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Nov 19, 2011

How expensive is it to fly around the world?


Well, it depends how you decide to travel. One option is to book only one ticket and buy the others while you travel.This is I think the best option as it allows you to travel with a complete freedom.

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Well, it depends how you decide to travel. One option is to book only one ticket and buy the others while you travel.This is I think the best option as it allows you to travel with a complete freedom. You can stay as long as you like in one place and don't have to worry about time. Your journey can last 6, 24 months or more, you decide! I was really tempted to travel this way but I realised that this option would have been too expensive.

So I've considered the second option which is to get a round the world set of ticket proposed by many agencies. Basically you make a list of all the places you want to go to and the agency books the cheapest tickets for you. They are many travel agencies which makes around the world ticket offers, so you need to spend some time to compare them as their offers are quite competitive.

In France Les Connaisseurs du Voyage http://www.connaisseursvoyage.fr/ drew my attention as it seems to be a very popular agency amongst travellers. Though I thought that their prices were quite high and were not including additional taxes. Also when I called them the person I spoke to was not exactly the nicest person I have ever spoken to. So I decided to do some research in England where travels agencies tend to make better offers. I was hesitating between Travel Nation (http://www.travel-nation.co.uk/) and Trailfindershttp://www.trailfinders.com/) I went toTrailfinders' in London last February. They were very nice and helpful though Travel Nation are a bit cheaper. So I listened to my wallet and decided to choose the latter.

Travel Nation have excellent offers with round the world tickets costing less than £1000 (including pre-payable taxes) For example their cheapest flight which includes 5 flights is worth £975

London Hong Kong Auckland Rarotonga Los Angeles London

A real bargain when you consider that single return flights to New Zealand costs about £1200! Their most expensive offer contains 15 flights and is costs £3645. I invite you to go on their websites to check their offers.

Here are the pros and cons of getting all the tickets from a company such as Travel Nation:

Pros

  • Large choice of round the world trips with the possibility to modify the itineraries suggested
  • Personal support: the same person agent deals with you throughout the process
  • Possibility of subscribing to a comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Great flexibility: you can change the days of most of your flights at the last minute for free
  • Tax are included in the prices indicated on the agency's website so no surprise when you receive the bill.

Cons

  • 12 months to complete your trip. If you take a round the world ticket it means that you cannot return more than a year after your departure.

So that was it, one evening a few days before my 23rd birthday without really realising what I was about to do, I booked my tickets to go around the world. Why not you?



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