DETAILS TO CONSIDER IN THE PLANNING OF YOUR NEXT RTW
August 19, 2008 by admin
When you begin to lay out your dream trip it’s a good idea to factor in the overall context of time of the year, seasons and temperature, major holidays and anything else that might affect the quality of your travel. If you have the flexibility to tailor your arrival to suit your tastes, then the more information you have the better off you’ll be.
I messed up a few times on my last trip. For instance, I had myself arriving in Hawaii at the height of Spring Break. That two-week stop came so late in the year-long plan that I probably wasn’t paying such close attention. When I realized the problem, I advanced my arrival time in Honolulu and just caught the leading edge of the college crowd, but such a mistake can seriously affect your enjoyment of a quiet beach vacation. Monsoon seasons are another predictable sort of a trip-damper that can be avoided with a little research.
When I begin my 2009 around the world trip, it will be January, so I am aiming at the Southern Hemisphere which will be experiencing summertime. I’m also heading out over the Pacific Ocean where temperatures remain equitable and by the time I zero in on Israel and Spain above the Equator, warmer weather will have begun. Of course, there are always surprises in store as I found in Eastern Europe the last time out. It was a cold, wet summer in many parts. Ultimately, we all take what we get and make the best of it.
That’s true about every sort of travel but when we have left much of it unplanned until the last minute, we are free to adapt. One lovely feature of creating your own specialized ticketing through a company such as Airtreks.com is that you can plan to travel overland between entry and exit airports. You fly into one city on a continent and then exit, on a chosen date, from a far distant city in a different country. I flew into Zagreb, Croatia, and four months later, caught at plane in Athens, Greece, for my flight to Egypt. I entered India in Mumbai and after three months of traveling around the subcontinent, I flew to Bangkok from Calcutta, all the way across the whole country. From Thailand, I traveled south to Singapore to catch my flight back to the States. You get to cover a whole lot of ground in a very personal way.
The object of this overland portion is to allow you to happily explore all that lies between. Naturally, the land travel is not included in the price of your airfare. It’s done under your own steam and out of your own pocket in the local currency. And there lies the true adventure in the sort of under the radar, extemporaneous travel that will send you out to meet the world on your own terms.