Post # 1
So, my man and I have been talking about quitting out jobs and traveling the world for YEARS.
We’ve decided that we are going to do this for our honeymoon. We are planning on leaving about 2 months after the wedding and spending 10 months traveling around the world. Im super excited, but terrified at the same time. Not to mention, I’m planning the wedding now and also trying to plan the trip (which is involves the same amount of focus and effort and energy and love).
I think i might go nuts trying to wrap my head around it all. i mean, he is in charge of the trip planning until the wedding is over and then i will start get more involved, but the idea of finishing the event planning, getting married, and then having ot pack up my life, quit my job, say goodbye to friends and family, and hit the road is a lot to handle.
lots of change all at once.
any advice for me so i dont freak out too much?
Post # 3
Just jump in!! The key to these kinds of adventures isn’t that you can never be afraid. It’s that you can be afraid and still do it. Just try your best to drop all of your preconceived notions and soak in as much as you can wherever you go. And eat the food!! Some of the best food we had in Thailand and Japan was in the littlest back alleys and food carts you’d never think to check out. If there’s a long line of locals waiting for food, that’s where you want to be.
This is one of the coolest ideas I’ve ever heard. Good luck, have fun and don’t forget your passport!! 🙂
Post # 4
I think all I can really say is “wow.” I don’t know if I’m good for advice on this topic, but just try to focus on the wedding, it’s coming up pretty quick, and there’s plenty of time after the wedding to plan your honeymoon with your FI.
Post # 5
uhm – can i just say i’m jealous? i’ve planned so many trips it’s ridiculous.
yes, it’ll be scary to leave everything but you’ll come back, and maybe some of them can plan their own trips to meet up with you somewhere fun?
and THINK of all the experiences you’ll have!
edit: please have a blog that we can all stalk for pictures or something.
Post # 6
I’m incredibly jealous!
As far as the stress of planning the trip, just plan a general outline, and only the first week in detail. Fill in the details as you go; that would be half of the fun of the trip anyway!
Post # 7
Make your plans flexiable and don’t focus so much on the details of the trip. When you travel like that, you kind of have to go with the flow because you never know who you’ll meet, where you’ll be invited, or what will happen.
I would make a very rough plan of your trip, such as the cities you want to visit, possible accomodations, etc. Make sure you research each location and figure out what’s going on during that time period. (For example, will you be there during a major religious holiday where everything will be shut down for at least a week?)
With your trip planning, if you think of it as totally maliable that may take off some of the stress. Based on my experience with international travel, a flexable plan is always the best bet because you really never know what will happen or how you will feel. Maybe you’ll end up wanting to spend more time in one place and less in another. If you keep the idea as something that is fluid, you don’t have to get too caught up in the details or making firm decisions which, like with wedding planning, can be kind of stressful.
My two cents for what they’re worth.
Post # 8
I’m with ceamoste – Blog this like WOAH.
This is one of those times in life when you can plan all you want and you still won’t be able to come up with every contingency. Just go with the flow, enjoy it, take plenty of pictures, journal it, be safe, and make sure you enjoy it.
This is an opportunity to meet people from different places and get in touch with who you are and how you want to live your life. Fixate on being excited for it. Don’t fixate on planning for it.
Best of Luck!
Post # 9
Just do it. I agree, don’t over plan… best advice I received from here about traveling.
Do plan for emergencies… cause 10 months is a long time and unexpected things could come up that require you to come back home. Just plan for an emergency ticket back.
Post # 10
im totes blogging it. ill post the link once its all set up!
i think the part of the planning that makes me sweat is the leaving-planning. for example:
buy travel and health insurance
plan out round the world plane ticket dates (changeable)
pack up apartment
cancel all subscriptions
buy various travel items like new camera, netbook, actually functioning ipod.
PACK (omg the lack of clothes. yes, i will put it in perspective)
get medication (Mr. Phishgirl needs alot of medicine for various allergies)
theres alot of logistics. luckily, i gonna take your advice and try to not plan the activities other than big things like booking a trek to Everest Base Camp or renting an apartment in Buenos Aires.
its seriously feels like the wedding sometimes. wedding part deux.
Post # 11
Wow that sounds like so much fun! What are your plans for after the honeymoon in terms of jobs, etc? I wanted to travel for a few months, but FI brought up all these issues, like: Who pays rent for our apt? If we move out, what do we do with all of our stuff? How do we get jobs afterwards since our old employers probably wouldn’t take us back after we quit? I’d be interested to know how you figured these out.
Post # 12
We are doing this too!!! We want to go all around Asia for about 6 months! 🙂 We are dealing with the uncertainty of it all by making sure we have a serious nest egg that we absolutely won’t touch (ie it isn’t part of our travel budget). That way, when we land in the bay area upon returning (we are using this as our excuse to move from Boston to the bay area), we have a solid cushion if it takes us some time to find new jobs. We’re also planning on getting really good travel health insurance. Luckily, both my FI and I have traveled extensively for long periods of time (he did a year traveling the world by himself and many individual trips, i’ve been to almost 30 countries, almost a month at a time each for grad school). So, we feel pretty confident in being albe to land and hit the ground running in foreign places. Good luck! That is so exciting!
Post # 13
all i can say is :O
jealous… i can’t even wrap my head around just picking and leaving for that long!
have a great time, learn lots, eat lots, and take in all the world has to offer!
Post # 14
Yep agree with others, winging it is the best!
We traveled through Western Europe for 6 weeks (which is nothing compared to you) but pretty much didn’t plan anything & ended up finding the most charming places to eat & sleep (with the exception of a few nasty hostels lol!)
Also, don’t know excatly where you are going but the “Let’s Go” books are great! We would of missed out on some AMAZING places if it weren’t for that book!
Post # 15
how did we do it? we’ve been saving for a while just for the trip.
We have a a bit saved for us when we get back too so we arent blowing everything on the trip. This will give us time to find new jobs. The reason why I think we are actually doing it is because both of us cant see staying in our current jobs for much longer. My job is cushy (hence posting on weddingbee all day!) and his job is a deadend with a horrible boss. So, if you are gonna do it, makes sense to do it before you find a job you love.
When we get back, we dont really know how things will unravel. We’ll either come back to Brooklyn, or move to to like Denver or Seattle or something. We’d prob stay at his parents house (outside NYC) or my parents house (outside Berkeley) for a bit until we decide upon a location and/or. Its definitely a bit scary, but scary in a good way .Scary that im taking a chance on a once in a lifetime experience with my new husband.
Now that Ive made the decision, I feel so empowered. I would definitely sya if you want to do it – do it. I really do feel like Im doing something interesting and unique.
I guess this is why my wedding has a bit of a travel theme!
Crayfish – what are your plans?
Post # 16
i meant my job is cushy but not challenging.