optionscle
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Around The World Help Please

Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:16 pm

Hello everyone. A friend of mine and I are hoping to take a trip around the world in late November of 2006. Both of us will be participating in study abroad programs this upcoming semester from our school in the USA, I will be going to Brisbane Australia and my friend to South Africa. We are planning on meeting in Australia or New Zealand and starting the trip from there.

I was hoping that someone here could help me determine the best Around the World program to use for our needs. As of right now, the plan is to start in Australia or New Zealand, move north/northwest up to Asia, then west across to Europe and finally back to the United States. I know that Sky Team, oneworld and Star Alliance all offer these types of trips but I would have no problem using a travel agent either. Oneworld quoted me a fare of USD$4,800 but Qantas shows a 4 continent fare on their website of USD$2,700 (I think the trip might have to originate in Australia for this fare but I was quoted from the USA.) I would also be willing to try either the Asia or Europe-pass that all of the alliances offer. Any comments from those who have tried these programs or suggestions from anyone would be very helpful.

Additionally, if anyone has suggestions for cities that are must-sees for someone who has never been to Asia or Europe, please share!
 
GIA
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RE: Around The World Help Please

Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:01 pm

try www.bestflights.com.au , klik on flight specials then round world rippers. I think they also sell euro pass. But i reckon it's a good site to search for the fares. Hope that helps you a bit. Btw these price usually starts from the east coast and in AUD$, a lot cheaper than the quotation you got

Cheers
 
Broocy
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RE: Around The World Help Please

Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:09 pm

I'm an ex travel agent in NZ. Depending on how many stops you want, you can get a simple return NZ-UK/Europe fare from NZD2450+ taxes (USD1500) that would allow a stop or two in Asia, Australia and the USA, plus a trip in Europe on Qantas, British Airways and AA inside the USA. QF/BA has 96 different fare levels (not including there specific round world fares) for travel from NZ to Europe, so you will have plenty to choose from!

Best you contact someone like the Flightcentre for travel ex NZ or Australia. The type of trip you want will not be bookable over the internet.

Most of the fares from NZ to UK/Europe are round by default of geography.

[Edited 2006-03-26 10:11:18]
 
hb88
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RE: Around The World Help Please

Sun Mar 26, 2006 8:59 pm

Sounds like a fun trip!

One thing which I've thought would be fun would be to fly NZ - UK by airlines in a series of short flights.

You might want to check out a book by Alexander Frater called "Beyond the Blue Horizon" in which he duplicated the old 30's Imperial Route from London to Australia using modern airlines.

Actually, this book is a classic and must read for anyone who flies regularly, particularly in that part of the world (or that half of the world I should say). He writes with perception and empathy which is rare in travel writers.

As for "must sees" in Asia - for places which are enroute or close to the most probable route you'll take, I'd recommend Bangkok, Laos and anywhere in India if you can take a side trip.

Must sees in Europe? How much time do you have!?

London/Paris/Rome/Barcelona at least - I've been living in the UK/Europe for 5 years now and there's still too much to see. Many of the 'secondary' cities off the usual core agenda are great for seeing actually how people live: Lyon, Genoa, Palermo, Seville etc... Worth considering.

One tip, avoid Europe in the summer - too many tourists and most locals will be away on holiday. For example, in summer, you get "Paris Lite" which a very different feel to Paris in winter or autumn. I'd recommend travelling in Europe in Winter or Spring. Although it will be cold, the museums will be near empty, the locals will actually be around and you wont have to deal so much with queues etc. Just my 2 euro cents worth...
 
skyhigh
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RE: Around The World Help Please

Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:38 pm

Going directly with the alliance airfares is not the most economical way to do it. I too was once a travel agent and you will get a much better deal by going to one. STA travel (student travel association) might be a good place to start. You do not need to be a student to deal with them but they do have some special cheaper fares just for students. They are just an example but you can do a search on google for other discount travel agents or student flights etc.

I do know that airfares from the U.S. tend to be much more expensive than say the U.K. or even Canada. It might even work out cheaper to buy your return ticket to Australia and then buy the rest when you get here. A basic return to Europe from Australia, with a stop in Asia, can be as low as AU$1400+tax ($US1000). You can check out Australian airfares on
travel.com.au
flightcentre.com.au

The alliance airfares are good if you are planning on making a lot of stops. You are always able to cost this against your own "round the world fare", which a travel agent can put together by combining airfares made up by the airlines servicing the cities that you want to visit. Either way, it will most likely be cheaper from an agent than direct from an airline or alliance.

It is difficult to recommend places to go and see as there is a huge world out there full of things to see and do. Lonely Planet publish a brilliant book called the "Blue Book". It is put together by their own travel writers and their favourite hotspots in each country. It is aimed at the young traveller and will be perfect for you. They are also one of the leading publishers of travel guides. They should be in any larger book shop. You will get a lot more from your trip if you do some advance research on the countries that you might think you want to visit. Remember that you can always fly into one Asian city and out of another. That way you can travel overland and have a great time doing it. For example, arrive in Bangkok, make your own way to Singapore and then depart from there. I have spent over a year in Asia and 8 years in Europe and the choices are endless!

Have fun and make the most of it while you can!!
 
nzrich
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RE: Around The World Help Please

Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:00 pm

Try the star alliance round the world ticket there are different price options depending on miles used ..Also that way you can break the journey in the Pacific islands NZ fly to 5 of them from lax on the way to AKL NZ ..Its a good way to break the trip.. Also then you have the multiple carriers to choose from and all good quality ones NZ ,SAA , SQ , SAS etc to complete the trip ..
"Pride of the pacific"

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