Insider Tips For Travelling Around The World

1. A head torch is the most useful thing in the world.

Money, passport, tickets and a head torch are all you really need for any Round the World trip. A head torch is, in our opinion, the definitive item for travelling around the world. It’s perfect for camping – how else are you going to read in bed? It’s also crucial for blackouts, which happen all the time on the islands in Thailand and in Kathmandu. They’re also great for bathrooms on the road at night, particularly in India. Don’t even think about leaving for your Round the World trip without one.

2. Don’t walk backwards in flip flops.
This never works and always ends in humiliation.

3. Learn ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in each language.
These few words, and a smile, will really go a long way. You’re more likely to get those real life experiences with local people all around the world if you open up to them.

4. Take a real towel
Yes it’s true. Travel towels take up less space. However, unless you buy a really expensive one, you’ll be regretting your travel towel purchase by the second month. I reality, most of them don’t dry quickly, and trying to dry your body with one is a bit like wiping yourself with cling film. Comfort is something that you’ll learn to really value during your Round the World trip, and a real, proper, fluffy towel is a sure fire way to get it. It makes coming out of the shower on a freezing morning one hundred times easier.

5. Double check before you check out
Every time you leave a hostel, hut or hotel, cast your eyes over the room to make sure that you haven’t left anything behind. Otherwise, like me, you’ll leave a trail of belongings around the world on your Round the World trip.

6. Call your Mum every now and again
Like everyone else, you probably forget to call home regularly during your Round the World trip. Guaranteed, when you get tired and homesick, you’re Mum’s roast dinner and your old bedroom will be the only things on your mind, so do her a favour a try to call. Face it, you’ll probably be moving in with her again when your Round the World trip is over.

7. You only really need to pack for a year what you would pack for a week
It’s an oldie but a goodie.

8. Take a ball of string
Sounds a bit weird, but if your backpack breaks while you’re travelling around the world, a ball of string is very handy. Equally, if you need to dry your luxurious fluffy towel, string is indispensable. You can fashion a Blue Peter style washing line in seconds.

9. Take a bottle opener
This is, hands down, the best object for making friends during a Round the World trip. There’s no point cycling to a remote beach in Vietnam or Indonesia for sunset unless you can open that epic beer once you get there. Frustration doesn’t even begin to cover it.

10. Don’t spend your whole trip on Facebook!
So many people travel around the world with their eyes glued to their iPhone, IPad, MacBook or Smart Phone. The best thing to do when you land in the first destination on your Round the World trip is to phone your mum and then switch it off. Use it for emergencies, upload your photos when your memory runs out, but otherwise forget about it. You want to be eyes up and looking all around you, not looking towards home and trying to outdo your friends.

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Traveling Round the World With a Backpack and a Budget

Do you dream of traveling round the world? Have you always imagined what it would be like to leave all of the trials in life behind, pack a backpack, and see see what’s out in the world? Well, you can do it and stay within your budget no matter how small that budget is.

Traveling round the world is a dream of many and a reality of few. However, people have been doing it for hundreds of years. In today’s world of modern technology it is easier than ever. ATM machines are widely available, transportation improves on a daily basis and wifi connections are available everywhere. Long gone are the days of being out of contact for extended periods of time. Today’s traveler is only a phone card, wifi connection or skype hookup away.

Many countries throughout the world can afford you a very comfortable traveling experience for a fraction of what it costs for normal daily expenses in the western world. Places like Southeast Asia, India, Eastern Europe and South America are heavily traveled and have become both accessible and economically viable to round the world travelers. The costs of traveling in Southeast Asia can be as low as $20 a day. In many places $50 a day will afford you the lifestyle of a king. Prices are so low in India that in many parts of the country it would be almost impossible to spend $50 a day. By eliminating your carrying debt at home you can travel round the world for a very modest sum.

Using an average budget of only $50 a day you can successfully travel throughout the globe. The budget of $50 a day is a per day average which should include transport, lodging, food, recreation and beer (always an important thing to budget). In many countries you will spend considerably less than your per day budget. By spending less in some locales it will allow for higher expenditures in others. It also allows for activities to be put into the budget. After all, if you travel round the world to India to see the Taj Mahal you intend to enter the palace despite the $32 admission cost.

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Travel Round the World Tips From a Vagabond

If you want go on an around the world trip you would be an absolute fool to pay for your flights one at a time. Save yourself heaps of headaches and purchase a round the world ticket ahead of time; they’re flexible, and uber cheap. Here are some tips I’ve picked up during my best Phileas Fogg impression:

Get off the beaten trail, just not with flights. Around the world flights are relatively cheap due to the fact they are bought and sold in large volumes. It naturally follows that the major cities of the world receive the lion’s share of the wholesale fares, which can mean a savings of thousands of dollars (or ten British pounds, last time I checked). Think of a RTW ticket as a general concept for your trip, then use local flights (or better yet, overland) to fill in the gaps.

Surface to surface savings. There are two benefits to traveling overland rather than flying: 1) you’ll see a whole lot more of the country you are traveling in, and 2) you’ll save a good chunk of change doing it, especially if you can sleep on the train or bus (tuk tuks may be a little hard to catch a cat nap on, but you’re certainly welcome to try). Twenty thousand feet is so overrated.

Go big, go go home. Dude, you’re traveling around the world! Pick some places you’ve always dreamed of going to; don’t just settle for the ubiquitous New York-London-Paris-Rome thing…challenge yourself. At the end of the trip, you’ll find out that you are a very different person. This is the point of travel!

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Guilin Travel and the World of Sports and Fitness

Just because you are thousands of miles away from home does not mean you cannot still enjoy various sports and fitness opportunities. When in Guilin, you will find an abundance of options for getting a workout or experiencing outdoor activities. If you are someone that enjoys physical activity, then for your trip to Guilin China, you might consider some of the following sports and fitness possibilities listed below:

Swimming

The summer months in Guilin are perfect for spending time in and around the water. With the Li River being a part of this city, swimming is something that locals and tourists alike enjoy. Although the water is not perfect and there are areas around the Li River that are somewhat hazardous due to the many tour boats, you will find some great spots designated specifically for people that want to swim.

Golf

o Guilin Merryland Golf Club – Golf – Without doubt, golf is an international sport so if you love to golf and plan being in Guilin China, you will find some top rated 18-hole international courses on which to play. This tournament course features holes winding near the beautiful mountains and water. The balance of modern golfing set amidst some of nature’s most beautiful scenery makes this a great course for golf.

o Guilin Twinpeaks Golf and Resort Club – This 27-hole international course uses the Yiao Mountain as the backdrop and was designed with moon-lit pagodas, stunning rock formations, garden promenades, and even priceless art collections.

o Guilin Li River Country Golf Club – The design of this particular golf course is hard to beat. Designed by Lee Chang, an American Chinese designer, the course is perfectly sculpted while incorporating the surrounding scenery. The course is challenging yet peaceful at the same time.

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