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8 Not-So-Obvious Reasons To Go On A Round The World Trip

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

When most people consider the reasons for going on a round the world trip, the first and most obvious one is to “see the world.” This is a great and noble reason all by itself, but there is so much more to it than that. Long-term travel changes people, almost always for the better.

Most people find a new ability to accept other people, cultures, and traditions, and also tolerate those they might not agree with. This has nothing to do with political philosophy, and everything to do with actual experience seeing amazing things first hand, and comparing and contrasting them to things you’ve seen before. Part of the fun is discovering these subtle åaspeåcts on your own as you go, but for a quick preview, below are 8 of the less obvious reasons why RTW travel is so wonderful.

Break Every Routine You Have

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This is something most people are familiar with to a smaller degree from shorter trips, but when your entire life shifts to long-term travel, it becomes much more significant. Put simply, most of us have routines that make each day, or at least each weekday, remarkably similar. We wake up around the same time, get coffee, have breakfast, go to work, and so on, and most of this is performed in a zombie-like state because each day is nearly identical. When you go on a 2-week trip you’ll break all these routines for those two weeks, but it’s hard not to fall right back into them when you get home.

But when you begin a life of long-term travel those old routines are right out the window, and when you finally call someplace “home” again, it’ll be hard to even remember what those nearly-identical days used to consist of.

You’ll be forced to reexamine your schedule, what you eat and when, how you entertain yourself, who you keep in contact with, and pretty much everything else about your life.

It can be very refreshing (and quite disorienting) to hit the reset button and invite only those things back into your life that you really want.

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11 places you should definitely try to see on a round the world trip

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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Our world is filled with must-see sights and attractions, and some of them are far easier to reach than others. Seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Coliseum in Rome is easy on nearly any casual swing through Europe, whether it’s early in your life or late. Sights like those are also surrounded by hundreds of other worthwhile things, so working them into your schedule is best left to a regional trip where you can give everything the attention that it deserves.

But the world is also home to a nearly infinite list of excellent sights and attractions that are harder to see without going to great lengths and tremendous expense. Some of them are set among other things that could help justify a special trip, but many of Earth’s greatest attractions are spread around the globe in places that aren’t conquered so easily.

Those planning a Round The Word (RTW) trip have a special advantage in their sightseeing future, since just a short jump can put them in one of these outstanding places that seem so remote otherwise. The list below could be 100 places long, and a huge part of the appeal of a RTW trip is having the ability to invent your own itinerary, so really, anything goes. Nevertheless, here are 11 places that many people find to be huge highlights of a RTW trip, and it’s also fairly easy to string many of these together on the average global tour.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina/Brazil

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It’s hard to classify the appeal of watching water rapidly changing elevation en mass, but for one reason or another nearly everyone who visits the Iguazu Falls finds it stunning and very worthwhile. Globally speaking, these falls are far more impressive than Niagara, and their only rival is Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and that one is far too out of the way for most RTW travelers.

There are actually 270 separate falls spread over 2.7 kilometers of curving forest, so the number of unique views of the falls is almost endless.

Iguazu is spread between Argentina and Brazil, with each side having a very impressive and different national park from which to take in the views, and there are speed boat rides through the falls, among other things, located down below, so spending most of a day at each park doesn’t get old as quickly as you might fear.

Travelers counting countries also get a bonus as the falls are where Paraguay meets Argentina and Brazil, and short forays into that landlocked country are possible during your visit. You can reach the Iguazu Falls area on long bus rides from anywhere in the region, and also on short and cheap flights from Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro. Package deals including a flight, hotel, and tours of both parks are quite affordable.

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July 2013 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Building awesome multi-stop trips is quick and easy when using Indie. Check out these fares and customize any of them to fit your travel needs.

Hong Kong

1. Endless Summer – $3847

Los Angeles > Mexico City >overland> San Jose > Johannesburg > Bangkok >overland> Singapore > Brisbane >overland> Sydney > Nadi > Los Angeles from $3847 taxes and fees included.

2. Classic Around the World – $2153

New York > London > Delhi > Bangkok > Hong Kong > New York from $2153 taxes and fees included.

3. Classic Circle Pacific – $3082

San Francisco > Papeete > Auckland > Sydney > Bali (Denpasar) > Singapore >overland> Bangkok > Hong Kong > San Francisco from $3082 taxes and fees included.

4. Southern Walkabout – $4493

New York > Buenos Aires > Cape Town >overland> Johannesburg > Perth >overland> Sydney > Christchurch >overland> Auckland > Los Angeles > New York from $4493 taxes and fees included.

5. Super Around the World – $5537

Chicago > London >overland> Athens > Cairo > Nairobi > Johannesburg >overland> Cape Town > Mumbai >overland> Kathmandu > Bangkok >overland> Singapore > Sydney > Auckland > Rarotonga > Chicago from $5537 taxes and fees included.

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RTW Itinerary Assistance

Monday, July 15th, 2013

If you are reading this, it means you belong to a community of like-minded travelers. A community who loves to help one another and offer assistance to those planning big trips.

Below is a trip that a Bootsnall RTW Planner, Henrik, is currently planning with his wife and 3 children (under 8-years-old). Do you have advice or related experience for him? Any tips to maximize his route and maybe save him a few bucks along the way? What would you do differently? Comment below to share your thoughts.

If you have route planning anxiety of your own, submit your route below and get feedback like Henrik. Sign up for a free account on Indie, build your route, save it, and put the link in the comments.

The BootsnAll community was built around like-minded travelers helping each other and inspiring them to get on the road and take an indie trip. It’s something we believe every human should do at least once in their lives. Any input you could offer would be appreciated.

Here is the route on a bigger map page (17 stops)

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June 2013 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

If you’re a family who has been dreaming of exiting the world of carpools, nonstop extracurricular events, and the hectic pace that is life in the western world, let BootsnAll help.

Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days is a free email lesson plan introduced by BootsnAll in February 2013. It has been a massive success (users have rated it 9.07/10), and it gives travelers all the tools necessary to stay organized while planning that big trip.

Yesterday, BootsnAll launched a new version of this free resource – Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days – Family Edition – geared towards those families who want to go outside cultural norms and hit the road. Sign up today – it’s free!

Family Jumping

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

1. Highlights of the World – $2809

New York City > San Francisco > Tokyo > Taipei > Calcutta >overland> Mumbai > Amman > Paris >overland> London > New York CIty from $2809 taxes and fees included.

2. Round the US and Central America – $1766

Toronto > Philadelphia >overland> New York > Mexico City >overland> Guatemala City > Panama City > Portland > Toronto  $1766taxes and fees included.

3.Round Asia – $2530

Dublin > Saint Petersburg >overland> Beijing > Seoul > Tokyo > Bangkok > Kathmandu > New Delhi >overland> Mumbai > Dublin  from $2530 taxes and fees included.

4. Exploring the US- $1824

London > New York City >overland> Portland, ME >overland> Bangor >overland> Boston > Chicago > Denver > New Orleans > Miami > London from $1824 taxes and fees included.

5. Travel RTW from Sydney – $2731

Sydney > Los Angeles >overland> Las Vegas >overland> Austin > New York > Barcelona >overland> Paris > Bangkok >overland> Singapore >Sydney from $2731 taxes and fees included.

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April 2013 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Friday, April 12th, 2013

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!
 
Plan Your RTW Trip in 30 Days
 

Sign up today and start receiving emails tomorrow!

 
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:

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.

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Join BootsnAll’s New Round the World Twitter Chat

Friday, July 20th, 2012

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.

Happy travels!

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Around the World Airfare Report Reviews

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

As many of you know, we recently published the fourth installment of our free Around the World Airfare Report: Fall 2014 Update. This report breaks down a variety of factors that travelers need to consider before deciding and purchasing flights for their RTW trip.

If you have downloaded this 32-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 that’s helped us in this latest update. 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.

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Introducing the Around the World Airfare Report

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

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.

Around the World Airfare Report

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!

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Budgeting and RTW Travel

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

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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