How to Plan a Round the World Trip without Breaking Sweat

A friend just asked me for some advice on planning a round the world trip and I realized that the first time you do this it is something incredibly difficult.

It was a while ago that I first sat down with an Atlas and saw that finding a way to go round this big old planet wasn’t going to be easy. In the end, I was happy with the way I did it, so here are my top tips for getting it right.

Pick a Few Things You Want to Do or See

If you love travelling then it can be pretty daunting to try and work out which countries to choose from Australia, Japan, Ecuador, Hungary, Mongolia, Brazil and all the rest of the tempting places on the maps. The easiest way appears to be to think of certain attractions you don’t want to miss. For example, I decided right away that Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat were places I had to see. With 2 or 3 ideas like this your trip will start to take shape. It’s far easier to plan a route if you have a few places marked on the map than when you have the whole world to choose from. My advice is to not over-analyse it too much. Go with your instincts instead and you’ll make the right decisions.

Think About the Budget

When you are getting ready to set off around the world then your travel budget is sure to be a big issue, unless you are a millionaire. This means that if money is tight then spending more time in cheaper regions such as Asia, Africa and Latin America can make sense. Even in these places your cash can disappear quickly when you have to pay for a hotel and restaurant meals every day. However, in Europe, North America and Australia you might be surprised at just how quickly you eat your way through your cash.

Give Yourself Time

índiceOne of the worst things you can do on a round the world trip is run out of time. This means that you need to think very carefully about how long you will spend in each place. It is especially important to do this when you are planning to arrive in one airport and leave from another after travelling overland. In my case, I arrived to Ecuador and flew out from Chile on one leg of the trip. I had booked the flights so that I would have a couple of months to travel overland to Chile but it was too little time. In the end, I had to change the flight a couple of times on my way, which was a bit of a hassle.

Try Different Approaches

A round the world trip might just be the best time in your life to try out some completely different approaches. Don’t restrict yourself to just flying from one place to another. This can also be a fine opportunity to travel on trains, boats, buses and any other modes of transport you can find. Why not set yourself a challenge to get around using as many different methods as you can? There are bonus points for using hovercrafts and zeppelins.

Make It Fun

Finally, hopefully you won’t look upon the planning time for your round the world trip as being boring and something to just get out of the way. Instead, you should consider this as being an exciting thing to do. It is also something that you might only ever do once in your life. This is your chance to read travel blogs, look at maps and plan an unforgettable trip. Get it right and you’ll thank yourself for the rest of your life.

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