Travelling around the world is an adventure of a lifetime and your wait is nearly over. While this is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do, it also requires a lot of planning. From organising visas and vaccinations to putting your belongings into storage, there is a whole host of prep work to be done. To help you get started, we have rounded up some of the most important things you will need to do before embarking on your round-the-world adventure.
Plan an itinerary
Whether you’re someone who follows a strict schedule or prefers to go with the flow, it’s always useful to have an itinerary when you travel. While it’s important to have a flexible schedule for those moments of spontaneity, planning some kind of itinerary will help you make the most of your time away. Do some research and jot down a few destinations in each country, noting any activities you wouldn’t want to miss along the way. This will give you a better sense of direction and help you gain lots of useful insight into the places you will be visiting.
Decide what to pack
When embarking on an around the world trip, you will need a comfortable backpack and a pair of good quality hiking boots. Aside from your phone and passport, everything else can be purchased along the way. If your itinerary includes some big multi-day hikes, you’ll also want to pack lightly. A few suitable clothes and underwear is all you’ll need. In most countries, you’ll be able to buy clothing at bargain prices. You may also want to put together a first aid kit as well as some home comforts like tea bags, sweets, and your favourite crisps.
Arrange visas and vaccinations
Once you know where you will be travelling to, call up your GP and find out which vaccinations you need. Many vaccinations have to be completed within a particular time frame so be sure to book them in advance. The same rule applies to visas. Do your research and set aside the time and money to submit your applications.
Find somewhere to store your belongings
Seeing as you are packing lightly, you probably have a lot of things you will need to store while you’re away. A local storage company is the best way to keep all of your possessions safe. Offering an affordable service, these companies allow you to store items for long periods of time. This way, you can go travelling safe in the knowledge that everything will be kept intact for your return.
Say your goodbyes
Probably the most difficult part of an around the world trip is saying goodbye to friends and family. The final few weeks before you leave will be very hectic so make sure that you leave enough time to meet up with everyone. Throw a farewell party or get together and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones before leaving.