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Planning a trip around the world

Where to start?
6 years ago, April 2nd 2013 No: 1 Msg: #168385  
I have decided to spend 4-5 months on travelling around the world next year. I haven't decided which countries I want to visit yet, but I want to spend most of my time in Asia and South America. I am a 20 year old Norwegian who have no experience with backpacking, but I've been an exchange student before so I'm not unfamiliar with travelling to new places and adjusting myself to new cultures.

What should you do after you've decided which countries you want to visit? For those of you who have already been on a similar trip: How did you plan the trip? Reply to this

6 years ago, April 3rd 2013 No: 2 Msg: #168454  

Congratulations on your decision!

Only you can decide how much time you want to spend in each location.
Our suggestion is that you select either Asia or South America and move a bit slower. Your cost will be substantially lower if you stay on one continent.

4 to 5 months will go much faster than you can ever imagine.

After you decide which countries you want to travel to you will need to think about transportation. You might want to purchase an airline ticket ( one way or round trip) depending on how much of the trip you want to pre-plan.

You will need to research which countries require a visa and whether you should get them in advance or if it is easy to get them as you enter the country.

We recommend leaving a lot of your decisions open and free flowing so once you are on the road and hear about something you can alter your plan. But-- you have to be comfortable with that kind of traveling.

I'm sure several others will chime in to assist in answering this question.
Reading blogs on travel blog will give you ideas of what those before you have enjoyed and the good thing is the information is current and up to date. We often find the information in travel guides useful but sometimes out dated. Travel bloggers are more than happy to respond to private messages.

You can go on line and find hostels that you may want to stay in.
In 2007, when we left on our 1st around the world trip we only had our first 3 nights in Singapore booked. That worked well for us and we often used the internet to book our future rooms rather than running around once we hit town looking for accommodations but all travelers do it a bit differently.

Singapore was a great city for us to get our travels started.
Since you've done some traveling before you know in each country you will need to think about what the money is called, the exchange rate, you will need to master their public transportation and experiment with the wonders of their foods. It is grand. The key is to hang out long enough in each location that you can meet and talk with some of the locals....even if they are trying to sell you something.

You will make many friends from around the world.

Next you will need to start thinking about what to pack. You will need to determine what is important to you. We have several forum threads that may be helpful to you. I will attach a couple of them for you to look at. You will need to decide whether you take a computer, what kind of camera, hard drive, medications, clothing-- will you need both warm weather and cold weather? One of your most important items will be your shoes. Take good shoes!

Don't forget to stay in contact with friends and family via travel blog and skype. Your parents will need to know you are safe.
We recommend you do a few test blogs so you become comfortable with the web site before you hit the road. We would love, love, love to hear about Norway and we imagine you are an expert. Please blog about your local area over the next few months. That will get you comfortable with downloading the photos and posting.
Let us know if you have any questions.

Budget your money wisely-- it will cost you at least 20%!m(MISSING)ore than you think most times.

You will need to make copies of your ID, passport, health insurance. Keep these separate from the originals.

Time to decide how much cash to take. We generally take little cash. We use credit cards or take cash from ATMs so we aren't walking around with large sums of money.

We are very excited about your trip and can't wait to hear more. As you continue to plan you will have other questions and we are more than happy to help.

Can't wait to read your blogs.

[Edited: 2013 Apr 03 14:52 - D MJ Binkley:42569 ]

[Edited: 2013 Apr 03 14:52 - D MJ Binkley:42569 ]
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6 years ago, April 3rd 2013 No: 3 Msg: #168456  

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Thanks for a well-written and detailed response :-) I will definitely write about Norway before I leave :-) Reply to this

6 years ago, April 3rd 2013 No: 4 Msg: #168470  
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Welcome to Travelblog. Your trip sounds like an amazing adventure.
When planning trips, after the logistics, I start by thinking about what I like to do. Favorite activites (seeing art, outdoor exploration, and historic sites in my case) then lead to interesting places to go. I'll second the suggestion above about reading blogs to get ideas.
Keep in mind that the final list will probably be far longer than the amount of time you'll have (or the available money, for some things). Plan on only seeing a fraction of the sites, in order to spend enough time at each one to fully experience it. You'll enjoy the travel much more that way. Reply to this

6 years ago, May 1st 2013 No: 5 Msg: #169993  

How are your plans going? Do you have any new questions?
Love to hear what you are outlining. Reply to this

6 years ago, May 1st 2013 No: 6 Msg: #170019  

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Hey. I have decided to spend four months in South America and one month in Australia :-) It seems better to focus on a few countries rather than trying to visit as many places as possible, as you and other travelers have suggested.

I also want to learn to speak Spanish :-)

I have been working a lot lately, so I haven't planned that much yet. I've only read a little about visas and vaccination, and I've bought a book about South America.

I'm still a little unsure about where I should start when it comes to the planning. There are so many things to do and so many places to visit. I think I just have to keep reading the book and read blogs, and then make up my mind :-)

Thank you for your help. I appreciate it 😊

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6 years ago, May 1st 2013 No: 7 Msg: #170021  

Great decision!

I think you will enjoy the trip more doing it that way. Reply to this

6 years ago, May 1st 2013 No: 8 Msg: #170028  
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In response to: Msg #170019
For my trip, I made a rough general outline of where and when, and then created a logistics schedule from that. Its enough to handle the big planning items. In particular:
1. Visas: I believe South American visas are easy to get for Europeans, but check this carefully.
2. Vaccinations: These need to be done starting six months in advance. Less than that and they won't be effective by the time you travel
3. Reservations: For the most popular areas and times, these may need to be done a year in advance, although six months is usually sufficient, and many places won't need them at all.
4. Plane tickets: These are a big expense, and the price goes up as the dates get closer. Reply to this

6 years ago, May 2nd 2013 No: 9 Msg: #170045  
South America will be a great trip. I can't speak to the Australia part, but I'm sure it will be just as amazing. One thing that I would recommend as you plan this is to really research transportation between cities. South America doesn't have the extensive train system of Europe and distances are very far. It is deceivingly large.

Roosta is correct about plane tickets. Unless you plan on doing overnight bus trips, flying is the best option. I have done 2 trips within South America which are listed by city if you click the "trips" link in my profile. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Also click on the specific countries and read through the blogs. There have been some truly amazing blogs from there and they are packed with great information. Reply to this

6 years ago, May 2nd 2013 No: 10 Msg: #170057  
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Hi Jaroy maybe you already know nevertheless let me know you that South America is an enormous mass of land and nobody can say when the climate change because in South America climate drastically change between cities. But yes coastal areas are often quite humid, those in higher altitudes can be considerably colder, particularly at night. If you plan to travel in rainy season then it becomes also important to take into consideration what to pack. Reply to this

6 years ago, May 8th 2013 No: 11 Msg: #170332  
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Where are you planning to study Spanish? We came back from Latin America a month ago and can advise on some options as we had gone through process of checking:-)

Guatemala came the cheapest (5$ per h with private teacher) but it could be way out of your planned route. We also believe that Colombians speak nicely and very correctly which is very important when learning:-)

If you are animal lover make sure your rabies vaccine is done as it could be a problem with finding a right place to get one:-)

I also agree with D MJ Binkley in terms of taking good (trekking) shoes...we saw people climbing Machu Picchu in flip-flops and that is not a safe or comfy way to do it haha

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6 years ago, May 28th 2013 No: 12 Msg: #171170  
Wow! that a big plan your are up to...

if you want to go to Asia, Hongkong and Singapore would be a great start. And end your Asian tour with the Philippines. It is an archipelago and you will be able to go to many places on boat or on plane....

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6 years ago, May 31st 2013 No: 13 Msg: #171296  
Hi) and Hm ))) all suggestions as far as I can see are around America, Africa, Australia, nobody suggested Altay, Baykal, Georgia, Armenia Reply to this

6 years ago, May 31st 2013 No: 14 Msg: #171297  
Hi Irina

I visited Atlay and Baykal myself but it was as part of much longer trip than 5 months. When you have 4-5 months like Jarle you have to prioritize, unfortunately. He chose to focus around Asia and SA hence our advice here:-)

[Edited: 2013 Jun 06 01:05 - John and Sylvia:18619 - Spelling!]
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6 years ago, June 13th 2013 No: 15 Msg: #171737  
I think most important to is to organize a trip not to plan a trip as fast you decide where you want to go the plan automatically generates.Plan accordingly with your budget and timings and most important what kind of place you want to visit like it can be religious, adventure Reply to this

6 years ago, June 19th 2013 No: 16 Msg: #171964  
why dont you start travelling from india, it can show you the different cultures that it has.

[Edited: 2013 Jun 19 09:50 - mikejohnson:267103 ]

[Edited: 2013 Jun 19 19:44 - Roosta:95057 - No commercial links on the forums, please. See TOS]
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5 years ago, October 28th 2013 No: 17 Msg: #176641  
Hey Jarle,

Sounds so exciting! I'd love to do a similar tour in South America and Australia! One of my dreams is to go surfing in Australia! 😊
If I were you, I would ask the locals themselves about local tour tips and arrangements. I know a site that could help you -

[Edited: 2013 Oct 29 13:59 - littlewing:163970 ]
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5 years ago, November 6th 2013 No: 18 Msg: #176872  
Many thanks for any well-written in addition to precise result. I most certainly will definitely write about Norway before We keep.
[Edited: 2013 Nov 06 04:23 - tomcruise:277378 ]
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5 years ago, November 19th 2013 No: 19 Msg: #177218  
oh such a good and big plan ........
Don't you want to visit India ?? Reply to this

5 years ago, November 26th 2013 No: 20 Msg: #177394  
Well, once you have decided the countries you want to visit, you need to look for reservations. After that, you need to look for tour operators so that you can visit main attractions of the country in minimum time.
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