What is involved with planning a trip around the world?

pexels-photo-269724.jpegA whole ton of stuff!

First up is money (decide what your budget is) and then time (how long can you be away from home?). After that, start doing your research! You also need the motivation to make the trip happen!

Once you really get started, you will need to tackle this list:

-Decide on your Round the World ticket provider (we are using Star Alliance)
 http://www.staralliance.com/en/round-the-world
-Choose if you want to travel West to East or East to West
-Think about the weather in different locations
-Figure out the logistics of getting from country to country as well as various cities       within the same country
-Make reservations for trains and flights
-Make hotel reservations or other housing
-Get immunizations
-Check the Center for Disease Control & Prevention website:
 https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
-Check individual countries for travel warnings:
 https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html
-Visit your doctor for travel meds (antibiotics, anti-nausea, malaria etc.)
-Apply for foreign visas
-Make sure that your passport is good for at least 6 months after your final travel date
-Get travel insurance
-Check on your international medical coverage
-Take pictures of your passport and other important documents. Travel with them in  case yours are lost or stolen.  Leave a copy of your itinerary and important   documents at home or with a trusted friend or family member -bring 2 extra copies of a passport photo for visas upon arrival
-Put your mail on hold
-Ask your awesome friends and neighbors to check on your house (thank you!)
-Clean out the fridge and pantry
-Clean your house
-Make sure that it looks like someone is still living at your house (put lights on timers, consider having a landscaper clean up your yard)
-Pay all of your bills
-Turn off the gas
-Turn down the water heater
-Put all of your travel plans into an online travel itinerary like TripIt
https://www.tripit.com

-Pack!
-Plan more and then go over your plan again!

How did we come up with this crazy idea to travel Around the World?

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It started small!

The idea for our trip of 10 countries in 100 days actually started as a much smaller idea for our next adventure. My husband and I were talking, over cocktails, (which is how all of our travel planning gets started!) and we were discussing where we wanted to go in 2018.

We have been going on an international trip almost every year for the last few years and loving it so we knew we wanted to go somewhere!

He said he wanted to go to SE Asia. I said that I would love to end up in Spain for our 20th wedding anniversary. And even though we wanted a predominately warm vacation, we agreed that we should return to New Zealand (during what would be their fall season) to tour the South Island. We also decided that if we were going to be in New Zealand, then we would only be a hop, skip and a jump from seeing my cousin and his family in Australia…and so on and so on and so on!

Well, next thing you know, we were ordering tons of travel books and mapping out possible routes around the world. I am an equal opportunity travel book lover! I don’t discriminate. I love DK Eyewitness Insider for their beautiful pictures. I love Rick Steves for his history and “best of” information. I love Lonely Planet even though I am not a young backpacker-it has great tips. I also love Foder’s and National Geographic.

We also ordered a couple of big, beautiful coffee table books filled with amazing pictures to inspire us. I really liked National Geographic Worlds Best Travel Experiences  and Lonely Planet The Travel Book . Another fun and popular book is Atlas Obscura -if you are looking for strange and different things to see all over the world, this book might just be for you!

 

We kept thinking maybe this was a really crazy idea but then we just kept coming back to the fact that the timing in our lives was actually perfect for a trip like this. So we went for it!

After a few months of talking and reading books and blogs and travel forums, we had a pretty good idea of our plan. Now we just needed to put our destinations into the Star Alliance Round the World website and see what happened. (we did look at a few other airline Round the World plans but Star Alliance ended up being the best match for what we wanted to do.) It took a few weeks of planning and reworking our itinerary to coordinate the locations that we wanted. We played around with dates and figured out how much time we wanted to spend in each location.

So, after multiple tries of mapping out our route, we had our plan! Holy smokes! Our crazy idea was becoming a reality!