1. A head torch is the most useful thing in the world.
Money, passport, tickets and a head torch are all you really need for any Round the World trip. A head torch is, in our opinion, the definitive item for travelling around the world. It’s perfect for camping – how else are you going to read in bed? It’s also crucial for blackouts, which happen all the time on the islands in Thailand and in Kathmandu. They’re also great for bathrooms on the road at night, particularly in India. Don’t even think about leaving for your Round the World trip without one.
2. Don’t walk backwards in flip flops.
This never works and always ends in humiliation.
3. Learn ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’ in each language.
These few words, and a smile, will really go a long way. You’re more likely to get those real life experiences with local people all around the world if you open up to them.
4. Take a real towel
Yes it’s true. Travel towels take up less space. However, unless you buy a really expensive one, you’ll be regretting your travel towel purchase by the second month. I reality, most of them don’t dry quickly, and trying to dry your body with one is a bit like wiping yourself with cling film. Comfort is something that you’ll learn to really value during your Round the World trip, and a real, proper, fluffy towel is a sure fire way to get it. It makes coming out of the shower on a freezing morning one hundred times easier.
5. Double check before you check out
Every time you leave a hostel, hut or hotel, cast your eyes over the room to make sure that you haven’t left anything behind. Otherwise, like me, you’ll leave a trail of belongings around the world on your Round the World trip.
6. Call your Mum every now and again
Like everyone else, you probably forget to call home regularly during your Round the World trip. Guaranteed, when you get tired and homesick, you’re Mum’s roast dinner and your old bedroom will be the only things on your mind, so do her a favour a try to call. Face it, you’ll probably be moving in with her again when your Round the World trip is over.
7. You only really need to pack for a year what you would pack for a week
It’s an oldie but a goodie.
8. Take a ball of string
Sounds a bit weird, but if your backpack breaks while you’re travelling around the world, a ball of string is very handy. Equally, if you need to dry your luxurious fluffy towel, string is indispensable. You can fashion a Blue Peter style washing line in seconds.
9. Take a bottle opener
This is, hands down, the best object for making friends during a Round the World trip. There’s no point cycling to a remote beach in Vietnam or Indonesia for sunset unless you can open that epic beer once you get there. Frustration doesn’t even begin to cover it.
10. Don’t spend your whole trip on Facebook!
So many people travel around the world with their eyes glued to their iPhone, IPad, MacBook or Smart Phone. The best thing to do when you land in the first destination on your Round the World trip is to phone your mum and then switch it off. Use it for emergencies, upload your photos when your memory runs out, but otherwise forget about it. You want to be eyes up and looking all around you, not looking towards home and trying to outdo your friends.