As keen travelers, we’ve had the amazing opportunity to travel to over 50 countries around the world – and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon! When we’re not working our everyday jobs in the Czech Republic, we’re planning our next trip. Yet, there’s a part of us that always wishes we could just become long-term travelers who simply buy a one-way ticket to our next exotic destination of choice with no plan of coming back.
However, becoming a long-term travelers takes time, money and a lot of determination. If you have this goal in mind, check out this guide on how to prepare for your first ever long-term travel experience:
Plan where you want to go
There are all kinds of travelers around the world. There are those who want to be adventurous, those who want to relax, and those who just want to experience new cultures. To prepare for your first ever long-term travel experience, you first need to decide what kind of traveler you are.
When you decide this, it will be much easier to decide where you want to go and what you want to see. Nevertheless, it’s also important to not over-plan your traveling experience, as this can take away from the spontaneity and the fun of it all! Make a plan for the basics and then see where the wind takes you!
Make sure you have a budget
Once you have a rough idea of where you want to go and what you want to see on your travels, you will need to make sure you have a budget in place to ensure that your finances allow your traveling dreams to come true. The last thing you want is for your long-term traveling adventure to become a short-term traveling adventure because you can’t manage your money!
Give yourself a budget for each day or week, and attempt to stick to it as best as possible. Add an extra 10-20% as rainy day funds – trust us, you’ll need them.
Consider your job and your options
Long-term travel is a big commitment, and it’s important to assess all of your options. If you plan to simply get away from your regular life and become someone completely different, you may want to say goodbye to your job and hand in your letter of resignation.
However, if you’re keen to maintain a hint of normality in your life, you may want to see whether you will be able to take your work with you. By working remotely you will not only be able to maintain your career, but you will also be able to make even more money to fund your long-term adventure.
Make sure you’re healthy
Before you embark on any long-term traveling adventure, it’s important to make sure that you’re healthy – because medical bills are expensive abroad! To get checked over, you should take a trip to your doctor and your dentist to ensure that you do not have any health concerns that need addressing.
Make them aware of the fact that you will be going abroad and try to give them a brief itinerary of where you are going, as you may need to have a few vaccinations before boarding the plane.
Choose your travel buddy wisely
If you don’t fancy going solo on your long-term travel experience, you might scour your friends list to find a travel buddy. Luckily, we’ve found the perfect travel buddies in each other – but there are some people who don’t think this through.
When choosing your fellow adventurer, you need to know that you can spend every waking moment with them without causing rifts in your friendship or relationship. You need to be able to trust each other, and you need to be able to cope with stress as a pair. If not, it may cause you more problems than it’s worth.
A long-term trip will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life, but you need to ensure that you do it right. Have you got any more tips to help others prepare for a first-ever long-term travel experience? Let us know in the comments!
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