One of the best things about planning a RTW trip is getting excited about it, dreaming up your route and planning it! You can have so much fun preparing it all before you even hit the road, the time until departure day will just fly by.

I can’t recall how many hours and days I have spent looking at photos online, flipping through guide books and reading other people’s travel blogs online.

Here are my favourite blogs which gave me the courage to take the plunge and go, helped me with packing my backpack and how to budget for it all.

In no particular order:

A Little Adrift – Shannon’s blog was one of the first ones I came across and it has been indispensable in helping me plan my trip, especially the budgeting tips are great.

Her Packing List – Packing can seem like a big hurdle if you’ve never been away for a long-term trip, especially for girls. This blog has a packing list for virtually any occasion complete with photos, cute outfit ideas and all sorts of other travel essentials.

Never Ending Voyage – Erin & Simon are a couple who went on a RTW trip in 2008 and loved it so much they decided to sell everything and travel forever. Great preparation advice and budget break-downs.

Travel Fashion Girl – One of my favourite travel blogs especially for girls. Travel fashion girl proves that you can travel the world and look good at the same time. You can find outfit ideas, beauty tips, packing lists and shopping tips around the world.

Never Ending Footsteps – Lauren is a fellow English traveller who shows you how not to travel. She shares her incidents so we can learn from her (sometimes hilarious) mistakes.

Globetrotter Girls – Dani & Jess are a German/American lesbian couple who decided semi-spontaneously to travel the world. They give great advice on house-sitting and share delicious food from around the world, yum!

Tipsy Nomads – A really fun site that collects pictures of people with drinks from around the world. You can submit your own pic of you drinking your favourite tipple (I submitted one too)!

Inside the Travel Lab – This blog is run by Abi, a journalist who gave up a career as a doctor for life on the road. It’s a really creative source of everything related to travel accompanied by beautiful photos.

I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I did!

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