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Old 01-19-2017, 04:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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The reason that you're tired is most likely due to the fact that since your time is limited, you feel you must use every available hour to see what you came to see. You're on the go from morning to night. Then you collapse in your hotel room, exhausted from that day's touring, and then you wake up the next morning and do it again. Or your constantly packing and unpacking as you move from locale to locale in an attempt to take in the sites of an entire country (or even multiple countries!) in a couple of weeks at a time. I know that's the way I was when my travel was limited to just a couple of weeks. Conversely, when you travel for months at a time without time constraints, you don't feel that time pressure. Consequently, you can relax whenever you feel like it. Perhaps just go out for an hour or two one day or not do anything at all. If you're renting an apartment for a month or so in a particular location and you don't feel like doing anything one day, that day may be no different and certainly no more tiring than a lazy day at home.
Oh so true--I made a list of 52 books that I read in the 11 months of the RTW trip. ONe of them was Les Miserables and it's an interesting list b/c I was often at the mercy of the book exchanges at campgrounds and hostels and English language bookstores.

A funny--my daughter was 12 on the trip and we were in Vietnam and she wanted to read Lonesome Dove. I had read it years before and didn't remember anything bad so I let her get it and she loved it. Then I read it. It was a little peppery but not too bad until I got to this one completely pornographic scene that was described in loving detail. Now why didn't I remember that? Never had to teach sex ed on that trip!
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:13 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I've always been curious (and sorry off topic) = what exactly qualifies as a RTW trip? If is technically fulfilled by doing an east-west (or west-east) circumference? So if someone takes a week and flies from USA to Germany->Dubai->Singapore->USA did they do an around the world trip? It can't be some requirement of visiting every continent since few go to Antarctica.

I always wondered this.
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:04 PM
 
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I was on the road for two years. Went to numerous countries and lived out of a backpack the entire time. I mailed things I bought and accumulated to a relative. My stuff was in a storage shed for $30/mth. Yes, I had a lot of money saved up for it, and had access to a large amount of credit in case of an emergency. I have relatives in a few countries, so I did swing by and had an extended stay with them for some "vacation from the vacation," then set off again.
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:36 PM
 
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I've always been curious (and sorry off topic) = what exactly qualifies as a RTW trip? If is technically fulfilled by doing an east-west (or west-east) circumference? So if someone takes a week and flies from USA to Germany->Dubai->Singapore->USA did they do an around the world trip? It can't be some requirement of visiting every continent since few go to Antarctica.

I always wondered this.
I think that is technically RTW. I think the term refer to the ticket offer by the airline alliance that can be cheaper than buying each segments separately

https://www.oneworld.com/flights/round-the-world-fares

Round The World - Star Alliance

https://www.skyteam.com/en/round-the-world-planner/
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:08 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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... what exactly qualifies as a RTW trip? If is technically fulfilled by doing an east-west (or west-east) circumference? So if someone takes a week and flies from USA to Germany->Dubai->Singapore->USA did they do an around the world trip? It can't be some requirement of visiting every continent since few go to Antarctica.

I always wondered this.
No 'rules'...
Circumference ought to be adequate.

You could do a Pole over Pole route to qualify and only stop in ONE country!Drag

I definitely would NOT do your proposed route, as Eastbound is TOUGH on your body clock!!! Westbound you can adapt daily. (though you fight headwinds in transit)

and true, there are ways to buy a 'literal' RTW fare / booking (with various rules and stop requirements). you will find many high speed / purposed travelers who do a 1-2 week RTW and hit a few countries. One of my friends flew RTW several times / yr for nearly 30 yrs doing seminars with regular stops during various seasons.

We did RTW for entire 2016 and just followed the cheap fares and nice weather (long days). The RTW fares were not conducive to 'open-legs' & changing plans / stays / countries / routes with the whim and the weather. Departed on a One-Way, and eventually, we ended up back home. Very EZ, very cheap. Some legs via train, car, ship... and we went backwards on occasion. RTW fares do not approve of that!

Some countries REQUIRE you to have an OUTBOUND flight before allowing you IN... watch that! can get expensive if you don't book early.
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Old 01-21-2017, 12:12 AM
 
Location: On the road
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I wouldn't interested in a RTW airline ticket, not only are they not flexible enough but we can easily beat their price by throwing in regional flights, trains, buses, and being flexible enough in schedule/destination for hopping the big ponds to jump on good deals.

For proof of onward travel for countries that are sticklers one can use a service like https://flyonward.com
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