10 Ways You Can See the World for Less

by Troy Vigushin
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Many of us spend months, if not years, saving up for our travels; but often times, only visit one country per trip. With over 196 countries in the world, that’s a lot of ground to cover and a lot of money you’re spending in the process. So why not get the best bang for your buck and visit multiple countries in one trip? As a bit of an airfare geek, I study airline routes and airfares for fun (and now I make a living from it!). Below are ten of my favourite multi-stop fares that will leave you with a little extra pocket change to enjoy more things in destination.

Pearls of the Pacific

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Flying from Vancouver to Australia and New Zealand? Take advantage of Air New Zealand’s extensive flight network and stop in two of the Pacific Ocean’s most stunning islands and two of the USA’s most coveted cities. First, Air Canada takes you to Los Angeles for shopping and star-gazing. Next up is the South Pacific hidden gem, the Cook Islands. Be awed by their natural beauty, then it’s onto must-see Sydney, to explore its iconic harbour and the wonders of Down Under. Your adventure continues on a direct flight to the City of Sails, Auckland. Honolulu is your grand finale; top up your tan on its famous beaches before heading back to Vancouver. We’ve booked this multi-stop airfare for as low as $1860—which is as incredible as this route’s destinations.

Samba through Central and South America

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If it takes two to tango, it takes three to samba your way through Central and South America. Three cities, that is! Fly from Toronto to three dazzling and delightful destinations – San Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Bogota. Your first stop, the modern El Salvador capital, welcomes you with wide boulevards and narrow streets, cultural institutions and natural splendour, with the San Salvador volcano as a stunning backdrop.  Then fly to sizzling and sexy Rio de Janeiro for the time of your life, from sun-drenched beaches to seductive nightlife. Head onwards to beautiful Bogota, Colombia, where you’ll love the amazing food, wine and culture. Loop back to San Salvador and homeward bound to the big smoke of Toronto. Priced as low as $1370, you’ll be dancing before this samba begins.

South-East Asian Sensation

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Discover more, with four!  Get ready to have your passport inked with stops in four great Southeast Asian cities.  Like the stamps in your travel documents, this journey will be indelibly marked in your memory. Travel from Vancouver via Hong Kong, to one of our most popular destinations, Bangkok, where you’ll weave your way through temples and markets in the bustling Thai capital. Then, shop your way through sparkling Singapore, followed by a relaxing Bali getaway in an oceanfront villa. Finally, enjoy a stop in the futuristic metropolis of Hong Kong to discover why it’s one of Asia’s grandest destinations. You’ll fly world-class airline Cathay Pacific the whole way, except for the short jump from Singapore to Denpasar, Bali where KLM Royal Dutch Airlines transports you in style and comfort. If that wasn’t exciting enough; it’s possible to pay under $1500 for this amazing multi-stop airfare, including all taxes and fees.

The Emirates Explorer

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Never think you’d be able to affordably visit 8 cities in 7 countries across the Middle East, South and South East Asia, and Australia, all on the same trip?  Think again!  With this Emirates Airlines multi-stop fare from Toronto, you can do just that, and on one of the world’s largest and best airlines.  From the coral atolls and luxurious over-water bungalows of the Maldives, to the larger island nation and former British colony of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and onwards to the captivating metropolises of Bangkok, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong and finally, the spectacle that is Dubai, this airfare lets you see it all. Emirates will carry you in style every other step of the way, except for between Sydney and Melbourne. A Flight Centre consultant will easily book that portion of the trip for you. What is even better, is that this journey priced as little as $2880.

The Singapore Sling 

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From Vancouver, traverse the North Pacific Ocean on Singapore Airlines, taking you to North and Southeast Asia via San Francisco. Singapore Airlines was recently voted the Best Airline in Asia at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. You’ll be treated to the impeccable service for which the carrier is known. First, Singapore Airlines slings you over to Hong Kong, which enthralls visitors with its mix of tradition and modernity. Hop over to Singapore for superlative shopping and then check beautiful Bali off your bucket-list.  You won’t want to miss fascinating Seoul while in this part of the world, so we’ve included that, too. This fare takes in the highlights of Asia with ease. Your Flight Centre consultant will help you plan your time to get the most out of each fascinating city. This airfare is less than you’d think—we’ve booked this trip for as low as $1660.

Surf And Turf

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If you’ve flown from Vancouver to Hawaii, you’re almost half way to Japan, anyway. Why not take advantage of this and book both destinations in one trip? We’ll book you on United, one of North America’s largest airlines and Star Alliance member. Travel from Vancouver, via San Francisco, to Honolulu. Enjoy your first stop on the famed beaches of Hawaii and take in a luau or surfing lesson. Next stop is Tokyo, a city like no other, where the world’s best sushi is waiting to be savoured, then onto Osaka where you can sample their famous street food or visit the Osaka Castle. Fly to San Francisco and then back home to Vancouver, to round off this epic journey. Fares are as low as $1600 for this itinerary.

Sun, Sand, and Safari 

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Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, will take you on an incredible voyage with this fare, allowing you to ticking off bucket list items as you go. First stop is Abu Dhabi, where you can experience Ferrari World during the day and take in a desert safari at night. Continue on board Etihad Airways to Johannesburg, gateway to the Kruger National Park, to embark on a trip of a lifetime to glimpse the “Big Five” on a safari. Stunning Seychelles is among the Indian Ocean’s best kept secrets and what definitions of paradise are based upon. Here, you can relax and enjoy some of the bluest waters and finest resorts in the world before flying home to Toronto via Abu Dhabi. We’ll let you in on another secret; this itinerary is priced as low as $1660.

Uno, Dos, Tres 

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Air Canada welcomes you on board this three-stop journey through South America. Travelling from Vancouver, you’ll transit through Toronto and catch a direct flight to Santiago, on board Air Canada’s Boeing 777 aircraft. Marvel at the history and architecture of Santiago, Chile’s capital, with its awesome Andean backdrop. You’re then onto sultry and sizzling Buenos Aires, birthplace of the tango and as seductive as the dance itself. A short flight on regional carrier TAM takes you to Sao Paulo, where you can explore the dynamic sights and sounds of one of the world’s most populous and pulsating cities. This airfare lets you take in the highlights of South America with ease. After this rewarding, whirlwind tour, kick back in comfort on board Air Canada’s non-stop flight to Toronto, connecting to Vancouver. This value for money airfare begins at $1590.

The High Five 

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You’ll want to high-five your Flight Centre Airfare Expert when you book this trip—it’s got unbeatable value, hands-down! This amazing journey lets you experience five cities across four different countries and Etihad Airways will take you to them. Savour a Guinness in Dublin, then onto fresh sushi in Tokyo (via Abu Dhabi). After an unforgettable experience in the capital, make your own way to Nagoya, Japan’s fourth largest city, where you’ll encounter a different side of Japan. Etihad Airways will then resume taking care of you, flying you to Beijing so you can conquer the wondrous Great Wall of China and visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Next stop is Abu Dhabi, home of Etihad Airways. Luxury is king here, and you’ll be able to relax at one of many opulent resorts before boarding your non-stop flight home to Toronto. Fly high for as low as $1940.

Aegean Admirer

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Fancy visiting one of Europe’s top cities? How about making that three? Air Canada, in conjunction with Turkish Airlines and Aegean Airways, makes this dream trip come true, at a price that will also think you’re dreaming. This itinerary takes you to Paris, Athens and Istanbul, treating you to three uniquely distinct European destinations. Your first leg of the trip is Paris, where beauty abounds from its famed galleries to fashion houses. Bid aurevoir to the French capital and onto Athens. The cradle of Western civilization, Athens is full history, plus the Greek islands are a short ferry ride away. Finally, Istanbul’s exoticism welcomes you, where you can cross the Bosphorus or visit the Blue Mosque. Air Canada then takes you home via Toronto to Vancouver– and for under $1400