I don’t want to settle but I know they are right.
Going to attempt a prioritize by answering these questions defined by Bootsnall Travel:
Are there any cities/sites/experiences you have always dreamed of visiting or doing? Egypt.The Rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef. The Galapagos Islands. LOTR. Stonehenge. The Sahara. The Great Wall. Iceland.
Are you a city person, or do you love the outdoors and hiking and camping? I think I would prefer hiking and camping.
Would you be happy circling the globe checking out the world’s best beaches? totally.
Are more you more of a museum and culture person? I prefer more natural wonders and action based events but culture is very important.
Is food extremely important to you when traveling? I can’t stress this enough.
Do you want to volunteer, work, or take any classes while abroad? I would love to!
Do you enjoy a combination of everything above? I think I’m going to have a serious problem narrowing down the things I can feasibly do… (I thought these questions would help me narrow what I wanted…?)
What types of accommodations do you plan on staying in? Stay with friends and family when I can, hostels, campgrounds, WWOOFing? and now even house sitting?
How do you plan on getting around? Fly from hub to hub. Train or boat or bus.
How much advance planning do you want to do, and how much of your trip do you want to leave open to spontaneity? I want to plan the big nodes but leave a decent amount of time to just go with the flow.
Will you want to take any guided tours on your trip? I would rather not but it might be necessary for the more popular destinations
Will any of your must-see destinations and activities require tours? the Galapagos, for sure
Have you educated yourself on multi-stop, RTW plane tickets vs. buying one-ways as you go? A little – I am still in the works.
Do you have a budget number in mind? I think $5,000 is a good number.
Some serious items to consider: I am planning this like it’s for me. Which it is… but… I have an ‘other half’… What does he want to do on this trip?
To do: Build a Traveler Profile Spend time on Vagabonding Travel Budget Define Pillars and a framework for the trip explore stopovers make a world map of destinations