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Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of things that go into planning a RTW trip. Once you actually make that decision to go, the feeling can be overwhelming. Most people who have never traveled long term before have absolutely no idea how or where to start. Luckily for you, we here at BootsnAll have put together the most comprehensive RTW travel guide around. We’ll walk you through each step of planning a trip of this magnitude, and when you’re finished, you’ll be have all the knowledge and tools necessary to take off on your epic adventure around the globe.

We have two sections here to help you out. First, the frequently asked questions linked below will give you the short answers of how to put together an around the world trip. This is for all you scanners. You know who you are. You don’t necessarily like to read every single word, and you prefer to skip around from question to question and topic to topic. If this is you, then check out the following FAQ’s. Start with the first one, and the red button at the bottom of each page takes you to the next step, until the chain goes all the way around to the final planning steps. If you like more in depth information, be sure to check out the longer articles on the same topics. No matter what type of planner you are, we’ve got you covered. So start reading, planning, and getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime – a RTW trip!

Getting started

Why go round the world, should you go alone, and other topics to help you in the initial planning stages.

Where Do I Begin?

Where to go? How much do you need? Find out where to begin when planning your RTW trip.

How much will it cost?

Here’s how to figure out costs and plan your budget.

Saving Money For Your RTW

Money saving tips to get you on the road as quickly as possible.

Working on the Road

Some things about working while on the road – teaching, bartending, or working at hostels.

Location Independent Professionals

Take your job with you when you travel.

RTW Airfare vs. Buy as You Go

Information about your biggest expense – airfare. Find out the pros and cons of RTW flights vs. buying as you travel.

Overland Transport

Find out all you need to know about traveling overland.

How Overland Travel Differs Between Regions

Information about the differences in overland transport around the world, including a separate FAQ for each region around the world.

Accommodation: hotels/hostels/camping

Hostels, hotels, camping, and tips for getting deals on the road.


Information about getting shots/jabs, travel insurance, eating well, being sick, prescriptions, birth control, and exercise on the road.


What shots to get, how to decide, and where to get them.

Travel Insurance

All you need to know about travel insurance and the various options you have.

Packing-How to Choose Clothes for a RTW Trip

Backpacks, what type of clothes to bring, where to find them, and a man and woman’s packing list.

Cameras, iPods & Other Gadgets

Should you bring an iPod, camera, or video camera, as well as tips on photo storage and other useful items.

Laptops and Cell Phones

Laptops, cell phones, Wi-Fi, and internet cafes.

What to do with your Stuff

You probably have a lot of stuff. Find out what to do with it while you’re gone.

All Things Money

Advice on dealing with bills, using travelers checks, debit and credit cards, cash, and keeping your valuables safe.

Planning Your Route

Some things about your route like seasons, holidays, expensive regions, visas, volunteering, guidebooks, and languages.

On the Road

Laundry advice as well as tips for dealing with road fatigue.

Coming home

A brief and depressing discussion on planning for your return to society at large.

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