Plan Your Own Round the World

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, take a bus, drive, ride a bicycle, walk or use some other mode of transportation.

At this point, you’re still in the dreaming stage, but now it’s time to start putting action to the dream. You still have a lot of planning to do, but now it’s more concrete. You need to decide how long it will take you to save enough money for your trip and start doing it.

When you get within a year of your trip, start planning for the things at home. Will you quit your job, or take a leave of absence? What do you need to do with your home? Do you have pets, kids or assets that you have to take care of? You are planning for an extended absence from home.

At about nine months from the beginning of your trip, it’s time to make sure your paperwork is in order. Make sure your passport is current and won’t expire while you’re out of country. Get any immunizations. Get a physical, dental exam and eye exam. Purchase trip insurance. Begin making reservations. By this time, it’s going to be getting more real-you’re turning your dream into a reality.