By Ronnie Clark
For many people, setting off on a round-the-world trip is a pretty daunting prospect. There are bound to be a few concerns about taking a break from the norm and stepping into the unknown.
However, when I first embarked on a trip away from home, I soon realised there was not much to be concerned about. In some respects all you need is a passport, money and a few clothes. Even so, I felt I could fully enjoy my time travelling thanks to a bit of planning and plenty of research.
From all-inclusive holidays to cheap backpacking adventures, there are various ways to enjoy a year-long round-the-world trip. So here are some tips and advice on the best ways to go about it.
When I finally decided to up sticks and leave the daily routine behind, my first port of call was a travel agent. Rather that visiting your typical high street retailer, it is advisable to seek the advice of student-orientated travel agents.
I found these organisations incredibly useful, as the staff have usually been on similar trips and have a great deal of advice to share. They will know how to get the best deals and what you should be looking out for.
Usually, these operators can offer discounts for multiple flight tickets and if you’re under the age of 26. In several instances, these organisations can also provide insurance too.
It is also a good idea to contact a tour operator or gap year experience company. Offering tailor-made trips to numerous worldwide regions, these companies know exactly what travellers want.
My first tour experience was travelling around Southeast Asia, taking in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Without question, this was the best month of my life. While these experiences are a bit pricier than going it alone, all your accommodation, transport and a number of meals are taken care of.
When you reach a certain destination, the tour guide will tell you what activities are available, where to eat and drink as well as what areas to avoid. This enables you to fully immerse yourself in a country and culture without a care in the world.
For any first-timer interested in a round-the-world trip, I highly recommend travelling up the coast of Vietnam, discovering Australia’s Great Ocean Road, relaxing on the island paradise of Fiji and sightseeing in New York’s magnificent metropolis.
About the Author
Ronny Clarke is a consumed traveller who in a previous life also used to run a small charter airline in India. He now enjoys the perks of a quieter life and blogs from his house in Sussex.