The decision to travel the world has been made and planning begins. But how far in advance should you start planning and when should you tackle which planning step?
On our overview page of world travel planning you will already find the most important planning points for your own world trip. Here we want to give you a rough overview of when and how far in advance you should tackle which planning point of the preparation so that nothing stands in the way of your world trip.
Of course, planning a trip around the world is also possible in less time, but we think that a year in advance is a very good basis for planning and preparing everything in a relaxed manner in addition to your job or study. At each planning point you will also find our corresponding article for more details.
12 MONTHS UNTIL THE WORLD TOUR
You noticed that you are drawn to the world and the decision to travel the world has been made. Now it is time to start the first planning steps:
CALCULATION OF THE WORLD TRIP COSTS AND SAVINGS:
Of course, at the beginning you want to know what you are getting yourself into, what such a trip around the world costs and what amount you have to reckon with for your break. And on the point of “saving” we are certainly in agreement: You can’t start early enough!
- Calculate costs for the world trip and save!
- Save again and feed the world travel fund!
DECISION: QUIT, SABBATICAL OR TIME OFF AFTER GRADUATION
If you are planning a trip around the world after your studies or school, the point is quickly ticked off. If you are in an employment relationship, you should think at the beginning of the planning whether you want to quit your job for the world trip or maybe negotiate a sabbatical. In the event of termination, you should of course observe your notice period and, in the event of a sabbatical, follow up early enough.
TERMINATION OF CURRENT CONTRACTS
Go through: Which contracts can you cancel? What are the notice periods? Do you still have the gym subscription? Magazine subscriptions? What do you do with the internet connection? Take your time through and make a list of all of these things and by when you should quit.
6 MONTHS UNTIL THE WORLD TRIP
Half a year until your world tour begins. It’s not the “hot phase” yet, but at the latest now you should start to take care of the first major organizational issues of the world trip or at least initiate them.
SUBLETTING, TERMINATING OR SELLING AN APARTMENT
There are various options for your apartment during the world tour. You can sublet, terminate or even sell them. Here, of course, you have to keep an eye on the notice period, clarify with the landlord whether subletting is permitted during the world tour and whether any renovation work is pending or furniture has to be sold / stored before it starts.
DE-REGISTER OR SELL A CAR
If you don’t have a car, jump straight to the next point. Otherwise, you should clarify whether you want to sell your car before the trip around the world and let your travel budget grow, leave it to a friend or family or simply cancel it and store it somewhere.
We already mentioned the point above. But by now you should really take a look at your contracts and shut down everything as early as possible that you will not use or need during the world trip.
Of course, this is always a personal decision as to whether to resort to vaccination or not. If you want to
OUR DECISION TO TRAVEL THE WORLD
We wrote this article before our trip around the world. Actually, we always update all of our articles on world travel planning . But we leave this one exactly as we wrote it – with a few comments afterwards. So have fun reading in our heads before the trip around the world:
In our first travelogue we wrote about Vietnam and the famous culture shock that everyone is talking about only that it wasn’t waiting for us there, but back in Germany – that’s the sentence with which the travelogue ends. And it basically goes on like this:
So after 3 weeks in Vietnam last year we were at Düsseldorf Airport, got on the bus and drove home. Our own four walls welcomed us, our own bed, our own bathroom, at home. Knowing: In a few days work and university will resume.
We put our backpacks in the apartment. And somehow the air seemed tense. We were very quiet (which we are seldom) sat down, looked around, as if we were thinking at the same time: “Hm. So here we are. Return. At home. ”Emotionless.
No thought of “Well, wash your clothes first! Have a shower! And we have to shop for the week! What do we have in the fridge? ”
We just sat on the chairs at the table. At the bottom of the jeans there was still sand from the Vietnamese island. Like refusing to understand that we’re back. Friends would often say “Yes, it’s always like that after the vacation!” That was different. Completely different. And much more intensely.
Now we know: what was in the air was simply the beginning of understanding what we really want.
We have started to uncover our deep desire, buried under everyday life, and to take it seriously: We want to travel the world. Thank god we got that!
YOU ARE CRAZY!
People are different.
A short sentence.
That says everything.
It is important to make this clear to yourself again so as not to let the thought get to you in the first place: “You are crazy. Better find a job, then you’ll have peace of mind, a smooth résumé and live a more relaxed life! ”Such sentences are unnecessarily discouraging. Just because the majority thinks that way doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.
There are people who have the “Finally! At home! ”- feeling. Be happy that life is back to normal. And that’s exactly why you’re so satisfied. Just like there are people who would not give anything to come home after work in the evening, to have a secure income and thus to enjoy their evening carefree.
And then there are those who would give away exactly that – for a trip around the world. Because they are plagued by wanderlust every day and get goose bumps at the idea of camping by the lake with the mountains in the background and cooking their canned food over a fireplace in Iceland! We belong to that.
Oh yeah, and then there are guys like baseball player Daniel Norris . Who earns millions and still prefers to live in his VW bus. Great guy!
Do you have a guess that you’re the kind of guy we are?
Regardless of whether you are currently studying or already in the middle of your job.
Do you long for the world and traveling?
That you are afraid to regret never daring?
THEN THIS WILL SURELY SOUND FAMILIAR TO YOU:
“Is that really supposed to be the only point of work? So that at some point I will get a pension, then have the free time, but may no longer be able to fulfill my true dreams? … Read the rest
Ortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará in the northeast of the country, has big plans. Tourism, which already accounts for ten percent of the economic power of Ceará and provides work for 75,000 people, is expected to continue to grow vigorously. In 2012, the nearly 154 million euro congress centre was opened, where the Brazilian government will host the summit of the BRICS countries in three weeks, right after the end of the soccer world championships. At least another 90 million euros will flow into Fortaleza’s tropical aquarium, which Governor Cid Gomes wants the city to enter on the “World Map of Tourism”. Above all, it wants to attract more visitors from North America and Europe. Because there is still a lot of space on the white sandy beaches of the almost 600 kilometres long coast of Ceará, they say.
Of course, Governor Gomes and all the other political leaders in Ceará know that Fortaleza has long had its place on the “world map of tourism” and that the city doesn’t just need more tourists, it needs others. It is literally just a few steps from the glittering construction of the “Arena Castelão” football stadium, in which Germany is playing against Ghana this Saturday, into the dark present of Fortaleza tourism. Dusk falls early in the tropical metropolis with two and a half million inhabitants, and then dozens of young women stand on Avenida Juscelino Kubitscheck and Avenida Alberto Craveiro. The “programa”, as sexual services are called here, is offered for the equivalent of an average of 16 euros. The prices can also drop to less than five euros.
In reality, the age limit is insignificant
Prostitution has been legal in Brazil since 2000, but only from the age of 18. Of course, this age limit is insignificant in reality. Fortaleza is, ahead of the coastal cities of Recife, Salvador and Natal, the capital of Brazilian sex tourism – mainly because of the prostitution of children and young people. The direct charter flights from Europe and North America to Fortaleza are not filled with congress tourists or family vacationers. This is not only known in the town hall and in the governor’s palace in Fortaleza, but also in the capital Brasília. There President Dilma Rousseff has. A few days ago, in the presence of a lot of press and celebrities, the so-called “Lei da Palmada” signed. The law places all forms of corporal punishment and the sexual exploitation of children and young people under severe punishment. The government has made the equivalent of around 2.6 million euros available to fight child prostitution. For comparison: The “Arena Castelão”, a mighty structure made of steel and sun-reflecting glass with a seal of approval for environmentally friendly building, cost 171 million euros.
It wasn’t just yesterday that people knew that there was a connection between football and prostitution. In Germany in 2006 and in South Africa in 2010, the predominantly male football fans caused a surge in sales of sexual services. For years, however, it has mainly been men who have come to Fortaleza looking for sex with children and adolescents for sale. The UN Children’s Fund Unicef assumes that the number of underage prostitutes in Brazil has risen from 100,000 in 2001 to more than 250,000. Brazilian organizations put the number of child prostitutes in the country at around half a million.
In north-eastern Brazil, the problem of child prostitution is exacerbated by the deeply rooted macho culture, says Glória Diógenes, sociologist at the University of Ceará in Fortaleza. “The violence starts in the families,” she says: “Child abuse is widespread.” More and more girls are coming to Fortaleza from the poor hinterland of the Sertão, neglected or even abused, angry … Read the rest
If you travel to Cuba, you cannot avoid the capital Havana. I also started my 3-week round trip through Cuba in “La Habana” . I recommend you plan at least two, preferably three days for Havana. I was in Havana for three days.
Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean with a population of 2.1 million. Every fifth Cuban lives here and Havana is also five times bigger than the second largest city in the country: Santiago de Cuba .
In Havana I explored the old town Habana Viejo , which is under UNESCO World Heritage protection. I visited the Havana Rum Museum , Hemingway’s favorite bars high up in the air , strolled along the Malécon promenade to name just a few places.
Havana is like an exciting book. You start to run and you don’t want to stop getting lost in this city. There is no shortage of sights in this city and I could stay here forever.
History buffs as well as classic car fans get their money’s worth in the third largest Caribbean metropolis. There is something interesting to discover on every corner.
At the end of the article you will find tips on what you can do in Havana in 3 days, a note about our accommodation and other impressions from Havana.
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Havana – city of contrasts
This grandiose architecture at first sight and the decay of the buildings behind the showcase façades make me sad. Just like the stark difference between our life as tourists and that of the Cubans. Despite poverty, nowhere else (except in Africa) have I met such a proud and cheerful people.
Nowhere else do so many shops open to tourists with tourist currency (peso convertible) and lock out locals with national currency. A negative phenomenon that many tourists turn a blind eye to or not even notice.
We have the privilege of enjoying our mojitos in fancy bars while locals line up next door with food stamps for rationed goods.
Street names and signs
In Habana Vieja and Centro Habana there are often alleys that either have no street signs or two: one old and one new. Sometimes only the new street names are written on, but Habaneros still use the old ones.
So if you ever need to ask for directions, find out what name is given to you. But you can get along quite well with a city map.
Habana Vieja – the old town of Havana
Habana Vieja (Spanish for Old Havana) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many buildings have been falling into disrepair since the Cuban Revolution. Some have been reconstructed and restored. Many have now been evacuated due to the risk of collapse.
You should do that
Discover the old town on your own. Walk through the alleys and discover hidden places and corners. Even at night you can move around the old town without having to be afraid. Don’t always believe travel guides. The old town is really safe.
This picture is not exactly picturesque. I still love it and I can proudly say that it was featured as a double page in the 2nd German issue of Lonely Traveler magazine:
The picture shows the mixture of beauty and decay very well.… Read the rest