I am trying to plan a round the world trip in the next yearbut I am struggling a little.There seems to be so much you have to do and know before you can do anything.Is there any where I can get sound genuine advice either on the internet or out and about?????
Go to your travel agent and get prices and work out what countries you would like to go to! Check out the internet there are heaps of information sites - just google search!
Also talk to other people you know that have travelled before!
Best thing to do is just head off and see what happens there's plenty to do everywhere (except maybe where your from, it's the same for everyone). Plans and lists of places to go and things to do are great while your saving and stuck at home but once your gone you'll meet so many people and hear about so many things your office daydreams will soon be forgotten.
I was in the exact same boat as you not long ago, finally managed to book everything and I leave next week, how exciting!!
The way we did it was, decided we definately wanted to do it, then got some brochures from trailfinders and decided where we liked the look of. Then went onto the internet to get more info on them, then looked on the foreign office website to see which places we shouldn't visit and ended up with a short list. Took that to STA Travel who told us where we could fly to on what ticket, and then booked the places we could. The Lonely Planet Guides can be helpful, but quite tedious if you aren't looking at a specific area as there is alot to just browse through!
If you are really stuck, STA have some recommended trips on their website, and I would assume that Trailfinders do too so you can look at them to see which one you fancy, then amend it slightly if you find somewhere else.
I agree with Philimop, STA Travel is your best bet. I got my ticket there as well. Try think about where you want to go and how long you want to spend out there. I got a one way ticket to Perth with two stops as me and my boyfriend are going for two years. We plan to travel a lot inland ourselves in the Far East. Pick up some brochures from STA have a look what country takes your fancy.
Another thing I just thought of...
Look into an organised tour. We are going to China with Intrepid Travel (think the website is just intrepidtravel.co.uk or maybe .com? I'm sure it would come up in google though) for the first month of our trip. The reason for this is that as neither of us have travelled alone before and it doesn't seem so scary if you know there is someone there to guide you along at first, rather than being dropped in the deep end so to speak.
The guy at STA did the same trip as we will be doing and really reccommended it as you're not hand-led all the way like on a granny's coach holiday or something. We're trekking and mountain biking, canoeing and all sorts of other stuff, but we just don't have to worry about finding places to stay from day one. Hurrah!