How To Afford RTW Travel Transportation for Long-Term Family World Travel?
I’m spending so much wonderful, blessed time answering very specific questions dreamers back home have. People who still have keys and a kitchen counter are asking a lot of “how” questions and I’m deeply honored to think that just maybe something I may say, may just maybe spark a light, or feed that fire that says to a 9-to-5’er “Maybe. Maybe we could do this too.”
That’s what Jeff at Living On The Globe told us last week when we met him in Singapore. Jeff, his wife and 8 year old daughter are dreaming of making the escape and had lots of ‘how’ questions (how do you educate the kids? how do you afford rtw travel? how do you stay sane. or clearly lose it?) and the more we spoke, the more his eyes lite up, the more often he’d say, “I’m beginning to see the impossible as a possibility”. And so, we covered last week how to plan a travel itinerary and I told you that we always first figure out our accommodations, that where we will rest our head largely determines how long we’ll stay somewhere. But, how do you get the cheapest transportation? Here we go….
There are lots of ways that people plan their open-ended life on the road lifestyle. We personally, until this past month never had tickets in advance to anywhere. We like it best that way. We’d fall in love with this place (copy, paste everywhere!) and always stay much longer than we ever imagined. We gave a nice run-down of all the places we never thought we’d stay in for so long that we did and how we live like the locals and become perpetually barefoot. That makes for very cheap living accommodations. (Quick review: Negotiate long-term rent, exchange volunteer services for free room and board, and avoid tourist spots).
So, we love not having to be on this flight or in this town at any time. That leaves us free and open to the wind-dancing serendipitous travel we treasure most. But, sometimes we do plan, we do arrange for transportation because it is a necessary evil to get from point A to point B. And so, (damn it Gabi, stop stalling!), we’ll tell you how we and others do it cheaply.
The very first travel blog I admired and loved, and drooled over, back when I still had a kitchen counter was Six In The World. They took all of these great human pyramid shots around the globe, we’re modest and honest in the truth of travel stickiness, and Anne (who recently lost the battle to cancer) and her husband Tom really moved me in their love for each other. There was always lots of humor, humility, appreciation, nobility, and pureness in their site. They never sold or promoted anything, just shared from their heart. They talked about raising moral kids and how messed up their plans got during life on the road. I know it’s sad that I’ve sent you to the post about remembering her, but I’m sitting here crying and loving her, and feeling what I imagine Kobi or I, or any other loving couple would go through when facing the loss of their better half. I think that is what a real travel blog should be about, about being real, about being a real person with all the colors and situations of real life that come with that, and about sharing that. So, you can click on all of their great travel stories (and they are great!) but I just wanted to share with you whom I admire, and how my conversation with you about rtw flights ended up in the real and nature place my soul took us to.
So, the reason I brought them up is that they used round the world flights that they booked in advance. It was from them that I first heard that your flights, if I remember correctly, had to be used within one year and had to go either west to east, or east to west, but not in any sporadic order you wished. (I never understood why the airlines cared about your route. Any thoughts on that?) At any rate, he had collected tons of miles from work over the years and cashed those in for their flights around the world. That is one great way to save on airfare.
Our Two Biggest Save Money On RTW Transportation Costs Tips
1- Don’t move a lot. We stayed in Latin America for a year, and will be in South East Asia for more than a year. International flights are soooo expensive, so don’t do them often. Slow down, chill out, and enjoy the continent you are on. That alone will save you tons of money.
Did you know that we often spend in 6 months what a family spends on their 2 week travel vacation?
Because their flights are divided into 2 weeks and our flights are divided into 12 months. Severely reduced cost, friends.
2- Play with the online options. Kobi plays with online options a lot. We bussed and tuk tuked all throughout Thailand (one month), Cambodia (7 months), Vietnam (1 month), and Cambodia (1 month again). After that, everything we’re doing is based on where he happens to find cheap flights. That is what randomly brought us to Malaysia (we were planning on Laos), Singapore, and to the we-won’t-tell-you-until-we’re-done-with-those-contests-too Country 12 and 13.
I asked some of my world traveling colleagues what they did, and wanted to share their economic transportation strategies.
RTW Flight Wisdom from Other RTW Travel Experts
“If I’m planning a longer trip, I definitely look into RTW tickets since they’re great value compared to a simple return flight. I’ve been able to visit Easter Island and other remote (and expensive to get to) locations for next to nothing because I’ve had an RTW fare. When I lived in Australia, I almost exclusively booked RTW tickets for international travel since they almost always worked out cheaper than a regular ticket. Not only did I get to see more destinations, but I saved money too.” Reena from Wanderplex
“I collect and use miles for more expensive trips. I have used them to fly first class to Europe from the U.S. Sometimes using miles for first class can be cheaper than for coach if all the lower mile coach seats are sold out. You have to check both options when booking.” Jeff from GoTravelZing
“Used air miles for J class air and hotel points to lower costs/upgrade experiences to South America/Easter Island and South Africa/Botswana for safari last year. I try to use miles wherever I can (tbex is next) just started writing about these trips.” Suzanne at PhilaTravelGirl
Four Other Fantastic Ways To Learn How To Afford World Travel
This comes straight to you from an email I just sent a ynet reader wanting to know ‘how’. Enjoy!
i think you will find more than what you are asking for in four ways.
1- buy our ‘saving for the dream‘ ebook. it is only for $8 and it has helped hundreds of people start to see the money issue differently. we wrote specifically to teach people the ‘how’ regarding money. i think it will answer your questions a lot.
2- go to the blog under the label ‘afford family travel’ and you will be shocked how often and how much i have written about it. there you will find so many articles about money, saving, changing our relationship with money before we left and on the road and how that enables us to travel for a ridiculously long period of time.
3- i write more articles all the time. in fact i’m writing one right now about how to get cheap transportation. subscribe to the blog (it’s in the sidebar), join our Facebook page, join us on our YouTube channel (the nomadic family). I post things during the week that teaches more and more, and you may not want to miss any of the good stuff. i think the more you surround yourself with this information, the more you will start to see it possible in your life.
4- don’t be shy with us. leave comments on the blog, send us emails asking us more specific questions after you’ve done 1, 2 and 3, and i will answer everything you ask. i think that if we can inspire and instruct more people how to make their dreams come true, that is one hell of a great calling. so ask us, ok.
thank you for reaching out to us. i hope to hear from you again very soon.
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