Whenever we tell people that we have travelled around the world, the first thing they usually say is “we wish we could do that!”
A dream that sits firmly atop many a bucket list, world travel used to be something only the rich and famous could enjoy, but today it is cheaper and easier than ever before, and as a result, travellers of all ages are packing up and heading off in search of something different.
A Round the World flight ticket (from London) can cost as little as £750 and with careful planning, a realistic budget, and plenty of time to call your own, you can tailor-make a trip around the world that will fit in with your timescale and finances – so the only thing left is to find the courage to do it!
The RTW flight ticket is going to take up a large chunk of your travel budget, so it is a good idea to start by planning your route and the length of time you intend to travel, before you start calculating the rest.
Most RTW tour operators will be happy to give you destination advice when you book your ticket, and once you have confirmed your route, you can begin to research each destination on the internet to get a better idea of hotel, transport and food prices before you arrive.
While it is virtually impossible to pre-book all your accommodation before you leave home (you may decide to change your route), it is a good idea to book at least the first couple of nights before you step onto the plane. There is nothing worse that flying for 10+ hours, and then traipsing around an unfamiliar city with a rather heavy rucksack in search of suitable hotel accommodation – been there, done that, have the t-shirt!
Local transportation systems are generally cheap and reliable, and there is no better place to get to know the locals than in an overcrowded bus travelling along an uneven road!
Travelling the world broadens the mind, opens the eyes, and empties the bank account – but the memories are the greatest investment one can make!