“If everyone waited to become an expert before starting, no one would become an expert. To become an expert, you must have experience. To get experience, you must experiment! Stop waiting. Start doing.” ―Richie Norton
th this idea of world travel brewing in my head all I can think of is- where, when and more importantly how! And in-between these continuous moments of excitement are flare-ups of self-reflection; ones that can best be described as half-assed attempts at answering the biggest question of all—why?
I have no starting point, no plan, and no sense of direction all I’m grasping onto is a feeling—an undeniable desire to see and experience the world first hand– and so, that’s really all I have to go by and also where it all begins. So in the end despite how much I contemplate it the answer remains the same—WHY NOT!
In all honesty, I am completely unqualified to organize a trip of this magnitude as I’ve only been on a handful of trips in my lifetime; never completely alone, all to places that speak my primary language, and all for no longer than 10 days. But what I lack in knowledge and experience I make up for in tenacity and willingness to learn.
I’ve now put in hours upon hours of time into researching how to go about making my dream of embarking on an around-the-world adventure a reality, and what I have found to be the hardest part of my research has been the fact that these sort or trips are very personal, they depend on many factors that are pertinent only to ourselves.
- What is your travel style?
- How long will your RTW trip last?
- How much money will it cost?
- What countries will you visit?
All vital questions; however, if you, like me, are in the early pre-planning stages these are all still very much unknown. So in order to avoid confusion I somewhere reverse-engineered the situation. I started off with what I do know rather than the things I had no answers to and I worked my way up from there. In doing so I’ve been able to setup preliminary goals for myself that I hope will help set the wheels in motion for the adventure that lies ahead.
- I know I wanted to get more ‘bang for my buck’ and the only way I really knew how to do this is to travel slowly so—I set my estimated trip duration at 12 months.
- I know I don’t want to rely on someone else so—I plan on embarking on this trip as a solo traveler.
- I know that many before me have been successful on a budget of $50 per day without completely limiting themselves so— I plan on saving up enough (approximately $19K) to get me through the entirety of my trip. I also want to have all my debts (approximately $12K) paid off before departing. Unfortunately sans trust fund, rich parents, or a high paying job this is going to take some time so—I set my goal departure date for May 23, 2018–my 30th birthday, and just under two years.
- I know that my current employer will not allow me to take a yearlong sabbatical which means I’ll have to quit my job before embarking on this trip so—I’d like to find a way to supplement a portion of my income while on the road.
I may not know which way I’m headed or what my final destination will be but little by little I am on my way. As I continue to grow so does my ambition.