might like to avoid the hurricane season in the Caribbean or the monsoon season in Southeast Asia. Research well and plan your trip accordingly.
Contact any major travel agency specialising in RTW trips or surf the internet for round the world tickets . RTW tickets allow travellers to fly around the world for a comparatively low price. Airline alliances like SkyTeam, OneWorld and Star Alliance including numerous of their member airlines offers round the world flight tickets. Standard as well as customised RTW tickets are available.
How to book RTW tickets
It is never too early to start researching for RTW timeline and multi-stop flights. Ideally one should buy tickets 2-3 months in advance of the departure date. This assures that the travellers will not be getting nailed with last-minute flight charges and they will be in a better position to organise the trip.
While buying a round the world ticket, many factors must be kept in mind. In a standard RTW ticket, the number of miles or countries can be limited. Additionally, one can generally fly only in one direction. For example, with a standard round the world tickets from London, one can only fly either eastwards or westwards.
Compare your ideal trip with what is being offered by the airlines and pick the one that comes closest. If none of them works out, one can consider a customised RTW ticket. However, one must be aware that a customised RTW ticket is much costlier.
Websites of major travel agencies who specialise in RTW tickets usually feature useful tools to assist you plan your round the world holidays. Once the traveller has put in the destinations that are to be visited, the traveller will be suggested a flight itinerary and its cost.
Summers in the Northern Hemisphere and the festival period around December is generally regarded as the world’s peak season for travel. Avoid travelling during these times if one is looking for cheap RTWtickets.
Travel insurance is an imperative aspect of round-the-world holidays that must not be overlooked. Check out with the travel agency or your insurance agent for information on travel insurance. Choose a policy that covers medical costs, hospitalisation, lost luggage and the cost of emergency return back home.
Travellers are also suggested to find out vaccination requirements for each country/region that they intend to visit. Getting sick overseas will definitely take the fun out of the trip.
Additionally, it is not a bad idea to stock medications for altitude sickness, sea sickness, headaches, upset stomachs and other such common ailments.
Advance Planning or Leaving It to Chance
This is entirely up to the individual. While some prefer to plan and chalk out each and every part of their trip, others tend to be a bit relaxed and flow with tide.
It’s best to strike a fine balance between the two. Planning is essential but so is a detour. One might come across a certain place or destination where one feels like spending more time and in that case planning too far ahead may prove to be a little constrictive.
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