To most backpackers, round the world tickets (affectionately known as RTW tickets) need no introduction — they're the tickets that let you fly around the world for up to a year, stopping at different locations along the way.
It's no secret that RTW tickets are one of the cheapest ways to get around the globe.
But there are plenty of other good reasons to buy them:
Ever spotted an ad for a round the world flight in a newspaper, magazine or travel agency window and thought:
That would be the perfect ticket if I could just . . . stop in Prague instead of London, take the train across Russia to China, skip Doha altogether, pass through Perth as well as Sydney, fly in the opposite direction . . . and . . . finish my trip in New Zealand!
Yes? Then read on. Because you can do all that. And pretty much anything else you want for that matter!
What many people don't realise is that the RTW flights they often see advertised are actually just samples of possible routes and prices. There are no pre-set itineraries or specific routes you need to follow, no places you have to stop or places you can't.
But there are different ways to put together round the world tickets. So, some end up being more expensive and more restrictive than others.
With the right ticket there's almost no limit to how you can customise your backpacking around the world trip.
It's the ultimate in cheap air travel!
Okay, so what's the best round the world ticket?
To be honest, there's really no right or wrong answer to that. Because what works for me and my backpacking trip might not work for you and yours. And the ticket I buy one year might not be the same one I go for the next.
Basically, it's down to your personal choice based on what's available at the time.
That's why the best thing you can do before you shell out for any RTW flight is to scope out the options on offer. Then just plug the places you want to go into different types of tickets (round the world travel agents can do that for you) and compare price tags.
You might be surprised at how much more you end up with for less than you expected!
So, here we go . . .
And if that's not enough . . . there's lots more just below!
How to Plan Your Route: Including some great itinerary ideas!
When to Go, How Long to Stay
Open Jaw Flights and Overlanding
Airline Alliance RTW Deals
Single and Partner Airline RTW Deals
Cheap Air Travel Consolidators
FAQs on Round the World Flights