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The do’s and don’ts of travelling around the world

Published November 28th, 2012

It’s the trip of a lifetime we all dream of taking. Just one day packing up and heading off to see the world. Sounds nice doesn’t it? And it is. But there is a fine art to getting the most out of your trip without returning home broke with your tail between your legs. Luckily for you, as travel experts, we’ve already done all the dumb things so you don’t have to. Take our advice with these do’s and don’ts and live out your dream around the world trip.

 

DO talk to the experts: When planning an around the world holiday, it pays to talk to someone. A fellow traveller who can give you first hand advice. One with insider knowledge on cheap round the world flights, black market airfares and why this hostel in Costa Rica, is better than that one. Such friendly and well-travelled folk can be found at our stores. Take a seat, ask away and get all of the answers before you go.

DON’T wing it: This isn’t a casual road trip to Byron where you can just go by the seat of your pants - or with no pants at all! Travelling around the world is probably the biggest holiday you’ll undertake in your life. Take it seriously. Plan accordingly. Pack lots of underwear. And don’t take candy from strangers!  

 

Travelling around the world Do: Have the best time of your life

DO book a round the world flight: For value for money, a round the world airfare is your best bet. These airfares combine flights, making it not only cheaper than booking individual flights, but easier. From 3 stops to 20, our flights are available in a range of itineraries, or you can choose your own with our round the world flight trip planner.

DON’T pack too much: Only pack what you can carry. And carry easily. In layman’s terms this means a few tops and pants, a warm jacket, comfortable shoes, toiletries, towel and underwear. Also, don’t leave home without travel insurance. That thing is probably more important than underwear.

 

DO be flexible: When travelling around the world, it pays to go with the flow. Don’t bother planning everything.  Sometimes those free days you have end up unexpectedly being the best days.

DON’T panic: No matter how much you plan and schedule, not everything will go according to plan. And that’s okay. Try not to sweat the small stuff.

 

DO take a guidebook: Not only will it make great reading material during your plane and train rides, but a guidebook can help guide you to experience the best of each city.

DON’T treat it like gospel: This is your holiday so don’t let the guidebook dictate it. Do what you want to do and treat yourself to the holiday you always wanted.

 

DO have a bad day: Trust me, travelling isn’t all double rainbows and unicorns 24/7. There will be shitty days. Sometimes life on the road will throw lemons at you while yelling in a foreign accent. But chin up Charlie because the days following are bound to be all lemonade and singing birds. Let the bad days past. The good days always end up out numbering them.

DON’T rush: Sometimes the best holidays are the ones where you slow down and really take time to soak up your destination. If you’ve got the time, then take the time. Relax and enjoy yourself.

 

Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.