An Australian student has shared a secret ‘travel hack’ that got her flight tickets to three different continents for less than $3,000.
Mia Alpy, from Brisbane, embarked on a six-month-long trip across Asia, North America and Europe in 2022.
The 22-year-old savvy traveller was only able to afford the expensive trip because of a ’round-the-world’ ticket which got her cheap flights to her desired destinations.
Round-the-world flight tickets, which she got through an agent at Flight Centre, cover several flights to multiple different locations and typically cost a third of the amount it would take to fly individually.
Mia’s trip consisted of seven flights and set her back just $2,914.
Mia Alpy, from Brisbane, embarked on a six-month-long trip across Asia, North America and Europe in 2022
What is a ’round-the-world’ ticket?
‘Round-the-world’ flights allow travellers to fly to multiple continents on the same ticket.
The ticket allows you to work with multiple different airlines to secure the most affordable way possible.
‘I have a really good travel hack if you want to travel around the whole world for really cheap,’ Mia said in a video.
‘Every time I’ve told someone about it, they’ve never heard of it and either don’t understand how it works or don’t believe that it’s a real thing.’
She went on to explain round-the-world flights, saying she started her journey in Australia, then flew to Southeast Asia, Europe, North America and Japan from July 2022 to February 2023.
‘Basically it’s one plane ticket that takes you around the world on a bunch of different flights,’ she revealed.
Mia then shared an image of her itinerary, and revealed that she travelled with a friend which cost them $5,828 – $2,914 each.
She travelled from Brisbane to Singapore, Singapore to Bangkok, Bangkok to Zurich, London to Zurich, and Zurich to New York.
She then flew to Japan from the US, before finally heading back to Australia.
Mia revealed that it was essential to be ‘super flexible’ with the dates, and recommended going through a travel agent like Flight Centre.
‘Basically, just tell them the rough dates and which continents, and it will get you between the continents on the cheapest flights possible,’ she said.
Another important aspect to note was a strange requirement.
‘You have to fly out of the same place you fly in, in each continent,’ she said.
‘So, I flew from Brisbane to Singapore and then I spent a few months in Asia and I could go wherever I wanted within Asia,’ she explained.
‘But then when I flew to Europe, I had to fly out of Singapore. Same thing with Europe, I flew into Zurich, and then I spent four or five months travelling around Europe. And then when I left – I had to fly out of Zurich and then I flew to America.’
‘It’s a super, super cheap way to get around the whole world,’ she added.
Mia also revealed that travellers with round the world tickets needed to travel in only one direction, and couldn’t go ‘back and forth’ in terms of route.
‘You have to keep going around the world in one way,’ she said. ‘So you either need to go clockwise or anti-clockwise around the world, but you can’t backtrack – you have to keep going.’
An Australian student recently revealed the ultimate travel hack – and how her secret got her flight tickets to three different continents around the world for less than $3,000
The young woman also noted that her round the world flight ticket was cheaper than a return trip to Europe.
‘I literally got around the whole world for like $2,914 when a flight just to Europe and back is like double that,’ she said.
‘I never would have thought I’d be able to do a trip like this, but this hack just made it super, super affordable.’
Many were in awe of the travel hack, and vowed to look into it themselves.
‘Oh my god, this is so great!’ a woman said. ‘I can’t believe I’ve never heard of these!’
‘This might be the wildest thing I didn’t know about, I’ve got to look into this,’ another wrote.
‘I’ve seen round the world tickets from $1,400 economy and $3,000 for business class,’ a third added helpfully.