Updated August 23, 2016.
So you want to travel around the world. But then reality bites: it’s probably expensive. So how much should you be aiming for when it comes to budget? Will your wallet be able to handle it? How much do around the world tickets cost? The question depends upon who you are (what’s your travel personality?) and how you intend to travel. Depending on your plans and your desired level of comfort, an around-the-world ticket could be anywhere from small potatoes to a small fortune.
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It’s a given that longer trips will cost more than short ones, but that doesn’t mean long trips have to be expensive. Longer stays in each destination are much more efficient (you get more for your money, since the largest cost associated with travel, the airfare, stays the same regardless of trip length). While the price of a trip with more stops will cost more overall, on a day-by-day basis the airfare expense becomes cheaper relative to the cost of everything else, spreading the price out over more days.
The average AirTreks around the world or multi-stop plane ticket costs between $3000 and $5000 per person, but that all depends on your schedule and routing. You can price your route with our TripPlanner or call one of our personal travel consultants at (415) 977-7100 for complimentary advice in estimating your airfare.
To keep the price on the lower end of the spectrum, it’s important to be open and flexible with your travel plans. Expect connecting flights, longer layovers, and seats on airlines that may not have huge marketing budgets. Many trips are more expensive, just because of the sheer amount of time spent traveling or added stopovers at special destinations, but it’s certainly possible to travel for a price well-below the average. Just remember that the overall cost of your trip depends on its complexity and the number of flights. A little flexibility will go a long way: if you can cut out that week-long jaunt to the Seychelles in the middle of your round-the-world tour, you might save thousands of dollars!
One thing that’s always guaranteed with an AirTreks ticket is that your around the world airfare will be a set price, paid for in a lump sum. That means you can remove flights from your travel budget equation once that’s done. Keep your eye on daily expenses while on the road, because you don’t want to have to cut your trip short if you run out of money!
For insight into how much the total trip will cost, read our article about how much an around the world trip costs (complete with a short video we produced with a quick run-down of the factors involved in that cost).
Calculate the total trip cost by selecting each place you’re going. Consider how much you’ll be spending there per day, then multiply that by two (as a buffer for incidentals), add it to your airfare quote and you should have a good general idea of how much your total trip will be.
Continue reading in our budget advice section – How Much (Cash) Should I Take With Me?
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