We’re getting ready to head out, but planning a trip this long requires quite a bit of preparation and causes a few trepidations. You can read about our [many] thoughts by clicking on the link below:


If you’re planning on taking a similar trip, here are a few tips that may help you with your preparations. We’ll post a few tricks re: budgeting, finances, ways to save money, and medical coverage at a later time, but here are a few items to get you started:


  • Get all your vaccinations before you leave, and stock up on necessary drugs like Malarone (malaria) and Diamox (altitude sickness). Consult the CDC website for all countries you plan to visit.
  • Try to get a prescription for Prednisone if you can. It’s an effective treatment for poison ivy and poison oak, and you might run into some of that along the way. Consult your doctor. Follow directions.
  • Same advice for dental issues and contact lenses and/or eye glasses. Get all that stuff taken care of before leaving your country of residence. Stock up on contact lenses and solution.
  • Plan out your budget and learn to stick to it. Make sure you have enough money to last for several months once you return, as you’ll need it for your job search (if you plan on working again!)
  • Don’t tell people at work until it’s time to quit. Give them plenty of notice, though, and don’t burn bridges. You never know what the economy will be like once you return, and it’s generally better to have friends than enemies.
  • Get all your visas ahead of time, especially for countries that don’t allow you to get a visa as you enter. Plan ahead for India and China.

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