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Need some help planning your round the world trip? Let BootsnAll help.
In February, BootsnAll launched Plan Your Round the World Trip in 30 Days, a free product that sends an email each day for 30 days. Each email covers a different topic of RTW Trip planning, has a link to a more in depth article on the topic in case you want to learn more, offers an action step to take to get you closer to your planning goals, and provides a community of other travelers also planning their trips!
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We like to highlight cool indie trips we create on our trip planner. Check out these five fares we’ve found this month on Indie, BootsnAll’s Multi-Stop Trip Planner:
- Round the World – $3249: Denver > Milan >overland> Bucharest > Kathmandu > Hanoi > Vancouver > Denver from $3249 taxes and fees included.
- RTW from New York – $2353: New York > Lisbon >overland> Barcelona > Cairo > Mumbai >overland> Delhi > Hong Kong > New York $2353 taxes and fees included.
- Explore the US and Central America – $2809: London > Toronto > Vancouver >overland> San Diego > Mexico City >overland> Panama City > London from $2809 taxes and fees included.
- Extended Trip from South Africa – $2378: Johannesburg > Singapore >overland> Bangkok > Calcutta >overland> Mumbai > Amman > Athens > Johannesburg from $2378 taxes and fees included.
- RTW from Sydney – $2776: Sydney > Rome >overland> Amsterdam > Reykjavik > San Francisco > Honolulu > Sydney from $2776 taxes and fees included.
If you are looking for something a little different in your round the world trip, then go ahead and plan your own trip on Indie, our multi-stop trip planner. And don’t forget to sign up for BootsnAll’s RTW newsletter, delivering special deals, RTW trip planning advice, and resources via email every single month. We also have a Facebook fan page and Twitter page, so be sure to like and follow those to keep up to date on all your RTW travel needs.
April 2013 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets
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We’re always trying to find new ways to connect travelers with other travelers. We want BootsnAll and our entire indie travel community to be one, big interactive place where like-minded travelers can come to swap information, tips, and share advice on independent travel.
This past Wednesday BootsnAll hosted our very first Round the World Twitter Chat (#rtwchat). We had lots of participants who shared their thoughts on the topic Should I Go on a Round the World Trip? It was a blast to chat for an hour with other people who share the same passion for long-term travel that we do.
The only thing that can make it better is for you to join, too!
Next week’s topic is Planning your RTW Route, which is always something that people thinking of going on a long-term trip are concerned with. It is a great opportunity to chat with others who are in the same position you are in and a great way to pick the brain of those who have already done it. The more, the merrier, so make sure to search for hashtag #rtwchat on Twitter next Wednesday starting at 3:30pm EST.
We’re all about helping people make their RTW travel dreams come true, which is why we’ve hosted two free webinars in the past couple weeks. We hosted these first two webinars as a way of testing the waters and seeing how much interest there was in a tool like this, and the response has been great. If this is something you’re interested in, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out this short form to be first on the list when we host our next series of webinars.
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As many of you know, we recently published our free Around the World Airfare Report. This report breaks down a variety of factors that travelers need to consider before deciding and purchasing flights for their RTW trip. In this report, there are nine sample routes with 60 prices checked, including a RTW provider scorecard.
If you have downloaded this 18-page report, we’d love to get your feedback in the comments section below.
- Overall, what did you think of it?
- What did you like?
- What didn’t you like?
- What would you like to see added/changed/omitted from the next report?
We’ve gotten a plethora of great feedback thus far, and we are already working on the next update to be published in early June. But we want more. Don’t be shy; tell us your true feelings so we can make the next version that much better. The point of this report is to give all you potential RTW travelers the best, most accurate, and up-to-date information you need to make an informed decision on which option is best for you.
So comment below and tell us your thoughts on the Around the World Airfare Report.
Around the World Airfare Report Reviews
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Hopefully by now you’ve probably seen and read the RTW flight reviews we published back in January. If not and this is all news to you, let me give you the story of how we came to publish our free Around the World Airfare Report.
About six months back we were discussing round the world plane tickets and all the options available for travelers wanting to take a long-term trip. As someone who has taken a RTW trip myself, I knew all too well the frustrations that come with trying to figure out the best option for traveling around the world.
Do I buy a RTW ticket from one of the alliances? If so, what are all those pesky terms and conditions all about? Do I go with a company like AirTreks who doesn’t have as many rules and conditions but makes you set your itinerary in advance? Are there any more companies out there who sell RTW tickets? Maybe I should just buy one-way tickets as I go? But that’s sure to be much more expensive than going with a traditional RTW ticket, right?
All are questions I had back in 2008 when we were planning our own RTW trip. Fast forward three years – I’m back from my trip, working for a travel company who also sells RTW tickets, and I honestly still didn’t know the answers to those questions.
After discussing it more with colleagues, it seems that there aren’t many people who do know the ins and outs of RTW flights. Since we own this site called Round the World Ticket, shouldn’t we be the ones with authority on the subject? Shouldn’t we be the ones to provide these resources for travelers wanting to go on a RTW trip?
The answer was a resounding yes, so the research began. We started by coming up with three fictional itineraries. One was a super simple, 4-leg hub city RTW trip. One was a more complicated, 13 segment (9 flights, 4 overland) RTW trip. And the last was an extremely complicated, 17 leg (12 flights, 5 overland) RTW trip.
After coming up with the itineraries, it was time to shop them around. We didn’t do this as employees of BootsnAll, we instead posed as customers for the most accuracy. We spent the better part of two months emailing, calling, chatting, and compiling prices and information on the shopping process for these three RTW routes. We shopped these itineraries among eight different companies, including one in the UK for our British friends and one in Australia for our friends down under. We also wanted to see how the DIY model of purchasing a series of one-way tickets compared, so we searched via Kayak as well.
We began by publishing short reviews breaking down each company based on 5 criteria – price, search options, customer service, date flexibility, and route flexibility. We even asked you for your input on each company, so be sure to read through the comments to see what other customers had to say about each. And if you’ve used any of these yourself, please feel free to contribute your own review.
But we always had something bigger in mind. We had so much more information to share. So we organized it all and put out our Around the World Flight Report today. This 18-page report shows what ticket providers are cheapest for shorter or more complex RTW routes, offers nine sample routes with 60 prices checked, and includes a RTW provider scorecard, among other great information.
So if you are contemplating a RTW trip or in the middle of planning your own RTW trip, this is something you want to read. Taking 20-30 minutes to read through this report will save you literally hours, maybe even days of research. Our goal here isn’t to sway you one way or another – it is simply to provide the information. If it’s one thing that we learned from our research, it’s that there is no one best option for everyone. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. Every traveler has different needs; it’s just a matter of finding out which one is best for you.
So go ahead and download the report, read it over, and please feel free to get back with us in the comments section of this post with any feedback – both positive and negative. Because the travel landscape is ever-changing, we plan to update this report 4 times a year, so any input you could offer to make the next version better, we’re all ears.
Thanks, and happy travels!
Introducing the Around the World Airfare Report
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When talking with someone for the first time about our RTW trip, people are usually fascinated. ”What was your favorite city? Country? Experience? Did you feel safe? What was the view towards Americans?” All are questions we get from people who are intrigued about what we did. It doesn’t take long; however, for the topic of money to come up. Sometimes people are afraid to ask, but what the thing that the vast majority of people really want to know is, “How much does it cost to travel the world for a year?”
BootsnAll recently published an article about The Real Costs of Round the World Travel. The author (me) broke down his trip and also interviewed 10 other travelers who have been on extended trips. Everyone was forthright and generous with what they spent, and there are exact numbers from all 11 trips.
It’s interesting to see what people spend, how they spent it, and it really goes to show how differently everyone travels. Budgets ranged from $36/day for one person to $116/day for one person, and the rest fell everywhere in between. If the comments are any indication, people are split on whether or not these numbers are inspirational or scary, proving yet again how different and unique everyone’s trips are. Since there were so many interesting comments and travelers were weighing in left and right, in the comments and on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, we have decided to do a follow up article with even more real-life budgets. So if you are one of these people, be sure to comment below and we’ll get in touch.
BootsnAll has a very extensive round the world planning section. If you are looking to check out more information on the costs of RTW travel or tips and advice for saving money for a round the world trip, be sure to head on over to our sister site for all types of information for your extended trip.
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In a recent post on this blog we talked about the importance of considering travel insurance for a RTW trip, especially travel medical insurance. We talked about a couple of tummy ailments that can end up being serious medical issues if they’re left untreated, and the fact that they’re relatively common when you’re traveling to unfamiliar places makes planning for their eventuality even more important.
But beyond the dreaded “Delhi belly,” there are other common travel disasters that could impact your trip – not to mention the lives of the people in the places you’re visiting – and although it may seem like they’re less likely to happen, it’s never good to be caught without a plan. The news has been full of stories of earthquakes, tsunamis, and tornados in recent years, and you just never know when you’ll be in the wrong place at the wrong time – especially when you’re on a long-term round the world trip.
In some cases, there’s very little you can do to avoid a “travel disaster.” Predicting things like tornados isn’t possible more than a few minutes or maybe hours before they hit, so it’s not like you can alter your travel plans to get out of a storm’s way in that amount of time. What you can do, however, when you’re researching (for instance) where to go in June, is look up when tornado season or hurricane season is for the parts of the world where those are regular issues. Yes, it’s likely that you’ll find more cheap tickets available to the Caribbean during hurricane season, but the fact that anyone visiting the Caribbean at that time of year is at risk of getting caught in a hurricane is the reason those tickets are so cheap. It’s a matter of weighing risks like that and, if possible, taking measures to protect yourself from potential problems.
As mentioned before, getting travel medical insurance is a good way to make sure you’ll be able to get the medical help you need if you’re hurt while you’re traveling (either as a result of a natural disaster or some extreme sport you’re trying for the first time), but there are other types of travel insurance that you may want to look into as well. Trip Protection insurance will help you get your money back on non-refundable travel purchases (such as a tour that’s cancelled due to a strike), and there are also insurance policies that will help you get reimbursed if your luggage is lost or stolen.
Planning for the worst isn’t nearly as fun as expecting the best when you’re thinking about a RTW trip, but it’s far better than assuming everything will be fine and then getting caught with your proverbial pants down.
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With almost any task, there are fun parts and tedious parts – and that goes for planning a RTW trip, too. The fun parts include planning a route (it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular topics on RTW forums) and getting new gear. Perhaps the most un-fun part of trip planning is making contingency plans for all those “what if” scenarios.
Of course, it’s decidedly more un-fun if something bad were to happen and you weren’t prepared.
You may have family members who are terrified at the idea that you might break a leg while scaling a mountain or get mugged at knifepoint by bandits. These things can happen when you get out into the world, but these kinds of things are far less common than the simple illnesses that are bound to come up. Just as you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings, your body is unfamiliar with whatever’s in the local water and food. Ailments are often referred to with names like Delhi or Bali Belly or Montezuma’s Revenge, but they boil down to the same kinds of gastro-intestinal issues – diarrhea, vomiting, etc.
Generally speaking, these are things that qualify as annoyances that will slow you down for a few days but won’t be life-threatening – unless you don’t take care of yourself. It’s very easy to get dehydrated on top of whatever stomach ailment you’re suffering with, and from there it’s easy to end up in a situation where you need to get to a hospital for fluids.
You might be thinking that if the worst you’ll deal with is the potential to spend a few days curled up in bed eating plain rice or pasta and recovering from your tummy troubles then do you really need travel insurance? If you could be guaranteed that Bali Belly was the worst you’d suffer through, then perhaps travel insurance wouldn’t be necessary – but of course there aren’t any guarantees, so getting travel insurance is a very good idea.
There are many types of travel insurance, but the main ones that RTW travelers tend to focus on are travel medical insurance and (depending on the type of activities you’re planning to engage in) things like emergency evacuation or accidental death insurance. The good news is that these types of insurance are far cheaper than you might think, and they offer peace of mind – not to mention critical assistance if something terrible happens. It might be the least glamorous part of trip planning, but don’t put it off – get a travel insurance quote today.
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With only a few days left until Christmas, anyone left with shopping to do is likely looking for easy and quick gift options. If you’ve got a traveler on your list, that’s actually not as hard as you might think – and you don’t even have to buy them cheap airline tickets, either.
>> Did you see our article about gifts for RTW travelers already?
These last minute gift ideas for travelers are both good ideas in and of themselves and also good jumping-off points for other potentially great travel gift ideas. For instance, perhaps it’s not a magazine subscription the traveler you know wants, but maybe there’s a travel e-book out there that would be the perfect gift. You’re one click away from getting a great gift, and you don’t even have to wrap it. The same goes for things like new books or music if the traveler on your list already has an iPod or a Kindle. All it takes is a gift card to iTunes or Amazon for your traveler to stock up on exactly what they want, without you worrying about whether you got the right CD.
New gear is always appreciated, especially when it’s a gift, but gear can be a very personal decision. If you know the traveler on your gift list well, then you might be able to pick out the right bag or piece of equipment – but keep the receipts just in case. There are great gifts for the techie traveler, gift ideas for the backpacker,
Although most frequent travelers are always learning more about how to travel lightly, only the most die-hard (or crazy) souls travel with no luggage – so here are some ideas for the best carry-on bags out there that don’t cost a fortune.
What are your favorite gift ideas for travelers? As a traveler, what’s your favorite gift to receive?
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For many people, going on vacation is an excuse to indulge more than they do at home – and this is especially true in the categories of eating too much and not exercising. Dieting and working out, after all, are things that all but the die-hards think shouldn’t follow you on a break from your normal routine, right?
Well, if you’re traveling long-term, you can’t exactly abandon the idea of watching what you eat or working out entirely, or pretty soon you won’t fit into the clothes you’ve brought with you. Sure, you’re likely to be more active on a long trip than you would be if you were at home sitting in a cubicle all day, but it’s still a good idea to keep your health in mind when you’re making travel plans so you can make sure you’re spending most of your travel time traveling and not recovering from the latest sickness.
There are many schools of thought when it comes to how to stay fit on the road, and one of the biggest dilemmas to start out with is finding a way to work out and eat right that suits you. At first blush, you’d think that keeping up a jogging regimen would be the easiest way to get exercise, considering you can run anywhere and you don’t need special weights or equipment. But running while traveling isn’t as easy as you’d think, because not everyone totes proper running shoes with them on long trips. It’s important to consider whether you can maintain a running program while you’re traveling before you assume that will be the best option.
Whatever you decide upon for your exercise plan, the other component of staying healthy is watching what you eat. To a certain extent, people who work out regularly do so in order to eat what they like without repercussions – but if you’re more concerned about your diet then you won’t be content to just eat what the locals are eating without asking questions. If this describes you, then coming up with a traveling fitness and meal plan before you leave home (and then sticking to it) will be important parts of your trip planning process.
What are your best tips for staying fit and healthy while traveling long-term?
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As we’re going into Thanksgiving weekend in the United States, we’re also going into the time when most people start thinking about doing their holiday shopping. Of course, many stores have been trying to get us to part with money for a few weeks, but in the U.S. anyway they’ll be starting their full-court press as of Black Friday.
Holiday shopping can be challenging enough, but if you’ve got a RTW traveler on your gift list it can be even more difficult. Most people planning a round-the-world trip are actively trying to get rid of “stuff,” so the last thing they want is yet another item gift-wrapped under the tree with their name on it. But every long-term traveler has things they could likely use for their upcoming trip.
Whether you’re the traveler who’s trying to keep from accumulating more “stuff” while still getting much-needed items for your trip, or you’re the gift-giver struggling to find the perfect present for a traveler without contributing to their pre-trip woes, we have some ideas for you.
- These gift ideas for RTW travelers include several things that long-term travelers may need for their trip, in several price ranges. The traveler on your list may not need everything on this list, and you may want to ask them before you buy anything, but this is a good place to start (and may give you some ideas for other gifts not on this list, too).
- Looking for something small? There are lots of options for travel gear stocking stuffers that travelers love and that won’t take up much room in a backpack (or remove much money from your bank account).
- And if the traveler on your list has everything they need for their trip, there’s still something you can gift-wrap (sort of) – travelers with iPhones or iPod Touches will certainly love an iTunes gift card so they can easily get a few iPhone apps for travelers or load up their playlists with some new songs before their trip.
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