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Tips for planning your Round the World (RTW) ticket purchase

  1. Put together a list of the cities you want to visit on your around the world trip. RTW tickets are really the most economical method of building complex multi-stop airline itineraries. A good starting point is our detailed destination guide which gives details of attractions, cultural norms, tipping guides, hotel discounts, ground transportation options, passport and visa requirements.

  2. Plan the order of visits in a continuous direction around the world. You can save large amounts on your RTW ticket by moving in a continuous direction and avoiding any backtracking.

  3. Most round the world tickets are based on a combination of stops and mileage. As such, for some short legs it may make sense to purchase a separate one-way ticket or alternative transportation such as rail. You normally do not have to arrive and depart from the same city in each area. So for instance, you can fly into Bangkok and catch a train to Singapore to continue your trip. This is called a "surface sector" in technical RTW ticketing language.

  4. Most RTW tickets are for a period of 12 months. Some discounted ones are for shorter periods. Be sure to match the ticket length to your true travel wishes. Sometimes purchasing the 6 month RTW ticket and starting off the trip with a single one-way ticket can provide a savings.

  5. Most RTW tickets are entirely flexible with dates so that you can extend or shortern your stay in each destination as you experience the trip. If this is important to you, confirm that the RTW ticket you are exploring allows these changes.

  6. Be sure to check on passport and visa requirements prior to booking.

  7. Our RTW booking tool can help you get an idea of the types of trips available. We encourage you to play around with it and explore the possibilities. Once you have some ideas please submit the itinerary and an expert round the world travel counselor will help fine tune your trip and make suggestions. We want you to truly enjoy your RTW travel and take the time to make sure you get the perfect airline ticket for your needs.

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Sample RTW and Circle Itineraries

These are just some of the more common sample base RTW and circle routings. They are all entirely flexible and can be modified to your exact needs using our RTW and circle trip planning tool.
  • Classic Around the World RTW
    New York City - London - Paris - Rome - surface - Athens - Bangkok - Singapore - Hong Kong - Tokyo - San Francisco - New York City

  • Classic Circle Atlantic
    Miami - Lima - Sao Paulo - Rio de Janeiro - Lisbon - London - Miami

  • Classic Circle Pacific
    Los Angeles - Papeete (Tahiti) - Auckland - Brisbane - Denpasar (Bali) - Singapore - surface - Bangkok - Hong Kong - Los Angeles

  • Classic Circle Asia
    Vancouver - Tokyo - Kansai - Beijing - Seoul - Pusan - Okinawa - Taipei - Manila - Shanghai - Hanoi - Kuala Lumpur - Singapore - Hong Kong - Vancouver

  • Southeast Asian Exploration
    San Francisco - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) - Bangkok - Koh Samui - Phuket - Kuala Lumpur - Denpasar (Bali) - San Francisco

  • Spectacular Wildlife
    Chicago - Bangkok - Delhi - Nairobi - Cairo - London - Chicago

  • Cultural Hotspots
    New York City - Rome - Athens - Cairo - Mumbai (Bombay) - surface - Varanasi - Kathmandu - Bangkok - Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) - Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) - Bangkok - Auckland - Papeete (Tahiti) - Easter Island - Santiago - Lima - Cusco - Miami - New York City

  • Endless Summer Surfing
    Los Angeles - San Jose - Sao Paulo - Johannesburg - surface - Cape Town - Kuala Lumpur - Denpasar (Bali) - Brisbane - Auckland - Nadi (Fiji Is.) - Los Angeles

  • Southern Hemisphere Exploration
    New York City - Buenos Aires - Cape Town - surface - Johannesburg - Mauritius - Perth - surface - Sydney - Christchurch - surface - Auckland - Nadi (Fiji Is.) - Los Angeles - New York City

  • Spirtual Centers
    Los Angeles - Denpasar (Bali) - Bangkok - Kathmandu - Delhi - Amman - Tel Aviv - Istanbul - Rome - Los Angeles

  • Around the World Supreme
    Chicago - London - surface - Athens - Cairo - Nairobi - Johannesburg - Cape Town - Mumbai (Bombay) - Kathmandu - Bangkok - surface - Singapore - Sydney - Auckland - Nadi (Fiji Is.) - Rarotonga (Cook Is.) - Los Angeles - Chicago

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