We were at a party during the holidays and got into a discussion about how few people travel, and in fact, how most of our friends and family had not left their small towns…let alone travel to other parts of the world.
I want to paint a picture of this party for you so that you have some context for this story…
The party took place in a small town high in the Andes of Ecuador. The party took place between Christmas and New Years, but the focus of the party was the first birthday of a local indigenous Indian child whose parents we had met a few weeks earlier. Her extended family was there, as well as 4 other families from N. America and Europe.
Now granted, this group of people is perhaps not typical. Traveling thousands of miles to a small town in Ecuador for fun is not your run-of-the-mill stuff, but I find that we are more comfortable in these surroundings than holed up in the same town.
I began traveling when I was young, my parents took my sisters and I too many states within the U.S., and we traveled to Germany and Thailand as well …
Very few people have the opportunity for a “Round the World Roundup,” that is to travel around the world. Even frequent travelers don’t usually get to circumnavigate the globe-at least not in a way that allows them to enjoy different cultures. If you love to travel, you should consider creating your own personal “Round the World Roundup.”
Traveling around the world is complicated, expensive, time consuming, exciting, adventurous and maybe a little dangerous. Your “Round the World Roundup” will probably take at least several months, and could take several years. Planning it will probably take several years, too.
Planning is the first and most important step in global travel. Get travel guides and maps for every place you want to visit. Learn as much as you can about each area, the culture, the people, and tourist facilities.
Map out a tentative itinerary for yourself. Initially, determine which places you want to visit. Decide how long you want to spend in each place and what you want to do or see there. Check out lodging and local transportation options.
Next, you’ll have to figure out how to get from one place to another. Decide if you will fly, take a train, …
World travel is something that I’m sure most people dream of doing someday. But the sad fact is that the vast majority of people never get out and do it.
Well, the excuses vary, but common ones include: “I don’t have the money”, “I don’t have the time”, “I’m have kids and a house” etc…
The fact is though, excuses are easy, you can always find reasons not to do things. Putting yourself outside of your comfort zone is meant to be uncomfortable, but regret is uncomfortable too you know.
Is not as hard as you think.
These little difficulties are not road blocks, but imaginary hold ups that exist to be overcome.
Taking your kids out of school for a year is a small price to pay for the education that travel brings, and in reality there are few things in your life that you can’t pick up right where you left them.
Holidays are expensive, no doubt – but long term travel is like a normal holiday. The cost of flights stretched over a month or two is a small cost, and accommodation is cheaper in bulk. Many world travellers actually find that coming home is …
Practical Money Saving Tips for World Travel and Cultural Enrichment
Global traveler Susanna Zaraysky is our tour guide through her book “Travel Happy, Budget Low.” The book is written for budget travelers of all ages, beginners and the well-informed.
Prepare to make your dream trip a reality. Read carefully each of the thirteen sections of the book. You will find “Over 200 money saving tips to see the world!” Plan now to update that seldom used passport packed away with your memorabilia. Take to heart the old adage, “Half the fun is in the planning.” Susanna combines her personal experiences, awkward moments, and disillusionment in an effort to enable the reader to learn from her mistakes and avoid these pitfalls.
These personal stories are helpful as they alert you to the possibility of unforeseen disappointments or serious setbacks. I appreciated the invaluable tips pre-trip planning, securing accommodations, handing the money basics, and the reminders and suggestions for seniors.
Susanna included over 160 helpful website resources covering each of the major topics discussed in the guidebook. I learned tricks on getting, packing, going through customs, obtaining passports, suggestions for finding tables on dollar exchange rates, and for converting feet and inches …