Monthly Archives: December 2014

Have you ever heard of a round the world ticket? A Brief Guide

For the majority of travelers, even some seasoned ones, this is a type of travel that is unknown. It is mainly for those looking to take a long, extended trip to several places. For example, my friend who travels a lot and wants to take a long trip so that she may see many countries. I would highly recommend a round the world (or RTW) plane ticket for her. Basically it is a plane ticket, through several partner carriers, that goes in one direction, either East to West or West to East, and has the same origin and destination– going around the world. These types of tickets hold great value for travelers! It can allow travelers to go to multiple countries and even hard to reach areas for a much more reasonable price! As many travelers know international travel is outrageously expensive nowadays, at the cheapest it’s $1000 and up (on a average day, depending on the location). This type of ticket can allow the traveler to go different countries/stops and instead of paying the pricey cost of indiviual tickets, pay in the range of $4,000-10,000 total. Most also allow a year to use it. To me this sounds amazing! Picture it: taking a year to go globe hopping! Seeing every country you ever wanted to see, and only paying $4,000-10,000 for the airfare… Not too shabby.


Two Main Types

I’m sure there are other types, but these are the two that I came across. The first one is based on tiers. It comes up with the price based on the total mileage acrued. For example, if your trip goes a total distance of 30,000 miles or under, stopping in 6 countries, it might cost $4,000. This same fare might be true if you went to 8 countries while still only traveling under 30,000 miles. The second tier might be 40,000 miles or under for $4,500, and so on. This type might be good if you have many stops that are not greatly spread out from one another, causing more acrued miles. However, the same could be a negative attribute if the stops you would like are greatly spread out. There may also be a limit to how many stops are allowed.

The second type is based on segments. This means that the traveler gets charged the same for long segments of a trip as for shorter ones. So let’s say your trip were to start in Florida, from there you go the Bahamas, then to Ireland, then to Germany, then to Egypt, then to China, then to Austrailia, and finally back to Florida. There are 7 segments to this trip, which may cost $4,000. However, if you were to add a few more stops the cost would go up, where it may not have with the first type of RTW ticket. The benefit with this type of ticket would be if you have a few segments that were greatly spread out. There is usually a limit to how many segments are allowed.

Either way, both types have pros and cons. Both offer an opportunity that most traditional plane tickets cannot. It also takes a special kind of travel agent/booking to acquire such a ticket, as many have more complex itineraries. I hope that this has inspired the adventurer in all of you! If you have taken a RTW trip and used this kind of ticket please share your wisdom with us by leaving a comment. And even if you haven’t, but have something else to add, feel free!

Bon voyage!

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4 Free Netflix Alternatives

My husband and I love Netflix! It really is pretty awesome. We don’t even watch regular tv anymore! For $7.99/month (with prices due to go up to $10/month) you get to watch unlimited shows, movies, and documentaries. Plus if you have a system to stream from, like our Wii, then it’s even better because you can watch it instantly on your tv! Granted there are some drawbacks, like most of the content is older. But overall it’s definitely worth it! Before my husband and I were addicted to Redbox, but that can add up quickly. So I understand being financially conscience, and watching every dollar. Sometimes you need something literally free. Or maybe you have Netflix, Amazon Prime, or another streaming service and just want some different content without paying for another service. This is what lead me to do some research for alternatives. And after looking and testing them out I have found a few that I can recommend. These are (as far as I can tell) legal sites that just about anyone can use, if you have the internet.

Hoopla

This service is through local libraries. Springfield Greene County Library is included in this, and there’s a map of other libraries that participate. If your library isn’t on there, you can always try asking if they would join. All you need is a library card from a participating library to sign up. It also has more than just movies, it has music and other online media. This was one of the best options I had tried. The content is older, but not bad for free! You can check it out at https://www.hoopladigital.com/

Crackle

With this one, you do not even have to sign up to start watching and the content is newer! The drawback here is that there are several ads throughout the content. Also you will want to have your adobe flashplayer up to date. There are many other sites that are similar to this as well. Just go to http://www.crackle.com/

Hulu, not to be confused with Hulu Plus

Hulu has a free site that is very much like Crackle. Where you can watch free movies and shows with ads. Another drawback to this site is that it isn’t really accepted on some consoles. For example, it forces me to have Hulu Plus to watch it on my Wii. The website is http://www.hulu.com/

Snagfilms

This site is for those looking for something off the beaten path. It doesn’t have your run off the mill movies. But it does offer some good stuff, like National Geographic series and some interesting documentaries. There is no need to sign up to watch, but again there are ads throughout. This is one to check out for sure at http://www.snagfilms.com/

Others Worth Trying

There are many other options worth trying too! Some that come to mind are pbs.org and other tv stations that have many episodes and shows that you could watch on their websites for free. Also I know we had tried a month long free trial of Amazon Prime, and most subscriptions sites will offer free trials too. And there are tons of sites like Crackle or regular Hulu that have free contents with ads.

I hope that this helps those looking to save some money! Please if you have others not listed that you have tried and enjoy, feel free to leave a comment with the information and a brief review.

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