An around-the-world trip sounds amazingly fantastic.

Think about all of the places and continents that you can visit. In one trip, for example, you could take in the Louvre in Paris, skip over to Greece for a sojourn on their divine islands, then head to the wonders of Thailand before taking in the marvel of Tokyo. No reason to stop there, go to the United States to see sites such as our national parks or Washington, D.C. Jump over to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands for some beach time or visit the Volcanoes National Park, then maybe head north into Canada for an extended wilderness hike.

An around-the-world trip isn’t just something you can pack up and run to the airport for, unless you are really, really adventurous. You have to do some planning, and probably some saving, both for your dollars as well as your vacation time. Be sure to include smaller daily expenses such as snacks, tips, souvenirs, ground transportation and an emergency fund into your travel budget.

Are you looking for a romantic type of trip or are you more into education, learning and discovering? You may have to think about the seasons during your trip as well: Will they be prime for the activities that you want to pursue or will you have to switch timing to accommodate your goals? This graphic helps you sort it out.

The Ultimate Round-the-World Trip Infographic

How to Plan for the Ultimate Round-the-World Trip

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There is an around the world trip itinerary for everyone.

Adventure seekers to honeymooners and even first-time travelers, with a little forethought everyone can potentially go on an extended trip around the globe. These extended trips can be as diverse as the people taking them. There are two major factors that will influence your around the world trip:

  1. The size of your budget
  1. The length of available time

Once you have your budget and time figured out you will be able to start planning for your round-the-world trip. As you saw in the infographic above, there are multiple ways to book your flights. Remember your one-way flights will most likely get capped, so plan head. Your airfare alone will cost you anywhere from as little as $1,500 to $10,000 or more.

After your flights are booked you can concentrate on the details of your trip.

You will most likely need to obtain visas for several countries, travel insurance is always a good idea, get vaccinations ahead of your departure time and more. Be sure to have some wiggle room in your budget for incidentals like laundry service, money exchange fees for cash transactions, global phone service, international banking fees and any unforeseeable circumstances.

An around the world trip is exciting and truly a once-of-a-lifetime opportunity! Maybe one day Nick & I will be among the lucky ones to have been able to travel around this beautiful world of ours.

How would you plan your around the world trip? Leave us a comment below, we would love to hear from you.

This is an updated version of an article that was previously published. We update our posts as often as possible to ensure they’re useful for our readers.

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