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How to prepare for long-term travel

Author: Marie Leon
by Marie Leon
Posted: Sep 11, 2019

You are no longer satisfied with your daily routine. You desire to travel the world but 1-2 weeks vacation is no longer enough. Taking the leap toward long-term travel is not easy. It’s a great change in your life and you need a roadmap to reach your goal. It requires only a little planning and you could be on your way. Here is how to prepare for long-term travel.

Plan your travel

Think about what kind of traveler you are? There are many options open to you from backpacking to plane jumping. Do you know the accommodations you want on your trip? If your interest range in the less expensive, you can browse the internet to find hostels, hotels, and apartments to rent. First, think of your safety. If you’re a woman traveling solo, don’t take unnecessary risks. Do your research on the places you want to visit. How long do you plan on staying there? Take in your needs and factor that in. Be comfortable with your decision.

Your budget

It’s important to have an idea of how much your trip is going to cost. Review the plan that you’ve just made. Breakdown your transportation, food, lodging and any extras you have on the way. Estimate your daily cost in each country and multiply with the time of your stay. Find ways of stretching your money. Use a budget app, check the exchange rate, go to less known places, travel in groups or you can even work abroad.

Should you quit your job

Quitting your job is not a must. But If you’re sure then go for it. Some people are financially secure, some find other ways of supporting themselves like making traveling their source of income. But in face of uncertainty consider other options. You can ask for an extended leave of absence, paid or unpaid. Certain company’s offer sabbatical programs. Or you can encourage them to start one. Whatever you decide, do it on your own terms.

Your finances

Before starting on your adventure, consider your financial situation. If you have debt, they will only be bigger when you get back. See a financial consultant if needed and form a plan. Find credit cards with promotions and rewards. Start saving. Spend only for what you need. Yes, that means cutting things like restaurants, movies and other entertainments that you love. You can also sell thing that you don’t use. Make sure you can access your bank account abroad.

Have a support system

Any kind of long-term separation is hard. You will have doubts and fears. Reality will hit you hard. Find a support group, whether family, friends or other travelers. They will center you and give you advice from their own experiences.

Your Health

Get medical insurance. Check if you need vaccines for the countries you’ll be visiting. See your doctor, make sure you have any prescriptions needed. Release your stress, focus on relaxing activities like yoga, meditation or just walking. Take care of yourself.

Make a list

Think of all the things you’ll be bringing with you. Are they necessary? Can you by them on the road? Check the weight of your backpack or luggage. Electronics, like your cell phone, are a must in your travels. Stop all services that you no longer need.

Your mind is at ease and your path is clear. You are now free to go anywhere in the world. Celebrate your new beginning with those you love. You are now ready for your long-term travel. Enjoy your journey. And, to make your trip a more enjoyable moment, look into different travel products. Comfort and style is a plus when you're on the move.

About the Author

Marie Leon has always been interested in traveling. She currently helps run a website where they sell travel products. You are welcome to browse at for more information.

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