Advice for the day, take some time within your trip for “slow travel”. You will probably, at some point, experience travel burnout during your crazy-long trip. At this time, do not be afraid to take a vacation from your vacation. Sounds silly but trust me, you’ll need it. Hunker down somewhere for a week or even a month. When you start moving again, you’ll be able to experience your trip with fresh eyes and get so much more out of it than if you just keep moving throughout your entire time away from home. Sometimes you just need to feel grounded. It does not make you any less of a super-awesome traveler for taking a break. My plan is to take at least one mini break in each main area I’m going to. Australia will be easy since I’m planning on working a lot of my time there. When I’m burnt out traveling through southeast Asia, I’m thinking I’ll rent an apartment for a month, probably in Thailand, preferably near a beach, maybe I’ll even get my dive masters (takes 6-8 weeks usually). In South America, I want to take time for an intensive spanish language course in one of the cheaper countries. Bottom line, don’t be afraid to stop to smell the roses. After all, you’re taking this trip to experience life in other countries, not just to snap a few pics and hop across the border.