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  1. Glamourous Traveller
    04/15

    Personally I couldnt last half as long as you. I was living in Amsterdam and got depressed by the first week since I didnt feel I had a ‘purpose’ beyond waking up, finding another cafe/ restaurant/ canal to enjoy… and mind you I was getting ready to start a new job! My other tips on this though, is that if you’re not the kind that can go non-stop on end, a hub-and-spoke type travel may be more your thing. It sure is my tried and tested (and preferred!) mode of travelling. http://glamouroustraveller.com/2013/01/03/so-youve-decided-to-start-travelling-the-world-now-what/

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  2. John
    09/02

    This article you have is sign that you are learning from your past experiences. And it is really a good thing for all the aspiring travelers and readers to learn from your experiences as well. I guess the key here is planning for the worst to come along when your’e out on long journey.

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  3. Waegook Tom
    05/31

    Ahh, budgeting! I think people often budget for transport, accommodation, food…but they do forget the little things. Extra suncream, toiletries that will need replacing, batteries, the occasional souvenir. It does add up.

    Staying put in a place is also something every long-term traveller needs to do once in a while, if only to regain a sense of home and sanity.

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      06/04

      @Tom: Yes, you’re correct! All those little things totally add up and it’s sneaky too. As for staying put for a while ; that’s a great recommendation. The fact that I didn’t give into that more often worked me haggard.

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  4. Cathy Ly
    04/17

    Oh man, great topic!! I wish I did not spend as much on accommodations and honestly took more chances with hitchhiking – spent way too much dough on transportation!!!

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      04/19

      @Cathy: I know sometimes, I want to cut down my spending so much I begin to risk my own health and safety. In many cases, its turned out well, but it just takes one that doesn’t. As a girl, be careful when you hitch hike.

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  5. BEATRICE
    04/08

    i love love love reading your stuff, they are funny, entertaining and so informative and endearing! I’m soon going to be going on an adventure myself as somewhat of a solo traveler to South korea. Anyway really great…

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      04/16

      @Beatrice: Apologies for the delayed response and thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. I wish you the best on your next adventure~ fighting!

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  6. Devon
    11/27

    This are great trips. I, too, have struggled with slowing down from time to time and not feeling guilty if I spend an extra day someplace that’s compfortable, or if every day isn’t jam-packed with sightseeing. But I try to remind myself that a RTW trip is a marathon not a sprint, and if I don’t have a few days of rest, I will burn out and not fully enjoy each of my days on the road.

    Also, I spent WAAAY too much money on my phone. It is a crutch for me and a way to feel connected to my friends at home. But they have email! When I get to Asia in January, I am cutting that off…

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      12/01

      @Devon: I love what you said about the RTW trip being a marathon and not a sprint! Exactly!!! Although I admit, it’s hard to break a bad habit, sometimes. That was one of my difficulties. tee hee.

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  7. Leyla
    11/20

    Excellent tips! Number 3 particularly resonated – I was on the road for three years full-time and not having a home was one of the biggest challenges I faced. I beat by doing two things. First, I developed a strict routine – doing identical things when getting up and going to bed every day no matter where I was. It somehow strung the days together into a sense of place. The second thing was to stay a length of time in each country and allow myself to get to know it. On my backpacking trip across Africa, I stayed two months in South Africa and Ethiopia, and a month in Mozambique, Uganda, Eritrea and Tanzania. In Asia I spent two months in Shanghai and nearly a year in Thailand. That length of time allowed me to understand a culture and get under its skin, meeting people and living more like a local than a tourist. Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      11/20

      @Leyla: Awesome comment, Leyla! It’s wonderful that you got to stay in those places for that long. Women going complete nomad is something I’ve admired but still have to work through in budget and trust. I agree, the longer you can stay in a place, the more you get to understanding the culture and people. I like the tip about “doing identical things” and having a routine. That’s something I didn’t think about. Thanks for the insight from the experience of a long-term backpacker!

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  8. Feather Ives
    11/19

    1. I wish I had traveled to the cheaper places first. I spent way too much money at the start of my trip. I had enough to last me at least 9 months, but only ended up staying on the road 5. One of the reasons my cash didn’t last as long as I’d planned is reason number 2.

    2. I made the mistake of thinking that a lot of my trip would consist of WWOOFing, and I wouldn’t have to spend that much money. I had planned to WWOOF for 7-8 weeks of my trip, but only ended up WWOOFing for two. With WWOOFing you can go days or even the entire stay without spending any of your money because room and board are provided.

    3. I also made the mistake of thinking I’d be Couchsurfing more. That also didn’t work out especially once I discovered how much I love cheap Italian hostels (11-12 euro).

    4. Also, I wasn’t aware that my iPhone would still work if I could find a wifi connection. I only found that out here in Korea. I wish I had known. I was paying for my iPhone during my trip and could barely use it. AT&T didn’t tell me that for $10 a month, I could put it on hold. I would have gladly done that and used wifi to access internet and maps etc.

    I will do it again, and I will learn from my mistakes. I feel a blog of my own coming on. xo

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      11/20

      @ Feather: You’ve experienced some great lessons! The budget part does kind of kill it, at times. I was in Asia/S.E.A. where things are much cheaper than Europe and I was watching each dollar. So I’m sure watching your budget in Europe must’ve been suffocating! It’s like cha-ching! cha-ching! everywhere you go. Also, staying on a local couch is one way to taste the flavor of the culture but sometimes, you want your own space/bed. Europe does have a nice hostel scene. I don’t blame you and yes, that adds up too. Sometimes, you gotta splurge.

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  9. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad
    11/18

    Great tips Christine! I ran into the same issues at the end of my year long travel. Too many things to choose from, in the end I just got lazy. I do recommend taking a break, but do it longer. I took a month off from traveling in Chiang Mai. Hired myself an apartment to avoid the hostel life, settled down for a while and got to know the place. It was just what I needed!

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      11/20

      @Jarmo: Renting an apartment is a perfect way to beat that homeless feeling! I had always considered doing that in Thailand for a couple of months, but when the thought arose on the road, I got to feeling a little cheap. In the long run, I think it would’ve been the cheaper option than a hostel and I’d be able to laze around the city and get to know it more.

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  10. Bali
    11/16

    I like the picture with all ears: D Traveling solo is not a bad thing because you can visit everything you want and it is quiet.

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      11/16

      @Bali: Don’t worry- ‘sunny side to solo travel’ post will come soon and you’re very correct- solo allows you to take your time imbibing on your dreams with a country. I’m sure this post must make solo travel look harder than it is and that’ s not my intention. There are many positive sides to solo traveling indeed.

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  11. Hannah
    11/16

    Great tips, C! I wish I were brave enough to travel solo. We should be travel buddies one of these days!

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    • Christine Ka’aloa
      11/16

      @Hannah: It would be great to hookup sometime! When’s your next vacation?LOL.

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