On the eve of departure

It has been mad busy the last few days, and really, the last six weeks. Prepping for a round the world trip of this duration while packing away your possessions into storage is combining the stress of two things: an international move and travel planning. Finally all of that is done. My flat has been…

RTW essential gear, part 3

In this last post into what to pack for a round the world trip, I focus on electronics and other gear. If you missed them, I already covered packing guidelines, backpack and hiking shoes and clothes in earlier posts. As mentioned in other posts, especially the one about practicalities, much of what I am packing is not perhaps essential after all.…

RTW essential gear, part 2

So you’re going on a trip around the world, what else should you pack? The backpack and shoes I covered in an earlier post (here), as well as the philosophy about how to pack (here). How am I following my own advice? Remember the clothes guidelines? Choose smart looking, sweat wicking, quick drying clothes. Pack layers, layers,…

RTW essential gear, part 1

When you will travel non-stop for over a year, all around the world, crossing timezones and continents, from deserts to glaciers, from mountains to beaches, and metropolises to small towns, you need to prepare well and pack better. For me, the top two essential decisions were the backpack and the shoes. Travelers have different needs,…

RTW packing guidelines

I love the internet. Seriously, it’s the best, especially now when I am planning my first round the world trip. Whatever question I have, I find helpful answers online*: Can I get a Chinese visa in Hanoi? Which national parks I should visit in the US? Where can I see the monkeys that soak in hot…