Plan Your Trip

It’s a fantasy you’ve nursed for years: putting the job on hold and the stuff in storage, grabbing a backpack and traveling around the world. But it stays fantasy, in part because the prospect of planning such an endeavor—the money, the tickets, the shots, the health insurance, the paperwork— is so daunting. Where do you even begin?

You begin by making the decision to go. The hardest part of Nick’s and my pre-trip prep was deciding that we could climb off the merry-go-round of our lives and careers and wander for a year. Once we’d taken that leap of faith, the rest was just a matter of caching our cash bit by bit and then ploddingly planning. While the leap of faith and money part is up to you, here are some been-there-done-that tips to give you a head start putting the rest of your dream into action.

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