This is my Pre-Trip Checklist

These are all of the things I feel I need to get done before taking off on this trip. If you’re looking to plan your own Around the World trip, this could prove useful to you! Take a look below for my must-accomplish items before leaving on an extended trip!

Decide date to leave

July 10th. (TOTALLY NOT PANICKING).

Make a list of places to see

United Kingdom / Italy / Ireland / Scotland / Germany / Greece / Thailand / Indonesia / Nepal / Japan / Australia / New Zealand. 
These are in no way final or concrete options. I reserve the right to get distracted and go a different route entirely.

Renew Passport

Don’t need to, my passport doesn’t expire until 2021.

See what visa requirements are necessary for different countries

United Kingdom: No visa required if staying under 6 months.
Italy: American citizens are not required a visa to enter Italy if they plan to stay under 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least six months after your planned departure date.
Ireland: US citizens may visit the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland without a visa for up to 90 days.
Scotland: Same visa rules as the United Kingdom apply.
Germany: “US citizens in possession of a valid US passport (on the planned date of departure from Germany, your passport should have at least another three months validity) do not need a visa for airport transit, tourist or business trips (for stays up to 90 days).
Greece: US citizens can stay in Greece for up to 90 days without a visa because of the Schengen Agreement.
Thailand: If an individual wishes to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days, he/she may wish to obtain a tourist visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in the United States, prior to arriving in Thailand.
Indonesia: US has visa exemption. If under 30 days, I don’t need to prepare anything. Can get a Visa on Arrival at the airport for $35 USD. goes from 30-60 days and can be extended 30 days ONCE without leaving the country.
Nepal: Tourist visas (15/30/90 days) are available on arrival for US$25/40/100. Currently an insurrection.
Japan: Up to 90 days. Can’t work. Need to have a passport and onward travel already booked. Can’t just show up and not have a plan. Perhaps go from there to New Zealand?
India: $130 USD for visa. Can have an eVisa before.
Australia: Requires a bunch of paperwork before entering. Can’t visit without a visa?
New Zealand: Can stay for up to 3 months without a visa.

Find out what immunizations Are needed

My primary doctor suggested that I check out Passport Health for my travel vaccinations. They give you suggestions for immunizations based on your itinerary! So, based on the countries I listed above, I did some research. I’ve made a simple, handy Google Sheet for you here so you can see for yourself! Despite what you might have seen on Facebook / Reddit, it’s important to get vaccinated, especially before you travel to a foreign country. Most countries have very similar basic requirements, with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Rabies being the most common. The Asian countries and Australia have the most recommended vaccines of them all, with Japanese Encephalitis and Yellow Fever being obvious choices. Be safe, get some shots!

Start reaching out for Freelance connections if necessary

 

Buy and Read “Pooping Around the World.”

Food poisoning is real y’all. The last thing you want is to get the shits in a different country.

Finish Reading Vagabonding

Easily one of the best travel books I’ve read. Rolf Potts gives a succinct (the audiobook is only 4 hours) summary of what the adventure of life on the road will be like. He doesn’t gloss over potential problems, in fact, he revels in them as part of the entire experience. It motivated me even more to take this trip. Check it out here!

Reach Out to Brands for Partnerships

Apparel and travel companies could potentially be willing to start a partnership during these travels.

Decide a location to start

I’M GOING TO IRELAND!

Book first few nights of accommodation

It’ll help the process by having the first few days and nights planned out.

Take Salsa Dancing Lessons

One lesson down! I love it so far. Dancing’s pretty important in other cultures, so I might as well get over my dance floor phobia early, y’know?

Start eating clean and cooking from home again

One of the best ways to save money is to buy food and cook it at the hostel / AirBnB. Eating out can add up real quick.

Practice doing stuff on alone

Go out to eat alone. Go out to a bar alone. Go out and just walk alone. Get used to doing stuff without people so it won’t be so jarring when I’m abroad.

Unlock and pay off phone

Unlocking allows you to use the local sim cards in countries that might not support your home country’s mobile services. They’re often really cheap too. Look into Google Fi before leaving. It offers 4G service in over 170 countries for the same price as T-Mobile. It could be worth switching over to instead of buying sim cards in each country. It’ll cost $250 to pay off the remainder of my phone balance and about $110 to unlock it.

Buy one-way ticket

I BOUGHT MY ONE-WAY TICKET! JULY 10TH I’M LEAVING FOR IRELAND! 

Figure out what to do with my car

Leaving it with my parents to use.

Create a final pre-trip budget

This might be tough since I don’t know where I’ll be going and for how long.

Call health insurance about covering travel

My health insurance covers traveling but doesn’t take care of evacuation and potential theft like travel insurance companies.

Research and sign up for travel insurance

I’ll write a post about it once I do the research.

Get common medications from the doctor

Things like simple antibiotics, allergy meds, stuff like that. Create a rudimentary First Aid Kit.

Make a packing list and practice actually packing

To get an idea on how much space I’ll have and what I can actually bring.

Start learning videography

I made my first real video! If you want to follow along my video journey, subscribe to my YouTube channel! Photography’s always been my thing. If there’s ever a time to film, it’s when you’re on a trip abroad.

Sell a bunch of stuff

I definitely don’t need three guitars. Or a few gaming systems. Want to buy some stuff? Email me.

Cancel any unnecessary, recurring expenses

Whatever I don’t think I’ll need. That way I won’t have to worry about it.

Pre-pay monthly expenses if possible

That way there aren’t any unknown expenses cropping up on the road.

Keep Saving

The more money I have, the longer I can travel.

Put in two weeks

Yep, another spike of excitement and anxiety typing that one out.

Move stuff out of the apartment

Most likely try to store what I can at my parents’ house so I won’t rack up storage facility costs.

LEAVE

That’s that.

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