Planning Your Round The World Trip

Posted: June 6, 2012 in Wisdom Nook

Planning Your Round The World Trip

Planning Your Round The World Trip

So you’re going to travel round the world. Armed with nothing but a rucksack, a copy of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and a pocketful of dreams you’re going to head out into the wild yonder, moving from town to town like The Fugitive or The Incredible Hulk.

How do you go about doing that then?

Ditch Your Stuff

Round The World Trip Planning

Round The World Trip Planning

Your going round the world with nothing but a rucksack, remember? Purging your possessions will both leave you room to travel light, and raise some much needed cash. Now, I understand this is painful. You love your possessions, your books, your gadgets, your video games, but right now they’re just holding you back. It’s like ripping a plaster off, start early and get it done quickly. Call in friends or family members to help you work out what to keep and what to flog.

Throw a huge yard sale, and use Ebay, Gumtree and other sites sell as much of your stuff as you can. Anything you don’t sell, you can give to charity and get a receipt to make it a tax write-off.

You might have a dilemma when it comes to the car and the house. In the current economy you might not want to sell them in the current market. But there are other options for your house, such as renting it out or hiring a house sitter. These options will mean interrupting your trip to deal with phone calls from back home, paperwork and other house related issues.

Here is another place where friends and family might be able to help you out. Talk to them about how they might help you out, whether they can assist with dealing with your new tenants, or help keep an eye on the property while you’re away.

Sort Your Finances

Round The World Trip Budget

Round The World Trip Budget

First, check through the cards you already have and see what their foreign withdrawal and transaction fees are. For most credit cards it’s between 1 and 3%, so shop around if you cards seem a bit steep. If you’re card has the Visa logo, consider getting a MasterCard, not everywhere accepts both cards, so you need to keep them on you at all times.

Don’t forget to notify your banks either. The last thing you want is for your money to get cut off miles from home because your bank thought they spotted some suspicious transactions.

Planning Your Route

Now this is something you don’t want to go into too much detail over. Remember, you’re looking to explore, and you won’t get the chance to do that if every moment of your day is already planned out by itinerary. Be ready to improvise and listen to people’s recommendations.

Try not to treat the route of your trip as a high score, you don’t get points for how many different locations you visit. Instead take your time, think about how much each place is going to cost, and feel free to dawdle in the cheaper places to free up budget for more activities.

Planning Your Route

Planning Your Route

Think carefully about choosing your flights. If you’re not buying a Round The World ticket, you’re going to be buying a series of one-way flights. This gives you way more freedom and room for spontaneity, but it can end up being a little more expense than the Round The World option.

Final Checklist

A few last tips. Pack light- clothes, toothpaste and shampoo are things you can buy where-ever your end up. However, you should keep a few photocopies of your passport, and at least eight passport sized photos.

Finally, just enjoy the trip



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