How Much Does it Cost to Fly Around the World? 1 of 7: North America to South America

How Much Does it Cost to Fly Around the World?

  1. North America>South America
  2. South America>Africa
  3. Africa>Europe
  4. Europe>Central Asia
  5. Central Asia>South East Asia
  6. South East Asia>North America
  7. Wrap Up

The overall goal here is two-fold:

  1. Get a general idea of what we can expect to spend on intercontinental flights.
  2. Determine which airports and cities are likely to be our primary hubs for flights so we can plan our itinerary details accordingly.

Our itinerary consists of 5 continents: North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. For the purposes of our task here we will divide Asia into Central Asia and South East Asia.  

Within each continent we will be traveling overland or taking short, cheap flights. The real costs will come from our longer trans-continental flights. 

Those flights are:

  1. North America>South America
  2. South America>Africa
  3. Africa>Europe
  4. Europe>Central Asia
  5. Central Asia>South East Asia
  6. South East Asia>North America

Over the course of these next 7 posts, I will take you through the strategies and specifics of plotting an RTW course and give you an idea of the overall costs per person.

In a more general sense we will be using a few specific strategies to keep our costs low:

  1. Flexibility on our destination- Though we do have a list of countries we are planning to visit we don't have specific locations that we need to fly into or out of. This means we can use larger hubs or cheaper airports if we find lower rates there.
  2. Flexibility on our timing- One of the most amazing things about this kind of long term travel is that we don't need to be anywhere at any specific time. Not only can we fly any day of the week or any time of day, we don't even care how long it takes to get somewhere. A normal traveller might be put off by having to spend an overnight in Tangier or Doha to connect to their next flight. Not us!
  3. Flexibility on our routing- We're not using RTW pre-paid tickets, so we don't have to go one direction. Moreover, if we find cheaper flights from a coastal city or capital, we have multiple methods of transportation we can use to get to where the cheap flight leaves from. We can bus or train to Lima when intercontinental flights from Cuzco are too expensive.

1. US>South America

This leg was determined by us a few months ago in an effort to set a specific date for final departure and astonishment that Spirit flew to Colombia for such a low price.

US-South America

We'll be leaving from Atlanta the week after New Years. We're driving the last of our stuff down to Jess' parent's house and leaving it there as well as dropping off our dog Lily for an extended stay at Nana-camp.

Our first destination is the Caribbean coast of Colombia in the city of Cartagena. Believe it or not, flight's from Atlanta are as cheap as $137. 

ATL-CTG Flights

Of course, that's flying on Spirit so you have to add another $45 or so for bringing a full sized bag on board. 

Though we may take one or two shorter flights to bypass some extremely long bus routes between Colombia and Ecuador, we are confident that our next major inter-continental leg will be between Peru and South Africa at the end of March.  

  1. US>South America- $187/Person
  2. South America>Africa
  3. Africa>Europe
  4. Europe>Central Asia
  5. Central Asia>South East Asia
  6. South East Asia>US

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