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13th April
written by Hazel

We just finished another 22 hour bus ride, so I thought I’d post this.  I wrote it a little while ago, but wanted to get it up to document our planning process and how the trip will go!


When we started to plan our trip we looked at all kinds of options for getting ourselves around the world.  From our reseach it seemed to us that most people doing this type of trip do one of two major options.

Option 1:  Buy your flights as you go.  This provides a lot of flexibility since nothing or at least not everything is booked up front.  You also can shop for cheap flights as you go and try to save money that way.

Option 2:  Buy a Round the World ticket from one of the major airline alliances.  This has the advantage of the price being set upfront, you have dates and flights set before you leave home, and there’s usually at least some measure of flexibility built in, although you may have to pay to change some things on the fly.

We went with option 2.  After checking around we decided to buy our ticket here: Oneworld Alliance.  We liked their planner and found that we could get the kind of trip we wanted this way.  Even if you aren’t setting off around the world it’s fun to play with their planner and see all the places you can go!!!  Oneworld Planner

Our Itinerary:

Sorry this is a little small, please click to enlarge.  I had a terrible time getting this table to work here – guess it’s about time I learned some HTML.
We will end up going to six of the seven continents!  The order might not seem completely intuitive, but this is how we could get the most direct flights, which means we could go to more places.  It leaves a lot of freedom in how we travel once we arrive in each location.  We could have planned the flights to get us to more tourist locations, but our general strategy was to fly into large cities and then work from there.  Hence all the long bus rides so far!
If anyone out there has any suggestions about our future destinations we’re always interested in recommendations and advice!

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