The roundtrip plane ticket is a marketing conspiracy that makes airlines, employers and governments happy. They do not want freedom of travel.
Airlines want you to buy roundtrip tickets. Why?
– Double their profits.
– No problems with visas. If you screw up, you just use the second leg.
Employers want you to buy roundtrip tickets. Why?
– You return from your vacation.
Governments want you to buy roundtrip tickets. Why?
– They do not need to deport you.
– They can control where you travel inside the country.
– They do not need to share tourists dollars with other countries.
– The USA wants you to buy American, spending money in the USA.
The goal of airlines and Internet air-ticket booking engines is allow users to buy a bad-value planet ticket quickly and easily. If you try to do anything else, they frustrate you until you follow the path they want.
The 2 Major Travel Strategies:
1. Airport to airport, then leave from the same airport
Example: Take a trip from Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, to Sosua, Dominican Republic, and stay for a month, then go on to Brussels, Belgium, and stay for another month, then go on to Banjul, Gambia, to start a "coast to coast" trip.
2. Coast to coast by land.
Example: I will fly to Banjul, Gambia, than proceed on to other countries on the African continent.
All travelers and tourists, whether aware or unaware, are using these two travel strategies. Yes, they are normally flying to one country, then making a land trip from across national boundaries. My trips are just larger, but in the end most, travelers are doing essentially the same thing. It’s just a question of scale.
There are two prevalent ways to sabotage our ability to travel the world:
– Buy a car
– Rent an apartment or buy real estate overseas
Websites With Good Ticket Deals
– Kayak.com is taking profits; they are not gouging loyal users
– JetRadar.com is a good alternative to Kayak.com
– Jetairfly.com allows a person to fly from the Dominican Republic to Europe for as low as U.S. $200.
Members can now log in to watch a video by Paul Theroux, where he explains his strategy of "coast to coast" travel.
Thank you for the tip. I will definitely use jetairfly next time I need to get to Europe. Right now I am trying to get to Guyana. Any tips on how to get there? I know you know a lot about carribean travel, so I am thinking I can get to Guyana by going to Trinidad but I don't know what kind of budget airlines are available.
Great travel tips as usual!
Liat is the cheap Caribbean Island hopping airlines, if there is such a thing in the 27 tourist trap islands.
Everything about travel is time sensitive, if only for a week, then truly a tough country to visit.
I have not been to Guyana, Suriname, or French Guiana and was musing just the other day how to get there cheap.
Going to all three in a 2-3 month trip seem the prudent way, I suspect for me, I would go to Venezuela, and take the Brazil route into Guyana. I went by land from Venezuela to Brazil, and wanted to go to Guyana, but there were numerous problems maybe 10 years ago, mostly roads were bad.
Wikitravel and Lonely Planet Guidebook are your best sources, or private blogs, but all but hidden in the new GOOGLE sells anything world.
I do 4-5 word searches 90 percent of the time trying to get by the lie to me to make money travel sites.