How did you know that taking a RTW trip was what you were after?
I've always wanted to do this but I don’t actually know why?! (Does that sound stupid?) Its one of them things where I know I want to do it but have too much fear!
I am out of contract next year so I plan to take this opportunity to mentally prepare myself! I don’t actually know where I want to go! (Yet)
My biggest fear is I’m quite a boring guy who plans to travel alone. I want to meet lots of people doing the same thing but quite worried about the whole social aspect! (I know it sounds really daft) but its something that’s on my mind! I’m not one to just rudely invite myself into a group but feel like it would ruin my experience if I didn’t?
I'm not sure either, just some innate wanderlust I guess. I think it's interesing that in Oz & New Zealand it's kind of assumed that young people will get up and travel round the world at some point, it's just the done thing.
You don't need to worry about the social thing, when you're staying in hostels everyone's in the same boat and talking to other people just comes much more naturally than you might expect.
What I find interesting is, a lot of my British friends have done RTW's (I haven't done Asia or Australasia.... Yet!!) and most of them have two main goals en-route, of Bangkok and Australia. When I'm in Holland (a lot!!) - most of the Australians I meet have two goals of Amsterdam and Ireland. Is this run of the mill??
I quite fancy starting in Asia -> Australia -> South America then back to the UK, erm do you know of anything I should read up on guides, where to start first or? Places that are a must see, places to avoid, things to look out for (events).
Just general reading material? I would greatly appreciate it!
I think this is the most exciting thing ever :P
You can start by reading the travel guides on this site. It's a wiki style guide and there are some pretty good contents in there.
Nice information site, thank you for that!
I have just made a list of all the countries I want to visit! Ive listed 20, is this too much?
That depends rather on how big the countries are and how much depth you wanted to see them in. You could quite easily spend a whole year just travelling around China, but you'd be fairly unlikely to want to spend more than a few weeks in Brunei Darussalam unless you had a specific reason to stay longer.
Generally it's better to resist the temptation to hop from country to country, and more enjoyable to see countries in a bit more detail. If you start to look at what you want to see in the countries you think you might want to visit, you might start to get a better idea of what would be practical and possible. And remember you need to build in some time to chill out!
RTW trips are something that takes an awesome person to attemp.
My story is that I didn't get into post-secondary school right after highschool, I took a one year cource then re-applied for a different post-secondary cource... didn't get in again, and then realised that I was working this entire year and was going to be making a decent amount of money.
I've always loved traveling and I've always been very interested in international culture, so I took the opportunity and started planning. Most importantly though is that my parents are my driving spporters. They couldn't be happier for me. Maybe that's because I won't be taking up room in their house though... haha
Take the opportunity if your even questioning to do it or not. No matter what happens, you'll always gain the experience from traveling. That experience is invaluable.
Also, to go with the thread here of places that others want to visit... I'm Canadian and I want to check out Australia and S.E. Asia.
Autralia is a common place for Canadians to visit if they could.
I was quite lucky actually...I mentioned that a RTW trip would be cool to do and the guy I was with at the time totally ran with it and we went off together for the year. Without him there to spur me on I don't know whether I would have actually managed to build up the guts to do it alone. That said, I now travel all over the place whether there is someone to come with me or not. So, the first step is the hardest and I guarantee that once you're on your way you will get so much out of it and wonder what all the nerves were about.
Don't stress about not wanting to impose yourself on others, it's a totally different vibe when you're backpacking. When you bump into someone with a common language to yourself it's natural to stike up a conversation and see how your plans match up. If nothing else, I reckon this is because, unlike making friends here, when you're away you can be fairly certain that the other person needs company just as much as you do! Also, it's a cultural thing. We have all been in a position in some far flung place where we need someone to take us under their wing whether for a fun night out, support through a bit of homesickness or suggestions and advice on where to go next / where the ATM is / where to stay etc. So, most people will find that they are not alone for long on the backpacker circuit.
You will have a blast. That you are even thinking about this says you have the urge to go out there and experience the world so do it!