I have never been a planned person, and neither has E. You can ask any of our friends or family and they will most always describe is as spontaneous, adventurous and “they fly by the seat of their pants” (this may be a Kentucky saying? I’m not sure). All that being said, we still managed to plan and prepare for an entire year of travel in just one year! YAY for shocking everyone!
But it wasn’t easy. Every spare moment we were not working or spending time with our loved ones, we were focused on making this trip happen. And now that we are so close to leaving, the questions a-flowin’ in! And we LOVE IT! It warms our heart knowing we may have inspired someone to see the world and experience something new, as you all know we are true believers in learning through experiences and this is why we created this blog and our youtube channel to start with!
Here we go!
This is a general list of resources, considerations and materials we used to figure out how in the world, to travel the world:
One of the best and most passive ways to learn almost anything!
Seriously, E and I are BUSYYYYYYYYYYYYY people. And having the ability to multitask while learning is the bomb! Every commute to work, home, long trips or just 10 minutes to the grocery; while we work out, clean, run, grocery shop- we were listening and learning.
Some of our favorites from iTunes include:
- Extra Pack of Peanuts
- Zero to Travel
- The Budget Minded Traveller
- Amateur Traveler
- World Wanderers
- Location Indie
- Travel Freedom Podcast
- Rick Steves Audio
- TED radio on travel
This may seem obvious, but having a map to just glance up at has been so helpful for logistics and inspiration! Get one on amazon! We have this one
CHECK. THE. WEATHER! You never want to be stuck in a tropical paradise during monsoon season, arrive 2 days later than the beautiful festival weekend, or be stuck in the frigid cold in Beijing with nothing but flip-flops.
Are you a surfer? An avid skier? Although there are places in the world you can do both of these, its good to know what is available where you are going. Think about what you want to get out of the trip, if you’re wanting a cultural experience consider taking a cooking class, if you want to see one of the 7 wonders of the world plan around that. This is a great place to start, you should always know your “why”.
This is huge! The world is a big place and every expense will vary greatly depending on where you go. For example an average meal in Thailand is only $3, where as an average meal in Norway is $50. As you can see, if you are not rolling in extra cash, you have to have a budget. How much can you save up? How long can you go? You can live like a king/queen for a month in Southeast Asia for $1,000 but you will be struggling to make it a week in Australia.
How well can you plan yourself? Trekking the Annapurna Circuit will take way more planning than hiring a guide through Italy. You always want to be prepared enough so you can enjoy your trip.
Allergies? Motion sickness? Physical fitness level? Diabetes?
Regardless of your health, none of this has to be a hinderance, but it is something to be prepared for. In the midst of planning this trip I watched an inspiring video of a man who couldn’t walk be carried around Europe by 7 of his friends to fulfill his dream. Anything is possible guys.
What supplies do you need? If you’re a diabetic like Eric, most of your pack will be medical supplies. But this is okay! We are still going on a year long travel trip with destinations from beaches to high altitude snowy mountains and packing everything he needs. If you may need medical/ diabetic packing check out his post *here*
What do you like?
DON’T BE PRESSURED. Get outside your comfort zone, but just because someone posts awesome pictures of sailing around the world if you get seasick easily it may not be for you. If you enjoy high intensity sports it might not be a good idea to book a 7 day bus tour where you sit for 12 hours a day. Do what inspires and excites you!!
Don’t let anything hold you back from the things you want to do most. There are so many ways to make it possible to travel and so many people out there doing it who are willing to help you, like us!
Where do you want to go? Let us know below!