Since my travel plans are now all out in the open, I’ve had to actually start preparing for my Big Trip (that’s what I’m calling it…for now). How do you go about the process of leaving your job, your city, your apartment and then going somewhere in the world? I have no freaking idea!

Just kidding. I’ve got a little bit of an idea. Here’s what my process has been like up until today:

  1. Decide to take a RTW (round-the-world) trip.
  2. FREAK OUT.
  3. Make a plan and a budget.
  4. Start reading useful web sites. And blogs. Lots of blogs.
  5. Save money. Stop buying things you don’t need.
  6. Tell your parents.
  7. Revise your plan.
  8. Save MORE money.
  9. Tell your friends. But not all of them.
  10. Change your plan AGAIN.
  11. Go to a travel clinic. Get vaccinations before your health care disappears.
  12. Keep saving money.
  13. Start getting rid of your stuff.
  14. Quit your job.
  15. Okay, now you can tell more of your friends.
  16. Is all your stuff gone yet? Hardly. Time for Craigslist/Gumtree.
  17. Probably time to revisit your itinerary/plan…again!
  18. Buy things you’ll need. Like a backpack.
  19. Make plans to see people before you leave. This is the fun part.
  20. Start throwing things out. Recycle. Freecycle. Goodwill.
  21. Cancel/forward accounts, mail, etc.
  22. Make a MASSIVE to-do list of everything you forgot to do. There are more people to see, more things to buy, more things to sell, more things to store, more bookings to make, more bookings to cancel.
  23. Get on an airplane to somewhere.

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