Category Archives: Plan

Travel Budget for South Africa

This is our budget breakdown for our 12 days in the Cape Town area of South Africa. We spent a lot more on transportation and accommodation than we anticipated. The main problem was that our car hire charged a mileage that we did not account for in our budget (there was no excess mileage fee 3 years ago, when we did the same road trip along the Garden Route). As far as accommodation goes, we stayed in a few different

Travel Budget for Madagascar

With a finite amount of money to spend and a year of travel to plan for, we keep a detailed Excel spreadsheet of our budget for each country we visit. Recently we thought our budget data might be helpful for other travellers out there. So, here is a breakdown of what we spent in Madagascar (excluding flights). We will be including similar tables for each country we visit. We booked a weeklong tour with a great company called Jean Be

Booking Flights for a RTW Trip

You remember a little while ago, we made a post about incorporating spontaneity into our travel plans? We talked about how we had found a balance between over-planning and leaving the whole trip up to our whim. Our compromise consisted of purchasing a RTW ticket including the major stops that we know we want to do (and when we want to do them) and then plugging the rest of our destinations in along the way. For example, we know we

To Do List for a World Trip – Part 3

This is Part 3 of 3 for our World Trip To Do List series. Here we will go through all the final stages of planning for extended travel; between 3 months up until right before you leave. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 as well! The Home Stretch – 3 Months up until Right Before You Leave (holy %*@# we’re actually doing this) Purchase your gear. Make a list with all the clothing and gear you’ll

To Do List for a World Trip – Part 2

This is Part 2 of 3 for our World Trip To Do List series. We haven’t nearly approached this stage yet, but we’re definitely anticipating everything we’ll need to do as the waiting game becomes a bit more bearable and everything starts to feel a little more real. Check out Part 1 – The Very Beginning (6 Months to 1 Year+ Before Your Trip), and be sure to come back next Sunday for Part 3! Update: Part 3 – The

To Do List for a World Trip – Part 1

This post is about the very beginning steps to planning a world trip – a straightforward and concise list to refer to if you have no idea where to start. We have split up this topic into 3 time-specific segments. Part 1 is a to do list for when you still have between 6 months and a year or more before you leave on your adventure. This is the point we are at right now, with 13 months before our