Just about everyone dreams of touring the world, but very few people see their dreams turned into a reality. Touring the world is not like traveling throughout a nation. In fact, it could take years to actually complete such an extensive mission. Of course, you would face many obstacles along the way, but if you were enjoying yourself then your efforts would have paid off. Below, you discover several tips to help you turn your dream into a reality once and for all.
Break It Down Into Segments
One of the best ways to tour the world is to break it down into segments. For example, one year you can travel to and throughout Europe, the next year you could visit the United States. While this is a great option for people who have a full- or part-time job, children and other responsibilities, it may not be the cheapest way to tour the world.
One-Way Flights Or Mileage-Based Passes
One of the biggest obstacles travelers face is lack of funding. Touring the world would be very expensive. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your travel expenses. One way to do this is by booking passes in miles increments, instead of one-way flights. Star Alliance Airline allows their customers to book passes in 29,000, 34,000 and 39,000 miles increments. A 29,000-mile pass would allow you travel to about three continents that are outside of the United States. It may be possible to visit four continents with a 34,000-mile pass and six continents with a 39,000-mile pass.
The best way to ensure you are getting the most out of your money is to do a price comparison of one-way flights and passes in miles increments. Just keep in mind that each airline has unique mileage-based tickets, so do a bit of shopping around to see which one will offer you the best deal.
Frequent-Flyer Mile Credits
Another great way to reduce your travel expenses is with a credit card that offers bonuses, such as frequent-flyer miles. Since you are going to be traveling around the world, you could rack up a lot of free flyer miles. Even if you are just taking one of the popular Thai tours, you can utilize the credit card to make necessary purchases and gain lots of free flyer miles.
Travel By Rail
People traveling from one continent to another must rely on air travel, but one they reach their destination they will have other transportation options at their disposal. Many of these options are much more affordable than air travel. These options include train and commuter buses. For example, Amtrak has more than 30 routes and 500 destinations just in North America. Most developed countries have amazing rail networks, which are a much more affordable travel option than air travel.
Coach lines, such as Greyhound in the United States and Eurolines in Europe, offer very affordable fares. While Greyhound is limited to intercity, Eurolines offers passages to over 700 destinations across the continent.
Another travel option are transatlantic cruises, especially when they are repositioning cruises – you can find deals for as little as $299 to cross the ocean!
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