Everyone wants to go on a big adventure. One of those 'drop everything an go' kind of trips.
My wife and I are currently planning just that. We are quitting our jobs, putting our beautiful seaside flat on the rental market, packing everything into storage and flying to Santiago, Chile.
We're going to buy cheap motorcycles, side-mount our surfboards and ride up the Pacific Coast to California over a year.
However, putting our big plans into action hasn't been easy.
Here are some tough questions we've been considering (and you should too) before embarking on this trip of a lifetime...
Why Are You Going?
Are you unhappy at home, in your job, in the town you live in?
Are there changes you can make at home first to kickstart a new outlook on life?
The grass isn't always guaranteed to be greener when you reach your next destination. Running away from problems might only make them bigger when you come back.
Running away from problems might only make them bigger when you come back
I know lots of people who have dreamt of a life in Australia or New Zealand. The kind of life where you can surf, fish, hike, cycle and be in the wild.
Guess what? You can do all of that here in the UK. If you aren't already, it's probably not just the cold that's stopping you.
Is there a reason you want to travel because you want to discover something new, to visit somewhere different, to learn something about yourself?
If you are clear on why you are going, the chances are you will plan and execute a trip that will help you to find long-term fulfilment.
For my wife and I, we want to surf. That's the catalyst for our journey. We may stray from the coast and we won't be bound by it, but ultimately we know why we are there.
What Are You Going To Come Back To?
Going is one thing. Coming back is another.
What can you do before you leave for your round-the-world trip to ensure you don't just come back and end up severely depressed and eating peanut butter from the jar in your underpants at your mum's house aged 29 years-old?
You don't want to come back severely depressed, eating peanut butter from the jar in your underpants...
A lot can change while you're away. Think of the overall plan and make your travels part of that. Having some sort of idea of what you want to come back to will give some purpose to your life.
Employers are increasingly coming around to the idea of unpaid sabbaticals. This could definitely be something worth discussing with your boss.
What New Skills Can You Learn?
Travel is not only an excuse to see new things, but also learn new things.
Could you push yourself to learn a new language before you go?
Could you take up surfing here in the UK before you get to the beaches of Bali?
A deadline - like a flight date - can give us the push to try something new...
Could you learn to ride a motorbike and travel in style on a Royal Enfield through India?
Sometimes we need that push to get us to put some time and effort into learning something new. Often a deadline, like a flight date, can give us the impetus to really spend some time trying something new.
Can You Afford It?
I tend to travel on the cheap. I am lucky that I have a wife and travel partner who is willing to do the same.
Sticking to a tight budget will take some preparation. There will definitely be times you wish you had more money in your bank account.
However, if doing it on the cheap means you can stay longer, then it's worth it.
There will be times when you wish you had more money in your bank account...
One money-saving tip: we never book more than one or two nights before we leave.
Generally, if a hotel has a website or online presence, it's because it is a well set-up, established hotel, which means it is going to be pricey.
Wait until you get there to find the better deals. We've never been without accommodation, although it's been close a few times.
Another good tip is to avoid western food. Eating and drinking like the locals means you will avoid jumped-up tourist prices.
Lastly, we try to avoid drinking booze regularly when we're away. We'll have the odd beer here and there, but not every lunchtime and every night.
Where Are You Going To Go?
The world is a big and exciting place.
There will be places you know and feel connection towards, perhaps from films, books, friends or family. There are the 'usual places', the tourist and backpacker hits. Then there is the path less travelled.
Countries without a developed tourism industry, or places that are slightly off the beaten track can offer a very different experience.
Personally, I like to experience local life. I'm fascinated by other cultures but like to be able to meet and connect with with English speaking people too.
Sometimes it's nice to stay a little longer and get a real feel for a place...
I tend to find that the less touristy places will have a slightly different caliber of traveller, perhaps those who are looking for something similar to me from their journey.
Do your research. Ask lots of people for recommendations. Watch videos. Trawl forums for tips of places to go. Don't be afraid to change your plans when you get there.
"Where have you been and where are you going next? always seems like the ultimate question.
Sometimes it's nice to stay a little longer, meet the locals, get a real feel for a place.
Once your face becomes known in a small town, you never know what opportunities may arise.
Tom Bing and Sally McGee are photographers, filmmakers and writers from North East England.
Between them, they have surfed and travelled to North Africa, Europe, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and they travel extensively in the UK.