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About to book - is this the best route?

London, England...
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About to book - is this the best route?

Hi,

I'm about to book for travel. I've tried to get the countries lined up for certain events, any recommendations on duration and/or if I am trying to fit too many countries on my journey?

The plan is to fly:

London to Canada in January (stay for 1 month)

Brazil in February (1 month)

Peru for March (1 month)

Australia/New Zealand for April - Sept (Total of 5/6 months)

South Korea for Sept/Oct (1 month)

Thailand for November (5 weeks)

China/India for December.

Any help or advise would be great.

Happy Travelling!!

Somerset
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for Somerset, Solo Travel, Exmoor National Park
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1. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

Kyra, it sort of depends on why you are going, what you plan to do in each place, what you're interests are and what you're budget is.

So a little background information would be helpful. Not too long or detailed or it will get confusing with so many countries.

London, England...
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2. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

Canada - visit friends, ski

Brazil - cristo redentor, carnival, iguacu falls

Peru - macchu picchu, inca trail, amazon river

NZ - snow sports, lakes

Australia - opera house, Ayres rock, aboriginal tribes, Great Barrier Reef

S.korea - visit friends

Thailand - Loi krathong, Yi peng, full moon and overland to Cambodia & Malaysia

China - Great Wall, forbidden city, tai hong, Mount Everest and HK

India - duwali, swaminarayan akshanthan, himalaya and homestay.

I hope this gives you an idea, my budget is small (£6k) and I'll be looking to do some work along the way.

Thanks :)

Somerset
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3. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

My first thoughts are is that £6k not including flights, insurance and medication for Malaria?

My second is do you know in which countries you can legally work? Some would need a working visa, some are unlikely to offer. Have you some contacts or something sorted oout.

Australia is vast. It's expensive to fly across state borders but you have long enough to do something inventive with land based travel. It's really good there and could be a great experience to do it that way. A working visa for Oz would be good as the exchange rate is high to the £.

Peru have you looked at budget options for the activities? They are expensive if not but you need to balance that with safety. Be very sure to have Malaria protection there. You have never seen Mossies so dense at night in the jungle.

On 'paper' the route looks sensible - have you checked that it works budget wise flying in the sensible direction? Sometimes it works out cheaper to zig zag depending on the airlines. eg is it cheaper to book flights to OZ from here or from there.

Hong Kong, China
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4. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

Is your route a theoretical route or have you found some RTW (round-the-world) tickets that cover this (or similar) route. The ticket path can greatly impact total cost so also worth playing around with the RTW flight planners to see what is possible and within a price range that you are happy with.

However, one thought...

>>>China/India for December.<<<<<

It is not really sensible to do both China and India in one month. Most visit India for 2-6 months and China for 1-3+ months. I would suggest picking one or the other and concentrating your efforts there. This would also cut back on your transportation and visa fees for visiting both.

London, England...
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5. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

Hi, I've been re-looking at my journey and have decided to do the following route. The agency keeps trying to stop me booking this route and I can't figure out why?

London - Rio (February - beginning March)

Rio - Toronto (March)

Toronto - Beijing (Travel inland to Singapore)

Singapore - Auckland (June-July)

Auckland - OZ (Year tourist working Visa, home there after)

This route means I get to see and do everything I want and when money may run low I can work in Australia.

Any advise is really appreciated.

Thanks :)

Dartmouth, Canada
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6. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

Personally I think that sounds like a fab travel plan!!! :)

I think the only reason they'd be stopping you is the length of time - I'm not 100% but I think you can't book travel that extends over a year. At least I wasn't able to book for more than a year when I went to Oz on the working holiday. My return flight home was a year to the date that I left. If you're planning to do the full year in Australia, the airlines might not let you book a return ticket for a year and a half after your departure?

Enjoy your trip! :)

~ martinigoddess

London, England...
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7. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

This sounds about right and makes a lot of sense as to why they are being pushy. They only needed to explain!!

Thank you :)

Hong Kong, China
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8. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

See the conditions within this useful link on RTW travel

wikitravel.org/en/Round_the_world_flights

>>>A time limit in which to make the journey. This is usually the same as an open-ended return ticket, that is, 12 months after your date of departure.<<<<<

London, England...
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9. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

Does anyone suggest I book my tickets independently and individual tickets instead of a RTW ticket?!

Thanks :)

kent
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10. Re: About to book - is this the best route?

Kyra, if you have time and infinate patience you could look up all the airlines that fly from all the airports on your route, and then buy your tickets. It's not something I would do personally. My worry would be that I'd miss a potential bargain, especially with a less well known carrier, or book flights that are too restrictive.

If you are not satisfied with your current travel agent, then I'd suggest talking with them, and give them the chance to put things right. If they don't, then try another specialist flight agent. Although I've never booked a RTW ticket, the concensus seems to be that specialist flight agents can save you money as well as finding the best routes.

As you are from London, you could seek the advice of reputable agents like Trailblazers, Travelbag and Baldwins Travel. It might also be worth posting a question about reptuable specialist flight bookers in the London travel forum, as many travellers to and in London, may themselves have also used a recommended agent. The Air travel forum may also be source of information on specialist agents.

I must stress the word reputable... there are loads of web based booking agents that offer very poor value for money and dreadful customer service.