Round the World Trip Itinerary Planner

Plan a Round The World Trip Itinerary

he world is so amazingly beautiful and you will encounter the wonders of the world in both nature and human life.  Now its time to plan the adventure of a lifetime!

The first stage in planning an itinerary for your world trip is to make a shortlist of countries and regions to visit and the excursions and activities to include.  The reason for accumulating a shortlist at this stage is to:

  • Generate details of activities and excursions in an area in order to make the most of  that region.
  • Forecast a timescale for that region based on your excursions.
  • Support decisions on your route for your Round the World Tickets.

Please note you can:

  1. Plan your entire trip - useful if you are on limited time and can not afford to loose time planning whilst on your journey.
  2. Partially plan your trip: so in some places you have planned in advance, for example, accommodation and tours can be pre-arranged in some stretches of your journey and in other parts, you go where the road takes you.  This is useful if you are not able to arrange things yourself in particular regions due to language barriers.  Whereas in areas where tourism is rife (such as South East Asia), planning as you go is easier.
  3. Only plan the actual route around the world, ie. point of entry into an area/country/continent is pre-arranged and you explore at your own pace as long as you reach the point of exit which may be a different country or area at your designated and pre-booked time.  Useful if you are planning on spending a long time on the road, provides enough time and flexibility as required.

Here are a few tips to aid planning:

There is a wealth of information to explore.  Look at the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides.  The Rough Guides normally have ’Top’ activities to do or see and this is where the ‘highlights’ for that region are as well as the only illustrated pictures.  At this stage all you want to do is make a shortlist of activities by region, also noting the locations of where these 'highlights' are.

The Lonely Planet guides are more colourful, concise and it is easier to find information but not as detailed as the Rough Guides.

There are hundreds of traveller’s blogs that can be explored for inspirational ideas.  These blogs give a real world account of the traveller’s experiences so they are useful to look at, however information on planning is disjointed as the blogger’s incentive is only to document a personalised diary of their own adventure (however some blogging websites show the route on a world map taken by that individual).

Wikitravel website has a wealth of information that can aid planning an itinerary and is generally categorised better then blogs to get the information you need.  The information is in a similar format to what you would get in a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide but with less detail.

A great way to formulate an itinerary is to inspect tours and excursions by adventure tour operators such as Gap Adventures.  Examine their tours to generate ideas from their itinerary.  Gap Adventures, ‘Yolo’  type tours for example, use local public transport to get to most places (Boat, Plane, Bus, Train) to simulate the 'local experience'.  Thus by inspecting these tours you can establish:

  • A high probability of transport links between each location in their itinerary.
  • Forecast the absolute minimum time required accomplish items in that itinerary as no time is wasted on these tours.

So this will give you an idea of what to do and the minimum timescales required.

One thing to bear in mind is that adventure tours are competitively priced and may be just as cost effective as trying to organise it yourself (factoring in the time lost and effort spent  in arranging this yourself).  It will also allow you to be in the company of fellow travellers.  In areas where English is not widely spoken (Central  & South America) it can be a good idea to travel with a tour group.

Whilst you are constructing the itinerary, start to rank the items in terms of ‘I have to do’, I would like to do’, ‘That would be nice’.  Ranking the items will support your decision on the route you would like to take and aid in the planning of your flights.

The itinerary destination list you generate will ultimately influence the type of flights and round the world tickets you purchase.  When evaluating a round the world ticket, it may be that you are only allowed to choose certain destinations due to limitations of the type of ticket.  Your ranked shortlist will determine whether this compromise is acceptable or to evaluate another type of ticket. Sometimes it may be necessary to supplement a destination to be able to keep the the higher ranked items in your itinerary.