LINING UP YOUR AROUND THE WORLD AIR TICKETS
August 12, 2008 by admin
Until you have bought your airline tickets you do not have a trip, only a dream. There are so many variables. Where will you go? Which direction – East or West/Atlantic or Pacific? Which Hemisphere? How long will you be traveling and how much can you spend? Once you have a beginning framework, you narrow that down to possible countries and then possible cities within countries.
Some of your choices may turn out to be only fruitless desires. For instance, on my last trip I really wanted to visit Israel but that was the summer they were handing over the West Bank to the Palestinians. Tourists were to be seriously limited in their ability to freely travel about and that doesn’t fit my travel style. Perhaps I can include that country on this next time around. Other countries might prove to be too expensive and will throw your overall budget out of whack.
There is a time to put your wish list down on paper and then a time to snip and trim. Websites, such as Airtreks.com, cater to one-way RTW ticketing and you can get instant quotes, in a general price range, on the route you are considering. Keep tweaking until it feels right. My 2005 custom-designed year-long trip cost $3200 for all of my airplane tickets. That is a fantastic price, according to various industry specialists whom I have consulted. Some travel agencies quoted $4100 and well over $5000 for the same route.
After you have determined your stops along the way, block out your timeframe and decide how long you wish to spend in each area and what dates you want to fly, keeping in mind that midweek is always more affordable. More on this subject in future posts.