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  • Writer's pictureBrian Davidson, PMP, CSM

Use Project Leadership Principles to Plan an Around-the-World Trip


Imagine embarking on a six-month journey across continents, exploring the vibrant cultures of Central and South America, the rich histories of Africa, and the diverse landscapes of Europe. Planning such an epic adventure can be as daunting as it is exciting. However, by adopting the four core principles from the book "The Project Leader," you can transform this challenging planning process into a manageable project with clear steps and strategies.

Part 1: Chart the Course

The first step in your travel adventure is to clearly define what you want to achieve. Your goal might be as specific as experiencing the Amazon Rainforest, the historical sites of Europe, and African safaris, or as broad as gaining a deeper understanding of different cultures. Once the goal is set, it’s crucial to define what is within the scope of your trip. You might decide to exclude certain regions due to budget constraints or political instability, focusing your resources on places that are more accessible and align with your objectives.

Part 2: Establish a Shared Understanding

Effective communication and planning are the backbones of any successful project, including your travel plan. Break down your trip into phases: initial planning, active traveling, and post-trip activities. Each phase should have clear activities, such as obtaining visas, booking flights and accommodations, and planning itineraries. If you're planning as a couple or group, involve everyone in each step to ensure all participants are on the same page and equally invested in the journey.

Part 3: Navigate the Obstacles

Travel is fraught with unpredictability. From sudden illness to unexpected political upheavals, it’s important to identify potential risks early on. Establish contingency plans, such as flexible tickets or alternative destinations. Additionally, prioritize safety by keeping abreast of global travel advisories and investing in comprehensive travel insurance.

Part 4: Focus on the Goal

As you embark on your journey, keep your main objectives in focus. It’s easy to get sidetracked or overwhelmed by minor issues, but keeping your eyes on the prize helps sustain momentum. Regularly revisit and revise your plans to better fit your goals and current circumstances, ensuring that each step brings you closer to your dream experience.


By approaching your around-the-world trip with the mindset of a project leader, you can enhance your preparedness, adaptability, and enjoyment of the journey. These principles not only help in achieving your travel goals but also enrich your overall experience, making every moment count towards a lifetime of memories.

This approach not only ensures a smoother trip but also enriches the overall travel experience, allowing you to enjoy every step of the journey with confidence and excitement.

Unlock your potential as a project leader with insights and strategies that can turn any ambitious goal into a reality. Learn more about "The Project Leader: Four Principles to Go from Goal Pursued to Goal Achieved" and take your first step towards success.


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