When booking a vacation, it may seem almost impossible to pick just one location to travel to. The waterfalls in Croatia look amazing, but you've wanted to see the Great Wall of China for years. For the average person, booking individual trips or coordinating connecting flights can become an expensive headache. Because of the rising cost of airfare, coupled with a growing interest in worldwide travel, airlines have teamed up to introduce Round The World tickets.

A Round The World ticket allows you to travel the globe for up to a year with as many as 3 to 16 stops along the way. Purchasing a ticket is usually cheaper than combining multiple one-way tickets and can save travelers the hassle of single-handedly researching airlines, maneuvering around international regulations and booking flights at the last minute.

Because no airline has a terminal in every country in the world, a Round The World ticket can be booked with an airline alliance that allows you to travel on any airline that is part of that alliance. Star Alliance has become the most popular with 28 airlines covering over 162 countries and 975 destinations worldwide.  The pass is available in 29,000, 34,000 and 39,000 mile versions that allows for up to fifteen stopovers.

Companies like Oneworld, Skyteam, and over fifteen others offer comparable rates and deals.  Each can tailor a package to fit your personal travel dreams. The competing companies have their own sets of conditions, constraints and limitations depending on airline availability, cost and personal preference, but combined, travelers can visit almost anywhere in the world with enough space to land a plane.

A Round the World ticket allows travelers to feel daring while still having a plan. It's great for those who always need an itinerary - trekking in the Himalaya can become a lot more enjoyable when you're not preoccupied with where to fly next. But, it also allows more relaxed travelers to break away from their daily routines and explore for a month, six months or even a year.

So now the only question is, where do you want to go?