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Take a Trip Around the World – 10 Tips

10 Tips to Take a Trip Around the World

1. Where do you want to go? and have round the world airline tickets (rtw) that offer a choice at least 6 different routes for a trip around the world. They can customize it from a choice of at least 80 cities. You could also buy a rtw ticket from an airline alliance for as low as $3,000, e.g. or the cheapest way is just dyi – buy a one-way airline ticket from home and from each subsequent place that you visit.

Trip Around the World

2. Calculate how much money you will need and start a plan on how to amass it or if you have the money already, create a travel spending plan. Rtw travel is not nearly as expensive as most think especially if you spend most of your time in places that are inexpensive and where the dollar is strong.

3. Decide on how much time you want to allot for your trip – shoot for a minimum of 6 months.

Woman making traveling plan

4. Join a hospitality exchange/couch surfing club. Lodging is one of the most expensive expenditures during travel and if you can lodge for free why not try it.

5. Decide if you want to go alone or have a travel companion. Another option, is to have people meet you at different places along the way to share all or part of a destination/region.

couple in town holding a map.

6. Research the places you will be traveling by reading guidebooks, websites and by talking to people who have lived or traveled there. Check the State Department travel advisory for each destination. Join a travel club or meet up group to get tips and inspiration from other seasoned travelers on how they took their trip around the world.

Our #7 Tip to take a Trip Around the World

7. Make sure all of your paperwork/travel preparation are in order, passport, visas, travel insurance, credit/atm cards, medicine/prescriptions, int’l cellphone plan, kindle/reading material/toys and immunization/cards.

8. Decide how to manage the Homefront while you are gone and when you return. Will you have a friend manage your finances? put all bills on autopay? rent out your house/apt? Let go of your apt and put everything in storage? Who will take care of your car? Your dog/cat/yard? Do you have an emergency plan if perchance something goes very wrong?

Trip Around the World

9. Buy the perfect suitcase/backpack and create a 3-climate packing plan. Remember you can buy, give away and mail back things as you take your trip around the world.

10. Get yourself physically fit and strong because a trip around the world is not for the faint of heart.

Round the world travel is a magnificent and magical experience. Since we only get one time on this precious planet, why not see as much of it as you can. Why not sample and savor the wonders of the world and while you are at it, leave a trail of molecules in your wake to wrap around the earth and embrace it.

For more information on how to create and sustain a trip around the world:
Visit – Travel Preparations and

Read “The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World by Edward Hasbrouck

Elaine Lee, | January 9, 2017

meet_elaine11Elaine Lee is a globetrotter and travel journalist. She is the editor of “Go Girl: The Black Woman’s Book of Travel and Adventure”.She has visited 59 countries and made two solo trips around the world. She lives in the San Francisco area and her cyberhome is 



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  1. elaine lee

    special thanks to the staff of this website for inviting me to post a story and to the readers who took time to share comments. be blessed and joyful, elaine lee

    January 22, 2017
  2. Carrington Chambers

    A wonderful to the point planning outline. I think most people will be in good shape if they read this before they plan. I like the writing style and I have heard many good things about this author!!

    January 21, 2017
  3. Rosie Sorenson

    Hey, great article. Makes me want to start planning NOW!

    Thanks, Elaine.

    January 15, 2017
  4. Greg & Marsh

    Often times when we take a trip we consult with Elaine to get the best guidance and recommendations. However we will never forget the time my wife and I were traveling to Paris and Elaine offered us the contact info of a friend of hers. Upon our arrival we contacted him and his wife and they invited us to their home, gave us a first class tour of Paris and provided a “meet and greet” for us to meet their friends, served great tasting French and Tunisian food in addition to live music provided by the host and their friends. All of that food, fun and entertainment was complemented by several bottles of great tasting French wine. WOW…what a trip.
    Thanks Elaine
    Greg and Marsha

    January 12, 2017

    Great suggestions and quite encouraging to take the trip of a lifetime.
    Beverly Mann

    January 12, 2017
  6. Susan Alcorn

    You make this sound totally do-able with your excellent suggestions. I would have thought it was much more expensive; you make it sound workable by making good choices.

    January 11, 2017
  7. Breeze

    Great tips. Makes the thought of actually planning a round the world trip less daunting. Thank you.

    January 11, 2017
  8. Adrienne Robinson

    Great tips! It pays to do your homework! Your list reminded me that Cuba requires proof of medical insurance, however, NOT from an American carrier.

    Attention to details will make or break the pleasure of your travels.

    January 11, 2017
  9. Rochelle Robinson

    This was incredibly helpful, especially for someone who has never traveled outside of the U.S. but has certainly dreamed of it. I feel less intimidated and more inclined to plan for a trip, if not around the world, at least to another part of the world outside of my own! I’d love to leave some molecules behind to wrap and embrace this planet Earth! Thanks, Elaine Lee!

    January 10, 2017
  10. Kenya

    This is great. You make it seem so easy!

    January 10, 2017
  11. Carol

    Great advice and easy to read. The flag logo could include a flag for a major city on every continent.

    January 10, 2017
  12. Carol Canter

    Excellent tips, Elaine Lee — smart, simple and succinct. A great starting point for those of us who want to turn our RTW travel dream into a reality without feeling overwhelmed. Thank you. Every tip is important, but I especially appreciate #8 and #10 as these can be easily overlooked by dreamers starting the planning process.

    January 10, 2017


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