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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


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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Best Value Destinations for 2016

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Is 2016 the year for your big trip? You know, that epic around the world adventure you’ve been dreaming about over beers on Friday nights for a while now. If budgeting is one of your main concerns, then we’ve got great news for you: 2016 is THE YEAR for dollar stretching travel.

The US Dollar is doing especially well, but there are also tons of deals for those with Euros, Australian, and Canadian Dollars. Even cooler: many of these destinations are newly hot because of their exchange rates dropping.

Many of the countries we’ve highlighted in this data-rich series of four fat articles, with ten recommendations for each currency, are not the ones all of your friends have been to. These are the places that fall under truly “indie” destinations, places that have emerging tourism industries and remain “untouched” in the way that older travelers talk about the world twenty or thirty years ago.

You’ll have to read the articles to get the full lists, but here are three of the most intriguing options from each of our best value Destination recommendations for 2016:

Top 10 for USD Travelers

USA Nepal

The Americans are the lucky ones right now, but we all know how fickle that exchange rate can be! Now is your time, take that trip while the markets are in your favor. Check off the big ticket items, like the Trans-Siberian, for the greatest deals.

“Once on the continent, explore a little bit and then travel overland to Moscow. You’ll have arranged your visa for Russia in advance because you’re about to take the most epic train trip of them all: The Trans-Siberian Railway, only you’re going to take a right turn at Lake Baikal, head south through Mongolia, and step off the train in the heart of the Orient: Beijing.”

“This represents an almost thirty percent increase in value over last year at this same time. Colombia has an outdated reputation for being very dangerous, but is safer, and becoming popular with independent travelers.

Skip Bogota in favor of Medellin. Practice your Spanish, eat some amazing food and hit the beach, or get off the beaten path and find adventure. Heck yeah. This is your year.”

“It’s been a rough year for Nepal, with devastating earthquakes, followed by a barricade that is keeping fuel out of the country along the border with India. Prices for travelers with US Dollars are low, low, low and make this awesome destination even more of a bargain than normal.”

Top 10 for CAD Travelers


This is the year for Canadians to get creative and get out of the first world! Iran is an unexpected gem that’s a great deal right now. Nicaragua is the cheapest country on the continent.

“In September 2013 the Rial lost 80% of its exchange value overnight, and it’s never recovered. North Americans don’t think of Iran as a huge tourist destination, but it’s rich history and culture make it an exotic destination that most of your friends won’t have visited.”

“The point is, that Tanzania is a great place to start longer African adventures, take a safari or hit the beach. The legendary Zanzibar is located on an island, just off of the coast, and convenient to Dar es Salaam, which is where you’re likely to fly into.”

“Nicaragua is the most inexpensive country in Central America and as such it makes lots of sense for Canadians, with a flagging currency, to spend their winter vacation there instead of in more expensive Mexico or Belize.”

Top 10 for AUD Travelers

5 thailand

There’s no surprise that Asia remains a great value for those spending Australian Dollars, but would you have guessed that Kazakhstan is hot right now? Well it is! Read on:

“Thailand has something for everyone and can be made to tailor to any budget, if you’re looking for an excuse, we’ve got 10 reasons you should visit Thailand now. Because you’re starting in Bangkok, be sure to try these 8 dishes. The cheapest parts of the country are the northern highlands. The most expensive are Phuket and some sections of Bangkok. Beach holidays can be a bargain if you stay in small local places instead of five star, all inclusive resorts. Find out why Ayutthaya lives up to it’s name.

Burma is back. It has become a hot destination over the past couple of years. As the political situation stabilizes and Burma begins to open its doors to the world, the intrepid are heading there before it becomes a standard stop of the Southeast Asia tourist trail. The Australian dollar is worth more this December than it was at the same time last year, giving travelers one more reason add it to their trips.”

“What’s happening in the wake of the plunge of crude oil prices this summer is worth noting for budget minded travelers. Azerbaijan, along with several other countries in the region, Kazakhstan and Russia included, moved to free float currencies within the past couple of months. As a result their currencies plunged, devaluing by as much as 50% overnight.

What does this mean? The whole country is like a 50% off sale for Australians right now, and for others with stronger currencies too. A classic stop on the silk road, flights are readily available from the major cities in Europe to the capital of Baku. Be sure to arrange your visa in advance. And, find out why the South Caucasus is Europe’s forgotten frontier.”

Top 10 for EUR Travelers


If you’ve got Euros in your pocket, you’re golden. Why not branch out a bit this year, get off of your already well traveled content and see some other places:

“There is no better time for Europeans to visit Canada than now. With an almost 50% exchange rate, Canada becomes a first world budget destination. Cheap flights from major European cities to Toronto and Montreal make it almost worth a long weekend getaway”

“If you’ve got more than a week or two for holiday, be sure to spend some time working your way down the Mediterranean coast and exploring the olive groves inland. The ruins at el-Jem are a gem. The sleepy town of Matmata (of Star Wars fame) will feel like visiting another world. And if you’re lucky enough to be there mid-winter, the Festival du Sahara, at Douz, is not to be missed!”

“Beyond the question of whether Mexico is safe for solo travel (yes, it largely is) there are dozens of other questions about where to go and what to see. This is an incredibly diverse country that can’t be neatly boxed within a two week visit. Mexico is more than just beaches, it’s also bustling cities, amazing natural landscapes and a deep, rich, history that begs to be studied and explored. Ignore the myths, and take the kids to Mexico (or just yourself!)”

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April 2015 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It’s getting closer and closer to summer travel season here in the northern hemisphere. BootsnAll focused its content on travel in the United States and Canada for the entire month of March, and the following 5 multi-stop trips have a big United States leg in them. Check them out below!

Remember that any of these trips can be fully customized to fit your needs. As long as you’re a BootsnAll Member (membership is free), you can tweak any of these routes or create your own:

1. US National Parks Trip – $4013
London > Denver >overland> Moab >overland> Las Vegas > Sydney > Bangkok > Delhi >overland> Mumbai > London from $4013 taxes and fees included  

2. Road Tripping Canada – $2302
London > St. John's >overland> Quebec >overland> Toronto >overland> Thunder Bay >overland> Dauphin >overland> Vancouver > Honolulu > Tokyo > Delhi >overland> Mumbai > Istanbul > London from $2302 taxes and fees included  

3. RTW from New York – $2641
New York > Whitehorse >overland> Anchorage > Tokyo > Moscow >overland> St. Petersburg > Reykjavik > New York from $2641 taxes and fees included  

4. Road Trip America – $2467
Sydney > Los Angeles >overland> Las Vegas >overland> Utah >overland> Grand Canyon >overland>Moab >overland> Austin > Reykjavik > London > Delhi > Singapore > Sydney  from $2467 taxes and fees included  

5. Round the US – $1699
London > New York > Chicago > Denver > Las Vegas > San Francisco >overland> Portland >overland> Seattle > London from $1699 taxes and fees included  

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February 2015 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Each year since 2008 BootsnAll has published a Top Destinations List for that particular year. In 2014, we decided to change the method of how we came up with such a list by relying on data from multi-stop routes searched on Indie.

Since BootsnAll acquired and merged with AirTreks in late 2013, that meant there was even more data to sift through, so when coming up with the list for 2015, we used data from all trips booked through both AirTreks and Indie in the past year.

So what does that mean for you?

It means that the list we came up with is not some arbitrary, editor-chosen list. It’s a list of destinations that travelers are flying in and out of when buying airfare for their long-term trips. For anyone thinking about or planning a big trip, you can use the destinations in the article and routes we created from that article to get the most value from your route and airfare.

Check out the eight bookable routes below from Indie and AirTreks, alter them to fit your particular needs, and make that dream trip a reality!

  1. 1 month Around the World – $2317: New York > Paris > Beijing > Tokyo > New York from $2317 taxes and fees included  
  2. Europe, the Middle East, and Asia – $2429: San Francisco > Paris > Istanbul > Dubai > Hong Kong > Seoul > San Francisco from $2429 taxes and fees included  
  3. RTW from London – $2493: London > Beijing > Seoul > Tokyo > Honolulu > Vancouver >overland> Seattle > New York > London from $2493 taxes and fees included  
  4. 3 Months RTW – $2493: Seattle > Auckland > Melbourne >overland> Sydney > Singapore > Delhi > Rome >overland> Amsterdam > New York > Seattle from $2493 taxes and fees included  
  5. RTW from Sydney – $2765: Sydney > Bali > Bangkok > Delhi > Amsterdam > Toronto > Los Angeles > Sydney from $2765 taxes and fees included  
  6. Around the World Dash – $1599 – $2249: New York > Bangkok > London > New York
  7. 5 Continent RTW – $2876 – $3346: New York > Buenos Aires > Rio de Janeiro > Rome > Johannesburg > Bangkok > Delhi > New York
  8. 3 Continets, 6 Countries, Unlimited Memories – $2864 – $3549: Los Angeles > Auckland > Sydney > Bali > Singapore >overland> Bangkok > Delhi > London > Los Angeles

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December 2014 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Ready to get out on the road? This holiday season, instead of buying more crap that you really don’t need, why not downsize and start spending your money on experiences instead of stuff?

Below are 5 multi-stop routes that have been booked on Indie over the past month. Check them out, or design the perfect trip for you!

1. 8 months Around the World – $3499

Toronto > Auckland >overland> Queenstown > Sydney >overland> Brisbane > Bangkok >Bahrain > Barcelona >overland> Paris > Dublin >Amsterdam >overland> Berlin > Toronto from $3499 taxes and fees included  

2. Short Trip Around the World – $2566

Toronto > New York > Singapore > Perth > Darwin > Manila > Las Angeles > Toronto from $2566 taxes and fees included  

3. The Reward Trip – $2291

Seoul > Ulaanbaatar > Istanbul > Berlin > London > New York > Seattle from $2291 taxes and fees included  

4. England to Canada – $3275

London >Melbourne >overland> Cairns > Queenstown > Auckland >overland> Christchurch > Nadi > Honolulu > Vancouver from $3275 taxes and fees included  

5. The Do What You Want Trip – $4928

Stockholm > Las Vegas > Los Angeles > Stockholm > Faro > Lisbon > Melbourne > Auckland > Honolulu > San Francisco > New York > Stockholm from $4928 taxes and fees included  

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September 2014 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

BootsnAll just published its 4th installment of the Around the World Airfare Report (totally free!), analyzing nine different companies and airline alliances.

The goal of the Around the World Airfare Report is to help make it easier for you to decide which option is right for your trip.

Below are the three routes we searched for the report:

1. Chicago to Bangkok (The Scenic Route) – $1537

Chicago > London >overland> Barcelona >overland> Milan > Istanbul > Delhi > Bangkokfrom $1537 taxes and fees included  

2. 4 Months RTW – $3292

Vancouver > Reykjavik > Cologne > Kathmandu > Bangkok >overland> Phuket > Bali > Honolulu > Vancouver from $3292 taxes and fees included  

3.Family RTW – $6505

Denver > Quito > Galapagos > Quito >overland> Cusco > Buenos Aires >overland> Santiago > Auckland > Sydney > Bangkok > Rome >overland> London > Denver from $6505 taxes and fees included  

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June Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

As always, we have 5 multi-stop routes to share with you this month. Many of these routes were inspired this recent article on BootsnAll.

By becoming a BootsnAll Member, you can access all of Indie’s capabilities and build, search, price, book, and share your RTW itinerary!

1. RTW from London – $4893

London > Kathmandu > Bangkok >overland> Saigon > Singapore > Auckland > Lima >overland> Santiago >overland> Buenos Aires > London from $4893 taxes and fees included  

2. Street Food RTW – $5716

Philadelphia > Bogota > Santiago > Singapore > Saigon >overland> Hanoi > Bangkok > Tel Aviv > Istanbul > Athens >overland> Rome >overland> Sarajevo >overland> Warsaw > Paris > Philadelphia from $5716 taxes and fees included  

3.Hiking, Trekking, and Camping RTW – $5392

Seattle >overland> Missoula > Las Vegas (Grand Canyon) > Key West > Bangor >overland (Appalachian Trail) > Atlanta > Glasglow > Geneva > Nairobi > Goa >overland> Mumbai > Alice Springs > Sydney > Seattle from $5392 taxes and fees included  

4. Markets RTW – $5627

New York > Marrakech > Venice > Istanbul > Cairo > Delhi > Bangkok >overland> Singapore > Beijing > Seoul > Tokyo > Guadalajara > Guatemala City > New York from $5627 taxes and fees included  

5. That’s How You Go RTW – $3377

Oslo > Fort Lauderdale > Los Angeles > Rarotonga > Auckland > Sydney > Cairns > Bali > Saigon > London > Oslo from $3377 taxes and fees included  

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May 2014 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Route possibilities are limitless when it comes to long-term travel, which is why we highlight sample routes from Indie each month.

The highlighted routes below are all real trips booked by travelers over the course of the past month. These routes highlight the versatility of Indie, as travelers can book simple, 1 or 2 stop trips like the first one, or more complicated, 22-stop trips like the last one.

If you want to build, price, or book a multi-stop trip on Indie, simple sign up and join the BootsnAll community – it’s totally free!

1. Quick Trip to the UK – $1296

Bangkok > Glasgow >overland> London > Bangkok from $1296 taxes and fees included  

2. Month-Long Adventure – $2029

London > Dubai > Bangkok > Singapore > Denpasar (Bali) > London from $2029 taxes and fees included  

3.Round Australia and Asia – $3893

Seattle > Kathmandu > Colombo > Rangoon > Kuala Lumpur > Melbourne >overland> Cairns > Seattle from $3893 taxes and fees included  

4. European Highlights – $1757

Los Angeles > Amsterdam > Budapest > Paris > Los Angeles from $1757 taxes and fees included  

5. Crazy Awesome RTW – $7376

Sydney > Buenos Aires >overland> Recife > Caracas > Bogota > San Salvador > Los Angeles >overland> Seattle > Frankfurt >overland> Copenhagen > Reykjavik > Evenes > Oslo >overland> Stockholm > Moscow >overland> Frankfurt > Cairo > Dubai > Delhi > Shanghai >overland> Beijing > Sydney from $7376 taxes and fees included  

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April 2014 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

We have special fares for you like we do every month, but we are also in the midst of a pretty fun community event over on BootsnAll.

#Indie30 is a month-long art project for anyone who has a passion for long-term travel. Check out the details here, and peruse the “best of” the first week of the project.

Without further ado, here are five routes found on Indie:

1. RTW from New York – $3281

New York > Apia > Christchurch > Sydney > Hanoi > New York from $3281 taxes and fees included  

2. Explore Asia – $2851

Philadelphia > Tokyo > Bangkok > Singapore > Bali (Denpasar) > Los Angeles from $2851 taxes and fees included  

3.London to Bangkok (the long way) – $4186

London > Rio de Janeiro >overland> Lima > Santiago > Auckland > Sydney > Bangkok from $4186 taxes and fees included  

4. World Cup 2014 – $1631

New York > Belize City > Sao Paulo >overland> Manaus > New York from $1631 taxes and fees included  

5. RTW from Hong Kong – $2588

Hong Kong > Manchester >overland> London > Toronto > Vancouver > Hong Kong from $2588 taxes and fees included  

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March 2014 Fares for Multi-Stop Tickets

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The possibilities really are endless when it comes to multi-stop trips, which is what makes Indie so much fun to use!

If you’re the independent type and really like to have a hand in all aspects of your route planning, then check out the 5 trips below to inspire you.

Remember, if you’re a BootsnAll Member, you can tweak any of these routes to fit your needs or build your own dream trip from scratch. Simply register for a free account and enter your destinations and dates to get a bookable price on your route.

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No waiting around for agents to email you back – you are the agent in this case!

  • USA to Autralia: The Long Route – $3074 – Seattle > Panama City, Panama > Buenos Aires > Rome >overland> Milan > Bangkok > Melbourne from $3074 taxes and fees included
  • World Explorer 2014 – $7250 – Boston > Panama City, Panama > Rio de Janeiro > Johannesburg > Perth > Alice Springs > Sydney > Auckland > Dunedin > Auckland > Papeete > Los Angeles > Boston from $7250 taxes and fees included
  • Explore Europe, the Middle East, and Asia – $3646 – Salt Lake City > Rome > Istanbul > Tel Aviv > Athens > Delhi > Kathmandu > Hanoi >overland> Bangkok > Salt Lake City from $3646 taxes and fees included
  • 5-Continent Extravaganza – $3276 – Sydney > Singapore > Cape Town > Istanbul > Tel Aviv > Athens >overland> Paris > Copenhagen > Reykjavik > New York City >overland> Dallas > Auckland from $3276 taxes and fees included
  • Epic, 15-Stop RTW Trip – $5855 – London > Nairobi >overland> Livingstone > Johannesburg > Sao Paulo > La Paz > Lima > Auckland > Sydney > Bangkok >overland> Phnom Penh > Tokyo > Beijing >overland> Saint Petersburg > Edinburgh from $5855 taxes and fees included  


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