What to consider before you decide to jet off
I’m sure at some point most people have gazed through a travel brochure and thought about traveling to some far flung destination after a stressful week at work, but is it just a dream?
WHY?: Too many people rush in to traveling and go because their other half or their best mate is going or worse still they've split from their other half and are rushing off to foreign climes to get away from it all. You have to stop and think about it, because rushing off to unfamiliar territory an emotional wreck is NOT a good idea.
Think about your favourite stuff at home that you can't take with you, i.e. people, pets, food etc. and ask yourself seriously can you live without them for a year or so? Can you cope with roughing/winging it when things don't go plan?
I have a genuine sense of adventure, love of nature, extreme sports, photography etc. and so traveling has always been something I'd wanted to do.
WHO WITH?: Once you have decided that you are going to go you have to decide Who with? as this may answer the Where? and When? questions. Being on the road with someone 24/7 is a lot different from Small-talk, so make sure you have the similar ideas of what you want from the trip and that they are OK to go off and do there own thing when you have a difference of opinion.
I have decided to fly solo on this trip as the timing is right for me but doesn't particularly suit the people who I might've asked to go. Another reason for this is that I often go with the flow and end up not doing what I wanted to do in the first place in order to make sure everyone else is happy, so this way if there's a screw-up its all on my head.
WHERE?: Chances are you've already got some ideas. Try to stick to these as much as you can, you don't want to regret not going. Read as much as you can about each country. You may find that in reality its nothing like the glossy picture in the brochure. If you read horror stories try to quantify these, are they 1 in 10,000 or 1 in 10? Remember above all else, most people are good people, RIGHT???
I've got a Round the World ticket which covers the main areas I want to go to, an then its overland/sea by whichever means suits to get to where I want to go.
WHEN?: When you've got the money to cover every where you want to see. Have a think about what weather you want to have in each country and this may determine which way you go. Check out some festival and local events in each of the countries too.
Being Scottish its Shorts and T-shirt weather as long as its above freezing....
In terms of planning time, you probably want 6months or so, but the majority of the must do's start in the 8weeks leading up to departure. E.g. allow 8weeks for vaccinations as your medical practice nurse may not know immediately whats needed for where and some vaccinations are given over 4-6weeks courses.
Crank this on when planning: