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Considering a Round-the-World Trip? Read This First

Consumer advocate Ed Perkins, who has taken four round-the-world trips, shares priceless firsthand advice on how to plan the perfect global adventure.

Traveling ’round the world (RTW) isn’t for everybody. A RTW trip takes more time and money than the average traveler might have. But for a fortunate few, it’s a great way to explore a range of destinations—new and old, exotic and mundane—that you might not ever be able to visit on individual trips.

My recommendations are based both on my own experience and reports from other travelers. I’ve done it four times—probably more than most. Two of the trips were for business, but the trips on my own provided great experiences. Here are 10 key lessons I learned while planning RTW travel.

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By Ed Perkins

A nationally recognized reporter, writer, and consumer advocate, Ed Perkins focuses on how travelers can find the best deals and avoid scams.

He is the author of "Online Travel" (2000) and "Business Travel: When It's Your Money" (2004), the first step-by-step guide specifically written for small business and self-employed professional travelers. He was also the co-author of the annual "Best Travel Deals" series from Consumers Union.

Perkins' advice for business travelers is featured on MyBusinessTravel.com, a website devoted to helping small business and self-employed professional travelers find the best value for their travel dollars.

Perkins was founding editor of Consumer Reports Travel Letter, one of the country's most influential travel publications, from which he retired in 1998. He has also written for Business Traveller magazine (London).

Perkins' travel expertise has led to frequent television appearances, including ABC's "Good Morning America" and "This Week with David Brinkley," "The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather," CNN, and numerous local TV and radio stations.

Before editing Consumer Reports Travel Letter, Perkins spent 25 years in travel research and consulting with assignments ranging from national tourism development strategies to the design of computer-based tourism models.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Perkins lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife.

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