Beginner’s Guide to Traveling the World

You want to travel the world. Now, what?


At some stage of life, a lot of people will sit with a cup of coffee and wish they’d done more traveling, seen more of the world when they were younger, taken that opportunity to have a year out, and gone backpacking across Southeast Asia. Don’t be that person. If you want to see the world, see it. But then, don’t go unprepared. Here’s how to make sure you’re really ready.

You can never be too prepared.


The first step is to make sure you have durable luggage. Check out this luggage spinner as an example. You also need to make sure you have the right documentation for all the countries you’re planning to visit. While you’ll definitely need your passport, you might also need additional visas depending on where you’re planning to go. You should also check if your trip takes you to any country that needs your passport to be valid for at least six months after you travel. If yours isn’t, they won’t let you in. If you have a job, talk to your bosses about the time off before you book anything.

Make a date.


If you need to keep your job while traveling, but plan to stay away longer than your vacation days allow, ask your employer about taking unpaid leaves, or an official sabbatical if your industry recognizes it. You may also be able to work remotely from wherever you are in the world. If all else fails and you do decide that quitting is your only option, you may be able to find casual work on the road, or use online companies that hire freelancers in a whole bunch of industries. It might not make you a millionaire, but it could keep you going for a while.

Choose your cards wisely.


If you need to travel with money in multiple currencies, choosing the right card to travel with is vital if you want to avoid excessive international transaction fees, and potentially even pick up a few rewards along your way! Don’t get stung. Do your research before you leave.

Book in advance


Travel is generally cheaper the earlier you book it, so you should try and get things locked in as soon as possible. If you’re planning to buy a round-the-world plane ticket, you can usually fly with various airlines operating under one alliance, but you may have to start and end your trip in the same country. Don’t forget to look for any ground transportation you might need – buses, trains, transfers, etc. You can also travel the world by sea with a world cruise.

Unfortunately, there’s no magical way of knowing when the best day to book your travel is. Fortunately, there are certain apps and sites you can sign up for that let you know when offers and sales are happening, or you can sign up for alerts from airlines.

Stay in contact.


Staying in touch with friends and family while traveling is essential, especially if you’re traveling alone. However, fees can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Instead of calling, use apps like WhatsApp, Viber, or Skype to communicate for free. If your current cell phone plan doesn’t cover the areas you’re visiting, grab throwaway local SIM cards to keep roaming charges down.