Budget Long Haul has an innovative concept, and not one of the “I’ll only walk east today, only north tomorrow, only east the next day” variety. The site shows how a traveler can make it almost all the way around the world only on budget airlines.
Departing from the Americas, a traveler could reach Europe on Condor from North America or Air Madrid from South America. When the money runs out in Europe, time to go to Africa on Atlas-Blue. Ready for the next leg of the journey, Air Arabia brings one to the Middle East and then onwards to Asia where Jet Star can fly one to Australia and the Pacific Islands. The circle of budget airlines ends in the Cook Islands, but what’s a little gap in the ocean after circling most of the globe?
Of course, that’s just a sample trip; most of those legs have other airline options, so check the site out.
Overland travel (or air travel within the continent) would be necessary to circumnavigate most of the globe on budget airlines. Seat 61 can help a traveler find his or her way across a continent without leaving the ground, using bus, train, and ship.
The hassle factor of purchasing tickets on many different airlines makes the budget airlines round-the-world an option that would not suit everyone. With a traditional round-the-world ticket, there is a representative to contact if things go wrong, but there are far more conditions (such as the traveler cannot backtrack, can only make two stops per continent, etc.). Flying budget airlines around the world is an option for those who seek flexibility and don’t mind doing a little legwork on their own.