At one time or another, we all let our minds wander to the prospect of leaving our mundane existence behind to set off on a travel adventure. For 30% of workers, in fact, the urge is so strong that they’d be willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more travel opportunities. From the outside looking in, it would appear to be a one-way ticket to happiness, a stress-free life full of enriching new experiences.
But does the reality always match up to the daydream of travelling?
Well, as with so many things the key is good preparation. So, if you are planning to set off on a long-term trip, here are four things you would be wise to consider.
1. Know Your Reasons For going – What Do You Want To Achieve?
Perhaps you could view this as a little spiritual, a bit deep and meaningful. But don’t be fooled, knowing your reasons for going is practical in the extreme. As tempting as it is to drift your way around the world, floating from one place to another without a care, it must all be because of something.
Perhaps you want to leave a difficult time in your life behind you and let your heart recover? Maybe you want to spend some time with yourself to work out what it is you want to do with your life?
Whatever it is, make a note and have a clear goal that you can measure the success of your trip by. It will make your travels more purposeful if you do, we promise.
2. Ensure Your Itinerary Isn’t Too Restrictive
Of course, you need a plan to help you work your way from place to place, and you need airplane tickets to get you out and back. But when you are travelling long term, don’t feel like you have to plan every day, every week or even every month.
art of the joy of travelling is the flexibility that comes with it. You are your own master; no one but you decides whether to stay in Fiji for another week or leave on a plane for New Zealand. So, while it’s important to have an outline of your itinerary, please don’t feel the need to plan too much.
3. Decide How You Want To Play Your Accommodation
For travellers these days, there are so many ways to go when it comes to accommodation. The backpacker hostels are still there, of course, and they are a brilliant way of finding cheap places to stay all over the world. They are also fantastic if you are feeling a little lonely on your travels and need to meet a few new faces to help pick you up.
But with Airbnb to the fore, travellers now have a myriad of new options when they arrive at a destination. Long term rentals can also be cost-effective if you are planning to stay somewhere a little longer and are sure you are committed to that plan.
But whatever you choose, always shop around, do your research and pick the best deal for you.
4. Don’t Forget To Get Your Paperwork In Order Well In Advance
When we are planning a world trip, we don’t tend to let our thoughts wander to the things that could go wrong on our travels. Why would we? And yet it is critical that if you are planning to travel long term, you book travel insurance to ensure you are covered if the worst happens.
We don’t know what might befall us as we travel around the world. In some countries such as Thailand and Cuba travel insurance is mandatory. In Thailand, for instance, more people are known to have motorbike accidents. Don’t take the chance – it takes less than 20 minutes – and travel knowing that if you do fall ill, you won’t have to foot the bill.