If you're planning on taking a round the world trip, then congratulations! This is one of the most enriching things you can do for yourself and will educate, inspire, and push you further than you ever thought possible. But before you go, make sure you have a solid plan in place and know exactly where you're going, what you're doing and why. Check out these tips for planning a trip around the world, and get your adventure off to a solid start. As they say, those who fail to plan, plan to fail!
Ask yourself why you are taking this trip in the first place, and then build your itinerary around that. Want to party? Thailand and Australia are great places to hit up. Going on a journey of self-discovery? South East Asia will likely do the trick. Want to dig into old and new worlds? South America won't disappoint. Whatever you're into, do your homework and choose your locations based on what you think you'll enjoy the most, not just because everyone else goes there.
The world is a huge place and you can't cover everything all at once. It's tempting to 'tick off' as many locations as possible, but trust me, you'll burn yourself out pretty quickly. Build in some time to relax, and ensure you know how long it will take to get from one place to another, as you might be surprised how much ground you have to cover. A great website for finding out distances, modes of transport and costs is Rome2Rio, and it doesn't cost a penny.
Learn to Budget
Budgeting can be one of the hardest things to control when you're on the road. Unexpected costs can occur and you'll often be tempted to 'treat yourself', just because you're on holiday. Little treats are of course absolutely fine, as long as they don't break the bank, so before you leave consider setting a daily budget. There's nothing worse than running out of money halfway around the world (especially in countries such as Australia and New Zealand where the cost of living is considerably higher than the UK), and having to turn back again.
Make sure you take out a good travel insurance policy, which covers you for medical costs at the very least. If you get sick, injured, or even electrocuted, you'll be glad you did. Before you go, make sure you scan your passport and insurance documents and either email them to yourself or save in the cloud. That way, if your documents get lost or stolen you have proof of identity to show the police, and it will make the process of getting a new passport much easier.
Keep in Touch
I don't want to sound like a nagging aunt here, but do make sure you keep in touch with friends and family. They are sure to worry about you when you're gone and it only takes a minute to tell them you're OK, even if it is only via a Facebook status!
So that's all the pep talk I have for you for now. The most important thing you can do now is to just relax and enjoy every second. Yes, things may go a bit wrong now and then, but it's going to be the best experience of your entire life. So go out there and live it!
Do you have more tips for planning a trip around the world? Leave us a comment!
About the author: Hayley Griffiths blogs over at the Lovepuffin Travel Blog. She aims to inspire 'Adventure for the Unadventurous', as no matter how unlucky, flat-footed or clumsy you may be, she is more-so, and manages to travel anyway! From yoga in India to bungee jumping in Canada, she is conquering the world, one adventure at a time. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.Top