There is so much more to long-term, RTW travel than just traipsing around the globe, seeing famous sites, eating the local food, and just generally being on one long vacation. Long-term travel provides people with the opportunities to try new things and give back to the places they are visiting.
If you’re hoping to leave your home country for an extended period of time, consider teaching English abroad. This is a great opportunity to do something more than just travel – you can actually live in and embrace a local culture, and make some money as well. There is a lot that goes into teaching abroad, so make sure you do all your homework.
Volunteering abroad is also another option for the long-term traveler. Like teaching, there is a lot to know and learn when it comes to volunteer opportunities, and the above article is written by someone who has been on both the volunteering end and the administrative end of companies.
Of course, you don’t have to work or volunteer on your RTW trip, but if you still want to throw yourself into the local culture, consider a home exchange. A home exchange is a great indie travel experience because you are usually staying in parts of a city or town where other locals live, not tourists, so it really gives you an opportunity to live like the locals. You also have a contact in the homeowner that can give you the inside scoop on what to do and where to eat and hang out.
If you do decide to throw caution to the wind and travel the world, the first thing you’ll want to look at is airfare. Your options are many, but be sure to keep your eye on different deals around the web. BootsnAll has monthly deals that can take you all over the world, so be sure to check out the following deals, which are good through June 30, 2012:
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