If you’re an avid traveller, a two-week holiday somewhere sunny might not be enough to satisfy your need to see the world. In fact, you might find that life, in general, isn’t satisfying and that you’re bored of seeing the same people, visiting the same places, and eating the same foods day after day. If you’re aching to visit somewhere new and see the world, then you wouldn’t be the first person to consider travelling long-term. However, if this is seriously what you want to do, you need to make sure that you properly prepare, so that you can make the most out of your trip. Here are four things that you need to do before you head off on a long-term trip.
- Get Some Money Together
The first thing that you need to do is research the country or countries that you intend to visit and figure out exactly how much you’re going to need to live while you’re away. Even if you work online or manage to find some work abroad, you’re still going to need some money to tide you over while you settle in as well as an emergency fund, just in case something goes wrong. Once you’ve figured out your budget, you need to start saving. Ideally, you should use more than one account, just in case you can’t access one of them at some point for some reason.
- Speak To Your Boss
Unless you work online, you’re going to need to speak to your boss about you going away. If you don’t want to quit your job, you’ll have to explain your plans and ask if you can take an extended leave of absence. Depending on who you work for, there may be a sabbatical program in place for circumstances like this one. Of course, if your boss isn’t happy about you going away, you will have to consider handing in your notice or staying at home.
- Sort Your Belongings
Unless you’ve asked a friend or family member to check in on your house while you’re away, you’re going to have to figure out a storage plan for any belongings you’re not bringing with you. You will also have to find vehicle storage for any cars or bikes you own. To save yourself some money (and earn some at the same time), you might want to consider selling some of your belongings, so that there’s less to put in storage.
- Take Care Of Yourself
Make sure that you make an appointment with your dentist and your doctor before you go away. Your doctor is especially important, as you may need to get a vaccine or two, depending on where you’re going. Being away from home for so long is likely to take its toll on you physically and mentally, so make sure that you drink enough water and eat properly from now on, to get your immune system as healthy as it can be.
Heading off on a long-term trip is incredibly exciting, but before you do, there is a lot that needs to be sorted. Once you’ve got it all figured out, it’s time to start packing and get on that plan.
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