Eric and his mates began planning an around the world trip in mid-summer where they would support themselves by gigging. By August, the plans were in place when a nine seat Ford Fairlane station wagon was purchased. Their first destination was Greece with a stop in Germany for Oktoberfest.
Before leaving, Eric explained to his band-leader, friend and mentor, John Mayall, why he wanted to make the trip and asked if his job could be held for him if things did not work out. John agreed to hold the position for him and would audition several guitarists. He settled on Peter Green shortly before Eric returned in October.