Planning a backpacking or round the world trip
Start planning your trip
First, work out how much money you will need for your trip or gap year.
Work out the budget for your trip around the world or Europe so you can plan your trip better. Work out daily and monthly backpacking costs, and factor in if you are planning to work abroad.
Planning your round the world flight ticket route using these basic principles and insider tips. Understand how to plan a cost-effective RTW route. Download RTW planner.
Inspirational travel photos from around the world.
Read other backpacker's experiences and stories of travelling around the world.
Working abroad can enhance your travelling experience immensely - and it doesn't mean you have to be stuck behind a desk. Why not volunteer to protect turtles or pandas, or give something back to communities you visit by teaching or building wells.
2 Book it up
Book your round the world or multi-stop flights. Did you know you can book complex round the world flight tickets online now?
How and where to get cheap flights.
Booking accommodation is so much cheaper if booked in advance than if you just turned up, so research and book your hotels before you travel. Backpackers can reserve a bed in a hostel online for under a dollar!!.
3 Get ready to leave
Which visas do you need?
Travel vaccinations are essential for certain parts of the world, find out more and get discount vouchers.
Getting travel insurance is essential for any trip in case you get ill or even need to cancel your trip, so read our top tips for getting cheap travel insurance and view the travel insurance comparison charts.
Get a good digital camera so you can capture all those shots.
4 When you're there
Where to get started booking your trip
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