So you’ve decided you want to travel, and you’re pretty sure it’s going to last for a while. Perhaps you’re done with booking the tickets as well.
But what next? Do you book all your transports and hotels now? How do you pack for different seasons on the road? And how much do you need to budget for, anyway?
While the plan might be jumping off the plane as soon as you land without a plan. Well, let us tell you it’s not as easy as you might think it to be sitting on your couch. Which is why we’ve come up with our ultimate guide on how to long term travel.
Before You Leave Home:
Before you even think about leaving for a life of long term travel, work on the following questions below- they’ll help to guide your preparation:
Why do you want to travel?
What’s your travel style going to be? Backpacker, luxury, etc.
What’s your travel budget?
What do you want to get off this experience?
Are you travelling solo, group, or with a partner?
How long do you plan your travel for?
Considering one of the largest costs of your trip will be accommodation, you’ll have to chalk out the basic details of it, such as what kind of traveller you’re going to be.
Are you going rough on yourself, like camping, or stay in luxurious five stars? Answer that question yourself and then plan it accordingly.
After you’ve decided your travel style, then comes the rest of your budget. Some of the things to consider are:
What are your eating habits like? Save more, or less cash according to how hangry you’re likely to get if you can’t afford food.
What about activities? Are you planning on doing many tours, sightseeing, or other additional activities? These will cross your budget so allocate your budget plan accordingly. You’re going to have to replace things on the road. Toiletries may finish eventually, you lose things, clothes get ripped and fall apart, or you might have the need to buy new clothes. Have an ‘unexpected expense’ allowance handy!
Visas and Passports:
This is definitely the least fun part of travel- the official stuff. But, remembering the following tips will help make your life 34575467 times easier.
Know ahead of time whether you need a visa for the places you are planning to visit- it can become extremely expensive. You might have to shell out extra at a border for faster processing. Carry printed photocopies of all your important documents somewhere apart from your document wallet. Also keep your documents saved somewhere online- accessible, with a family member at home, on your email, anywhere! That way even if everything else goes missing, you’ll be able to download the copies until you can organize replacements.
Travel Insurance for Long Term Travel:
Travel insurance is not an optional extra. Have you considered what will happen when?
Does an airline lose your luggage?
Something valuable gets damaged, lost, or stolen?
An emergency situation (political crisis, natural disaster) forces your itinerary to be changed or cancelled completely?
You’re involved in some kind of accident, get seriously ill, or injured.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you how you travel the world. Whether you live by all these tips or not, always keep in mind that you’re one of those who gets to travel beyond their front yard- that alone is amazing!
Have you got any other tips for long term travel planning? Share with us.