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Around the world in 80 ways

A round the world trip is about experiences: the people you meet; the memories you make; and the stories you tell. And, usually, those things aren’t found at your final destination. They’re found on the road. Or on an elephant. Or on the roof of a bus. Or on an elephant on the roof of a bus.

Get going in a tuk tuk

There are heaps of ways to make your way around the world, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourite. So grab your backpack, and leave your expectations at home. We’re going round the world in 80 ways.

Have an open mind

What you are about to witness are some alternative ideas for travelling round the world. Some are practical, some are a bit out there, and some are verging on the ridiculous. Let’s go!

Leaving on a jet plane

First up, jump on a plane to get you to Bangkok, the heart of Southeast Asia, in a matter of hours.

Now, the fun can really begin. Your first mode of transport? It has to be a classic tuk tuk and visit the city’s temples, markets, shops, and soak up the culture.

As evening falls, get your driver to drop you off at Hualamphong Station and hop on a night train up to Chiang Mai. 12 short hours later, and you can clamber aboard your next mode of transport: trekking on elephants through the jungle!

Take it slow (boat)

Once you’ve had your fill of pad thai, it’s time to mosey on over into laid-back Laos. By long, wooden slow boat… natch! Kick back, relax and enjoy the two day journey. Alternative journey: reach Laos by speedboat in 8 hours. I do not recommend this unless you want permanently windswept expression, and possible concussion.

Get on the bus

After all that time on the water, you’ll be glad to spend some time on dry land. Luckily, there are some rather convenient hop-on hop-off buses in Laos, which will take you to all the best spots.

Take in the mountains and monastries in the north, and the partying and tubing in Vang Vieng. Hope off in 4000 Islands, and make your own way down to Cambodia by public bus – an experience not to be missed. You might want to make like the locals and wear a crash helmet!

Chooo chooo choose the train

Bus it back to Bangkok and get ready to start the journey south down to Malaysia. How? By train, of course! You can chug all the way down to Kuala Lumpur. You’ll arrive there after two days of watching the world go by and bunking down with some locals for the night. So much more interesting than a one hour budget flight!

What goes on tour…

Alternatively, back in the Thai capital you could jump on the Roam Bangkok to Singapore tour, which will take you aaaaall the way down to Singapore, and will see you climbing rocks, sailing on long-tail boats, exploring Malaysia by bicycle rickshaw, and travelling by local transport down to Singas.

Get your sea legs on

It’s time to hit the open water. A series of boats will take you from Singapore to Tanjung Priok in Indonesia, where you can grab a taxi for the last few kilometres to Jakarta. Breathe in the sea air, and, if you’re prone to that kind of thing, keep a sick bag at the ready…


Follow in the footsteps of Lonely Planet founders, Tony and Maureen Wheeler, and beg, borrow and bullsh*t your way onto a yacht sailing from Indonesia to Darwin, Australia.

This is not an easy option. Not least because it’s no longer the 1970s. Passenger ferries don’t run between the two countries, which is a shame, given that the distance isn’t actually that far. An annual yachting event like Sail Indonesia may be your best bet at stowing away. Hmmm, probably better to jump on a plane instead…

G’day, mate

You’ve made to it Darwin! Hopping on an adventure tour down to Alice Springs is a must; it’s an amazing way to experience Australia’s Outback, absorb some Aboriginal culture, and absorb the lores of Uluru. But your Aussie experience wouldn’t be complete without some road trippin’. Grab yourself a campervan, and hotfoot it across Australia!


 Make like the hippies, and cruise round Oz in a campervan | Image by Newhaircut

You could go up to Cairns, and swim, snorkel, scuba dive, or even surf your way down the East Coast. Once you reach Melbourne, get back in the van and drive down the Great Ocean Road for the ultimate adventure Down Under.

Bite the bullet

You need to get to America. You could make friends with a rich yacht owner or win the Australian lottery and charter your own yacht. It’ll take anything between 23 – 41 days. This is one of those occasions where it’s probably better to fly.

Get your trek on

USA! USA! OK, so you’ve landed in LA: the home of Hollywood, movie stars, and fast food. Work off all those burgers — hike your way around the National Parks! Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and Death Valley await.

On yer bike

Limber up and hop on your two wheeler for an 8-day ride from the City of Angels up to San Francisco. You’ll experience stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur and beautiful coastline. You may be too out of breath to appreciate it, but trust me, it’ll all be there.


OK, so you can’t travel across the USA without hiring a car, Thelma and Louise style (minus the driving off a cliff, obvs).

The more vintage and American the car, the better. A soft top is preferred. Stock it with American snacks with silly names, like Cheesos and Twizzlers. Stick some White Snake on the stereo, and shout ‘ROADTRIP!’ as loud as you can. You’re ready to make the 3000 mile epic journey to New York.

Driving through Joshua Tree National Park

 Roadtrippin' in the USA | Image by jimmyharris


Crunch crunch crunch! That’s the sound of you take a bite out of the Big Apple. There are so many ways to get around New York, all of which will leave you feeling like a true New Yorker. Hop on the Metro! Hail a cab! Take a helicopter ride over the city! Do the Sex and the City tour (boys, you know you love it really)!

Homeward bound

You’ve almost made it round the world in… well, if not 80, then many, many ways indeed. You’ve sailed, snorkelled, and swam. You’ve rode elephants, slept on trains, and cruised through the skies. The final leg of your journey? Turn around, and go back again!

Feeling inspired? Check out more Round The World tips, routes and expert info here.
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Showing 26 Comments

  1. dominic trott

    Hi, I really want to travel around Central America and the Far East, why is it so hard to find a package on any website ?

    2088 days ago
  2. Hey Dominic, it’s not hard at all. Just hit the destinations tab at the top, and you’ll have the world at your fingertips. Where in particular are you interested in?

    2088 days ago
  3. kirsty

    hi how much do you think travelling the world this way would cost as really intrested and this sounds just up my street ?

    2088 days ago
    • Hi Kirsty, sounds amazing, right? One of our Travel Experts will be able to price it up for you – you can give them a call on 0800 988 4248, our pop into one of our stores. You can find the store nearest to you here: Let us know how you get on!

      2085 days ago
  4. A. B.

    I am a teacher looking for a round the world ticket.
    My definite stops mainly are, NYC, Dubai and Melbourne. The remaining stops, if there is any, you may suggest.
    Would u please tell me if I can get a cheap affordable ticket, starting from NYC or Dubai.

    2087 days ago
    • Hi A.B., would you be departing from the UK? We can certainly give you some options that take those stops into account. One of our Travel Experts would be best placed to help you – give them a call on 0800 988 4248, or pop into your local store:

      2085 days ago
  5. I still have ridden an ostrich…my husband wouldn’t let me because our travel insurance specifically indicated that it wouldn’t cover ostrich ridding!
    I might just adopt one, it should be happy in Essex, we do have 1 acre of land and just one cat so far!

    2083 days ago
  6. Jessica Smith

    How much is it to do this trip?

    2079 days ago
    • This route is hypothetical, Jessica — a mash-up of some of our favourite routes and overland journeys. That said, it is totally possible, so the best way to get it priced up is to score some face time with one of our Travel Experts in store.

      Find your local store here:

      2079 days ago
  7. nader

    I think that being inside any environment different to your home is a good way to capture a different experience which can’t be achieved by another way… life is just some captured moments…

    2075 days ago
  8. william

    I would like to get prices on how much the round the world in 80 days cost?

    2071 days ago
    • Hi there William! As Ant says above, this route is hypothetical, but, in theory, is totally possible to do! Have a word with our Travel Experts who will help you price it up. You can find them in your local store:

      2071 days ago
      • Charlotte B

        Hey I would love to do the round the world in 80 days! Do I just go down to my local branch and talk to them about it?

        2064 days ago
  9. Iris Ainsworth

    I am a U.K. resident, at present I am living in Peru. My visa is due to expire at the end of the month. I would like to purchase a RTW Ticket and make Peru my last destination. Is this possible? What sort of costs are involved?

    2061 days ago
    • Hi Iris, all our round the world tickets have to begin in the UK. If this is still something you’re interested in, you can contact our Travel Experts on 0800 988 4248, or email them for a quote here: They’ll be able to talk you through your options and give you an idea of costs. Hope that helps!

      2061 days ago
  10. Helena

    I intend to travel to Thailand this summer with a friend but I have a feeling I’m going to want to continue on with my travels but my friend will have to head back to uni whereas I don’t. Is it conceivable to do something like this by yourself? What do people normally do?

    2021 days ago
    • Hey Helen, Southeast Asia is full of solo travellers – seriously, you’ll never feel lonely there. If you’re a bit concerned about going it totally alone, you could always start with a group adventure tour. They’re a great way to meet like minded travellers, and the guides are all locals, so make sure that you don’t miss out on anything. We’ve got loads of tours starting in Thailand – in fact, we’re offering 30% off a few of them right now! Check ‘em out:

      2021 days ago
  11. RobT

    All sounds so fantastic, maybe if you did actually keep your shop open until the correct closing times we could buy a trip!!
    I went into Nottingham specially on wednesday afternoon there was hardly anyone in the shop it was just before 5pm and it was locked the staff ignored my trying the door wondering why I couldn’t get in ,, brilliant start guys !!

    1997 days ago
    • Sorry to hear that, Rob. You can give us a call at your convenience on 0800 988 4248, one of our friendly travel experts will be happy to help you.

      1993 days ago
      • RobT

        Your manager has been in touch via email appologising eventually which is fair enough but at first I was all but called a liar on your facebook page!!
        An offer was made to give any help possible, but when I did ask about travelling via a particular route the advice & offer of said help did rather seem to be not much more than a face saving exercise.. think I will stick with the deal offered me by Trailfinders when ou were not “open”.. cheers

        1990 days ago
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    1971 days ago
  13. Carl

    Hi – I’m 26 and planning a RTW trip, will prob be 27 by the time i go and was wondering a) are flights alot more expensive for people over 26 and b) do you get many people my age booking with you on the different tours?

    1903 days ago
    • Hey Carl, flights are absolutely not more expensive for over 26s, and we get loads of people of all ages on our tours – seriously, I’m not just saying that! I went on a tour of China last year and there were people ranging from 18 – 33 in age. Young professionals are seizing the opportunity to take time out of work, and we get loads of enquiries from people in their late 20s and early 30s. Our Travel Experts are in our stores or at the end of the phone if you need any more advice:

      1903 days ago
      • carl

        Great, thanks Emma!

        1902 days ago
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