Ok guys, I'm back for help in the travel planning department. So, as many of you know, I've literally never been anywhere before the 2 most recent trips that I took at the end of the year. For a long time travel has been an aspiration of mine but I've never been in a place to be able to do it. Well, all that's changed now. Starting 4/1, I am leaving the country. My mind's already made up. Not sure if I'm going to come back, but that's a discussion for a different time. Just printed out my passport application and will get that in on Monday. $60 expidited fee is bullshit, but what are you going to do? So, on my world adventure, I need help planning everything out. Outside of a bucket list of things I want to do, and places I want to see (which I'll start another thread on later), going about doing them all is what's tripping me up the most. So I thought I'd tap you guys for tips and experience to help set this thing up. Outside of packing up all my shit and selling all my furniture, I'm pretty good with getting setup to go here. When it comes to packing, I'm completely fucked. Options: -Do I take a few different rolling suitcases/duffles, leave them wherever I'm going to stay, and then grab things in a backpack to take around, or -Do I get one of those big framed backpack/duffles to like the euro travelers always have and just rely on that exclusively? Next comes what to pack? Obviously, a shitload of socks and underwear, t-shirts, jeans, etc.. I figure a pair of sneakers, boots, and a sandal should be good enough for footwear. What about outerwear? Bulky jackets take up a ton of room and, not having experience with cold climates, I don't know what types I'll need. Should I just buy what I need when I'm over there? Should be pretty easy to find in some frozen place like Germany, right? Scheduling and lodging is tripping me up too - How long should I stay in each place for? Obviously, a few days, but should I lay off longer stays like a week or more until I've done more travelling? Suppose I like a place and want to stay a bit longer? Then, if I'm preplanned, I'm fucked. Do I stay in hostels in every town or look for short term apartment rentals? Are these the types of things that need to be prebooked or can I just show up and look for a room? Then, there's events/specific things I want to see. For instance, I know I'd like to see Oktoberfest. So I'd need to plan my schedule around Germany in September. Should I do all of Europe then or come back to just do Germany after having done the rest of it. Similarly, for nature-y things like an African Safari/Great Barrier Reef/Galapagos islands, I have to assume there are better times than not to see these things. I know this is a bit rambling but there's a lot swirling around my head right now. If any of you have good resources (blogs/webpages/etc.) that would be really helpful. TIA.