Hindsight is a great thing, as they say, because the experience and knowledge that it comes from it is really useful, not only for you in the future but for others. So, I would like to share some of the things that I would do differently, with the value of hindsight, if I was planning my RTW trip for the first time.
It really comes down to knowing what you want from the experience, what is important to you, and thinking about the bigger picture. If you haven’t already done so, it would be worth reading the blog post series I published earlier this year, which begins with uncovering what you really want from the experience. I can’t stress how important this stage is. It really is worth taking that time to think about this as it will help you to have the experience you want.
So, what would I do differently, if I had the chance to do it all over again?
- Take a netbook
- Complete an EFL course
These aren’t earth-shattering realisations or really novel ideas but these are things that would have made a big difference to my travel experience and when I returned home. These are actually things I thought of doing but didn’t for three reasons:
- I didn’t realise how important they were to me at the time.
- I lacked confidence
- I didn’t have the ‘know-how’.
I realised how important these things were to me while I was travelling. So, when I returned home, I bought myself a netbook.
It took my about 6 months before I finally signed up to do an EFL course. That was because of a lack of confidence in my ability, the cost of the course, and the ‘it’s too late’ way of thinking. Once I overcame all of those obstacles, I did qualify as an EFL teacher and am very glad I did. If you have obstacles that are getting in your way of achieving things, please read my post ‘Are gremlins threatening to sabotage your plans?’.
Eventually, I got round to starting a blog. This was the hardest one for me for the following reasons:
- I wasn’t sure I could do it,
- I didn’t know where to begin,
- there were so many travel blogs by that point. I thought I had missed my opportunity, and
- lack of confidence (yes, that old chestnut again!)
I am going to expand on the ‘why, what and how’ of blogging, travelling with a laptop and having an EFL qualification in future posts. In the meantime, if you are a ‘wannabe’ independent traveller, please read my blog series starting with, ‘What turned my dream of travelling the world into a reality?’ If you are an experienced traveller, who is reading this, what would you do differently if you were thinking of going travelling for the first time?