Initially, I had intended to leave England to travel the world in March 2013. My contract at my current job ends on February 28th, so I decided I would work until then and set off a couple of weeks later. Since then though, things have changed.
At the beginning of November I went for a drink after work and ended up chatting to the Dean of our school, the upshot of which turned out to be an offer of a new six month contract handling digital communications and social media (the important lesson to take away from this I think, is that good things come from hanging out in bars).
Obviously, the downside of this is that I have delayed my trip until the beginning of September. This was not an easy decision; I am desperate to go. I have been living at home for a year, giving all my money to creditors and waiting for the rain to stop. Which it hasn’t. I am impatient and anxious to get on the road, I want to be off having adventures in the sunshine not sat behind a desk for another six months.
I am not cut out for a full time job. My brain doesn’t function in the mornings and my optimum working time is about 2 in the morning. Some days my brain doesn’t function at all and it would be better for everyone involved if I just did something else. In the immortal words of Jessa in Girls, “You know what the weirdest part about having a job is? You have to be there everyday, even on the days you don’t feel like it”.
However, I have been given a great opportunity to gain experience in an area that I am actually interested in and enjoy, and more importantly I will be able to save a lot more money than I thought I was going to have.
Having moved home at the beginning of last year, I have been working hard to pay off debts so that I can save with a clean slate. Because of this, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to save a huge amount of money and had decided to start my trip teaching English in South Korea or Japan, meaning I would be in a new country but still earning. Now, I should be able to set off in September and travel freely wherever I want to go… which is actually incredibly exciting.
So – I have some serious planning to do. And here’s the thing, I have NO IDEA where to start! I want to go everywhere and I need to try and link the places I choose in a discernible route like a giant game of join the dots. To get me started I’ve compiled a list of resources on how to start planning from some RTW travel planning experts – you might find these helpful if you’re planning your trip too!
How to Travel in 2013: A Guide – Steph at 20-something travel rounds up her top tips for getting started and travelling in 2013
How I Saved $13,000 for Travel in Just Seven Months – Adventurous Kate offers inspiration and ideas on how to save for travel
Planning Your Round the World Trip – The lovely people over at BootsnAll have very kindly compiled all their travel planning articles and tips into one invaluable ‘7 steps’ resource
The Best Laid Un-Plans – Hannah at Further Bound takes the approach of stepping back and avoiding planning panic
How to Plan a Round the World Trip – Lonely Planet covers the basic starting points and practicalities of trip planning
How do you tackle trip planning? Share your tips in the comments!