Planning a Round the World Trip
What you need to do when planning a round the world trip
The easy part is deciding you want to go travelling. The hard part is planning your round the world trip. There's so much information out there that it can be overwhelming at times. We aim to give you the best information and ideas to make your planning that little bit easier. Heck it, we'll even throw in a little inspiration too.
Planning a round the world trip may look complicated and scary, but it's really not. We've tried to make it as simple for you as possible.
You can start planning your gap year by following these simple steps:
Work out how long you want to spend travelling and when
If you're thinking of travelling for a year then you'll be spending more time in each country than if you've only got two months. Also, it's likely you'll spend some of the time working or volunteering abroad - bonus!
On the flip side, if you're thinking of travelling for a few months, you'll be able to zoom from country to country, packing in as many activities as possible. If you're travelling for a shorter period of time then when you go is quite important - you want to make sure you get the best from each country, especially the weather...
Decide where you want to go and what you want to do
This is the key stage. If you're not sure about where to go, research the different options. Think hard about what you want to see, what you want to do and how long you need to do it. This all relates to how long you've got and how much you've got to spend, but it's also about what sort of person you are, what your interests are and what you want to get from your round the world trip.
Do you want to meet loads of other backpackers and go partying or do you want to keep off the beaten track and be more of a culture vulture? Is wildlife and exploration your bag or would you rather spend most of your time in cities? Or maybe you just want a bit of everything...
Whatever the type of person you are, make sure you explore gapyear.com as much as you can. We've got fantastic advice, articles and guides on every page. A part of planning your trip is research after all...
Work out how much you have to spend
Again, it's obvious, but the more you've got to spend, the more places you can visit and the less you'll have to worry about working for some of the time you're away. Also, remember that some places are a lot cheaper than others. For example, a £1,500 may only last you a month in Australia compared to two months in Thailand. As a very rough budget (depending on the type of traveller you are) be looking to spending between £500 - £1,000 per month.
Get a quote from a round the world specialist
There are dozens of them out there, but Gapyear.com Travel has got loads of special offers. Give us a call on 0333 333 9923 to speak to a consultant about your round the world trip.
Book your ticket and start saving
Now you've booked your ticket it's time to start saving, which is the most difficult bit of all... Good luck...
Don't know what a gap year is? That's cool - make sure you read 'What is a Gap Year?' to find out exactly what it is.
Inspired to do something different? Read our article on 'Things to Do Before You Die'
Also, if you've got any questions then make sure you jump onto the message boards! Our gappers will always help out with anything and everything!
About the Author: Macca Sherifi
Macca is gapyear.com's travel editor and writes on a myriad of topics, giving the best travel advice in an easy-to-read style that he would describe as 'cutesy'. His two passions are travelling and writing, which is lucky, because he's a travel writer. Macca travelled for 20 months non-stop, never settling in one place for more than a week or two, living to travel and travelling to live. In his spare time, he reads about travelling, thinks about travelling, and then travels. If that fails he still harbours hopes of being a professional rugby player...
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