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Travel round the world

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Travel round the world

I have decide to travel round the world for as long as i can. I leave in 18 months and will be 46 by then. Do you have any tips or information you would like to share. I don't know much about travelling and will start in Canada as i have relatives there i will be taking my son with me for the first month. I then intend to go where i end up.

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1. Re: Travel round the world

Are you buying an around the world plane ticket (which can save you a considerable amount of money over individual fares, especially as one way flights tend to cost much more than 1/2 of an r/t fare) or are you keeping it so loose that you don't want to book in advance?

I can see the appeal of going "where I end up", but such travel can carry a premium price and your money can run out before you get to the places you most want to see.

Another difficulty with such a mode of travel is that you could have difficulties with getting into countries that want to see evidence that you will be leaving within your visa limit.

You can just wing it and travel by freighter, train and bus, but if you are not an experienced traveller you might want to consider booking an RTW fare that will get you to the countries/areas you want to visit, but leave plenty of flexibility within the countries themselves.

When I did an around the world trip, I made a list with 3 categories: the "non-negotiables" (places that I was doing the trip for), the places I would like to see if there was time and it didn't raise the cost too much and the places that might be interesting if I happened to be passing through.

I took the list to Trailfinders (Travel Bag hadn't even heard of Palau) and they were very helpful in finding the most economical way to get the most important places on my list. There are a number of Trailfinders shops in London, so I would suggest going in person at a fairly early stage to get suggestions that may help you refine your lists.

I think an RTW ticket is good for a year and is based on your mileage, so you do need to chose in advance. You cannot backtrack and it can be difficult to combine destinations at the northern or southern ends of your wish list. I found I needed to leave Japan for another day (but it was so worth it when I did get there) as much of my trip hovered around the equator.

Make certain your passport is valid for 6 months longer than you want to be gone for and do lots and lots of research.

I like the Lonely Planet Guides, but others prefer the Rough Guides or Footprint series.

A wide range of guides are available for Kindles and that is certainly my preferred way of carrying guides, books and getting my daily London newspaper, (I carry two because the idea of being without book is, for me, unthinkable). I also bring a small cheap laptop to stay in touch and to find out more if things seem to be getting sketchy where I'm visiting and, except for certain specialist locations, a tough camera that is water proof and shock proof. I don't carry expensive electronics or anything that will ruin my trip if it goes missing or gets broken.

I can't tell you what will work for you as travel is always a meeting of travel practicalities with who you are and what you enjoy. Some people really like the conviviality of staying in hostels, others the independence of hotels and B & Bs.

I do think some more research is in order for you......

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2. Re: Travel round the world

Hello,

quite enough information posted by Leagle. Nepal could be nice destination as well. Research about it. Good luck!

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