Day 16: How do you plan a world trip?August 5, 2016 in Kazakhstan
Who is doing the trip? Let's say you're doing it solo, it's hard enough to know yourself ;-). The first thing is decide what you want, I had 3 things in mind: The Peking-Express, Backpacking in Australia and to the South Pole. I had people in mind to go with, and they were willing, but time and money are the next 2 things you need to consider. As a freelancer it's relatively easy to get time, don't forget that when a freelancer doesn't work he doesn't get paid. So I worked 5 times the time that I am away. 3 are for the trip, 1 is for the time I am not working and 1 is the buffer when I come back and have no work.
Ok now plan this whole trip: It took me 4 months preparation and I have to say I couldn't do it without friend and travel agent Johan v.d. Berg. Travelcare is the company that did all the arrangements and backs me up when the shit hits the fan ;-). It's awesome to know that's someone is keeping an eye on the schedule and taking extra care when things go differently. Off course the ideas are my own but some things I never would have tought off. Johan was the middle man communicating with "Treinreiswinkel" for the Express to Beijing, with "Killroy" for the around the world airplane ticket (an enormous puzzle that took us months to fit together) and with "Tenzing Travel" for a once in a life time experience to Antartica. To make it even a greater challenge we were going to fit a couple of destinations in between including seeing my girl again in New Zealand and overlap the end part with my family in Boa Vista :). Wow what a trip.Read more