Have you been struck down by itchy feet now that 2018 has emerged? If you have and your feeling a little perplexed as to how to make your dream of a traveling adventure a reality, you need to take a step back and assess whether you are in a position to take a jaunt overseas. With the responsibilities of modern life, it can be hard to see how you can take a break from work, sever family ties for a little while and embark on a traveling feat of a lifetime. However, you can. It simply takes some planning and preparation.
If you’ve been working in the same desk job for a few years and you feel that your professional life is becoming a tad stale, a sabbatical may be the best option for you. Make enquiries with your boss and see if he or she will grant you some unpaid leave. Seeing your enthusiasm for your travel adventures may result in the company you work for offering to keep your job open for you for six months or so. If after that time you are still gallivanting around the world, you may find your role has been offered to somebody else.
Just because you own your own little patch of bricks and mortar doesn’t mean you have to be chained to it forever. You have to think outside the box and work out a way to make your asset work for you while you are away.
First and foremost you need to make your humble abode safe while you’re gone. Install a security system and make your trusted neighbors aware that you will be out of the country for a few months. Give them your contact details and ask them to check on the house every so often.
If you’re tempted to let out your pad while you’re halfway across the globe, employ the services of an agent to look after the maintenance duties and act as the landlord. They’ll take a small cut of the rent, but at least you won’t have to fly back from Costa Rica or call plumbers from Malaysia if the washing machine breaks down. You will be able to travel knowing that you have a monthly sum coming into your account that you can ration on your travels. It could be the difference between a hostel and a hotel.
With young kids in tow, traveling probably isn’t the wisest or easiest option (although it has been done.) You should plan one last foray of adventure with your other half before starting a family or after the kids have grown up a little bit. Toddlers and babies on long-haul flights don’t tend to be the perfect combination. Other family members should support your thirst for travel and will look forward to the presents you bring back!
Heading off on a travel adventure needn’t be seen as reckless or selfish. You are simply trying to quench your wanderlust thirst, and you are doing so in a responsible way, sorting out your job prospects and making money from your largest asset. Choose your destinations, set a budget, make a plan and enjoy your trip of a lifetime.
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