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ISN’T IT TIME YOU WENT AROUND THE WORLD?

COVERING EVERYTHING FROM PUFFED UP AUSTRALIAN HOLIDAYS TO COMPLEX, MICHAEL PALIN-STYLE ADVENTURES, ROUND-THE-WORLD TICKETS ARE, AT THEIR BEST, AN AFFORDABLE WAY TO SEE A HUGE SWATHE OF THE PLANET. WORDS: DAVID WHITLEY

ROUND-THE-WORLD TICKETS

Things have moved on a bit since the days of Phileas Fogg. Jules Verne’s fictional Victorian adventurer took 80 days to travel around the world, whereas someone feeling so inclined today could embark on a gruelling set of flights, dipping into both hemispheres and making a full circumnavigation in around 48 hours.

Doing that, of course, would be an exercise in self-punishing pointlessness. Which is why, when embarking on a round-the world adventure, most travellers tend to give themselves much longer than Phileas did.

The ‘round-the-world’ has been part of the travel industry for decades, and it’s slightly hazily defined — a lot of so-called round-the-world tickets aren’t circumnavigational. In general, the term is used as shorthand for a trip that involves multiple flights, taking in multiple countries and continents. At the simple end of the scale, that may mean going to Australia via Hong Kong and coming back via Thailand. At the more head-scratchingly complex end, it can involve pulling together flights with several airlines, factoring in overland sections, tagging on domestic flights and stopping off in a dozen or so countries.

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