Practical tips from four years of round-the-world adventures

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads


In my time as the Wandering Hipmunk (just over a year now) I’ve been posting my updates from such far-flung places as Thailand and Laos and Jordan and Morocco. I tend to focus on fun stuff from around the web that you Hipmunks will hopefully enjoy, and some of my own photos in between. For today’s post, I wanted to give a bit of backstory and some practical advice from my own travels.

I wanted to travel for years, having seen a documentary about the Trans-Siberian trains in 1996 that had me dreaming of exploring them firsthand. So after saving up while working as a lawyer for 5 years, I quit my job on April 1, 2008 (not an April Fool’s Joke!). I expected to travel the world for a year and then return to lawyering in New York. 

What happened was that my Legal Nomads blog – which I initially started to keep my mother updated about where I was heading – began to get readers that were not my mother, which led to freelance work, which led to more travelling. And now, 4 years after I quit for a 1-year trip, I’m writing this post on The Hipmunk from Bangkok, with no end in sight.

Colourful umbrellas at a Thai market

So, on this year’s travel-versary, I wanted to list out some of the lessons learned and practical tips for those of you looking to long-term travel for yourselves. I tried to keep the list varied, from packing advice (“don’t listen to the people who tell you to leave your jeans at home”) to strategies for bus rides (“bring a bag of oranges, the smaller the better”) to fears (“solo travel does not mean that you’re lonely” – you meet some very … interesting people along the way —>)

The full post is here. I hope you find the tips and insight helpful. Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them!

-Jodi

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