How to effectively plan for long-term travel

Traveling abroad or just outside your comfort zone is both stressful and exciting. Going on an extended trip has become increasingly popular among young and old alike, in which one can experience a whole new world and open up themselves for change. Lots of planning and arrangements go into it not to mention finances. On a gap year or career break, traveling long-term is probably the best thing you can do in life. It gives you time to reflect on your life and rediscover yourself and you also get to see and learn new things and meet new people that can change your whole perspective in life. Traveling long-term usually means that you are either traveling around the world or just going to one place for a while and staying there for a long time. In any case, you should do the planning in stages, yearly, monthly and then weekly planning.

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Things to Consider for Long-term Traveling

Destination

It’s important to know exactly where you want to go, is it to one place or are you going to hop from one country to another? You also need to research on the logistics of your destination, where you will stay while there, how much it will cost you to stay there and of course the flight ticket. Still on the research, you need to find out the weather conditions, the legalities, their culture and their official language because you want to be immersed and to be able to understand the people around you. All this information is available in travel magazines and on the internet so research is relatively easy.

Finances

Traveling requires a lot of money so you need to have lots of that in your savings account. Once you know where you want to go, you can find out their currency exchange and their cost of living and then plan everything in accordance to the size of your savings account. It’s not advisable to take up a loan for long-term traveling but what you can do to boost your savings is sell some stuff, take good travel insurance and take advantage of special offers given by travel agencies and airlines. For those who are still in the early stages of planning, you may want to think about committing your hard earned money into a cash savings account a few years before you actually travel. Inquire at banks near you and read more about two year fixed rate bonds to find out if it suits your needs.

Health

Getting vaccinated for all common diseases and those available in your preferred destination is basically common sense because it’s a matter of life and death. You should also check your health because an asthmatic person can’t travel to a cold place and some skin conditions can’t be taken to a sunny place.

Handover

Once you have decided and planned everything, it’s imperative to leave everything at work in order so you can move on in peace. Find someone who can handle your responsibilities like you do and make peace with everyone so you go with a light load and in peace.

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Packing

A passport is the first thing you should check before packing and then make sure that you:

  • have multiple colored passport photos taken
  • take an international driving class months in advance and pack that driving license
  • have internationally-accepted credit cards
  • bought travel tickets and insurance in advance
  • have IDs and their copies
  • bought appropriate gear for all types of weather
  • checked your laptop and camera, wrist watch with alarm and GPS if possible
  • consider extra items like ear plugs, sunglasses, lotion etc.

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The whole idea of long-term travel is inspiration so it’s important to make sure you go to an inspiring place and aim to learn something and change.