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1. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Another thread on this forum started a topic of how long it takes to save up to go on a RTW trip and I was interested in seeing that people scrimp and save for years on end to go for a full year trip.

As Michael mentioned in that thread, I was also wondering if it wouldn't be nicer to take it in small doses, save a bit, travel, save some more, travel... that way, you continue being stimulated and enjoying your present life. Of course, it depends from person to person of how they feel about this.

Personally, I would prefer travelling in small doses each year than for months on end, after intervals of many years of hard work. Especially, as I am not sure about planning and saving for months on end for a particular goal as one never knows what might turn up around the corner of next year or even, next month. Also, travelling is a key tool for boosting my energy and interest in work and daily life that I wouldn't want to put it on hold for years.

What about you?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

It is remarkably quiet isn't it Ahila.
But I like to travel the way you mentioned. Since my first trip outside Europe, 6 years ago, I guess I took about 4 to 5 trips a year on average, lasting somewhere between 5 days and 6 weeks. For me, travelling stays interesting and I can live proparly in between travels. It would be severe punishment not to travel for years to save for a major trip and afterwards again not travelling for years. Oh well, every person has it's own preferences, but it's to hear that there are more people besides me who like it this way.

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

True, i'd rather do it in little bits then the whole rtw. And for me small doses allow more time and the luxury of it to explore at will instead of rushing off just so u could be in Panama on the 3rd for the flight to Cali. Also i like the time in between trips to sit down in a quiet corner and reflect upon what you have learnt/done, plus the compilation of various sketches and notes into a halfway decent travel journal, so that when im 80 and can't move, i can look back and know what i did when i was still young...

4. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

If you can do a mega year long RTW, you should do it. Little trips are great, and practically speaking, thats how most people will do the majority of their travelling. But nothing compares to that feeling, one or two days into a RTW trip, - knowing that your what your doing will be your way of life for a whole year (or more) rather than just a holiday. Its really exhillirating.

Only trouble is, since ive got back from mine, Ive found that it makes these short trips seem a little tame in comparison.

5. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

I am planning a few smaller trips in the upcoming years, but after I graduate from college I plan on going on a massive RTW trip for, probably, 2-3 years. I am saving up money now, but I plan on working while I'm away as well in order to fund myself. My reason for doing this trip as opposed to several smaller trips is that I want to have that feeling of limitlessness, an open ended trip. I want to travel until I feel ready to settle down to an extent. Grad school, med school, maybe after the trip. I know that no matter what field I plan on going into someday, I will not have this opportunity of open-endedness ever again, so I plan to seize it and take as much advantage of it as possible. Savvy?

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

It is remarkably quiet isn't it Ahila.
But I like to travel the way you mentioned. Since my first trip outside Europe, 6 years ago, I guess I took about 4 to 5 trips a year on average, lasting somewhere between 5 days and 6 weeks. For me, travelling stays interesting and I can live proparly in between travels. It would be severe punishment not to travel for years to save for a major trip and afterwards again not travelling for years. Oh well, every person has it's own preferences, but it's to hear that there are more people besides me who like it this way.

Im with you Michael - we tend to take around 4 trips a year - we get slated at work & by friends too for always being off on exotic trips - yesterday l was out with friends and they were all so where's next - but we have nothing definate planned - even though l had lined up going to Hong Kong but thats on hold as we are selling houses and buying a proper grown up house!! So l may only get a weekend break away somewhere later in the year. But l got no pity from my friends who would generally only take 1 annual break a year!

7. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 9y

i enjoy taking many trips throughout the year. i love planning trips and i like to have an exciting trip to look forward to. it makes me more motivated at work and it gets me through the week! however, if i had the opportunity, i would love to do a big rtw trip. i backpacked for 2 months around australia, NZ, and fiji and i could have easily traveled for another 5-6 months. unfortunately, in the USA you typically only have a week or 2 weeks vacation time for the whole year! right now i'm getting my master's degree in tesol, so i will have my whole summer free to travel! i can't wait!

8. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

I perfer to do short trips for a week or so but coming from Australia it isn't very practacle. I've done a couple of really big tours of Europe, Asia and the Middle east because it is expensive and hard to get time off work to continuosly do short trips. Sometimes it's better to quit your job and take a year off.
I would love to be living in the UK again where it is so easy (and cheap!) to go to another country for a long weekend.
It seems to be something that a lot of Australians do - finish studying then go to Turkey for ANZAC day then start a tour of the world for a year or so.

9. Posted by Akhilesh (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hiiiiii

can somebody pls tell me approximately how much I need to save for a RTW, and if somebody has posted a link of the route n the expected expenditure...

Thanks:)

10. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Quoting Akhilesh

Hiiiiii

can somebody pls tell me approximately how much I need to save for a RTW, and if somebody has posted a link of the route n the expected expenditure...

Thanks:)

Akhilesh, it is impossible to give you a quote for a RTW trip without knowing:
How long are you going
Do you want hostels or 5 star hotels
How many countries are you visiting, etc, etc???