10 Steps to Planning a Round the World Trip
Published 01 February 2018
If you’ve already decided to take off on a round the world trip then congratulations! Now it's time to start planning. While it can seem daunting, if you follow our ten steps to planning a round the world trip, you'll be sorted in no time. From deciding where to go and which airline to fly with, to working out your budget and arranging your transfers, Round the World Experts Amy McBay and Graham Barret share their expert advice on how to plan a round the world trip.
Step 1: Decide on your destinations
One of the biggest mistakes people make when planning their round the world trip is focussing too much on the ‘how much?’ question first. Instead, focus on what you really want to experience on your holiday first, and then think about budget second.
Amy’s advice: “What people don’t realise is round the world airfares offer incredible value for money and are much more cost effective than you think. Also our Experts are really clever in creating itineraries so we can kind of fit anything into any budget really.”
Step 2: Identify any airline preferences
It might not be high on your priority list, but if you do prefer to fly certain airlines over others, it’s better to tell us early on in the process so we can search for the right round the world flights for you.
Graham’s advice: “Because we can tailor-make airfares for you, if you tell us which airlines you will or won’t fly with early on, this will help us create the perfect airfare for you from the beginning.”
Step 3: Determine your timings
When do you want to go and for how long? Most travellers may be locked down to certain times, but if you are flexible, we can help you decide when to go and also for how long to spend in each destination.
Amy’s advice: ‘It is very subjective, but by getting to know you and what you want out of trip, we can definitely offer you advice on timings. For example, some people could spend three days in Bangkok and that’s plenty, while others can happily spend seven days there. For Australia, some people can do it in two weeks, but if you are flexible with time, I recommend spending four weeks there.”
Step 4: Think outside the box
A lot of people and travel agencies just look at the set airfare contracts that are available, but at Round the World Experts we like to look outside of the box. We still mainly look at our preferred airline partners, but we like to offer customers options that they might not have thought of, beyond just the typical round the world airfares.
Amy’s advice: “A lot of people don’t know that there are fantastic airfares that fly into one destination and then fly out of another – especially in Asia. These airfares offer the opportunity to travel by car, train – we can even book cruises for you. We’ll also suggest different stopovers you might not have thought of, like a stopover in Fiji between Australia and New Zealand. In the back of our mind when we’re making suggestions, we’re always looking for a way we can save you money, because some stopovers are more cost effective than others.”
Step 5: Ballpark your budget
Most airfares we can estimate for you within £100, so that’s easy to budget for. It’s the rest of your trip that is harder to estimate. Things like accommodation, tours and transfers. Once we know your budget we can start tailor-making every element of your trip so you’re getting the best value possible. As we’re part of the Flight Centre Travel Group, we have access to incredible accommodation prices that other companies don’t.
Graham's advice: “Consider one of our Journeys as a whole trip or even just your starting point (we can tailor-make them to fit any budget). When you consider our Vietnam: Hanoi to Cho Chi Minh Journey ends up costing £126 per day including flights, accommodation, transfers, transport and tours – it really is fantastic value for money.”
Step 6: Consider transfers
Transfers are often the last thing on your mind but can end up being the biggest hassle of a trip. Having transfers pre-arranged and someone waiting for you at the airport, especially after a long flight, makes a world of difference. When you book a Journey with us, airport transfers are included in the price as standard.
Amy’s advice: “I had a customer recently who said that he really appreciated the pre-arranged transfers because it just meant his trip ran like clockwork and he really didn’t have to worry about anything.”
Step 7: Don’t discount day tours
If you’re travelling a long way to a destination, it’s really important to get the most out of your experience and often the best way to do this is by a tour. If you cringe at the thought of a bus tour – don’t worry. Tours have come a long way recently and now encompass a range of interests, from private tours to bike tours, culinary tours, wine tasting, hot air ballooning – the options are endless.
Graham’s advice: “Tours can really make or break a trip. For some destinations such as Machu Picchu, you really have to do a tour. For others though, I recommend doing a day tour at least in order to get your bearings and help you plan the rest of your stay.”
Step 8: Decide on your daily spend
“How much should I expect to spend when I’m there?” It’s a tough and subjective question but based on your destinations and our own experiences, we’re able to give you an idea.
Amy’s advice: “If you have an overall budget, I can sit down and break down all the costs and include an average daily spending budget. If I think it’s not enough, based on the destination you're going to, I might go back to you and say ‘we need to spend less on this’ and or advise you to go for a better value hotel.“
Step 9: Tick off your travel checklist
Ever had that nervous feeling at the airport like you’ve forgotten something? Not when you’ve booked with us! If you book a Journey with us, you’ll have access to one of our Travel Butlers. A completely free of charge, our Travel Butlers will offer you advice on what visas and vaccinations you will need, what to pack, travel insurance and any other things you may need to consider before you go.
Graham’s advice: “The Travel Butlers are so fantastic at not only helping you prepare for your trip, but also getting you excited for it! They are a huge help, especially when it comes to visas. For example, ifyou’re travelling to Australia, we can arrange your visas for you.”
Step 10: Take off on the trip of a lifetime
When fun part begins, our service stll continues. From the moment you leave until you arrive home, Round the World Experts are on hand to help you at every step of the way. If you need to make any changes to your itinerary, you can contact your Travel Butler (Journeys customers) or Flight Support (Flight customers), and for emergencies you can call our 24/7 emergency assist. So we're on hand to help whenever and wherever you may need us.
Amy’s advice: “Don’t hesistate to get in contact if you want to change a part of your trip. Sometimes you end up loving a destination more than you thought and so with a quick call or email, we can arrange for you to stay a little longer. It's your holiday afterall, you've got to enjoy it your way. And anything is possible when you book with Round the World Experts. ”