Tag: Pre-trip planning

A Checklist for Planning and Preparing for Your RTW Trip

A Checklist for Planning and Preparing for Your RTW Trip

| August 3, 2010 | 8 Comments

We’ve drawn together this ever-evolving pre-departure checklist from a number of sources around the web and in print and are sharing it with our readers.

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East vs West: Which is Best for Your RTW?

East vs West: Which is Best for Your RTW?

| June 7, 2010 | 11 Comments

In our opinion, there is no right or wrong direction—it all depends on factors such as where you start, the time of year, speed of travel, money, weather, routing and most importantly, personal preference.

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How to Stay Motivated to Travel

How to Stay Motivated to Travel

| May 13, 2010 | 12 Comments

We thought we’d share with you a few of the methods we use to get and stay motivated while waiting for the long term payoff for all the sacrifices we’re making to travel around the world.

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Rent or Sell? The Optimal Decision for Homeowners Turned Vagabonds

Rent or Sell? The Optimal Decision for Homeowners Turned Vagabonds

| October 5, 2009 | 53 Comments

Can the life of a vagabond be reconciled with that of a homeowner? Even a consummate vagabond like the “good gray poet” Walt Whitman was himself a homeowner…

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Itinerary—where to first on a RTW trip?

Itinerary—where to first on a RTW trip?

| September 8, 2009 | 20 Comments

Okay. Here’s a theoretical question. Thanks in advance for indulging us! Faced with the prospect of leaving North America in July on a long-term trip, where would you go? Keeping in mind that we prefer to travel away from crowds and prefer shoulder season to low season—and like to avoid high season wherever possible. Cost […]

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A drop in the bucket (list)

A drop in the bucket (list)

| August 31, 2009 | 15 Comments

Kathryn and I are ready to commit the error of catalogues and lists and have begun to compile a ‘bucket list’ of sorts. This is of course, without forgetting the Lennon maxim that life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

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Travelling Safely: Before You Go

Travelling Safely: Before You Go

| August 27, 2009 | 9 Comments

A long-term trip abroad is always an adventure—only one thing is for sure, it will be full of surprises! A little advance planning, however, will improve the chances that all those surprises are pleasant ones.

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When to go: Timing your itinerary

When to go: Timing your itinerary

| July 7, 2009 | 18 Comments

I discovered that the start of my trip through China coincided with Golden Week. I had suddenly found myself in the midst of no fewer than 120 million Chinese on the move, filling seats in every plane, boat, train, bus and car available.

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What is the best bank account for a Canadian to have on a round-the-world trip?

What is the best bank account for a Canadian to have on a round-the-world trip?

| July 1, 2009 | 25 Comments

Citizens Bank is an online national bank; it is the first Canadian bank to offer a no-fee, easy to use account with no ATM fees worldwide. At other banks, you might be required to pay as much as C$5 per transaction when you use your ATM card outside the country. With a Citizens Bank Global Chequing Account, however, that fee is zero. Well almost.

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From Small Beginnings Come Great Things

From Small Beginnings Come Great Things

| June 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

We’re quietly reminded of the adage attributed to St Augustine: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”.

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