Round The World Flights Handbook

How to plan an epic round the world adventure

Round the world trips have been the pinnacle of “proper” travel for decades. If you’ve been anywhere near a traveller hostel or backpackers bar chances are you’ve met your fair share of RTW’ers at some phase of their journey. They’re usually the most unkempt, road-hardened characters with the best anecdotes and a trail of friends that winds around the globe.

About this guide

There’s a reason that RTW’ers win every game of travel top-trumps: There’s simply no more epic a journey than starting off in Heathrow (or anywhere else for that matter) and covering all, or at least most, of the inhabited continents in a single trip, creating what’s probably the most formative, educational and thrilling experience of your life.

But although RTWs have long been the preserve of the long-haired, gap year backpacker, these days you’ve got just as much chance of bumping into a mid 30’s professional on a career break or even a retiree making the most of their new-found freedom and time.

The world has become ever smaller and travel services and infrastructure have changed beyond recognition. Now you’re no longer confined to a dorm-room hostel with shared bathrooms. You can quite easily travel the world while enjoying comfortable “flashpacker” style hostels, or even seeing things through a local’s eyes in an AirBnb.

Low cost airlines have made the world more accessible on a tighter schedule, but getting away from the airports there are some superb overland trips that appeal to a much broader range of travellers: The Trans-Siberian Railway or a road trip across Australia can still evoke the romance of adventure, even in today’s globalised and hyper-connected world.

Booking a RTW trip is a big decision and getting it right can take meticulous planning. It’s for that reason that we created this guide – the handbook to everything you need.

Excited? The journey starts here…

Editors Mark Henshall
Format PDF
No. of Pages 93

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