How to Travel the World

My heart pattered with fear when I touched down in Sydney way back in 2008. That was the first day of my yearlong round the world trip. With very little information online about long-term travel back then, I set out to document my trip, but also share all the practical details, too. For nearly a decade, I have used this page to share nitty gritty details about planning world travel and working from the road. And while I traveled solo for the bulk of that first year, since then I’ve traveled and volunteered with friends, family, and even my tween-aged nieces and nephews. This page represents my Ultimate World Travel Planning Resources. It answers every single reader question I’ve fielded over the years, and also everything I’ve figured out through trial and error.

Over time, this page grew too large to house all the information in one spot. While you used to be able to sit down with a cup o’ joe and read from top to bottom, once it hit 20,000 words, I broke out the larger topics into their own discussion pages and put the smaller topics on an FAQ page. Either way, you can still spend hours getting lost in the stories, tips, and advice specifically written for those setting out into the world.

Is a life of travel right for you?

advice for travel dreamers

If you’re dreaming of travel and need inspiration, the advice and perspectives in these stories will point you closer down your path toward travel.

Afford a life of travel.

Budget for World Travel

For most people, we can afford those things we prioritize. And while life is never that simple, travel is likely more affordable than you assume. These resources share how to navigate budgeting and all things money and travel.

Plan long-term travel, specifically.

Research and book your trips.


how to find flights and accommodation

Finding the great flight deals (and learning how to use credit cards for travel hacking) can significantly lessen the cost of travel. These resources share my go-to methods for findings flights, accommodation, visas, and things to do in each new place.

Pack the right gear.

Packing advice and tips

I’ve tried out half a dozen backpacks and suitcases, a dozen purses, and I have my electronics bag down to a science. Learn from my years of overpacking with detailed packing, gear, and electronics guides.

Stay healthy and safe.

How to stay healthy on the road

Staying healthy while traveling is an art and a science combined. When you’re traveling in developing regions, it’s just a matter of when you’ll get sick. Be prepared. Here’s how:

Live your best travel life.

Advice for long-term travelers

Life on the road has highs and lows, down days and true life-changing highs. Make your trip memorable with first-hand advice about handling loneliness, navigating like a pro, and finding the transformative travel experiences you seek.


Pick the resources for your travel style.

How to find freelance work and travel the world

I’ve been many types of travelers over the years, in fact, I am all of these at once. I’ve worked remotely for 14+ years, I travel responsibly, and I travel mostly solo (though never truly alone). Select your travel style and you’ll find all of my best resources and tips for that type of traveler. :)

Discover companies I truly love (and recommend).

These are the booking engines, guidebooks, and companies I use every time I’m planning travel.


Let’s Connect

Let me know if you have any other questions or something I can help you with; I am happy to lend an ear or help you find the resources you need to plan your own world travels. I look forward to chatting! :)

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