Why travel RTW?
For example, I'd like to travel in Belize, Guatemala and the Yucatan. I'd like to spend some more time in SEA. (Both of these are compact areas.) I'd like to travel through Indonesia from Singapore to Bali or take the Trans-Siberian. (Two longer, "routes"). These could all be done as 2-3 month trips.
What are the advantages of a RTW trip over this kind of travel? Is it the length of time, the attraction of spending a year on the road? Is it easier to take a year off for some people than a couple months? Are there other reasons?
I took my "give up everything" trip last year, and it wasn't RTW, but I can see what the attraction of that would be. But, having done it once, I don't really want to give everything up again.
I also had the impression it would be a one time thing, that such a journey would get the travel bug out of my system so I'd be more content to settle down later. Ha! Was I wrong about that! It just made me want to travel more more more.
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My next RTW will be about 12 months in duration but I will not be quitting my job to do it this time, a combination on leave and leave without pay. So for me it's not the whole 'I have to give up my job issue'.
I like taking my time, one of the reasons I like the whole RTW thing. For me as well the airfares getting in and out of Aust, medical stuff, insurance etc all take up a massive amount of money so I would rather go for longer. I just can not see spending that amount of money for a 2 week holiday.
Oh and my RTW will be more like go to South / Central America for 10 - 11 months and take the other way home with a few stops thrown in, as in perhaps the Trans Mongolian and a little of China on the way home. So not really a RTW in the traditional sense. But RTW all the same!
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
As others have said, it's not that I didn't enjoy it but on reflection it was rather rushed, and the scale of the trip was a bit over-awing. I would definitely recommend going RTW if you want to, especially if it's likely to be your only "give up everything" trip. Conversely, if you want to spend three months in one region, then go for it. Choice is your best friend here!
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