BootsnAll’s Top 10 Round The World Wednesday Articles From 2011

Over the past year, we have seen a renewed focus behind what helped start BootsnAll as a company – extended, RTW travel. Back in April, we launched the weekly series that you’re reading now, dubbed Round the World Wednesdays, where we focus on everything there is to know about extended, RTW travel. We have also been working hard over these past few months to revamp, update, and add content to our massive RTW travel section.

In addition to these exciting new additions, we want to continue to build our community of like-minded people and make connections with other indie travelers. That’s why we’ve launched the new Round the World Traveler Profiles. We want to build a massive database of long-term travelers willing to share their experiences with other BootsnAll readers. If you want to fill one out, comment below and we’ll tell you how. We also have a newsletter, new Facebook fan page and Twitter handle all devoted to round the world travel, so be sure sign up, like us, and follow us for even more RTW travel info.

Because of this new focus on RTW travel, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at our most popular articles having to do with extended, round the world travel. We looked at the numbers and chose the top 10 most popular articles and broke them down according to 5 of the most important aspects of traveling around the world:

Inspiration

The first step to taking a RTW trip is to realize that it’s possible. We need to get over those mental barriers that prevent many from thinking that an extended trip around the world can be done. Here are the most popular articles from the last year that should hopefully inspire you to hit the road.

11 Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Your Round the World Trip
The very first RTW Wednesday article was actually one of our most popular articles of the year having to do with any subject. The author breaks it down in a way that makes it seem like it would be a great idea to leave your job, sell your stuff, and head out on the open road.

>>Read 11 Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Your Round the World Trip

10 Round the World Travel Myths Debunked
There are tons of myths that prevent travel-lovers from taking that next step from one or two week vacations to a multi-month or year-long trip. It’s scary, it may seem impossible, and you will most certainly hear from detractors, but the author has an answer for every excuse you may have.

>>Read 10 Round the World Travel Myths Debunked

>>For more articles that will inspire you to hit the road, check these out:

 

Budgeting

Once you decide that a RTW trip is for you, most travelers turn their minds to the budget. Your budget will determine where you can go, how long you can travel, and how you will be traveling. The most important thing to remember about your budget is that you need to do what’s right for you. Everyone travels differently – some can get by on a paltry amount, while others like to splurge on nice meals and accommodations from time to time.

How Much Money Do You Really Need to Travel?
This article offers a very practical breakdown of what you need to think about when planning out your RTW budget. From realizing that you don’t need to be rich to travel the world, to figuring out how much it costs to take a trip like this, to offering tips like where to go, you’ll get all the advice you need and then some to start feeling comfortable crafting your budget.

>>Read How Much Money Do You Really Need to Travel?

Round the World Travel Budgets Revealed: The Real Costs of 11 Real Trips
For this article, the author interviewed 10 travelers who have been on RTW trips and got all their budgeting information. Some numbers may scare you a bit while others will make you realize that this whole RTW travel thing is a possibility. Since there was so much interest in this one, we plan on doing a follow-up article breaking down even more budgets after the New Year. If you want to participate, comment below.

>>Read Round the World Travel Budgets Revealed: The Real Costs of 11 Real Trips

>>For more articles that can help with your budgeting needs, be sure to read:

 

Planning

Once the budget starts to take shape, it’s all about planning. Where are you going to go? How are you going to decide where to go? What are you going to pack? Are you going to buy a RTW plane ticket or point to point? All are things you’ll have to decide during the planning phase of your trip. The following articles will help get you on your way.

The Ultimate Guide to Packing for a RTW Trip
One of the questions I get most when talking about traveling around the world revolves around packing. First time RTW travelers just can’t wrap their heads around the idea of packing for a multi-month or year-long trip, and I was no different before ours. The author breaks down everything you’ll need to consider, including the exact clothes that he and his wife brought on their trip. He even offers a downloadable men’s and women’s packing list to get you started.

>>Read The Ultimate Guide to Packing for a RTW Trip

Planning Your RTW Trip – Overplanning vs. Spontaneity
Planning where to go, what to see, how fast to move, and making the decision on whether to buy a RTW plane ticket or point to point tickets is all part of the process. There are pros and cons to every decision you make, and there’s no one right way to do this. The important thing to remember is doing what’s right for you.

>>Read Planning Your RTW Trip – Overplanning vs. Spontaneity

>>For more articles on the planning aspect of RTW travel, be sure to check out:





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