I'm new to the forum as I've only just recently been thinking about starting to plan a round the world trip. I'm not in any rush at all because I need to save enough funds to actually do it for starters. I am only 19 as well so I have a good few years left in me to do it as well I know why I want to go and exactly where I want to go too, but before I start planning I just wondered if anyone has any tips on where to start? It all seems quite overwhelming. I also need advice on what to do about other commitments in my life i.e. my job and also how I actually get the courage to start seriously thinking of doing this and telling others! I know it's something I really want to do; I'm not really interested in a 'traditional' life as such, amongst other reasons why I want to do this. I really want to see the world and experience it before it's too late. I think it's also worth adding that I'd be a solo traveller (female) and that makes me apprehensive. I'm also unsure of how much money to save; I know approximately how much flights would be (I want to just book them along the way, Kayak seems the cheapest) but there's a few volunteer projects I'd like to do which could be up to £600 each and I'm not to sure on what to budget for different countries.
I'd appreciate any help or be willing to chat
Your questions are mostly too general to comment on... no one can give you advice about budget when you give no clue where you're travelling, no one can offer an opinion on how to handle your job when you give no clue of your profession, etc.
As for getting up the courage to tell others... you're planning on doing something that millions and millions of other young people have done for ages, it's not breaking new ground nor is it "weird" in any way...
Good luck with getting your head wrapped around it.
Hi and welcome to Travellerspoint!
First thing, save as much as you can and then a bit more!
You said you know exactly where you want to go. In that case, start researching costs for that city/country/countries. You could try looking at the travel guide above or reading up on a few blogs for an idea of prices.
Each country has different costs and economic factors so we can't give specific advice on budgets without knowing your intended destinations.
You might also like to check out doyledan's travels for volunteer inspiration.
Work out where you want to go, research the best time to go to that destination, and then you can work out how hard you need to hustle in order to save in that time frame. If you can wait longer to travel, do it, and save even harder so you can travel within your means.
Managing things on the home front (work, rent, etc) will depend on how long you choose to travel as well. You will know if you can take a year off or need to pack a tight 3 month schedule. Balance your options; talk to a colleague if you need to, and make the best choice for you, both in the financial and adventure sense.
And don't worry about travelling alone; there will no doubt be travellers you can get in touch with through these forums or you'll meet others on the road.
Good luck with the planning!
Thanks for the replies I'm planning on going to Thailand first, then onto Australia and New Zealand; not sure which country I'm heading to after but I definitely want to visit parts of South America, the USA, France and Italy. I'd rent an apartment in some countries as I'd like stay there longer than a few weeks. I don't have a solid plan right now but I'm just researching I work in retail and I'm guessing this will probably change before the trip. I don't know if this helps at all.
Presuming you are not in a management position, retail is very easy to leave and pick up again at a later date so I wouldn't worry about leaving your current job.
Will you be working as you travel at all?
For starters like you, you've got to list your destinations and as early as now get some information of those areas and possible estimated cost so you'll know what possible funds you can save to make that trip possible. Don't settle for least expand your creativity in traveling and you'll love the fun you'll get.