Round and Round You Go: Taking a Trip Around the World

An Overview of Sample Round-the-World Fares
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All ticket brokers and airline alliances offer custom-made trips, and each have their own rules and hoops to jump through. Some have three-month long timetables and charge more to extend your travels or change your departure dates, while others allow you up to a year and as many delays as your heart desires -- as long as you change any flights before they take off. Cheapest stops include New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco; Bangkok and Hong Kong in Southeast Asia; Delhi or Bombay in Asia; and London or Amsterdam in Europe. Dropping below the equator usually ups the price of a ticket around $400. And Africa -- we didn't find a single ticket stopping there for less than two grand. Here's several standard itineraries from Air Brokers -- one of the easiest and best deals out there -- that we thought rocked:

Budget Travel with India in the Middle: $1,299
Los Angeles or San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland to Hong Kong to Bangkok to Bombay or Delhi to Paris, Frankfurt, or London. Then from London or Paris to New York, or from London to Chicago.

Asia and Europe Airfare Bargain: $1,399
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland to Hong Kong to Bangkok to Athens, Rome, Milan, Madrid, Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Copenhagen, or Stockholm. Then to London to New York, Boston, or Washington, DC.

Asia Africa and Europe Air Ticket : $1,999
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland to Hong Kong to Bangkok to Delhi or Bombay. Then to Dar Es Salaam or Nairobi to Athens, Istanbul, Rome, Malta, Casablanca, Dusseldorf, Milan, Zurich, Nice, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Moscow, Manchester, or London. Then out of London to Los Angeles to San Francisco or Seattle or Portland.

Southern Hemisphere Airfare Special: $2,499
Los Angeles to Tahiti to Cook Islands to Fiji or Samoa to Tonga to Auckland, or to Wellington or Christchurch to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, or Cairns. Then Perth to Johannesburg to Capetown to New York or Atlanta.

Europe Africa and Asia Globe Trotter Ticket: $2,599
New York, Boston, or Washington, DC to London or Amsterdam. Then to Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Nice, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Istanbul, or Athens to Johannesburg to Bombay to Delhi to Bangkok to Singapore. Then to Hong Kong to New York, Boston, or Washington, DC.

Published: 4 Jan 2005 | Last Updated: 2 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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