Many countries’ immigration departments require you to provide proof that you’re leaving their country (in the form of an onward travel ticket) before they’ll let you in. This can be tricky, since sometimes we nomads just don’t know where we are going next (or when), and shelling out a heap of cash for an onward ticket without knowing where you’re going is impractical.

In some cases, you can’t even board the plane to your destination without one.

True Story: I was once not allowed to check-in for a flight from Australia to New Zealand because I didn’t have a valid flight out of NZ. I had to buy a full-fare ticket from NZ to Fiji on the spot (that was the cheapest one available) just to get on the plane.

And once I was in New Zealand, I wasn’t even allowed to cancel the onward ticket without providing proof of a different onward ticket!

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