STA Travel or Round the World Experts????????
Replies: 18 - Last Post: Mar 28, 2012 7:24 AM Last Post By: Redbullet13
Mar 25, 2012 9:09 AM
15RTW tickets are perfectly suited to someone who wants to take a tour son12345. You follow the plan. If you are happy with that, then that's up to you.
What you can't do (or can but shouldn't) is compare a RTW fare with point to point tickets on price alone (LostTheMarbles) as if that were the only difference. The major difference as noted is flexibility. That has no price attached to it. If you only look at price you are trying to compare apples and oranges.
No matter how advocates of RTW tickets (again, usually someone who has bought one ONCE) try to say they can change and therefore are flexible, the reality is they allow very limited flexibility. The example by Toad is a good one. Here is another.
I was in the south of France and one evening in a bar, a guy said that he was looking for a couple of other people to join him in his VW camper to go to the running of the bulls in Pamplona. One guy said something like, 'Wow, I would so love to do that but I have a reservation for a hostel in Rome on Friday and a flight to Turkey on the following Monday, I can't go.' Rome and Turkey would still be there next year or whenever but what are the chances that someone would give him the same opportunity to go to Pamplona again?
It is that 'I CAN'T go' that is the issue. The biggest thing about travel regardless of why people say they want to travel, is the freedom from everyday life and its responsibilities. Yet over and over here on the TT we read about people who immediately throw away that freedom in favour of an itinerary with tickets and reservations that lock them in. If someone does as Toad says and just goes to A and then decides what to do next when they are ready to move on, freedom is maintained.
Most people who have travelled a fair amount will tell you that it is the un-planned places and opportunities that they got the most from in their travels. They planned a week in Rome which was all they expected it to be but met a guy taking a VW across the Med by freighter and intending to drive it across the Sahara. (That happened to me) Being locked in to a flight and saying no to that opportunity would have been a disaster.
You can plan a tour or you can go on an adventure. You can't plan an adventure however much people think they are planning 'the trip/adventure of a lifetime'.
Mar 25, 2012 10:01 AM
Great speech, and yes you made some valid points. What or where I go is really up to me, if one wants to critise it, thats thier problem. As I said, happy with what I am doing and I dont need to justify my reasons with anyone. But my point in my last post was that the OP is not asking TT forum for opinions on booking a RTW ticket or not, he/she has made it obvious in his/her original post, and was asking which of the 2 they should go for,since he/she is confused over the mixed reviews. I've said what I wanted to say on my experience with one of the agents in question, and thats that, whether it has helped the OP or not, I dont know.
Good luck in your planning hope youve decided and go for it whatever it is youve decided to do.
Mar 25, 2012 10:08 AM
By the way, this is an adventure of a life time, even if I did plan it, so what, it's my life and money, I'm living the dream, having a great time, met some wonderful people, great experiences and stories to tell. And I dont even know why I am writing these posts during my trip?!!
Good luck to all.
Mar 28, 2012 7:24 AM
18Flights booked with RTWE :o)
Sent an email to STA Travel over a week ago and they havnt even bothered to reply to me which i find RUDE !! We are actually going to book with them as well. But their loss.
RTWE have been nothing but amazing, very helpful and always got back to me promptly with any questions i have had.
We have only booked our main flights with them, Aberdeen - Heathrow - Bangkok - Perth. I looked into booking as we go, but they were coming out very expensive and I would rather have peace of mind knowing i have a return home if anything was too go wrong and we ran out of money. Once in Thailand we have about 7 months in Asia to basically do whatever we want so im happy. I just wish the rtn flights werent restricted to 12 months :o( That's the only downpart about it is if we decide to stay longer than 12 months we lose the return part of our ticket.
Anyways, thanks for all your advise......
Roll on JAN 2013......
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