How to Travel Around the World

My heart pattered with fear when I touched down in Sydney way back in 2008. That was the first day of my first year-long around the world trip. With little information online about long-term travel back then, this website documented my trip, and also shared all the practical details of world travel. Twelve years later, this is still the single most comprehensive resource online about long-term and around the world travel.

Do you plan to travel around the world?

If so, use the detailed resources below to suss out all the nitty gritty details about planning world travel. Below you’ll find answers every single reader question I’ve fielded over the years, and also everything I’ve figured out through trial and error (an FAQ page houses the more niche reader questions about planning world travel). Although I traveled solo around the world for the bulk of my RTW trips, since then I’ve traveled and volunteered with friends, family, and even my tween-aged nieces and nephews—and I’ve even compiled resources from my decade+ of working from the road.

Planning a trip around the world can seem overwhelming. From deciding if world travel is right for you to packing for a year to budgeting for your trip—below I share every hard-learned lesson with you.

advice for travel dreamers

Is a life of world travel right for you?

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

Budget for World Travel

Afford a life of 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 world travel, specifically.

practical planning advice for long-term travelers.

Planning an around the world trip spanning months or years is a very different beast than a short trip. Here’s what you need to know from my 10+ years of peripatetic wanders.

How to research and book your around the world trip.

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 for long-term travel.

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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A one-year budget breakdown of costs to travel the world