I’ve been professing my love for Skyscanner all over my Facebook page these week. Skyscanner conveniently allows you to select “Everywhere” as an option when searching for flights. This makes it super easy to select the cheapest destination from your point of origin or the cheapest origin to your desired destination. This makes it really easy to pick somewhere to travel when budget is your biggest constraint.

I thought I’d put Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” function to the test to create my own, cheap RTW ticket.

Starting in New Zealand, I’ll travel around the world by picking the cheapest destination that the “Everywhere” option provides as my next stop provided I’m:

  • Not backtracking to any previous country, region or continent except on connecting flights
  • Always moving West
  • Stopping no more than three times on one region or continent

Starting in the South Pacific

Auckland – Sydney, Australia on Air New Zealand $106

Leg total – $106

Next Up, Asia

Sydney – Jakarta, Indonesia via Kuala Lumpur on Air Asia $290

Jakarta – Singapore on Air Asia $35

Singapore – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $36 on Tiger Airways

Leg total – $361

Moving On to the Indian Sub-Continent

Kuala Lumpur – Kolkata, India $55 on Air Asia

International flights out of Kolkata were very pricey so I switched and searched India to Everywhere assuming that you’d want to spend a little time exploring India overland.

Delhi to Kathmandu, Nepal on IndiGo $92

Leg total – $147

Hitting the Middle East

Kathmandu to Dubai, United Arab Emirates via Delhi on Air India $208

Leg total – $208

Dipping into Africa

Now how’s this for something a little unexpected! Not your usual RTW routing but interesting nonetheless. 

Dubai to Khartoum, Sudan on FlyDubai $126

Khartoum to Alexandria on Samara Airlines $169

International flights going West out of Alexandria where few and far between so I switched to Cairo assuming that I’d want to poke around Egypt for a bit.

Leg total – $295

Off To Europe

Cairo to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines for $218

Istanbul to Ercan, Cyprus on Onur Air for $69

Flights of Ercan where expensive so I went for flights from Paphos only two hours drive across the island nation.

Paphos to Thessaloniki, Greece on Ryan Air for $54

Thessaloniki to Rome, Italy on Ryan Air for $33

Leg total – $374

Beeline for North America

Rome to Las Vegas on Condor $631

Las Vegas to Vancouver on Air Canada $152

Leg total – $783

Back Home

Vancouver to Auckland on Air New Zealand $713

Leg total – $713

 

That’s five continents, 16 countries and a grand total of only $2989 – less than a package RTW ticket from one of the major airline alliance and with great flexibility.

 

What do you think of my cheap RTW ticket?

 

 

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Bethaney Davies
A traveller for over ten years, Bethaney started blogging here on Flashpacker Family in early 2012. She founded the site to encourage and inspire travel and travel with small children and to share her own stories from the road.
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  • Wandering Womble
    Reply

    Just wondering. with those flight prices, especially with Air Asia and other budget carriers, have you included any luggage, say 15kg ? Or are thse carry on only fares?

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      They’re just for carry on but checked baggage isn’t expensive on Air Asia. It’s about US$12 to check a 15kg bag on Air Asia between Bangkok & Singapore.

  • Jessica
    Reply

    Hi Bethaney, thanks so much for posting this! We will be departing on our next RTW adventure soon and are currently looking into flight options (at least for the beginning of our trip) so your post is very timely for us. We have built custom RTW tickets before but via a travel agent. This looks like it might give us more flexibility and would allow us to book as we go so we are not locked into being at certain places on certain days. What a great option “everywhere” is! More airlines/online booking services/comparison sites should offer that! Anyway, just wanted to say thanks so much for sharing. Cheers!

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      Thanks Jessica! I love the idea of having an open RTW ticket. It’s tempting to cram as much in as possible but this way you can just book the flights you need when you want them.

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      Where are you going on your RTW trip Jessica?

  • Nicole @ Suitcase Stories
    Reply

    Wow thats awesome! I cant believe how cheap that itinerary was! I wish I knew about that when we started traveling but Ill definitely look into it now for future flights!

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      Yup. It is awesome. I’m completely addicted to Skyscanner and the “Everywhere” function.

  • Charli l Wanderlusters
    Reply

    Some great finds Bethaney! We’re never organized enough to book each leg ahead of time. We tend to spend 6 months to a year in each country however we might do a year of actual backpacking soon so I’ll bookmark this for future reference! Cheers!

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      That’s the beauty of this… it’s not a fixed RTW ticket. Each segment is booked individually, as and when you’re ready to move on.

  • Reply

    Wow, thats brilliant and best of all your get to stray away for the beaten backpackers track. I’m still planning my rtw trip, this function will be handy.

    Are those prices in US dollars?

    • Bethaney Davies
      Reply

      It’s absolutely a way of getting off the standard tourist trail. Where are you planning for your RTW trip so far Helen?

      Prices are in USD.

  • Sam D @ travelling King
    Reply

    WoW Thats pretty cheap!
    I always go to Sky Scanner first, gives me a good idea of who we can fly with and if there are any specials

  • Justin @ True Nomads
    Reply

    I can’t believe how cheap this was. Can I just call you next time I want to fly?

  • noel
    Reply

    I’m finding it so much easier to do one way legs and have a lot of flexibility on the location or timing and shorter hauls tend to get really good prices especially on popular routes

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