It’s logical that one of the most pricy elements of a round-the-world trip is the actual cost of the planes, trains, and automobiles which shuttle you from stop to stop along the journey. That said – a backpacker is presented with two very different options when it comes to booking their journey. Do you opt for an airline alliance-backed and packaged “round the world” ticket, or do you plan your trip using a series of one-way tickets? It’s a decision I’m finding you have to make early on in the planning process as it has a big impact on the budget for the trip.
Each day, I take another step forward as the Gone John project becomes a little more real. Well – actually – it took a big leap forward over the course of the past weekend.
I always get a little nervous before clicking the “confirm purchase” button. After taking as many trips as I have, I know it seems silly. Yet, when there is so much money on the line, I often don’t trust I’ve entered the correct dates, the correct airport codes, or have really truly selected the correct flights.
Once I click that little red button – in the “non-refundable, non-transferable, you’re-totally-screwed-if-you-mess-this-up” world of travel we live in – whatever I’ve purchased is a done deal.
Today, I clicked the button to start off the first leg of Gone John – confirming a three month trip to Japan this September.
One of the important pieces of the puzzle for this project is pulling together everything I need to capture the high quality video and audio to tell great stories. Luckily, I’m able to use some of the gear I have already with a few modifications. But, I still have some things I need to acquire.
For the first time in my adult life, I’ve been confronted with a blank canvas. There is literally nothing staring back at me. It’s an opportunity we don’t get often in life, and is one I don’t want to squander.
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