I was chatting to my nephew recently who is just about to take his gap year and, as with many teenagers, he wants to hit the road and see the world. He asked me whether I thought that a round the world ticket which are offered by many travel agencies would be the best choice, or whether he should buy each one alone. I spent a lot of time thinking about this because I honestly wasn’t sure and the answer to the question really comes down to your situation, and what kind of person you are. If you are looking into this option, here are some things which you should be considering.
Flexible or Strict
If you know exactly where you want to go, when you want to go and how long you wish to go for ten a round the world ticket is the perfect option for you and it will do everything that you want it to do. If however, you are a wanderer and so one who wants to explore at the drop of a hat, this will not be a good option of you and will end up restricting you. There are so many places that you will learn about on the road and if you want to be able to hit them in a heartbeat, avoid the round the world ticket.
The beauty of a round the world ticket is that you already have all of you travel plans paid for which means that when you are on the road, you won’t need to worry about your money for anything other than accommodation, food and fun. If you are able to look after you money well, then I would suggest that you take the individual leg option as you will have the freedom to do whatever you want, and the responsibility to look after your money.
As to whether a round the world ticket is cheaper than buying individually, the answer is yes, if you are looking at all of the flights like-for-like. If you want to deviate or change plans last minute, individual tickets is the best option for you.
There are many countries around the world which will require that you have a follow on ticket or a way of leaving the country once your time is up, for this reason a round the world ticket makes sense. If however you are someone who is organized and prepared to find out the requirements for each country, you should opt for individual legs.
There is a strong level of security attached to RTW tickets and should anything go wrong either with you or some kind of natural crisis, the company who you bought the ticket off will be very flexible and helpful. If you have booked a budget airline, you will nit have this protection and it could cost you more money in the long run.
The decision is up to you, but here are the facts.