March 1, 2013

The Versatility of Indie

When planning a round the world trip, choosing where to go and when is a difficult decision. There are so many variables, and at the beginning of the planning process, your route is constantly changing.

With Indie, it’s easy to stay on top of flight costs in the planning process because of the ease of which you can search different routes and price them out.

Instead of just writing about it, we want to show you!

We started with a base trip – a round the world trip from New York City, with the following itinerary: New York > Marrakech > Rome > Moscow >overland> Beijing > Bangkok > Los Angeles > New York City, with a price of $2821USD, all taxes and fees included. I timed myself with a stop watch, and this initial search took 2 minutes, 46 seconds to create and price.

We wanted to take that base trip and tweak it – creating 4 similar trips, showing off how quick and easy it is to customize any trip to make it your own:

  • RTW from Chicago: We changed the departure city from New York to Chicago and added an overland segment in Europe. The new route is: Chicago¬†> Marrakech > Rome >overland> ¬†Budapest > Moscow >overland> Beijing > Bangkok > Los Angeles > Chicago. The price was very similar, $2874USD taxes and fees included. Time to make changes and get a new price: 1 minute, 54 seconds.
  • RTW from Sydney: It’s easy to tweak no matter where you live. For this trip, we changed the departure city to Sydney. The new route is: Sydney > New York > Marrakech > Rome > Moscow >overland> Beijing > Bangkok > Sydney, with a price of $3775USD, all taxes and fees included. Time: 2 minutes, 11 seconds.
  • RTW from London: We didn’t want to leave our London friends out. For this trip, we changed the departure city to London and tweaked the itinerary and dates just a bit. The new route is: London > Moscow >overland> Beijing > Bangkok > Los Angeles > New York City > Marrakech > London, with a price of $2678USD, all taxes and fees included. Time: 1 minute, 38 seconds
  • RTW from Singapore: Lots of our readers live in SE Asia, so we re-created the trip for them, too. The new route is: Singapore > Los Angeles > New York City > Marrakech > Rome > Moscow >overland> Beijing > Singapore, with a price of $2705USD, all taxes and fees included. Time: 1 minute, 40 seconds

It took me a total of 10 minutes, 9 seconds to search and price all 5 of these trips. The best of our competitors typically take at least 24 hours to get a price on a similar trip, and that’s just ONE trip. Any changes made take longer and involve a lot of back and forth between you and a customer service rep. With Indie, you can do it all yourself in minutes!

What’s the best trip that you can find for the cost? How long did it take you to search?


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