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Preparing Yourself for an Around the World Trip

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You need more than your passport and money if you want to travel around the world. Spontaneity is fun, but you don’t want to be caught without the essentials when you reach your intended destinations. The following suggestions should help you to prepare for an around-the-world trip.

Research the logistics of your trip.

The first thing to do is to create a travel plan. You might already have a budget, a timeframe, and a rough plan of the places you want to see. But have you done your calculations? You need to research the logistics of your trip to ensure that everything adds up. Find flights, accommodation, and transport; work out the costs. Do online research to figure out how long you need to spend in each town or city if you want to see the main attractions. You should also check out sites such as Expert Vagabond for experienced travel guidance.

Make sure you’ve also done your research with regards to insurance you might need. You should use a price comparison website to compare quotes from a wide variety of providers. That way, you can be sure you’re getting the coverage you need for a fair price. You need to think about how long you’ll be traveling, the destinations you’ll visit, the things you’ll be doing, and the stuff you’ll be taking. If you’re planning to work during your trip (as a full-time professional, you probably can’t take an extended leave from your job) then you should consider business insurance too. For peace of mind, you should really research the logistics of your trip beforehand to ensure that your time and budget will stretch far enough.

Explore your income options.

The option of working abroad might be open to some of you. Whether your employer offers opportunities to travel for international business deals or you can simply do your work remotely, you should explore your income options if you want to prepare for an around-the-world trip. We talk a lot about “travel after five” on this site, but you can only use so many paid vacation days per year. Think about ways to continue earning whilst you travel; you could even freelance if you are not in full-time employment at the moment. Opportunities also exist to teach English online. Preparing for your around-the-world trip by exploring income options will mean that you don’t have to worry about strictly sticking to the confines of your travel budget.

Mentally and physically prepare for moving around.

When we think of a trip, whether it’s a 2-week vacation or a 2-month around-the-world expedition, it’s easy to focus on the destination. But you need to think about the journey. Waiting at airports, flying for hours, and sitting in taxis or buses are all mentally and physically draining. Pack plenty of water and food for sustenance, and research ahead of time where to get these items for the best prices once you are at your destination. Your wellbeing is the priority. You should also download some puzzle games that require no internet connection, so you’ve got something to play whilst you’re on the move. This will help you to stave off boredom.

Even if you want to plan a spontaneous trip, you will still want to put some action plans in place to make sure you don’t get lost, you don’t run out of money, and you don’t get physically or mentally exhausted. If you can plan an around-the-world trip it will definitely be the opportunity of a lifetime, and you will want to be able to make the most of it!

Are you traveling in a city for work or for a conference, and not sure what is open afterwards? Check out our city guides on Travel After Five for some ideas on open tourist attractions.

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