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Dream Trip: Planning for Around the World Travel

teacher avatar Kimberley Chiu, Engineer | Explorer | Learner

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project: Make Your Plan

    • 3. Mindset Shift

    • 4. Initial Planning

    • 5. How Do I Budget

    • 6. Tips and Tricks

    • 7. Knowledge is Power

    • 8. Wrapup

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About This Class

In this class, you will learn about what it takes to plan an around the world trip. It’s for the inner adventurer, world explorer, and anyone who is curious about what it takes to plan a trip around the world. 

You will learn:

- mindset tips on getting over the fear of taking that leap

- planning tools for getting organized with a huge endeavor like this

- budgeting and finance tips to make your dollar go a long way

Tools required are excel, word processor, and your imagination =)

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Kimberley Chiu

Engineer | Explorer | Learner


Canadian engineer who loves numbers and data just as much as I love adventure and exploring. 

Traveled the world with my husband for months at a time, and started a photobooth business to fulfill my entrepreneurial and adventurous itch.

Striving to be brave, not perfect. Continuously looking for meaningful challenges, constant learning, and pushing outside of my comfort zone with interests in business, finance, and technology.

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1. Introduction: I had big dreams of traveling the world without the restraints of set vacation time and only a few weeks that would allow you to go. And I wanted to go months at a time to explore cultures and see countries in the way that I truly wanted Teoh, which was free and slow and immersed. Hi, My name is Kim. Really, too. I'm a chemical engineer from Canada and I was working nine plus years in a major corporation before I decided to do something kind of crazy. I wanted to travel the world for a year, so I took a leap on left for a year to do something that I never thought was possible. Ever since I could remember, it was something that I dreamt of doing for a long time. Today I'm going to teach you how to take that leap. Take control of your mindset and plan and budget for and around the world trip. I'm gonna show you how to take control of that dream in a strategic way. It's a big decision to decide to take off for a year. It's also not easy to make sure your finances are set up in a way that you make sure you're spending doesn't get out of control. It starts with you to make a choice and the action to set it through. I will go over mindset, shift the initial planning steps once you decide to take the lead Budgeting tips with Excel , as well as some really good financial tip to plan for the most epic adventure, these air, all the tips that I wish I had and that I excruciatingly combed through while I was planning my epic trip. I wanted to know details on where to go, how much I should expect to spend and also just good tips on how to make my money go the extra mile. So now I'm excited to share what I learned with you, along with copies of tools that you can use while you plan your trip. So without further ado, let's get cladding 2. Project: Make Your Plan: you'll be planning along with me on listing the places that you want to go. Then we will go through the Excel Down chart exercise so you can realistically see how many places you're able to visit. If you're anything like me, you'll probably have listed hundreds of places in the super ambitious. But you'll then kind of realized realistically, how many places you'll be able to visit. One year might seem like a lot of time, but you'll be surprised, and you can then set your priorities. So in this exercise you'll need Google Sheets Google Maps as starting exercises so that you can see where and how maney destinations you'll be able to go to from your starting point and map out a really good route from there. 3. Mindset Shift: Before I even started planning this trip with my husband. It was a two person trip. By the way, there was a lot of fear, and that was the main thing that I needed to get over first. There was so much back and forth whether or not we should do this, what would happen if we did? What are the consequences that we really spent so much time thinking about that? There was no way we could take a year off. I have a job. He has a job, and that would honestly be just a crazy thing to do. I probably spent about five years putting like this off and not really taking my true wishes and internal wishes seriously. So the first thing that I want to start off with is it's important to look long term. It's important to think about, you know, 20 years from now what are you gonna look back on? And what are you going to regret? What are you going to regret doing? And what do you regret? Not? I think if you think of it like that, they really put perspective on things for the actions and steps and initiatives that you want to take in life. You know, Mark Twain said, 20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do rather than the things that you did. So like anyone else, I was wrapped by fear. What would the consequences be if I did this thing that I really wanted to do? And what an important thing that I can share now? I would say, after we took the trip, we're now back in the city on internally, I've changed so much for the better the voice of fear that you get smaller and smaller with more action. That and the power in you grows choices for yourself and less so for other. Keep in mind that whatever you do, there's always a lot of power is in the ability to choose. And if you decide to take that leap and step forward for yourself, past ship laid out for the next step and the next choice and it just becomes easier to take action. Another thing I learned is that the world helps people that help themselves. Once you declare and decide that you want to do something the next important step is to declare that and declare it for the people around you to know and to hear. When I decided to take the time to travel the world, I talked to my work about it, and I planned months in advance to give them time. And the strategy there is to just make it known and clear what your intentions are. And also give them time to plan for what you want to do. And chances are, you know, people will work together. Teoh, help you achieve what you want and especially if it doesn't hurt anyone else, its net benefits. You let it. You know what what you're looking for. And I would say there was some leverage there because I was working on a major project that would be complete by a certain times. So by giving them time to plan for my departure, I was also letting it be known that this is something that I want. So if I'm gonna stay on to finish this project, it would be mutually beneficial to help each other out. Make sure you're able to work with me. So if you can think of a scenario that would give you the leverage in negotiating what I would recommend finding early kind of thinking about the conversations and let your work just remember. And it's something that has brought me a lot of benefit is that the worst people say, is if they agree the free. If not, then that's okay, too. And now you know, it's just a bigger question for yourself. If what you want is important enough that you're able to give up this portion or this part , you know, just in case you're not able to get a job back, but also in mind that life is so much bigger than just kind of your bubble on your immediate bubble. By taking one step taking that choice, there could be a lot more other options and choices that open up for you. So this also tied into making sure that you are also set up financially so that you have the power to make this choice. And that's something I'm gonna go to a little later in this course 4. Initial Planning: the key to starting is toe list out all of the places that you want to go. So first I would recommend that you take out a pen and paper or on Google sheets or on your computer list out all the places that you want to go. Just list out the countries in the cities and the things that you want to see. Make it like your Dream vision list. This exercise is a good way to help you visualize all the places that you want to go and also the best route that suits and matches your starting point on your path. It's also a good way to plan for time, including traveling between destination so that it makes sense that you're not doubling back or paying for flights that go further when you haven't been able to go Places in between. One year may seem like a long time, however. You'll probably find that time runs out pretty quick when you start filling in the gaps on planning from the start. Wherever you are in the world, pull up Google now and a piece of paper and pen. Just start listing out places of your imagination and go from there, whether it's east, west, north. So I'd recommend following a reasonable path that follows flight path so that door flying back and forth and wasting funds on time on unnecessary sites doubling back. 5. How Do I Budget: and now we go on to the juicy stuff, the numbers. Once you decide you're going to do this around the world adventure, one of the most important things is to plan your budget. Finances could be a big stressor, but they don't have to be if you're able to put in the forethought beforehand to plan for this epic trip in this screen cast, I've broken down the budget into the places that we went to in Asia. So, for example, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan, the first step to building your budget is to get a rough gauge on the flight prices. Once you've selected your destination lists using sites like the budget, your trip dot com is a good way to roughly estimate your cost and that this site breaks down the daily costs per person. I was traveling with my husband, so with two people, we were able to cut these costs by half in the mid range accommodation even on a per person basis. So I would use this as a very rough guideline because with some creativity and creep planning, I know that you can be more resourceful and smart with your planning and be able to cut down these expenses in the actual time we'll cover tips and tricks to cover your costs in the next video, so I would use this as an exercise. But just know that there are loads of tips and tricks to cut your costs down without relinquishing the quality of your trip and the standard of living. 6. Tips and Tricks: Now I'd like to talk about some really good finance and budgeting tips and hacks that we use. So first, make sure that you have funds in an account that will pay off your expenses. And what I mean by that is you want to make sure that you have enough savings, if that's what you're using to pay for your trip. And one thing I like did you to maximize these savings is look for a high interest savings account. Now I'm in Canada, so I was able to find a savings account with E que Bank that allowed for 2% interest rate Compound a daily paid monthly. And essentially, it's no feet account that you can withdraw and used to pay for expenses while earning interest. It's rated on Great Hub is one of the top checking and saving accounts in Canada for 2020 so I would recommend checking online if you're in another country for a site or information about where there are some really good checking or savings accounts that you can optimize for your money. This, I thought, went a long way in terms of I just felt that comfort for when we were spending and we were using funds from her account. But at the same time, while that money is just sitting there, it's also not being eaten away by inflation. So this was ideal in terms of having account that we could use to pay. But also, while there are funds there, it could also earn interest for us. And I would recommend looking at sites like Rate hub dot C A or some equivalent for a listing or blog's and forums that talk about some good checking or savings accounts that you can sign up really quick. We did ours online, and it took about 10 minutes to get set up. Another really good budgeting on Travel Hack is that we looked out for high point and good promotions for credit card now American Credit Card a lot more perks that we found than Canadian credit cards. But we really wanted to optimize for low foreign currency exchange fees, so there's not that many choice in Canada. But we opted with one with Scotiabank that essentially had a really big promotion for sign up. So I think it was 30,000 points and also no foreign currency change fees that's the key there, because if you're going to be doing a long trip, you want to make sure that you're not going to be racking up a lot of hidden fees in foreign currency exchange. Ah, lot of credit cards, at least in Canada, charge an extra one or 2% markup for these currency exchange fees, so keep an eye out for some credit cards. There's also a really good one in Canada because that's where where I'm from, where it's no annual fee and 1% cash back. So if you're able to find something like that, I would say Sign up right away to prepare so that you're not gonna be paying in foreign currency exchange fees. Another thing that I really wanted to mention and that you should think about is to use any health benefits or medical insurance plan that you have, whether it's with with an employer or just with, you know, the country that you're in. If the government is able to provide, if you're doing it all around the world trip, it's important to think about any just in case scenarios or medical expenses that might come up. So we planned way ahead to get all our travel vaccines done before we took off. And keep in mind that there are many vaccines that also require two or three months in between and multiple doses. So, for example, Japanese encephalitis needed two or three doses, so we essentially needed to plan two or three months in advance before we took off so that we could get the appropriate dosage in the appropriate amount of time. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to be covered. Another thing to plan for is the Rabies shot, which is actually a three dose package or program. So these, when they're all added up together, isn't cheap. And I would recommend that's definitely something to take advantage of. If you have a company that offers a pretty good medical plan, or if your current medical plan is able to cover it because you were planning to be away for a while over six months, we knew we needed to get our healthcare in check and in place and have those travel vaccines ready and done. And last but not least, something to also keep in mind is to plan for what if scenarios. So travel insurance was something that we definitely signed up and made sure that we had before we went. As I was doing my research and looking up logs and forums, talking about different travel insurance plans, World Nomad came up as one that was quite popular for people doing this type of traveling. They've got a very extensive programme and options, and I'd really I recommend that you check them out. Their plan also was pretty affordable. It wasn't too expensive for two people for a full year, and with all the places that we had listed as locations that we were going to visit, it worked out to be about 1500 a year for two people. So it's definitely, I think a good investment have because you never know what can happen, especially if they're emergencies that come up 7. Knowledge is Power: and now I'd like to go into this portion called Knowledge Is Power. I truly believe that the more you know, the more you can leverage what you know and make well informed and good decisions that will help your finances and budget. So one of the things that we really leveraged while we were traveling was using all sorts of platforms online that could really help our dollar go that extra mile. One example is using Airbnb. We love Airbnb for a couple of reasons. One is that it's very easy to book, and it just gives you that really homey feel rather than the hotel feel. The second is that because of the nature of our trip and traveling to certain places and staying longer than just the typical one week or five days, Airbnb offers long term discounts. So the longer you stay, the larger the discount on the place that you choose. And we found that as we were going through our costs tracking, we actually saved quite a bit of money staying in air BNP's rather than hotels. Another example of staying an Airbnb ease as a big advantage is when we were in Malaysia we rented an Airbnb in core Kuala Lumpur and in that area there were a lot of benefits to being there because transportation was free. To some extent, there were some transit or bus lines that were only offered in the core that were free. So Jane and Airbnb also has its perks, especially if you're staying in really core areas. We also use platforms such as we Go Sky scanner and trip dot com. These air great platforms that just aggregate a lot of flight data and cheap budget flights . It just gives you a really good idea for booking, and it doesn't require a lot of time ahead in advance. Our style of travelling was really kind of deciding the week before where we would go on what timer flight would be. So these platforms were great in terms of being able to offer a lot of good budget options and listing out what the cheapest flight would be. And my third point, and maybe the most important is to just go with an open mind and also be open to meeting the locals, especially when you know the focus or one of the highlights is immersing yourself in the culture. We had a lot of fun and many meaningful relationships that were formed by making friends and meeting up with locals in the countries that we were at. One example is when we were in China, we would go out with friends that we had met that spoke the language and where locals living in the city and going to a bunch of different restaurants there, they actually had this thing called a local discount. So, you know, because you were with our friends, we got this local discount that if you were just going there as a tourist and didn't really know any better, you'd have no idea that this was available. And a lot of times it was close to 50% off. So it's it is really interesting. Teoh. Find that out and also to know that there are definitely perks. Teoh making friends with locals 8. Wrapup: so I just want to thank you so much for watching this. I hope you got some really good tips out of this. I would love to see your plans in the gallery, so please post them under the student projects. I can't wait to see what you come up with. And please remember, Teoh, lean into the fear on Just trust yourself. If you can take care of your finances, the benefits will come. Don't be afraid to lose what you have. Think about what you can gain. Instead, there are also many ways to come up with side income and online income. And the more you think outside the box or get outside your comfort zone more, you'll grow.