A few months ago, I had read advice suggesting it's best to wait until about a month before your planned departure to buy airfare, otherwise you'll spend all your time worrying about whether something will derail you from using those expensive tickets.
- Nov 30 – New York City to Tahiti (direct, with a short stopover in Los Angeles)
- Dec 6 – Tahiti to Auckland, New Zealand
- Jan 2 – Christchurch, New Zealand to Brisbane, Australia
- Jan 29 – Melbourne, Australia to Bali, Indonesia
To get to NYC, I'll take a $20 bus ride, and then spend my last night in the USA couchsurfing at my friend Kai's/brother's apartment. And before I get to Indonesia, I'll have to buy my next ticket or two so I can show proof of onward travel. The discount Asian airlines seem to have reasonable prices from that point forward. I'll probably hop to Singapore for a few days, and then on to Hong Kong and beyond.
Oh, and if you're wondering how much those 4 flights cost, it came out to $2091 (tax included). Given it will get me to the other side of the world during New Zealand's peak tourism season (summer), I'm fairly satisfied. Once I hit mainland Asia, I plan to rough it overland via trains and buses for awhile.