When you have plans to travel for an extended period of time, there is a lot of preparation to be done before you leave.
Of course, most of the necessary preparations will vary based on personal situations and the length you will traveling for. For example, there is a big difference in preparing for traveling for a few months compared to traveling for over a year. There is an even bigger difference when preparing for traveling for life.
For the purpose of this article, we will focus on preparing for traveling for a few months to a year.
1. Financial Preparations
Obviously if you are planning on traveling for a long time, you will want to make sure you can afford it, especially if you will not have a source of income while you are traveling.
You will need to determine whether you can afford to travel without a source of income, how much you can save for travel, and how far that money will get you if you planning to travel to other countries. It is very important to research exchange rates if you are traveling abroad and to make sure that you have an emergency fund if you get in a bind.
2. Communications Abroad
If you are going to be doing a lot of traveling abroad, you will want to make sure you have a reliable method of communication.
You may want to consider getting an international cell phone plan or consider using calling cards. You should not rely on using social media or email as you may not always have access to internet. Having a reliable method of communication will make your life easier and is important to keep you safer if you are traveling alone.
3. Passport and Visas
Another very important thing to consider when traveling abroad long term is if you will need a visa or if there are any fees you will need to pay to enter any countries.
You will want to make sure that your passport is current and will not expire while you are traveling as that could create difficulties if you are unaware of your expiration date. You should visit the U.S. Department of State’s website to be sure of any rules and regulations you should be aware of when traveling abroad.
4. Planning Your Travels
When traveling for a long time, it is easier if you have a plan in mind and, at the very least, a general timeline to follow.
You should book plane tickets and hotels well in advance, and it would be beneficial to look for savings and discounts. The more you have planned in advance, the less stress you will face on your travels. There is nothing more stressful than not knowing where you will be sleeping for the night or how you will be getting back home.
You should carefully prepare for a long-term travel in order to have a safe and fun trip. Making sure you have all of your financial ducks in a row and having the proper passport and visas should be top priority in your planning. Making sure you will have a way to communicate with friends and family, and having a general plan will give you peace of mind as you set off on an incredible adventure.
Not many people get the opportunity to travel long term, so you should do everything in your power to make sure it is an enjoyable experience.