If you happened to visit the blog yesterday, you might have seen the shiney new pre-order page for my book “Your Big Break: Guide to Leaving Your Job to Travel the World and Back”.
There’s an early bird discount going on now. The book is selling at S$15 until September 2, 2015 23:59. Afterwards, the price will revert to the original S$20.
The book is available in ebook format (EPUB, mobi and PDF).
To celebrate the pre-orders, I will be answer travel questions in the form of vlogs for the whole week.
Actually uploading and showing the videos for the whole world is something scary for me. Hope you like it.
|YQ answers your travel questions is part of the #YourBigBreak campaign. Send in your travel questions about quitting your job to travel and YQ will answer them in a video.|
Excerpts from Your Big Break to answer your travel questions
Travel question 1: How much money do I need for a round-the-world trip?
There’s a misconception that travelling requires a lot of money. Well, if you’ve only done short-term trips of less than a month, the expenses do add up.
If you’re doing a long-term trip (as round-the-world trips usually are), the expenses will be divided among more days so your spending per day is much lower. Plus, it’s better to stay in a place longer on a long-term trip so you will be saving on transportation expenses too.
How to decide how much you will spend for the trip?
For me, as soon as I knew that travelling wasn’t expensive, I was determined to make it work.
To get an idea of how much you will spend, list down the cities or countries you want to go. Then with the help of a guidebook, see how much does it cost to stay in the city for a day depending on your comfort level.
Using Greece as an example, Lonely Planet’s website says a mid-range budget would cost €60 to €100. Take this number and multiple it by the number of days you wish to stay.
If I were to stay in Greece for a week at the lowest mid-range budget. That would be €60 times 7 = €420/ week.
Do this for all of your dream countries and you will get an idea of how much you will be spending.
Travel question 2: Where should I go for my round-the-world trip?
From the moment you’ve decided that you will go on this journey, you need to start planning. My own planning stage took two years: From the initial Big Dream to the actual trip itself.
When I decided that I wanted to travel, I tell myself that I will allocate S$20,000 for the trip. This simplified a lot of things: I need to plan my trip to be long enough for my money to stretch and I cannot go to expensive countries.
Step 1: Dream big
At this stage, you can dream big. Take an empty page and write down (or type out) all the places you want to go.
Remember, it’s all the places you want to go, not places where other people tell you to go. When I was planning my trip, I thought of including India into my list because in my mind, that was the backpacker Mecca and I would feel embarrassed if I didn’t go there. Eventually I took it off the list and substituted it with Sri Lanka, thinking of it as a Beginner’s Guide to South Asian travel.
Once you have your list of everywhere you want to go, you need to start your research on these locations. Your dream trip will probably look quite different after this step. This doesn’t mean that you will enjoy yourself less. It means that you’re being responsible about your travels which is always a good thing.
Step 2: Refine your itinerary
In this step, I recommend borrowing guidebooks or the internet to help you with planning.
Group your dream countries based on the continents or how near they are to each other. For each country, check
- If you need a visa to enter the country (As a Malaysian, my passport is somewhat restrictive so that helped with narrowing down where I can go.)
- How much is the cost of travel for each day
- The transportation for you to travel from another dream country to this country
- The best time to travel and when the tourist season is
- The political situation
- Which towns or city you really want to visit, give an estimate of how long you want to stay in each area.
For more realistic flight planning, I suggest using free online services such as AirTreks to see how much the plane tickets would cost or if your route actually makes sense.
From this step, you will see that some countries are harder to get to (whether it is the visa, political situation or just too expensive. Here, you will refine the countries you can go to. You might even discover new places that you can visit.
For my European side of travel planning, I initially only wanted to visit Greece. But after some research, I realized that Italy and Turkey are amazing places to visit and are quite close by.
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