If adventure is calling you out of the normal daily routines of life, there are several things to consider before you pack up and go. None of them are deal-breakers, they just need your attention. Traveling for a vacation is much different than travelling for long-term adventures. You don’t necessarily need a long-term plan, but you should think through all these to ensure you have the best time possible no matter where you go in the world.
How Will You Earn An Income?
Not everyone is independently wealthy. While you may have some money saved up to take an extended trip, it’s vital that you think about how you will make money and still live the travel lifestyle once that savings runs out. There are so many different ways to earn money even when you are abroad. Whether you take to the internet to write for businesses, create graphic designs, or drop ship products online, a good online business or side-hustle will help you on your quest. Additionally, some people offer English classes when they get to a foreign country to help supplement their income.
What Will You Do With Your House?
If you already own a home or you live in an apartment you need to decide what you will do with it. IN some areas you can offer monthly apartment rentals for other travelers. When renters are only in an area for a short amount of time, large deposits and buying furniture is unrealistic. And living in an apartment or home is a better option. You may consider selling your home if the market is right for it. This would give you more cash to help fund your trip. Just be aware that if and when you return to your home area, it might be difficult to get a place if the market shifts.
What Are Your Goals?
Some people just want to see the world and go on adventures wherever the wind takes them. Others have specific locations in mind. Some want to learn about new cultures and experience different foods. Other people want to learn a new language and immerse themselves in an area for a long time. Before you step out on your travel journey, it’s important to have some goals in mind. This will help you find the right places to go and visit while you’re away. You wouldn’t want to have a goal of hiking the tallest mountains in the world and only spend your time at the beach. Goals help you decide where to go and what to do based on your desires.
What Will You Do With All Your Stuff?
Owning a home or living in an apartment means you probably have a lot of things you’ve acquired. Before you leave, you need to plan for what to do with these items. Will you sell off the unimportant things? Will you store items with your family? Will you get a large storage unit and throw everything in it? Selling off many of your belongings can help you earn some money and also give you less items to store away. Having a storage unit means you’ll need a way to pay it every month, which adds to your overall expenses. This includes your car if you have one. Do you want to keep it and pay for storage, or sell it and live off the proceeds?
What Will You Do For Travel and Health Insurance?
The good news is that medical costs in many nations are much lower than they are in the USA. The bad news is that they still cost money. A good travel health insurance plan will help cover many catastrophic injuries and illnesses even abroad. Travel insurance can also help you in the event you need to cancel a trip due to illness or injury.
Where Will You Go First?
This is probably the most important question for anyone who wants to travel the world. Where do you want to start? Do you need a relaxing vacation in a villa on the beach? Or are you ready to explore ancient ruins? Pick your first destination and start packing. Just make sure you have your Passport ready to go.