Planning a trip of any length is a fun yet challenging experience for travel lovers worldwide. Deciding where to go, what to do, where to stay, and what to eat are all part of the fun. When going on vacation, the planning aspect takes some time, but it typically doesn’t encompass one’s life. If you are a travel lover who has thought of taking a longer trip, though, more planning is necessary. When planning a trip around the world, setting an itinerary can be quite the challenge.
For many RTW (round the world) travelers, deciding where to go is the hardest part. Many long-term travelers like to take advantage of the cheaper destinations and regions in the world, so oftentimes Europe is bypassed for places like Southeast Asia and Latin America. But we wanted to throw our hat in the ring for Italy, and more specifically, Rome. Adding Rome to your RTW itinerary should be takent into consideration, even on your long-term travels.
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It is not cheap, this much we all know. But there are plenty of tips out there to help those budget travelers save a few bucks when visiting Rome. We think Rome would make a great addition to a long-term trip because of the time one has when traveling around the world. Many people travel to Rome as part of a longer Italy trip and only have a few days in this historic city, but if you add it to your RTW trip, you can spend as much time as you want here. Part of the reason travelers spend so much money in Rome is because they blast through it in three days, seeing anything and everything, and spending boatloads of money in the process. But if you have a week, two weeks, even more, you can take your time, slow down, and save a few bucks in the meantime.
There are services out there now like Airbnb and Couchsurfing that are perfect for those who are on a longer trip and can save a tremendous amount on accommodations. There are even house-sitting services that long-term travelers can take advantage of if they plan on being in a specific place for a while. So don’t discount Europe, Italy, or a major city like Rome on your RTW trip just because it could be too expensive. Time is on your side during a trip like this, and if you have always dreamed of seeing ancient Roman ruins, the Vatican, and taking in one of the world’s most historic cities, then use this free time you will have to do it properly.
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