I was taking a look back at some of my older blog posts and my World Travel Trip Itinerary post stood out to me. Why? Well because 7 months ago, my trip looked a lot different than how it is actually turning out. Want to see what my original plan was? Check out my first world travel trip itinerary post here.
I’d love to share with all of you how it has changed, but more importantly, why it’s changed. First of all, I had WAY too many places listed for the budget I had set for myself. One of the most expensive costs of any trip is the actual travel expenses (flights, trains, buses, boats, etc.). Thus, I quickly learned along the way that if I wanted to truly enjoy myself in each of the places I went – i.e. not be a cheapskate, I would have to compromise on the number of places I was going to visit.
This change in my plans was a very natural adjustment as I enjoyed a much slower travel anyhow. One where you spend a month or more in each country, getting to know the good local spots, and having enough time to truly immerse yourself in the culture.
So, without further ado, here is what I had originally planned, alongside what has actually happened.
- South America (2 months)
- Europe (3 months)
- Asia (3 months)
- New Zealand (2 months)
- Australia (2 months)
That is a whopping total of 21 countries. If you’ve seen the size of South America and Australia – not small countries either. I met a TON of backpackers doing all of those South American countries in an entire year alone. How on Earth was I supposed to get through all of that in just 2 to 3 months? Not possible if you are wanting to enjoy the towns you are in for more than one day at a time.
After cutting out a couple of countries in South America, whilst we were fully realizing this above fact in our first couple of weeks, I quickly came to realize that the rest of the trip may also have some unrealistic expectations.
Therefore, once my friend Kim flew home back to Canada at the end of our South American Journey, I would cut down my Europe trip from the start and just stick to the south for now. Changing my starting country from the Netherlands, to Portugal.
The rest of my world travel trip itinerary has sort of just fallen into place as I have gone along, and this next list is where I have been for the first 7 months, and where I plan to go for my next few months.
- South America (2 months)
- Europe (4 months)
- Asia (TBD)
Whew. From 20+ countries down to 12. Much more doable.
I am currently in Malaysia right now and will be heading back up to Thailand for another few weeks to hit the places I wanted to go but didn’t get a chance to during my first one month’s visa stay. Afterwards I’ll be heading through Cambodia and then onto Vietnam.
I am very happy with my decision to make the most out of my Asia trip while I am here instead of rushing through it, only to rush through two more countries that deserve at least a year to themselves.
If I could offer just one piece of advice for people who are still in the midst of doing travel planning. It would be to choose less countries and stay in them longer. It is so not worth it having to rush around.
I have met so many other backpackers who made the same mistake I did at the beginning of my trip. They didn’t have time for some of the best places to visit because they hadn’t known about them when they left, and they didn’t leave any ‘wiggle room’ in their trip. Something everyone learns to regret soon enough.
Well I hope this gave you some insight not only on what I’ve been up to over the last half a year, but also how to improve your own world travel trip itinerary. Check out some more travel tips here to help you along the way.
Comment your thoughts on this article below, where would you choose to go if you could pick anywhere for a year?