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Old 07-03-08, 02:33 PM
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Buy tickets before leaving or take it as it comes?

Ive been planning a long trip for a long time. But there is one question that i have some problems figure out.

Lets say if you have 1 year free. You want to visit different parts of the world` but not so many. Maybe Asia, Canada, South America and some pacific. And you want to spend a couple of month in each country.
I guess it would be stupid of me to order all tickets before leaving home? The negative side of that would be more stress, short cuts and less safety i suppose.
A special travel agency called Kilroy travels is offering me a deal like that.
Anyway the reason i go on tour to avoid schedules that remind me of job and **** like that.
But the positive side for me is that i dont have to spend time with dealing prices on big airports and stuff like that.

Question is if you have a half year or a year to spend, is it difficult to fix this tickets along the way?
Will it be more expensive?, i have a problem to see that it will be more expensive when you have the opportunity of choices.. and to stay and wait 1 week or 2 for cheap flights. I know that usually the reality is that tickets is cheap when you order them early..but i just dont want to buy this arguments.

Does some experienced 6 to 12 months tourers have any tips about this?
 
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Take it as it comes.

I have never met anyone who was happy they had prepurchased their tickets before leaving home. You may want to stay longer than expected (or leave sooner!). You may meet new friends who are headed to a new and unusual place where you would love to go. You may learn more about the places you are going from fellow travelers who explain the perfect times to be there which do not match with your ticket dates. There are thousands of reasons not to buy tickets in advance.

Years ago one-way tickets were far more expensive than two round-trip tickets, but this is no longer true. Many airlines cater to the fickle backpacker through bucket shops in the major regional cities by offering last minute low cost one-ways from their home-base. The internet makes it easy to book a discount ticket two weeks ahead without having to sit in the big city and wait to get the cheap flight.

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Good arguments

Sounds good my friend, i had some tour experience and i believe you. Good arguments.
Thank you.
Companies that offer such tours are most for the majority of stress youth that wants to have on they-re CV that they have been around the world. Marathon stupidness i would call it.
 
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My information is ten years out of date now, but when I spent a year traveling through Asia, I just bought tickets as I went. That way I wasn't tied to any schedule, and I could decide on the spur of the moment where to go. And tickets were much cheaper in Asia.
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Buying tickets along the way might be easier but it might not be allowed. You'll need to check the laws of the countries you plan to visit. Some countries require that you have a ticket back to your home country, point of origin or a ticket on to another country. Point is, they don't want you sticking around. And we all know what they say about those disgusting bicycle tourers.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker
Buying tickets along the way might be easier but it might not be allowed. You'll need to check the laws of the countries you plan to visit. Some countries require that you have a ticket back to your home country, point of origin or a ticket on to another country. Point is, they don't want you sticking around. And we all know what they say about those disgusting bicycle tourers.

I know..
Some places wont let you in if you dont have a return ticket, i could be that some places is very strict on this.
What places are the worst?
But some places its enough that you can prove to them that you have a lot of money?
This is stupid, is this a serious problem for any normal country?
 
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Even when I'm buying flight tickets from home, I usually do so 6-8 weeks before taking off. I don't buy tickets months in advance.

Now if you're planning to fly within a country, I'd definitely wait. When I went to Australia in 2004, I wanted to take two flights with Virgin Blue within Australia, but waited till I got there to book them ... and then I just went into a backpackers/travel agency place, and they were able to set me up.
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Good point there. Consider every country you might visit and ask their US Embassy what their policy is. I am still peeved at England for demanding that I have $600 in cash before they would let me in. This was 40 years ago and my Travel orders said I could visit England. The clerk said they did not want me to start mooching on them. I had more then that and a ticket to get me out of there but B****y ****. I caught the next plane stateside.
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Originally Posted by ken cummings
Good point there. Consider every country you might visit and ask their US Embassy what their policy is. I am still peeved at England for demanding that I have $600 in cash before they would let me in. This was 40 years ago and my Travel orders said I could visit England. The clerk said they did not want me to start mooching on them. I had more then that and a ticket to get me out of there but B****y ****. I caught the next plane stateside.
I've flown into England three times in the past few years and have never had a problem. The customs officials at Heathrow ask for my passport, ask me where I'm staying (and I tell them the first place I'm going), stamp my passport and wish me a happy vacation.

From there it's easy to get into other European countries.
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We once had a problem flying to South Africa. Virgin Atlantic insisted we have a return ticket in case we were turned back by immigration. So we bought a fully refundable return ticket on the spot, landed in South Africa, and got our refund. No problem.
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