The RTW traveler: A breed of street veterans whose experience was perhaps only surpassed by the steely foreign scarf foreign correspondent.
The idea of traveling around the world has grown in importance in recent years. More and more people from a variety of ages and backgrounds are deciding that it is possible to add a great journey to their life plan. Especially as more and more businesses and workers have started working remotely – which means you can travel the world while keeping up with your day job!
But what does it mean to plan a trip around the world?
I’m going to give you a few tips (seven to be precise) so that you can better arrange your planning so that they can show you how to begin your world tour with an ease that you may not have realized.
To make it easier to disassemble, I’ll break the process down into chronological steps You can check off one at a time.
7 tips for planning a trip around the world
Step 1: finalize where you are going
Before planning your trip around the world, you need to have an idea of where you are going.
This process of deciding where to go may have started when you first discovered that there was a world out there to travel towhen you first saw pictures of places like the Great Pyramids and Machu Picchu, when words like Burma, Bali and Buenos Aires were just starting to spark your imagination.
The final Decisions about goals should take place about six to eight months before you plan to leave. That way, you still have a few months before you block your route by buying airline tickets.
If necessary, hang a world map on your wall, put some pins or stickers on it, and reaffirm the idea that you are actually going to do it Be in these places soon. Adjust them if your itinerary strategy or motivation changes. If anything, this process will serve to bring your vision together and improve your geographic skills – which is great as you will need them later.
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Step 2: create (and stick to) your travel budget for the whole world
The financial aspect of planning travel around the world may be the hardest and least fun part, but someone has to pay for the trip, and if you are, set a budget. It could be the only thing keeping you on the street when others run out of money.
There are ways of determining how much things will cost. There is a lot of information on the Internet about the costs associated with traveling around the world. So use the resource to officially assign some cost to your budget plan.
Make yourself comfortable and physically write down your numbers based on your personal travel style. If necessary, use a spreadsheet, expensive budgeting software, abacus, whatever works best for you because you want to have a complete overview as you work.
Here are a few categories to get you started:
- flight tickets – see step 4.
- Accommodations – You need accommodation every night, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. If this is a problem, extend your stay in countries where the cost of living is cheaper and lower your room standard in countries that are more expensive. Look out for homestays, couch surfing, and long term rentals to keep costs down.
- eat – If you are a self-proclaimed bon vivant, you are on a budget for lots of restaurants. Otherwise, by vowing to eat cheap, lower your grocery budget.
- entertainment – i.e. tours, shows, activities. Things like white water rafting, zipling, and zorbing come up by circumstance and you might not want to miss out. Keep money in this category so you can get excited every now and then, perhaps with a jet boat ride through New Zealand’s fjords.
- transport – Trains, cars, taxis, ferries, tuk-tuks, cycle rickshaws. This is definitely to be had in the budget; They will cover a lot of ground outside of the aircraft. Make sure you have money to get seats.
- purchases – things like souvenirs, specialties. Keep this small as you will get tired of carrying things around or sending them home easily.
- Smaller additional costs – Give yourself a big buffer because things come up, a lot of things and you don’t know exactly how things are going to be on the street. You can adjust it a few weeks after you travel to see how you fight back against overspending.
Step 3: Plan What You Will Do Abroad
Even by this point, you should have a pretty good idea of how you will be spending your time on the go. This helps dramatically in determining how much time to spend in each location. Take it from me, a place can get pretty boring if you pass by idly every day.
Will you be:
Each of these procedures has different time commitments. You also need to know how long it takes for reasons like visa stays, setting dates for departures, and aligning dates for planned events in the future.
Check your budget again to include these details.
Step 4: collect your tickets
There are a variety of places you can buy airline tickets for all over the world. I’m not going to go into it here to say that some are better than others. But definitely don’t stop at the first place you see.
Knows that too The airlines aren’t the only game in town. In fact, if you’re not using airline miles, I recommend looking elsewhere. The alliance websites may be chic and eye-friendly, but that doesn’t mean you are doing yourself a favor by using them to buy your tickets. There are numerous rules, restrictions and drawers that are not immediately clear, but which force you to travel in a certain way and completely unnecessarily. You might get a price from the airlines to set the bar and buy the trip elsewhere.
Indeed, it is possible that the ticket buying process could be fun and not frustrated, headache, and insecure.
Choose your patronage based on the following criteria:
- Joy in the experience
- Gut feeling
Home improvement, remember: A few hundred more dollars spent on someone else to book your tickets can mean the difference between insoluble road logistic snafu and a hassle-free trip around the world. The choice is yours and how you want to plan a trip around the world.
If you do everything yourself, remember to tick this “flexible” ticket box – you will never know!
The best time to buy airline tickets is 4-6 months before your departure.
Step 5: organize your life
You make the journey, you’ve already decided that. To keep everything up to date, you need to make sure that the time leading up to your departure is devoted to a smooth transition into your travel life. I call this yours “Exit Strategy”.
Think of this strategy as a straight line to the day of your departure, then imagine a puppy trying to walk that line. Any time the puppy strays off the leash (due to shiny objects, the smell of cooked steak, someone trying to get him to do tricks), pick him up and put him back on. Always remember to get on the plane at the end of the line!
Your exit strategy works best when you write down a timeline from when to do things to be done when you go. A written timeline makes it 100% easier to remember what you forgot. If you need help putting together a timeline, options are available online.
Some important parts:
- Set up your job as a sabbatical or organize your remote work schedule.
- Take care of your pets, your house, and your car.
- Get passports / visas.
- Buy plane tickets.
- Get travel insurance.
Step 6: Book a few nights in the first cities that you will also travel to
Treat yourself to a smooth arrival in unfamiliar cities by knowing where you are going when you step off the plane. Book a few nights before leaving for the first few cities (you can always extend your stay if the location and price are right), then keep booking the accommodation to better predict your needs.
Booking stays longer than a month or two in advance is probably not a good idea as things can change dramatically on your itinerary, and canceling or changing reservations is often more difficult than booking.
Step 7: get ready for your world tour
This is probably the most fearful time you have ever known. There are a million things left to do, and that’s fine. You can’t change that. What you can change is the way you approach them. If you’ve used a planning timeline, you should be perfectly set up to go straight to travel. You’ve bought all of the items you need to buy, you’ve set up your vital signs for your absence, and you’ve kissed the dog goodbye.
Organization is keyMake it a habit and it will help you dramatically when you are on the go.
That should do it. Seven steps to juice you up and make your travel dreams come true!