don't call it a dream, call it a plan!
Planning a worldwide trip can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do! You've got a timeframe (or maybe not), money in your pocket and dreams of places you want to visit. The great thing about travelling for 3 months, 6 months, a year etc, is that you have lots of time to be free, to explore, to be open to new possibilities and opportunities whilst on the road. You can be indecisive. You will want to see it all. But planning a big trip can be seriously complicated and overwhelming and it can take the excitement out of the experience if you don't have a rough plan of what you want to see and achieve on your travels.
This is where I can help. 1-on-1 sessions with you, through the medium of your choice, be it Skype, Face time, Email or Telephone. In those sessions we'll work through the following together, and cover some serious ground, that will take that feeling of, "What the hell am I doing", away.
Below are some of the questions & topic's that we will cover in our initial call;
1. How Long Do You Have?
One of the most important questions to ask yourself. You need to know how much time you have roughly. Are you on a sabbatical from work, and have to be back in your job by a certain date? Do you have to go back to study? Do you have to go back to work? Do you have to be back home in time for a special occasion (wedding, new baby, birthday etc). Could you stockpile annual leave? Be clever with public holidays? Or take a sabbatical like I did, to give you longer to travel? Definitely things to think about.
2. How Long Do You Need?
Are you planning to fly around the world - which means you'll do everything quicker, than by boat, bus, train etc.? If you are than you're probably more of a mid range to luxury traveller with a decent sized budget. The way that I believe is best to travel is overland - not all of the time of course, but consider, Do you meet people on flights? Do you get to see oceans and landscapes and wonderful sights that amaze your eyes? How you are going to travel, and in turn how long you will need is always a valuable question to think about.
3. How will you do it?
Will you buy separate flights to each place, or book a round the world ticket? Will you book tours and excursions before you go? Have you considered the cost differences attached to all of these things? All really important things to think about for a budget traveller.
4. When To Get Up & Go?
This will largely depend on what you actually want to do? Are you heading on a worldwide adventure to be involved with certain local festivals, volunteering programmes, trekking some of the worlds largest mountains, wanting to dive with whale sharks in season? The answer is most probably YES! In which case you need to consider the weather, especially in parts of the world that are tropical and have monsoon seasons, which will most definitely stop you doing things like, trekking the Himalayas for example.
You might want to escape UK winters, or Canadian winters or any winter for that matter, which means you'll more than likely want to set off after or maybe slightly before any New Year, and the dreaded month of January approaches.
It might all depend on when you have the money saved to actually take the trip. You might be moving back home to do this, or working an extra job, or just regularly saving from an existing job, but need time to get your funds together.
There are good and bad times to be in certain countries, and the weather nearly always has something to do with it. It will never be ideal, but most of the time you'll be able to guarantee what it will be like if you plan ahead.
5. Where To Go?
The BIG question! Budget travellers and backpackers on a round the world trip are known for focusing on Australia & South East Asia as a priority, and whilst these places are just amazing, there are lots of other countries to factor into your trip!
Round the world tickets can really help you to cover a lot of ground, and see places like South America, North America, New Zealand, Europe, India etc.
This is really where I come in to support you, and give you my experience and knowledge on places that are definetly worth visiting or stumbling off the beaten track for. It's all about how I understand what you are looking to gain out of your travelling experience. As people travel for so many other reasons, then just to see the world. They want to experience something more than their home, and thats important, in relation to the places that you will want to go.
People always have an initial idea of what they want to see, but this completely opens up once they talk to a travel expert. I've personally helped so many friends already with the planning stages of their trip (See testimonials section) , and they've ended up travelling to places that they never would have, if I hadn't advised them and steered them in that direction.
There is so much to see and so little time - a quote that we are all so familiar with, so you'll want to to get it right, and really put the time and effort into ensuring that your trip is one that you will never forget for all the right reasons.