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1. Posted by olivierver (Budding Member 4 posts) 38w

Hello!

I'm new on this forum. I'm a student and when I graduate, I'm going on a world trip. I'm going alone and I would like to now if you have some tips or things for me to prepare myself. I'm thinking of leaving for 1 year or maybe longer.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 38w

I think the most important lesson I learned from first travelling for 2+ years is that there's just no way you can "plan" something like that. It's useful to have a rough itinerary - "first this region, then that region; avoid this other region in month X because of the weather or national event" ; maybe some specific dates for flights (as long as those can be changed easily), and a list of highlights that you'd like to see along the road. (That'll help you with gouging how long to spend everywhere, relative to each other.)

But beyond that, the specific details for where to stay for how long, how to get from place to place, etc - those are things which you'll work out while on the road, usually a few days to a few weeks in advance.
That means you also need to give yourself enough time everywhere to spend on planning the next few weeks. In general, pacing of long term travel should be much slower than for short trips. Besides needing that time for planning, you also need time to recover from and assimilate all the experiences you've had. You need downtime, alone time, time to just sit there with a book and a cup of tea and reminisce. And taking that time has the innate benefit that you'll also get to know the places where you are much more thoroughly. You'll get to know the various aisles at the supermarket, and find a favorite cafe and a favorite bench at the park, or by the river, or wherever. You'll meet people Every place you spend a week or two at, will be a place that will feel a little bit like home if you return to it years later.

3. Posted by olivierver (Budding Member 4 posts) 38w

First of all, thanks for the reply!
I wasn't really going to plan my travel time from day to day but like you said, it's good to know what regions you want to do etc.

If you know a site or books or somethings like that, feel free to share it with mee I love to read about travellers and to discover new places I never heard of.
Thanks!
Olivier

4. Posted by chris.griz (Budding Member 4 posts) 38w

Hey Oliver,

I have recently just booked my travelling, hopefully for a few years.

I have booked everything through STA travel. Their Travel Experts are insane, and the one I used, the only continent he hadn't been on was Antarctic, so he knew every single place that I wanted to go, things I wanted to see. I would strongly recommend using a company as big as this to even assist you with where you'd like to go.

Cheers
Chris

5. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 498 posts) 38w

Sander has some excellent suggestions. To that I would add the importance of flexibility and spontaneity, which can result in memorable experiences.

The Travellerspoint.com mapping tool is useful in plotting an itinerary. For ideas on where to go, check the itineraries of travel companies that appeal to you. You may want to join one of their tours, or travel independently. Many routes are well traveled, so getting around isn’t too difficult. There’s no shame in joining a tour, whether it’s for a day trip or longer. Sometimes a tour is more convenient, perhaps less expensive than doing it on your own; and perhaps safer.

If you’re going off the beaten path, check the Travellerspoint Travel Guide. I’ve contributed to it for places such as Timor-Leste (East Timor), Papua New Guinea, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. Wikitravel also is useful, through some information might be dated: http://wikitravel.org/en/Main_Page. Check YouTube for videos of places you plan to visit. For example, I recently checked videos on crossing the border between Brazil and French Guiana.

TripAdvisor also is helpful, with travelers posting information about places they just visited, http://www.tripadvisor.com/. For example, someone on the Travellerspoint Forum yesterday asked for directions on how to get to Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen volcano. TripAdvisor’s “Ijen Crater” reviews had updated information.

Before traveling, consult your country’s foreign ministry Web site for information on entrance requirements for the countries you plan to visit. The requirements change, so it’s important to keep up-to-date. For example, Senegal last year lifted visa requirements for citizens of the U.S. and other nations. Some countries have restrictive requirements, such as proof of yellow fever vaccination, proof of onward travel arrangements, etc. And some require visas to be obtained in advance in the traveler’s home country.

As an American, I register with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Program, which alerts me to safety conditions in the countries I plan to visit. For example, I once was alerted to a nationwide transportation strike in Bolivia; and a coup in Burkina Faso. http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

Maintaining health is important, so it’s best to check your country’s health ministry’s Web site for travel health advice. Perhaps the most comprehensive is that of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has global operations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel. It tells me where I need to take an antimalarial.

Weather also is important. For example, you don’t want to travel in much of West Africa during the wet season, when many roads are impassable. One Web site that can give that information is http://www.climatemps.com/. There are other sites that can provide daily and weekly forecasts, including http://www.yr.no/.

Want information on airfares? Check out https://www.google.com/flights/,
http://www.kayak.com/explore/
http://www.skyscanner.com/

Want to know the reliability of flights around the world? Check out http://www.flightradar24.com/60,15/6. Go to its flights history tab. Also, http://flightaware.com/

For currency conversion: http://www.xe.com/

For time changes: http://www.timeanddate.com/

For economic information on the countries you plan to visit, including per-capita income: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.PCAP.CD

For information on demographics, literacy, etc.: http://en.unesco.org/countries

There are lots of other useful Web sites.

It’s important not to be bogged down by the wealth of information available. Get a general idea of what’s necessary before you go (such as visas). Then access information as you travel; always keeping one step ahead as Sander advises. You can do it with the help of a smartphone, laptop or tablet. I carry a 13” laptop, which I use to keep a budget and diary; and transfer photos to a portable hard drive (I take thousands of photos on trips).

You’ll also need to think of how to carry your money; and access it overseas. If you’re using credit or debit cards, Visa is accepted in more places than MasterCard. A money belt is the safest way to carry cash. But never access it in public. Always anticipate your cash needs for the day; and have it available in a secure pocket, or two.

Figure out a way to protect your passport, your most valuable possession. No passport, no travel. In some countries, such as India, you will need it to check in to accommodations. Protect it from moisture. A rain soaked passport could deny you entry into some countries, such as China. I place my passport into a plastic bag, which then goes into a pouch in a secured pocket, or into a money belt.

It’s important to travel lightly, giving you flexibility. I like quick-dry clothes (three changes is all I need). Sometimes I take technical wool shirts, particularly if I know the opportunity to bathe will be limited (wool does not smell). Socks are important as shoes, as they provide cushioning, especially if you’re on your feet for hours. I prefer wool socks over cotton. Flip-flops are a necessity. But don’t hike in them. You need to protect your feet. Injure them; and travel can be unpleasant. I learned that lesson on my first trip, when I broke one of my toes riding on a moped with flip-flops.

No need to take a coat for your year-long trip. But take a fleece and raincoat. Layering will help. You can buy things along the way as needed.

Bring an LED flashlight, preferably with a lanyard.

As mentioned at the beginning, flexibility and spontaneity are important, as is a positive outlook. Make the most of every situation. As I’ve said in my Travellerspoint.com profile, “Travel is a voyage of discovery; about yourself, about others. It’s caring and sharing.” The latter might not seem apparent, but it’s opened doors for me in many ways, including lifelong friendships.

Hope this helps. Happy trails!

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Jan-2016, at 08:30 by berner256 ]

6. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 498 posts) 38w

One more thing. Sometimes the Facebook pages of travelers can give you an idea of what to expect as you make your way around the world. This is an example: https://www.facebook.com/Once-Upon-a-Saga-320287321444752/

Torbjorn Pedersen is now in Cameroon, where I plan to travel. His experiences in Central Africa are similar to the experiences I've had in West Africa and elsewhere.

7. Posted by olivierver (Budding Member 4 posts) 38w

Thanks for all the tips and help! It's all very usefull!

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