Sail around the world for months. Visit places you've only seen on TV or in travel magazines. Do it all while journeying aboard a comfortable, even luxurious, cruise ship, supping on fine meals, enjoying evening entertainment and sleeping on plush mattresses and sheets with high thread counts.
Then a world cruise might be for you. Yes, they're long, and yes, they're expensive. But if you've got the time and can save up the money, the reasons to do a world cruise far outweigh the reasons to skip what could be the adventure of your lifetime.
Imagine the excitement you'll feel as your ship casts off from the first port on a full world cruise. Some time ago, you made the decision to book the trip of your dreams; you chose your ship, your cabin and put down the deposit. Now, documents and information are arriving and before you know it, you'll be walking up the gangway, trailed by a pile of stuffed suitcases. Just think of the months of pampering, new countries and fresh experiences that lie ahead!
But the months between booking and embarking are a golden opportunity to do more than just daydream. You're about to be thousands of miles away from your home and its familiar routines. You need to figure out what to pack (and what not to forget), how to prepare your house and affairs for your extended absence, and what to do to make sure you get the most out of your world cruise.