A Comprehensive Guide to World Travel Planning


Are you planning on travelling the world? The allure of world travel is undeniable, offering the chance to explore diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Whether you have left New Zealand before or not, planning a trip around the globe requires careful consideration and thoughtful preparation. In this guide, we’ll delve into some of the key aspects of world travel planning, highlighting important factors you’ll want to consider before jumping on the plane. We’ll also suggest some of our favourite places to consider visiting!

Holiday planning guide

Research and Itinerary Planning

The first step in world travel planning is thorough research. Some of the things to consider include:

  1. Are you going to free travel, or use a travel agent? Will you book an existing holiday package or go for a bespoke tailored holiday experience?
  2. Think about the climate at the time of year you are thinking of travelling, do you like it hot or dry, cool or wet?
  3. Think about visa requirements for your destinations, what do you need to pre-apply for?
  4. Think about the safety of potential destinations, are there any conflicts or natural disasters happening in those places at the moment?
  5. Contact your insurance broker or company and set up your travel insurance to ensure you are covered if an accident happens. Don’t forget to think about things like repatriation if the worst happened. Or insuring expensive items you might be travelling with.
  6. What about life at home? Do you have a house you might like to rent while you are away, or need someone to mind for you? Do you have a job and need to apply for time off?
  7. Create a rough itinerary, taking into account your interests and preferences. Are you drawn to bustling cities, serene beaches, or majestic mountains? Tailor your route accordingly, balancing must-see landmarks with off-the-beaten-path gems.
Traveller enjoying beautiful waterfall on her holiday

Budgeting and Finance

Yeah you got it, the big money question. It underpins the whole of your travel experience and needs to be broader than the exact cost of travelling and accommodation. So it’s time to set a realistic budget.

Some things you’ll need to budget for include:

  • Accommodation
  • Flights
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Activities
  • Unexpected expenses

Factor in fluctuating currency rates and account for potential emergencies.

Researching cost-effective accommodation options like hostels or guesthouses can help to lower your overall costs a lot, and explore affordable local dining to make the most of your budget. Otherwise, holiday packages can help to ensure more precise costs.

Health and Safety

Some things you can do to prioritise your health on your travels include:

  • Checking travel advisories, required vaccinations, and potential health risks in each destination.
  • Investing in travel insurance to cover medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost belongings.
  • Creating a basic first aid kit and carry necessary medications
  • Familiarising yourself with local customs and laws to ensure a respectful and safe experience.
City travel planning

Packing Smart

Packing efficiently is an art, truly! You’ll want to try and reduce the amount of things you take to both save money in flight costs, but also in the effort of lugging everything around the world.

Think about the climate of each place you’re thinking of travelling to, and pack versatile, lightweight clothing to suit that climate. In saying that, don’t forget your rain jacket and other warmer items in case things don’t go to plan!

Other essentials for travel you might like to include are a sturdy backpack, travel-sized toiletries, a universal adapter for your phone/tablet/laptop, and a device like a Kindle to read your books online so that you aren’t lugging books around the world.

Try and minimise any unnecessary items and focus on just the essentials to keep your luggage manageable.


Decide on your mode of transportation between destinations – will you catch a taxi, bus, walk, hitchhike, or hire a car?

Consider flights, trains, buses, or a combination based on your itinerary.  Research and book transportation in advance to secure the best prices.

Embracing local transportation options like tuk-tuks, bicycles, or ferries will help you reduce costs and immerse yourself in the local experience.

Cultural Etiquette

Respect for local cultures is really important. Some things you can do include learning basic phrases in the local language, adhering to dress codes, and being mindful of cultural norms. Engaging with locals will enhance your travel experience and create meaningful connections.

Top Destinations to Consider

So now that you’ve gone through all the less exciting parts of travel planning, now comes the fun part! WHERE will you go?!

  1. Kyoto, Japan: Immerse yourself in traditional Japanese culture, explore ancient temples, and stroll through picturesque bamboo forests.
  2. Patagonia, Argentina and Chile: Discover the breathtaking landscapes of glaciers, mountains, and pristine wilderness in this South American gem.
  3. Santorini, Greece: Lose yourself in the charm of whitewashed buildings, crystal-clear waters, and stunning sunsets in this iconic Mediterranean destination.
  4. Marrakech, Morocco: Get lost in the vibrant souks, admire intricate architecture, and experience the rich history and culture of this North African city.


World travel planning is an exciting journey in itself, offering the opportunity to curate a unique adventure tailored to your interests. By meticulously considering each aspect, from budgeting to cultural etiquette, you can embark on an adventure that will broaden your horizons and create memories to last a lifetime.

So, pack your bags, embrace the unknown, and let the world be your playground. Safe travels!

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Anna Hayes


Anna Hayes

I'm a passionate Kiwi with a huge love for the outdoors, photography, sports, my kids, healthy living and everything New Zealand. I've worked for many years in the tourism and internet industry, and I love supporting clean green New Zealand.

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