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How to plan your round the world trip

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

So, you’ve caught the bug. Maybe it started as a sniffle while you were reading a book.
Perhaps it developed into a bit of a head cold whenever you spoke to
other travelers. Possibly, it bloomed into a full-on case while you
were studying abroad or traveling overseas. Whatever the reason or
cause, you’ve caught the travel bug, and now it’s time to do something
about it. What better way to “cure” yourself than by taking an extended
trip around the world?

An around the world
journey is an amazing opportunity to learn, change and grow. Anyone can
go around the world, from young adults to senior citizens to parents
with their children in tow. All it takes is a little bit of planning,
an open mind and a passion for travel.

  • Sign up for BootsnAll’s Round-the-World Ticket Watch newsletter.
    RTW travel is one of our specialties, and this newsletter brings you
    ticket specials, possible itineraries and stories of inspiration from
    people who have not only been there, but who prove you can do it too.
    It’s never too early to start looking at tickets.
  • Start Saving.

    Our comprehensive article on budgeting will provide you with tips on how to stockpile the cash — and make it last once you’re on the road.
  • Pick your route and figure out how you want to get there.
    Only you can figure out where you want to go. This doesn’t mean that you need to lay out a day-by-day itinerary, but you should have an idea of what airports you want to land in. Here is a place to start: Destinations. Decide if you want to buy all your tickets up front, or as you go. Here is a comparison between the two. Use the BootsnAll TripPlanner to start building an itinerary and buy your tickets before you go. Or find a great fare with our special international air tickets, so you can get going and buy more as you need to on the road.
  • Get info.

    The Traveller’s Toolkit and BootsnAll’s vast archives of travel articles – including travel stories, travel guides, travelogues and travel blogs – lets you learn as much about your destinations as you want.
  • Ask questions.
    Talking with the travelers in the BootsnAll Travel Community gives you a way to ask other travelers about anything and everything travel-related. Get answers to your questions, and perhaps even find people to meet up with on the road. Read about how others have done it and you can too!
  • Let us help sort out everything else with your trip.
    If your plans include Europe, check out our deals and offerings for Eurail and BritRail passes – saving you money to help you get around better and enjoy Europe more. Also don’t forget to buy travel insurance, so you can cover your tail and everything else while you’re on the road. If you need hotel or hostel accommodation, or rental cars, we can help you out too.
  • We’ve also put together a checklist of other things you may want/need to take care of before you go, and that may also give you ideas of other preparation bits and pieces involved in an RTW trip. Click here for the checklist.

  • As long as you have a passport and the right frame of mind though, you’re ready to go.
    Got your tickets and know where your first bed is? Great. Are you packed and sorted? Brilliant. Now get out there. The world is where you wanted to travel, so have fun, and we’ll see you when you get back.

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