Best RTW Travel Planning Articles for Your Own Big Trip

Travel planning is half the fun and half the battle of getting your Big Trip going. It’s endless to do lists and things to “wrap up” and take care of and one more trip to Target. AND it’s a glowing, wonderful anticipation of your travel dreams becoming a reality.

I once read the best destination is the airport right before you leave on a Big Trip. Very true for myself and I’m sure many other traveler. To get you there, here are some articles I’ve found to be very helpful and very true in planning for your own Big Trip. I’ve peppered in a few of my own around budgeting and packing as well, but really I’m just the curator for all the very helpful travel planning information out there.

A quote to get you started: 

“The way we define our freedom is to allow the ideas surrounding a conventional life float away. We use it to disconnect from ideas that don’t feel right to us. We are not fighting for something, we are simply utilizing our freedoms to walk towards another option (for many, the path less traveled)” By Raising Miro

So…Enough excuses already – Making your travel dreams a reality. Put down those harmful thoughts and pick up your travel vibe and get planning! Or you could always tell yourself reasons not to travel (We’re just kidding. This tongue-in-cheek article by @Lozula is really telling why you should.) BootsNAll makes it a little easier with 11 reasons to stop dreaming and start planning your around the world trip. Really, that discomfort you feel in daily life may be telling you to wander a bit.

Determining Where You Want to Go

  • NEW: 7 Steps to Making Your Around the World Trip a Reality: a high-level to very practical way to go from dreaming to doing by @airtreks.
  • Nine Epic Quests to Inspire your Trip: This article is one of a series from @BootsNAll on RTW travel themes. You’ll find trip ideas from traveling around the world to volunteer or try street food in every country.
  • Solo Travel Planning: inspiration, orientation and perspiration: This article focuses on the solo traveler, but has great, practical tips in beginning to think about your trip. Take your travel dreams from vision to reality with this article by @solotraveler
  • Create your travel vision: My article on the first step to realizing your travel dreams – determining where you want to go – and bringing it out of your heart and into reality.
  • How to Decide Where to Go on a RTW Trip: @Bootsnall gets it right in so many ways. Here’s a very helpful article on how to analyze, plan, and make the choices for your big trip.
  • The Lonely Planet ThornTree Forum This community is always there to answer any questions – cruise around it at first and then dive in and start asking some questions on where to go and what’s it like to go to your dream destinations. Helpful travelers are always ready to comment and answer questions.
  • The RTW Must-Do List I like this list by @somanyplaces because it starts with the intentions and experiences of where the couple want to go and do. A great trip forms around bringing these intentions into reality. Then come the logistics and plane tickets.
  • Five Destinations Under $30 a day: A nice budget conscious list by @nomadicmatt of still cheap destinations. A surprise – Greece!

Budgeting and Saving Money for the Trip

  • How to Estimate a Budget For A Big Trip To begin saving, I recommend knowing how much to actually save – this was how I approached my trips. Estimating a budget is a little bit of art and a little bit of science and a lot of excel. You’ll estimate costs per day, transportation costs, and pre-post trip numbers. BUT Having this dream trip budget number really helped me choose the trip over say that cute pair of shoes at Nordstroms.
  • How to Save for A RTW Trip A practical article that reads like your favorite financial planner is giving you advice and encouraging you  – it really is possible to save all this money and live your travel dreams.
  • A Little RTW Budget…A Year Traveling Around the World Costs Most comprehensive article I’ve read on long-term and RTW travel budgeting – woman has actual spreadsheets! (this makes my inner geek so happy). I found this article when I was planning my last trip and found it to be right on as I traveled.  Overall, a very comprehensive site on all things travels planning by @ShannonRTW
  • Round the World Travel Saving status Open, honest article about a couple who is saving for their yearlong RTW trip and how they are budgeting to do it.  They also published a cute article on making your change jar work for your long-term travel.
  • 11 Tricks to Cutting Travel Costs in 2011 Oh NYTimes practical traveler – what don’t you know about making the most of your travel dollar?
  • How to Travel the World For Free There are a lot of these articles out there on this topic, but this one on Matador is unique, soulful and speaks to the internal tasks you must take care of (like going slowly and carrying less) to make the most of your travel dollar.
  • How Much Does it Cost to Prepare for A Trip Around the World This article by @ITravelBig is a helpful list with exact costs on items packed. To me, it showed how achievable the actual preparation is with the per item breakdown.
  • How to Travel When You Have No Money The biggest travel blogger @nomadicmatt shares how to travel the world for free OR make choices that allow you to save money and travel


Packing (This should also be “Shopping for a big trip”)

Picking Travel Companies

  • Travel Companies I use I was going to put together my own list, but then found this very comprehensive one by @NomadicMatt – terminal world traveler and agree with pretty much every link on this list.

Just Before You Leave

  • 28 Things I wish I Knew Before Traveling by The Art of Non-Comformity. Excellent and practical list on tips for preparation and in-country behavior.
  • Don’t Forget To… A great list by @MyMelange about those things you really don’t want to forget before venturing off to the departures hall of your hometown airport. Like slip-on shoes. And passport copies. Important details indeed.
  • 80 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Traveling A wonderful list put together by the wise folks at Matador travel network. It’s fresh, creative, and oh so true. Especially the section about taxis.

While You Are There

Thank you and…This list isn’t comprehensive, just my own personal bookmarks that I keep returning to when planning and thinking about big trips. Add your own in the comments/reply to help other would-be travelers.
And remember: “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” — Robert Louis Stevenson (Tweeted by @whereivebeen)

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17 Responses to “Best RTW Travel Planning Articles for Your Own Big Trip”

  1. January 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    This is a great list of resources Kristin. Thanks for including my post on Solo Travel Trip planning, which happens to be the theme on Solo Traveler for the whole month of January.

  2. January 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks for featuring our packing post. I agree with your technique in estimating a trip budget. We used a similar method for our RTW trip. It’s a bit trickier now though as we don’t really know where we are going or for how long!

  3. January 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Kristin, thanks for including my posts in your fabulous article! I’m going to check out the other posts you linked to, this is a great resource.

  4. January 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Thank you for including my post in the round-up (and high fives to a fellow geek 🙂 Great list of articles here!

  5. Kristin
    January 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks Ladies! Your blogs are excellent resources for the long-term traveler. I have them bookmarked and go back to them time and time again.

  6. January 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Some great tips here from some great travel bloggers!

  7. January 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    We’re in the process of planning our RTW trip and these resources will come in very useful! Thanks! 🙂

  8. February 18, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Thanks for including our Must-Do RTW list in this post! I’ve been clicking on all of the other links and am finding fabulous information. I really can’t read enough about the experiences of other soon-to-be RTW travelers. Great post!!

  9. Kristin
    February 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Thanks Kim! I’m so happy it’s helpful for you! The blogosphere is packed with great advice. Love your blog as well!

  10. February 24, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Thanks for the mention (I almost missed this). What a great collection of resources and wish this post was around when we were in the initial stage of planning our trip.

  11. April 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks for the mention on the packing list suggestions! Just got a visitor from this article, missed it a long time ago! 🙂
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  12. Tony Chan
    April 24, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Thanks for posting these links! I’m planning my own RTW trip and they’ll come in very handy!

  13. June 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Wish I had had this last year when i was traveling. Hopefully I’ll have another chance!

  14. Nancy
    September 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I’m thinking of traveling RTW and found this post helpful: Using ATT iPhone for International Travel Without Breaking the Bank (3Gs, 4 and 4s)

    • Kristin
      September 23, 2013 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks for posting the link, Nancy! That’s a great article on how to use the iPhone abroad.


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