Leaving on a jet plane


We have a very rough plan for our (first) round the world trip, and an even rougher idea of how much the flights might cost.

Here’s the first flight plan:

  • London > Chicago > Make own way to San Francisco
  • San Francisco > Auckland
  • Auckland > Perth > make own way to Sydney (with lots of other bits in between)
  • Sydney > Tokyo
  • Tokyo > Hong Kong (purely to get visas)
  • Hong Kong to…er…somewhere in China (really unsure what we’re doing in China just yet)
  • Beijing > Bangkok
  • Bangkok > London

There was a small extra idea of popping to India, but might not include that this time round.

We have estimated that this might cost around £2-2.5k each.

We went into the Flight Centre last week thinking that they might be able to provide us with some guidance and quotes around our initial ideas. They’ve come up with a rather different plan to what we had hoped for, including internal flights and non direct flights between some of the countries we’ve chosen.

  • London > Miami > Make own way to Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles > Auckland VIA Sydney
  • Christchurch > Perth VIA Sydney > Make own way to  Sydney
  • Sydney > Alice Springs
  • Alice Springs > Melbourne
  • Melbourne > Brisbane
  • Brisbane > Hong Kong > Make own way (or possibly a guided tour) to Beijing
  • Beijing > Tokyo
  • Osaka > Bangkok
  • Delhi > London VIA Dubai

This all comes to just under £4k each.

Now, I know that Australia and the US are massive countries, so I can understand why there might be the odd internal flight there, but the whole Australia/New Zealand section is confusing! Are there no direct flights between the places we want to go? Or is it a case of the airlines involved on a RTW ticket?

I popped onto Skyscanner to try out our original route (with minimal changes) and came in at just under £2k each.

So the question is, are the internal flights worth it? I’m probably less concerned about them than I am the three trips to Sydney! (Once is enough, and it’ll probably be for NYE). Decisions, decisions.