The dream of traveling around the world is one that guides many of us. Unfortunately, not many of us decide to take such a journey. What is the most difficult thing to do and how to prepare yourself in order to set off safely and with full satisfaction?
There is some disagreement as to where to start planning an around-the-world trip. Many people think that budget should take precedence. Of course, budget is very important, but before you commit a specific amount of money to a trip, you must first have a goal in mind. We need to answer two basic questions:
A good idea is to mark our dream destinations on a world map and combine them into a route. Create a folder on your computer where you can collect interesting articles and photos.
A very important element of planning a trip is to determine the suitable means of transport and the way to travel. Keep in mind that hitchhiking may be normal in the United States and increasingly popular in Europe, but the tradition of traveling this way is not everywhere. You should also think about all the logistics, such as renting cars in particular places, buying train or plane tickets or transporting luggage. Of course, we won’t be able to plan everything in advance, and that’s probably not even the point, but the more difficulties we foresee at the planning stage, the fewer things will surprise us on the road
It goes without saying that you need to have money for such a trip. Transportation, food, lodging, and a certain “just in case” financial cushion are all essential items that you need to have secured funds for. You may find that before the trip of a lifetime, you have to work much more to put aside the right amount of money. Some people, working as freelancers, are not bound by residence to their work and can take it with them – even to the other side of the world. There are also many opportunities to seek patrons through the power of the internet. So if we tie our travel idea to an interesting social media channel – we may find that we can raise money for it this way.
You should also choose a time in your life when you are not tied down by relationships, family to support, business or career. In the U.S., it is common to embark on such a journey right after graduation – on the “threshold” of adulthood, so to speak
Your own safety is essential during a long journey. You should get to know the culture and socio-political situation of the countries you want to visit. Curiosity often also leads to places where the situation is unstable, there is a lot of crime and it is easy to have a dangerous adventure, but these are not necessarily destinations for every traveler. It is necessary to take care of all the necessary documents needed for the trip. It is also important to take vaccinations against tropical diseases. Even such a seemingly trivial element as properly packing one’s luggage for the journey may have dire consequences later on