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No turning back now – our RTW tickets are booked!

With just twenty days left until our Feb. 20th departure date, it was really time to book our plane tickets. It’s not like we were suddenly going to change our minds about the trip, so nothing was stopping us from actually clicking “buy” on the Star Alliance website and moving forward.

Nothing but an unexplained feeling of uneasiness…at least in my mind.

In truth, it’s taken me about a week of waffling back and forth to feel comfortable enough to book the tickets. The cost is definitely part of it, but it was more the fear of the unknown that was getting to me. I was definitely in the “what if…” place. What if something happens before we leave? what if I book the tickets and don’t have travel insurance? What if we run out of money? What if there’s a better itinerary? What if we add more cities? What if it’s too many cities and we’ll be rushed…and on and on…you get the point.

I am happy to report that in the last week, I’ve been able to move from that resistance to a feeling of anxiousness that the ticket wasn’t booked yet. I’m not sure if that’s all out acceptance, but now that it’s done, I feel a great sense of relief and am finding it much easier to move forward with all the big and little things that need to be dealt with in the next 20 days. Yikes!

Despite all my fiddling, orchestrations and what if-ing, our itinerary didn’t change much from what was originally planned. We plotted out the route and booked the tickets right off the Star Alliance website. This is what we ended up with:

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Seoul – Vancouver – Houston – Bogota – Sao Paulo – Montevideo to Buenos Aires (overland) – Johannesburg – Dar es Salaam – Istanbul – Amman – Cairo – Mumbai – Singapore – Bangkok – Seoul.

In the interests of budgeting disclosure, because everyone always wants to know how much it costs to take a RTW trip, the total cost for both of us was $11,847. I’m going to attempt to keep track of everything and record it here, so that it helps keep us in line.

The great thing is that any date or flight changes are absolutely free, so we’ll have lots of flexibility to make changes as we’re traveling. Important, as I’m sure nothing will go exactly as planned! If we want to change cities, it costs $125 per person. AND, my what if-ing mind was happy to discover that it only costs $150 to cancel the whole thing if required.


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