In this weeks Travel Q&A video, I walk about booking a round-the-world ticket vs one-ways, travelling for free in Europe, couch surfing and living in Thailand. You can watch the video above or read the session below.
PuffPuff Sparkle asks:
I know it is a bit of trouble answering this, but I would really appreciate your help. I plan to travel from the UK to Morocco to Jordan to Israel to Madagascar to Indian to Nepal to Bhutan to China and then down to South East Asia. I was curious if I could get a round the world ticket for this? Everywhere I have looked only specializes in a few countries and ideally, I want to include them all in one nice package. What websites would you recommend?
I would recommend going with one-ways tickets. Round-the-world tickets are good for trips that include few countries, and your trip is much more complex and includes many countries. If you were to try and book a round-the-world ticket, you would have to do it with a specialist, pay a commission fee, and it would cost you a significant amount of money to include all of the countries you have. When I was travelling for 10 consecutive months, I looked into one-ways vs a round-the-world ticket, and discovered that i saved between $2000-$2500 booking one ways rather than a round-the-world ticket.
For a trip like that you also may change your mind. Maybe you will want to stay in Nepal, India or Madagascar longer. If you get a round-the- -world ticket, you have to book in advance and know the dates of when you are going to be travelling to each country. If you change your mind, it’s going to cost you quite a bit. If you book one-way tickets, you are free to do as you like. You can stay in one country longer than another or perhaps you will not want to stay in a country as long as you thought you would and you want to continue on. It is going to be a lot simpler, easier and less money if you book one-way tickets.
So to simply answer your question: book one-way tickets and use kayak.com!
Where is the most beautiful place you have ever visited and if you could live anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
That is a very difficult to answer because every place is beautiful in its own way. That may seem cliché, but it’s true to me. I find beauty in every place I visit. Each country is unique with its own characteristics and specialties. However, I would say that India is a place that stimulates all of your senses at once. I have never experienced an attack on all senses at once in any other country.
If I could live anywhere right now, where would I live? I am pretty happy living in Toronto at the moment. I love this city! I have been to many cities around the world, and Toronto remains one of my favourites. There is a lot of opportunity here. For the reason that I am an actress as well as a blogger, I like to balance my time between travelling and acting. For this reason, I think Toronto is a great place for me right now. In the future, I would actually like to live in Thailand. It’s so beautiful and affordable! You can get a lot for the Canadian dollar there. I can also have my own garden with fruit trees and live completely off of the land, which is one of my dreams.
James Sarigiannidis asks:
Hello Kristen, I need your opinion. I am planning my first long trip and because I am a big fan of camping and cycling, I am thinking of combining all of these into a totally free trip, except for food. What do you think? Is it possible to travel Europe with money just for your food?
I say, absolutely! Anything is possible. However, I think that your trip would take more pre-departure planning.
You said you like camping, so of course bring your tent, but leave the option for CouchSurfing open. Perhaps one night there will be a thunderstorm and some kind traveller in Europe will invite you to say with him/her. CouchSurfing is an excellent organization/website/community to become part of.
I believe that the more budget your trip is, the more exciting it becomes; and more adventures you will have. I think you trip in particular will be incredible! I would recommend checking out places where you can camp to see whether it is legal to camp randomly or if you have to pay a fee. That could be an issue if you don’t want to pay for accommodations. I am sure you can find some places, even if it is illegal, to hang out for the night…secretly…in a bush somewhere…
I would also recommend spending money on travel insurance. I know you want to spend money just on food, but I would recommend getting travel insurance, especially for an adventure like that.
Do you have a travel-related question?
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