Depending on who you speak to, there are around 200 countries in the world, some say 196 if you aren’t China and include Taiwan. I’m a few behind Sacha having not visited anywhere in Australasia and there are definitely more countries to visit compared to the number of countries already visited. The number of countries is a bit of a misnomer given that the larger countries have so many different cultures within them, but now I’m starting to sound like a sore loser.
So what lessons have been learnt on these travels so far? We list 10 travel hacks and travel tips that make our travels so much easier.
Steve has visited 32 states (16.3%)
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Now that the decision been made to travel for a year it’s damn exciting. But there is a bit of stress and dread regarding all the preparation that needs to be done: vaccinations, visas, renting out the flat, etc.
We needed to get organised and manage this process so our heads wouldn’t spin. Apps solve most 1st world problems so here are the 3 best apps we’re using to really help our travel planning.
With around 200 countries in the world it’s always hard deciding where to go. Sacha has a rule when we travel (which I sometimes try to argue against) that we shouldn’t visit a country that we’ve already been to. In this case it was pretty useful as it eliminated around 30 countries. I eliminated Europe because we’ve seen a lot of it recently on our shorter travels and I was after a bigger culture shock.
It came down to a toss up between the natural beauty of Central America and the multifaceted culture of Asia. Asia finally won mainly because Sacha has always wanted to do the various golden triangles in India and Vietnam-Cambodia-Laos, the opportunity to teach English, and also because of our heritage.
We love travelling, but it’s been a long time (probably since our university days) since we’ve done some long-term travelling. Before we get too old and have too many responsibilities we thought we’d take a career break and do a big trip.