This is often the hardest choice of all! With the whole world at your feet, and the desire to visit everything, it's difficult to narrow down your options.
My best advice is to try and prioritize what you want to do – whether it be experiencing Holi in India or Songkran in Bangkok, diving the Great Barrier Reef, or visiting Machu Picchu in Peru. Once you can figure out your absolute must-dos, and how long you have to squeeze it all in, it’ll be much easier to plan your itinerary and put together a Round-The-World (RTW) flight package that works for you.
This is the second-hardest decision to make regarding planning your RTW trip. While you can hope for the best, it’s impossible to plan for perfect weather every step of the way.
Instead, it’s worth focusing on the things you want to do most, and planning around that. If you’ve always wanted to go on a safari in East Africa or trek through the Himalayas, then visit from January to March or October to December.
If you want to visit Machu Picchu or road-trip through Europe, the best time to visit
To avoid the peak season and make the most of the spring sunshine, check out Europe, North America, and Central Asia from April–May.
Whenever you choose to visit, bear in mind that bad weather is definitely not the end of the world – sightseeing can be done rain, hail, or shine.
There are also a lot of perks to visiting must-see destinations
As a general rule, January to March is the perfect time to visit East and West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Central America, southern South America, Australia
If you’re chasing snow then it’s also a great time to visit Europe, Japan, and North America.
April and May are ideal for visiting Morocco and North Africa, southern Africa, North America, northern South America, Central Asia, East Asia, and Europe.
June to August is the monsoon in South and Southeast Asia, so now’s the time to visit the US, Europe, Northern South America
From October to December, you are better off visiting southern South America, Egypt, West Africa, South Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. This is also the perfect time to trek in the Himalayas, with cool temperatures and great visibility.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to add in some interesting overland sectors, such as that dream road-trip across the United States, the beautiful train journey from Bangkok to Singapore, a motorbike trip through Southeast Asia, or even a ride on the famed Trans-Siberian railway!
Depending on your route, a lot of airlines and airline alliances offer RTW or multi-stop flights that work out considerably cheaper than booking flights individually.
For example, you can find
If you want to get well off-the-beaten-track, or if you’re trying to squeeze it all into a short time frame, it’s also well worth looking at combining your RTW flight with cheap, low-budget airlines like AirAsia, Jetstar, and EasyJet.
We all know plans constantly change, especially when you’re traveling, so the dates on RTW flights are generally flexible for a small fee.
Just bear in mind all flight changes are subject to availability, and the maximum validity of
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