Paris! Bali! Kenya! Copenhagen! Costa Rica! If one of these locales is calling your name, it鈥檚 time to pack the perfect carry-on聽and set off on a trip. If ALL of them are calling your name? Well, this is a sign that you need to plan that epic around-the-world trip you鈥檝e always fantasized of to satisfy your wanderlust, and we have just the tips to make it happen.

We all deserve a little wanderlust

This really is the kind of trip that will change you forever; it will exhilarate you, challenge you and will be 鈥 in a word 鈥 unforgettable. So get inspired by the White House鈥檚 totally awesome creativity initiative 鈥 the National Week of Making 鈥 and start taking steps to see those travel dreams of yours transform into a reality today. To use some bumper sticker wisdom, 鈥淟ife is not a dress rehearsal.鈥 Don鈥檛 wait, just make it happen!

How to Start Planning a 鈥楻ound-the-World Trip

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1. Start saving, like now. We鈥檙e not going to lie to you; an around-the-world trip won鈥檛 be cheap. While it might be tempting to just pull out the Amex and charge the whole thing, you鈥檒l drown in debt to make your dream come true. It鈥檒l take you some time to fine tune your itinerary and deal with all the deets of your trip, so you鈥檒l have some time to save. And you should start saving now, like today. While you鈥檙e reading this, pause, log on to your bank account and transfer some money from checking to savings. Then adhere to a strict budget and commit to a savings plan.

2. Decide who will go on this magical tour of the world with you.聽If you鈥檙e independent and brave, you might make this trip solo (but be mindful of what countries are safe for women traveling alone). Otherwise, having a partner in crime to share this adventure of a lifetime with could be awesome鈥 if you go with the right person, that is. Maybe it鈥檚 your BFF, maybe your boyfriend, maybe your sister 鈥 whoever you聽pick better be able to go with the flow and be ready for the ups and downs of such a big trip, including sharing in the cost of tip #1.

Young woman walking in Berlin - Alexanderplatz

3. Now the fun part 鈥 figure out where you will go. It鈥檚 a great big world out there.聽 Get out your atlas and travel guides and figure out what destinations are a must. Have you dreamed of visiting Petra? Then add Jordan to your list. Have you fantasized about visiting a monkey forest in Ubud? Bali goes on the list. Do you want to stare in amazement at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? Then you鈥檙e off to Rome. After assembling your list of all your 鈥渕usts,鈥 get out a world map and draw lines from place to place to see what kind of journey you鈥檙e looking at.

4. It鈥檚 not just the where; it鈥檚 the when. Consider what events you鈥檝e always wanted to be a part of and schedule your trip around that. If you want to witness the cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo, quench your thirst with a stein of M盲rzen while celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich or maybe, just maybe, you want to run with the bulls in Pamplona, then you鈥檒l want to take note of these special times of year. Combine the destination map of your potential journey with a calendar so you can hit as many of these oh-so-special events as you can.

5. Think about purchasing a Round the World (RTW) ticket. This allows you to do all your airline booking ahead of time. While there are sometimes conditions 鈥 such as only being able to fly certain airlines or flying in one direction 鈥 you can save a significant amount of money and time by purchasing an RTW. For example,聽OneWorld allows you to choose between 1,000 destinations in nearly 160 countries across the globe and Star Alliance lets you choose from 1,300 places in 192 countries.

No matter if you鈥檙e planning on taking that trip two months from now or in two years, there really is no better time than today to make a life-changing trip like this happen. Remember, the world is your oyster, and this is your opportunity to slurp it up!

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