Being for a short trip, an extended trip, gap-year or round the world (rtw) trip, a trip requires preparation and there are a minimal number of topics that anyone should cover.
When I first started preparing for my trip to Middle East, I searched the web for information on a lot of these topics and except for great but ephemeral answers provided on the forums of lonelyplanet and BootsnAll, I could not find a good comprhensive guide.
So, I decided I could write one and started this page.
Well… It did not happen as planned and I actually found a good guide that covers most of these topics. The guide Footloose and Fancy-Free in the third world by Randy Johnson is a great source of information for all people that want to travel for extended periods of time (and not just in the third world). Randy has traveled for many years in many countries so you get the info from someone that, unlike me ;), has a lot of experience doing it.
I still believe the following list of topics should be covered by anybody that wants to leave for a long trip. I did!
- Why Travel?
- Alone or with Company?
- Trip Duration
- Special Events
- Other Possessions
- Communication Planning
- Money Management
- Last Checks Before Leaving
If I only had one advice to give, it would be: Start taking care of vaccinations and your documents as soon as possible because some of these are not compresible because out of your control. A visa for Syria took 10 days and if you need multiple visas, the time for each visa is additive since most (or all) of the embassies require you to leave your passport while they are processing the visa. As well, some imunization require multiple shots over 1, 2 or even 3 months and you cannot make this faster… So, don’t take a chance and make these things FIRST!
[This page is still alive and I will add links and comments in the future so come back from time to time.]