One way travel brings to mind one of my favorite quotes (there's some question about who authored it but either J.P. Morgan or Thomas Carlyle...)
"Go as far as you can see, and then you can see farther"
The definition of one way travel is going on a trip without purchasing a return ticket.
Maybe that means that you'll be staying long term or that you haven't yet decided where you'll go next. Many one way travelers move around and then depart from a new destination or return to their starting point via a different mode of transportation.
In any case here are a few points to consider before you head out.
This is a biggie.
One of the most asked questions regarding one way travel is "Do I need to show proof that I'll move on?"
And the answer is "Sometimes."
Most of the time there's no problem and you won't even be asked about your intended itinerary when you check in for your flight. Occasionally, however, you'll be asked for proof that you plan to leave the country within the allowable period.
A non-return ticket is more likely to trigger questions about your future movements.
If you're going to run into trouble it's most likely to happen at your
point of departure (the check-in desk at the airport) than once you've
arrived at your location. That's because the airline is responsible for
your return travel if they fly you to a country where you are denied entry. Sometimes the airline is fined a hefty fee as well.
Airlines obviously want to avoid the consequences of a passenger being denied entry into a country so if you're traveling on a one way ticket they may want proof that you
don't have an intention to overstay your welcome and that you can satisfy authorities at your destination that your plans include an exit.
This proof can be in a number of forms, most commonly a ticket that would take you out of the country via air, rail, bus or ship but there are other things that would indicate to them that you're not likely to stay.
An acceptance letter for school or a job back home or in another country or a travel itinerary that indicates where you're planning to go and when (sometimes you can pen your own). A busy passport with lots of stamps and movement can be helpful. It shows a history of traveling in and out of countries within expected timelines.
Be prepared for the possibility that you may need to produce more proof.
Always leave yourself plenty of time at the airport to iron out any glitches that arise.
You may be required to buy a ticket out of the country before they'll allow you to board. You don't have to go back the way you came, but you have to go somewhere outside of the country. If you must purchase a ticket and you really don't know where you want to go next, choose one that's fully refundable and cash it in the next day or select the cheapest destination that takes you out of the country and forfeit the money if you choose to go somewhere else when your time is up.
Yes, it's a thing. Flashpackers pack their electronics and a credit card along with a few essentials and off they go.
There are lots of ways to go about your one way journey. Flashpackers usually carry a single bag (often a backpack) and have a short packing list. It's the ultimate in packing light and their nightly stays require accommodations that offer plug-in's for recharging and downloading their electronic and computer gear.
Their luggage holds a few articles of clothing and toiletries but most importantly a laptop, camera, smart phone and other devices that keep them connected in a variety of ways.
Some work or blog from their laptop, others are freelance writers, photographers or journalists that go wherever the trail leads.
Often referred to as luxury backpackers, flashpackers combine the freedom of backpacking with an upscale lifestyle. They tend to pack light (usually just a backpack) and carry electronic devices for working, uploading images, communicating with family and researching where they'll go next.
Or try house sitting your way around the planet. Singles, couples and even families are getting their travel on by exchanging the care of a home and sometimes pets for a fully furnished and equipped home in which to stay. Some gigs last for a few days and others are long term
Once you've traveled, really traveled, you'll never be exactly the same person as you were when you began. That's one of the points of leaving ... to see the world through your own eyes and evolve as a human being. It makes sense to make future decisions from your brand new perspective.
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