Least Expensive Around the World Airfare

Visiting all continents in the world for at least one week, including the two most populous countries in the world (both in Asia).


  1. Method
  2. Influence of travel dates, places visited
  3. By Air
  4. By Bus and Air
  5. Bus Graphic
  6. Airfare graphic
  7. An Idiot Abroad


I used mostly google flights, trip.com, Southwest.com, and Expedia to get my airline prices.  I used Greyhound for the bus fees.

Influence of Travel Dates, Places Visited

I choose my date by the cheapest flight I could find from Omaha to LA by Southwest airlines and started my journey from there.

By Air


Origin - Destination

Departure - Arrival Time

Flight cost $

Visa cost



 Omaha to LAX

 2:10 p.m.-3:40 p.m.





LAX to Hong Kong

 11 a.m.-8 p.m.





 Hong Kong to Darwin Au

2:50 p.m.-5:10 a.m.





Darwin Australia to Singapore

6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.





Singapore to Kolkata 

5:05 p.m.-1:15 a.m.





Kolkata to Mumbai

10:10 p.m.-1:15 a.m.





Mumbai to Cairo

3:00 a.m.-5:30 a.m.





 Cairo to Madrid

8:00 a.m.-6:35 p.m.





Madrid to Bogota

2:50 p.m.-5:57 p.m.





Bogota to Miami

6:22 a.m.-5:21 p.m.





Miami to Omaha

9:48 p.m.-11:27 a.m.







Sum $2,352.55

Sum $651.70



The total cost to fly around the world, including visa costs, is $3,004.25

By Air and Bus

The bus route back to Omaha from Miami was cheaper but I would have to incur costs for a hotel to stay in until the bus departure time and then the two days of travel probably would have ended up costing me more than the $85, I would have saved from the airfare.  The bus ticket from Omaha to LA was more expensive than a one-way flight on Southwest along with the longer travel it was not a feasible choice.

Bus Graphic




Airfare Graphic

An Idiot Abroad

Comment on two episodes of this series: 1) In the Great Wall episode, the main character talks about a toad in a well.  By living in the U.K. there is more outside cultural appearance being geographically proximal to more foreign countries compared to the U.S. he is still living in isolation within his own geographic boundaries of the U.K. this isolation would be considered his well in the metaphor he uses.  And when he leaves his well, he quickly realizes he is out of his element and unsure of his new surroundings.  By doing so he gets to see more of the world and it is better for him.  He also adds that even though you should see more sky in China it is hard to see more sky because of the pollution and also the fear of being eaten like the frogs.  I also think he has a thing with frogs because it comes up often. 2) The first night he is taken to a spot by his rickshaw driver in the back of a shop where four other people will sleep stating that this is the real life of a poor person.  Then he was later taken into a hotel room where he was not happy about the toilet accommodations of a hole in the floor and no toilet paper.  Then he stayed at the Lahore house which was a tent that was a very nice set up with a working toilet and toilet paper along the Ganges river.  Then he stayed at the hotel Shahjahan which seemed unfinished with building materials in the room and stunk really bad and at one point he wanted to leave. 

Submitted by [Cory Lewis] on [3/28/2019].