We have the luxury of time, lots of time, exactly 18 months (547 days) still to plan and research for our round-the-world trip. The process to develop a well-planned itinerary, a reasonable budget, and a wish list of activities and sights to see should be easy, right?
The day I received approval for my one-year leave from work, I visited the library looking for some destination research material. On the library’s discard table were tons of travel books; Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Rough Travel Guides and other travel guide books for sale.
An “it’s meant to be!” moment.
I grabbed a stack of them; Central Asia, Italy, Nepal, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, South America, and Bali among others. These guides are not the latest editions but at $1.00 each, I can mark them up all I want, and learn about the major sites, architectural gems, and other highlights that don’t change that much over time. This reading material keeps me absorbed for hours.
Excitedly I’m also reading travel blogs. I’m particularly drawn to blogging couples who start out on one-year journeys and are still going strong; a never-ending voyage to endless corners of this great big globe: why stop after one year?
There are so many inspirational and informative sites to follow, but the problem is as I read one great post after another, I get side tracked with links to other great blogs. Skipping from link to link takes me from one topic to another, to all sorts of potential destinations, must see site, etc…you see my problem?
“I’m all over the map!”
As of now, we’ve broad stroked the tentative itinerary to South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia.
So next we need a plan of attack. Should we target our research on one or two specific country per week for the next year, or focus on lists; best festivals and events, great mountain hikes, delicious unusual food, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or customs and traditions to experience on our travels?
Only then will we be able to narrow down our route.
Working out the required visa and permits, booking transportation and accommodations are logistics which can wait…for now it’s still the dreaming stage.
Tell us, how did you approach your RTW trip planning?