he first time I heard my friend, The Gourmet Goddess, mention that she was taking an “around the world” trip, I was gobsmacked thinking that she must be shelling out a fortune! She was accompanying her husband on a month-long business trip that started in Amsterdam, moved on for several stops in the USA before heading across the Pacific and hitting Singapore and several locations in India. At this point, they were so exhausted from their whirlwind travels that they said “the heck with it all” and took a few days vacation in Dubai before returning home to Holland only a month after it all began. It was such an extravagant journey that I couldn’t imagine what it must have cost!
When I discreetly made a comment about how expensive this trip must have been, the Goddess replied, “No, Not really! An ATW ticket ( around the world ticket) is the best bargain in travel”.
I couldn’t believe this was true, so I did a little research of my own. Lo and behold, she was right! So right, in fact, that I’ve booked my husband, WG, on his own around the world trip.
You know he is in China right now, but in fact his travels are taking him from Holland to London to China, and then on to Japan before landing in Dalls the week before Christmas where he and I will meet up to celebrate with family and friends in Oklahoma. Three weeks later he’ll return from Dallas to London to Holland, having proven that the world is indeed round! Christopher Columbus has nothing on WG!
His airfare for this entire journey cost only 1,600 Euros (or $2,300), a fraction of what it would have cost for WG to travel roundtrip business class from Amsterdam to Beijing. Admittedly, that would have been a much more lavish journey compared to being cramped back in coach, but it was so much more logical and convenient to travel around the world rather than backtracking to Amsterdam only to catch a flight the next day to the USA for the holidays.
Next time you’re in the mood to travel and can’t make up your mind on where to go or what to see, why don’t you do as WG did and fly around the world!
Author Judy Wolf gives great tips on how to book an ATW (also called RTW) and who to book it with! She advises that both One World Alliance and Star Alliance “allow for travel ranging from 10 days to 12 months. While you’re required to set your itinerary in terms of destinations (that’s how they know how much to charge you), both alliances let you decide or change travel dates freely as you go.” Check Judy’s Adventure Travel website (or subscribe to her newsletter) to see how you can live a life without borders!
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