Making your dream trip a reality is totally possible! It just requires a plan. You've got to be prepared:
Financially, you have to have saved enough money to take this trip. Ideally you also have a flexible budget built in for unexpected costs. Because they will be incurred.
Mentally, you've got to be prepared for the journey you're going to embark on. Can you handle traveling alone for 5 weeks? How about 5 months? 5 years?
Your body must be prepared to handle whatever strain you'll be putting on it. Whether it's hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or crawling through the tunnels of the Red Pyramid in Egypt, make sure you've trained for the activity/ies you will partake in and that your body is well-equipped to handle the challenges ahead.
You'll need to make sure that you'll actually be able to make the time for the trip. And that you'll be able to fully appreciate and enjoy it without worrying. This may involve a conversation with your employer, deciding to leave a job, or making your own arrangements if you work for yourself.
You'll need to think about relationships and how this trip will affect them. Your family, children, partner, roommates/friends and so on. Who will accompany you on your journey? How will those people not tagging along with you feel about your physical absence?
7 months around the world. 5 continents. 21 countries. That's my story. And, in accordance with the above five categories, here's how I accomplished my dream of taking a world trip:
- I saved up enough money for the trip by taking on a full-time client contract, and avoiding unnecessary spending
- I prepared myself for the upcoming challenge mentally by researching the countries I would visit and the activities I would embark on, so I had an idea of what to expect
- I prepared physically for the challenges that lay ahead through a variety of exercises spread across a weekly workout routine at the gym
- I finished a work contract and didn't line another professional engagement up immediately afterwards
- I found an amazing replacement to sublet my spot in my apartment
What does your dream trip look like? When it makes sense, where will you go and for how long?
If you've already taken your dream trip, please share your experience! What was it like and how did you make it happen?