I'm leaving for my RTW trip this November with my boyfriend. Itinerary is London - Singapore overland Bangkok - overland Vietnam - overland Cambodia - Bangkok - Australia - New Zealand - Fiji - San Fran - New York - London.
Really can't wait to get out there, it's an adventure of a lifetime. BUT I'm a self-confessed homebird. I've never really been away from my mum for more than a couple of weeks and depend on my home comforts to keep me alive. I'm the kind of girl who people laugh at when I tell them I'm going on a RTW backpacking trip!! Rude, I know. Nonetheless, I'm determined to do it, there's more to life than my town and I want to see it.
So, tell me, what can I expect on a day to day basis? Is is tough?What level of accomodation / transportation am i going to have to endure?! Basic I can handle, it can't be that bad can it?
I also know it's a shallow question, but WHAT DO YOU PACK IN ONE LITTLE BACKPACK FOR SIX MONTHS IN 9 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES?!!!!
Hit me with the all the worst I can expect so it's not so much of a shock to me when I get out there.
Any help is appreciated, I'm sure I'm not the only first-timer thinking these things. x
Firstly, DON'T PANIC! We've all been there and taken the first jump into the big unknown... but I would be confident in saying that no one has regreted it.
Travel is always a challenge, and probably a little more so if you are self-confessed home girl, but you will be amazed at the things you learn about yourself.
... certainly one thing you'll learn as you keep travelling, is that you really have absolutely no need for half the things you try to cram in your backpack Don't panic about packing - just keep in mind that you can pick up almost anything you need along the way. Less certainly is more when it comes to packing!!! Check out the TP Packing List and Packing Tips and you might also want to read this forum thread to get some good ideas about what to take. I alway pack with the mantra "if in doubt, leave it out".
Don't forget that there's many ways you can keep in touch while you're away - make sure your mum/family/friends can all use email for a start. Also, everytime you start to feel a little homesick, just keep remembering all the amazing things you've seen, the wonderful people you've met and the life you're experiencing. You'll be able to share all of that with those back home you are close to. Plus, I used to find it handy to just think about my reasons for wanting to go travelling in the first place - that was generally enough to keep me going during the tough days.
And who knows? If you're like me, you'll be planning you're next travels before you even return from this one!
After you have been away for a bit you wont have time to think about your parents. I was in the same position as you haveing hardly been away from my family for more than a couple of days, but after you get away and start seeing all this amazing stuff, doing all this fun stuff and having a great life, you will feel like you want to be away forever. After a few weeks of a new incredible life you will have changed from to ! When your friends are laughing at you because you are having a boring time, just think you'll be the one having the last laugh. You'll be away having this amazing time and amazing life that you've dreamt about, you'll then be talking about it to your family and friends and they'll be soooo jealous! They'll be at home having this hell boring life wanting to do what you are doing and you will be wishing your life to go on slow motion.
The level of accommodation if you stay in hostels can vary greatly, but normally they'll be a place to sleep and often spend your night socialising with people, but the rest of the time you'll be out seeing and doing great stuff. You may stay in a trashy dump here and there, but overall the level of accommodation is basic but liveable.
As for packing you should pack a couple of pairs of warm cloths, you'd should pack a couple of pairs of warm weather clothes, bathers and probably about 1 weeks worth and underwear and socks. Then have one pair warm PJ's and one pair of PJ's that you's wear when it is hot. You should get a bed sheet and get it sewn up in the shape of a sleeping bag for hostels which may charge you for bed sheets. If you have one real comfy pair of runners and one pair of dress shoes that should do and then if you had a set of clothes for dressing up when you go out where it is required, then that should be enough to get you by. I got by with less than that though and I travelled to considerably more countries and did a lot of different activities ie bush walking, mountain climbing, normal walking (in large quantities daily), going to snow fields and more.
Don't expect everything to go smoothly all the time, because when you least expect it something will undoubtedly happen, it has happened like that on both of my RTW trips that I have done and the last was a real nightmare but I got by but aged about 20 years in a week in the process!
I could write loads more, but I'd probably bore you and everyone reading this out of your mind, so if you need any other advise feel free to send me a message by clicking the send message link near my username.
Have a great trip.
Well, you made a great choice in deciding to travel. Congrats on that.
Second, you made an excellent choice by launching in November. It's the beginning of the cooler season in SE Asia; the end of the wet season in most part.
As for breaking out of the home-body routine, I would consider taking short trips between now and November on your own. Travel with your pack and get a sense of what you need to bring along. You'll get into the groove of things easier that way.
Here're 2 useful links... Art of Travel and Round-the-World Travel
Firstly good on ya!
My partner was exactly the same kinda girl, she never left her mum for more than a week, now she has two RTW trips under her belt thanks to yours truly and his powers of persuassion
We travelled pretty much the same destinations on your itinerary and would say that, as beautiful as Asia is perhaps you should visit Oz & NZ first as Asia can be a real culture shock for those who have never been.
Hope you have a wicked time!
After you have been away for a bit you wont have time to think about your parents. I was in the same position as you haveing hardly been away from my family for more than a couple of days, but after you get away and start seeing all this amazing stuff, doing all this fun stuff and having a great life, you will feel like you want to be away forever. After a few weeks of a new incredible life you will have changed from to !.
When I left home at 19 to go to Singapore to work - I had always been a "Home bird" my mum cook, cleaned, washed everything for me, I didn't even pay any keep. When i got to Singapore I was a little nervous but I was so excited i din't even think about my friends or family in a missing them kinda-way.
Then diaster struck - It was a friend of mines birthday, and then it all came down on my and I was upset and depressed for about 2 days.
When I found out they went to the Blackbirds (my local pub) I thought I will not go back there for love nor Money!
you will have a great time... I am sooo jealous