The best way to start planning your round the world trip is to make a list of your preferred destinations - your dream route!
Then, with an atlas or a map of the world in front of you, try and put them in some kind of continuous order. Remember your plans will change a hundred times but you will need a basic starting structure.
How to I keep the cost of the ticket down?
There are a number of ways to keep the price down when planning your around the world trip but the main point is to plan your flights in a continuous global direction.
This means you should try to avoid any unnecessary 'backtracking'.
For example, this route is fine:
London - Bangkok - Sydney - Fiji - New York - London
But even though the following route can be done, it will raise the fare considerably:
London - Bangkok - New York - Fiji - Sydney - London
But don't some round the world tickets have unlimited stops?
Most RTW tickets are still based on a combination of mileage and stops but some (such as the OneWorld) are now based on regions offering a greater combination of destinations available.
Remember though, the best round-the-world trips do not necessarily have to include the most stops that you can squeeze into a 12 month ticket! - less can be more. Plus it's much more fun travelling overland.
Enhance your RTW trip by including an adventurous trip to get between stops.
Do not worry too much about the weather at this stage - even though it plays a major role in what you see and do in certain areas you will no doubt have to make some sacrifices if price is an issue.
Where do most backpackers stop?
South East Asia has been a popular destination on round the world routes for a long time. Countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia have always been popular with backpackers, but now Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are definitely on the backpacking map. View trip ideas.
North America is also popular and offers a gentler introduction to backpacking. View trip ideas.