9 Essential Tips For Traveling Around The World

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
My fiancé and I have been living in the U.K. since December 2013, and we are about to embark on a trip around the world — in total, 14 weeks, 12 countries, and one heck of a big budget. So, where to start? Planning long-term travel means multiple spreadsheet tabs with complicated calculations, three savings accounts, one credit card, and various useful websites.

Honestly, the hardest part of it all was deciding to do it this way. Living in London has meant we’ve been able to travel around Europe on short breaks, and it’s been great. It’s super-cheap to fly to the European continent (or take the train), and there are huge savings to be made on accommodations and sightseeing, too.

So, why would we decide to pack up our lives and head off on an extremely extended holiday? We figured the world is not meant to be seen in bite-sized pieces. We could have stayed on our visas (and working) until December, but we have some other stuff in the pipeline (including our wedding — eek!) that means we needed to be home, in New Zealand, by then. So, we decided we wanted to take a decent break and see the world properly.

Here’s a breakdown of how we made this global trip a reality, and how we planned for it. Our system isn’t perfect or foolproof, but following it and focusing on these things really helped us plan intelligently and allowed us to embark on our journey knowing that everything was taken care of.

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