Planning a round-the-world trip can still be a complex process. There are several options for booking your airfare, as well as flexibility on timing, destinations, and budget, so there are a lot of possibilities to sort through and research to be done. COVID restrictions may mean you are not going anywhere yet but there is still a lot of preparatory research you can do. Here is how to plan that round-the-world vacation you have always dreamed of. If you are thinking of booking a trip for August, there are some august 2021 calendar templates that may help you carefully plan your trip.
The basics of round-the-world tickets
The most economical way to circumnavigate is to buy a round-the-world (RTW) air ticket through a single airline alliance. These are confederations of several different airlines that make it simple to maximize the number of places y0ou can travel and pay for it all in one place, or with one bank of points. There are three primary alliances to choose from, including Star Alliance, OneWorld, and Skyteam. For example, the Star Alliance is made up of a coalition of 26 airlines that fly to 1300 airports in 98% of the world’s countries. OneWorld includes 13 airlines traveling to 1100 destinations in 180 territories. Meanwhile, Skyteam is made up of 19 airlines that serve 1000 destinations in 170 countries. You typically must follow one global direction (east or west – no backtracking); you must start and finish in the same country; and you must book all your flights before departure, though you can change them later (which may incur extra charges). And you typically have one year to get from your starting point to the finish line.
Deciding on the duration of your trip
There is a fine line between getting bored and enjoying every moment at a destination. However, no destination has a predefined ideal duration. It often depends on the touring plans and purpose of the visit of the travelers0. Some travelers like to see new cities every day, whereas some travelers prefer taking it slow by witnessing and enjoying the subtle nuances of places they visit. After the ideation is complete, booking tickets for your flight, train, or bus transfer well in advance is an important step in learning how to plan your trip to perfection. Since flight and train tickets are subject to availability and prices rise over time, getting the bookings done a few months in advance will help you avoid additional costs on your initial budget.
Plan the day-wise activities and course of action
It always sounds fascinating and adventurous when touring plans are made on a sudden impulse and gut feel. However, the downside of going on such trips is that there could be many days where the scheduling can go haywire because of everything being so last-minute. After the bookings are done, it is always advisable to pack your stuff keeping in mind the destination and the influence of external factors on it. The unpredictability of weather, socio-political scenario, or a festive season can adversely affect travel plans. In order to avoid alteration of touring plans due to these scenarios, travelers should do a bit of research before starting their vacation.
ESTABLISH A BUDGET
Make sure to set yourself a realistic budget early on. This will influence what destination you choose, what flights and hotels you book, and how many places you can visit. You do not want to plan a fabulous itinerary and then discover you cannot afford it. Ask yourself how much can I realistically spend on this trip. How much spare money do you have now and how much can you save up by the time you book your flights and hotel. Consider asking friends and family to contribute to your travel budget, in lieu of a gift for your birthday and Christmas. Unfortunately, some adventures (like skydiving in New Zealand or scuba diving in Iceland) might over-exceed the amount of money you have in your pocket.
After traveling all over the world, I finally understand where my heart belongs – Burma.