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I want to travel the world. Where do I start?

Article by GVI


Posted: December 15, 2022

Are you ready to travel the world and see some impressive sights? Here are some tips to help you get started on your globetrotting adventure:

Set a goal

Before you start planning your trip, figure out what you want to accomplish. Do you want to visit a specific country or region? Are you interested in learning about a particular culture? Do you want to try new foods or activities? Having a goal in mind will help you focus your planning and make the most of your trip.

Research destinations

Once you have a goal in mind, start researching destinations that align with it. Consider factors like cost, safety and convenience when choosing a destination. For example, if you want to experience vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty, you may want to consider destinations like India, Thailand, Brazil or Peru. If you’re interested in history and architecture, Europe may be a good option with its rich cultural heritage and diverse cities like Paris, Rome and Berlin.

Plan your itinerary

After you have chosen your destination, it’s time to plan your itinerary. Consider the amount of time you have, the things you want to see and do, and the distances between locations. For example, if you’re visiting Europe, you may want to spend a few days in Paris, then take a train to Amsterdam and end your trip with a visit to Berlin. Try to balance your itinerary with a mix of activities and downtime to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Book your flights and accommodations

Once you have your itinerary planned, it’s time to book your flights and accommodations. Look for deals and discounts to save money, and be sure to read reviews and compare options before making a decision. For example, if you’re visiting Europe, you may want to book a hotel in the city centre for easy access to attractions, or consider staying in a local apartment for a more authentic experience.

Get organised

Before you leave for your trip, make sure you have everything organised and ready to go. Create a packing list, make copies of important documents, and research the best way to get around your destination. For example, if you’re visiting Europe, you may want to purchase a rail pass to easily travel between cities, or look into bike rentals for a fun and eco-friendly way to explore.

Visa requirements

Before you start planning your trip, it’s important to check if you need a visa to enter the countries you want to visit. A visa is a document that allows you to enter a country for a specific purpose, such as tourism, business, or study. Each country has its own requirements for visas, and the process can take several weeks, so it’s important to plan ahead. 

To apply for a visa, you will typically need to provide a passport, a completed visa application form, and supporting documents such as proof of financial stability and a letter of invitation. It’s a good idea to research the visa requirements for your destination well in advance, and start the application process as soon as possible.

Here are some additional tips to consider when planning to travel the world:

  • Start small: If you’ve never travelled internationally before, it can be overwhelming to think about visiting multiple countries at once. Consider starting with a shorter trip to a nearby destination to get a feel for international travel.
  • Be flexible: It’s important to have a plan when travelling, but be prepared for things to change. Be open to unexpected opportunities and be willing to adjust your itinerary if necessary.
  • Stay safe: Research the safety and security of your destination before you go, and be aware of any potential risks. Take common-sense precautions to protect yourself and your belongings, such as staying in well-lit areas and keeping your valuables close.
  • Learn some basic phrases in the local language: Even if you don’t speak the language fluently, knowing a few key phrases can be helpful in many situations. Greetings, numbers, and basic phrases like “please” and “thank you” can go a long way in making a good impression.
  • Be respectful: When travelling to a new country, it’s important to respect the local culture and customs. Research the customs and norms of the place you’re visiting, and be mindful of how your actions may be perceived.


By following these tips and being prepared, you can make the most of your travels and have a rewarding and memorable experience. Happy travels!

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