10 Ways to Ruin Your Round The World Trip
Round the world adventures are meant to be life-changing and exciting, not frustrating or disastrous. If there are sure-fire ways to ruin your trip, read on below so you can avoid them even before you drag that luggage out of your doorstep.
- Obsessive planning
There are too many stuff on your travel bucket list that is impossible to finish in just so little time during your RTW trip. Don’t take it the wrong way – planning is essential if you want to maximise your time and money. But getting disappointed and all cranky because you have not stayed within your strict itinerary plan would turn your trip into a chore rather than a joy.
Cut yourself some slack and enjoy each day as it offers one opportunity to another. Act out on a whim from time to time to add spice to your structured RTW trip schedule. There are days when you have to deal with hangovers, cut on booze, do your laundry or forego eating at that fancy restaurant. As long as you know the rough outline of your trip, be flexible on your activities so you can make the most memorable time of your life.
- Staying on the road a little too long
Simply because you categorize it as a round the world trip doesn’t mean you have to tick off as many destinations as possible like you are in some kind of race. Take a leisurely walk around the town and see what local people are up to. Feel the gentle breeze on the beach all morning. Wander aimlessly around the park or just sit on a train station, watching commuters come and go. Sometimes it’s better that way rather than rampage across two continents in just a few hours. You can always go back and relish the stuff you missed for the first time.
- Lack of planning
While others tend to obsess about getting all things done during their entire RTW trip, there are those people who are turned off by the actual idea of organizing. The danger is that they simply fail to enjoy the whole experience as well because they have completely thrown planning out of the window. Going with the flow can only take you so far and before you know it, you have not ticked off anything from your travel bucket list and you are dangerously low on cash. It is still worth it to have some kind of plan even if it is just hazy or sketchy.
- Forgetting the weather channel
Biting winds, sub-zero degree temperature, monsoons, and storm surges – these are just some of nature’s stuff that can hamper your style on your RTW trip. Just because you’re going halfway across the world doesn’t mean that the weather would always turn out great. It is best to know about the sky conditions and other climate signals on those particular months you’re staying on a specific tourist destination. Because however awesome the biking trails and beaches may be, they would be useless if you’re advised by the hostel manager to tuck yourself in bed for the whole day because of a bad weather.
- Letting your flight schedule get in the way too much
You have bought the ticket, you have set the dates and you’re good to go from one location to another. But what if you fell in love with one place and you want to spend a little more time there before hopping on to your next flight. Don’t think twice because these moments are rare and you may never experience it again. Putting a flight back for a few days would not cost that much so don’t let your ticket become a strait-jacket for all your fun and adventure during your RTW trip.
- Not booking your accommodations in advance
Do not commit this big no-no especially on your first night on a strange location. Of course, the make-it-up-as-you-go-along attitude during your RTW trip could lend you an awesome experience but not when it involves stressing out to look for some place to spend the first night with and worse, during holiday season.
- Skipping the travel insurance
Those few bucks you saved might be all you need to get you out on a tight situation during your vacation trip. God forbid that you lose your wallet, get your phone stolen, or get seriously ill – and if you don’t have a travel insurance, it could put a big dent on your credit card or travel budget.
- Not foreseeing extra expenses
Travelling around the world – or even to just one specific destination – costs a lot of money. Even if you have found a cheap yet charming cottage on the outskirts of the city, you still have to take into account the extra expenses you’re going to spend on almost everything – from bottled water, laundry, tip, entrance fees, etc. And don’t think that it is also easy to get a job as soon as you arrive in another country so make sure you have enough money to last for a month or two.
- Having a tight-fisted attitude
This is your once-in-a-lifetime experience! Not the best time to be too stingy or auditing everything you have to spend your money with. If an amazing opportunity is set before you, don’t hesitate to grab it and be part of it. Later in life, you’d remember either how you turned it down, let it pass by, or got totally involved with it. Believe me, you don’t want to end up regretting your choice. There’s no point being on a RTW trip if you won’t do something out of the ordinary even if it means letting go of some of your inhibitions or spending a few hundred dollars on it.
- Delaying your trip far too long
Just because your RTW trip would keep you away for a few weeks or months from your family and friends doesn’t mean you are trying to get away from all your responsibility in life. Don’t put it off too long until new personal developments catch up. When there’s a mortgage, student loans, new baby along the way – you’d feel even guiltier that you’re still dreaming of going around the world. Plan it now and get on with it as soon as possible. It is now or never.