If you are planning on traveling long term, there are some things that you need to know. Whether you are going to be traveling from place to place constantly, or you are going to settle in one place for a little while aka slow travel, this guide is going to be helpful to you. So if you haven’t thought about everything yet, now you can. Keep reading this post and you’re going to find everything you need to know about being away from home long term.

Long-term Travel: Things to do before you go

Money Matters

Money is important. I know that you likely already thought about this, but you need to consider how you are going to support yourself. Are you planning on working wherever you are going? Or, do you have savings that you are going to use to get yourself through this travel adventure? Either way, you need to work out a budget for yourself. Paying for accommodation, food, potentially clothes and everything else you need could be expensive. Once you have set this budget, you need to ensure that it is reasonable to live off of. Remember, you are probably not going to have much support wherever you are going, so you need to be able to take care of yourself.

You really shouldn’t be going on your adventure until you have a concrete plan for your finances. Also, you need to consider that there might be some extras that you haven’t yet thought about that you will be expected to pay. For example, if you do have to go to hospital for any reason, you might have to pay for this depending on where you are.

Also, don’t forget to keep track of your expenses while on the road so you don’t blow it!

Long-term Travel: Things to do before you go

Where To Stay

If you are going to be traveling from place to place quite constantly, you are likely not going to want to sign a tenancy agreement anywhere, but this is certainly an option if you are going to be in the same place for a while. Hostels, hotels, camping and Airbnb are all going to be viable options for places to stay while you are traveling around. There are some amazing places that you can stay all over the world, so make sure that you have done your research before you get on a plane. You can book in advance to ensure that you do in fact have somewhere to stay while you are abroad.

Long-term Travel: Things to do before you go

Get Your Passport and Visa

You are likely going to have a plan for where you are going to be visiting. Once you have written a list and know where you are going, you should check all of the visa requirements to get into each country. You want everything to be sorted before you leave for your journey to ensure the smoothest possible transition from country to another. Otherwise, you might not even be able to get into a different country, and will be on a plane back home sooner than you would like.

This is going to be especially important if you are hoping to work in the country where you go. Some places like the United States have different visas depending on what it is that you are hoping to do when you get there. As such, it is important that you apply for the correct visa to avoid getting in to trouble.

You should also ensure that your passport is up to date for the entire duration of your long term travel plans to avoid any issues at borders.

Long-term Travel: Things to do before you go

Get Your Guides

Guides or travel blogs are going to be your best friend when it comes from getting from place to place. They will also help you to know where everything is, the main attractions of where you are staying and so on. If you are someone who likes to just go with the flow then this might be something that you think you aren’t interested in, but trust me when I say that whether or not you know it yet, you are going to need these guides.

It doesn’t matter whether you are traveling around France, Italy, Argentina or anywhere else in the world, there is going to be some sort of guide for tourists. Other than the exciting sites that you can see, whether there are any fees for tourism should be included in the guides as well. Make sure that you keep these on you at all times when you are traveling, you don’t want to leave them at your accommodation and have to attempt to find your way on your own.

Long-term Travel: Things to do before you go

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is vital and should be sorted long before you leave for your trip. If you get injured while you are away, you need to know that you can go to a hospital without having to pay out thousands in medical bills. It is not difficult to get travel insurance and it is certainly a lot cheaper than paying medical bills after you have been hurt or sick. There are many companies who offer this insurance, but you should make sure that you shop around for the best deal. The longer you travel, the more expensive this is going to be, but like I said, this is vital to have.

Check every detail on your policy to ensure that it includes everything you need. Check the cost of the excess which is what you are going to have to pay and your insurance will cover the rest. You also need to be aware of what kinds of things are included, and how much your insurance covers. For example, some policies cover up to 10,000 and others up to one million. You see the vast difference here, and I would always urge you to go for the upper limit, as you never know what is going to happen.

I hope that you have found this post helpful, and now know everything you need to about being away from home long term. It is an exciting time in your life, so be sure to live in the experience and have fun!

Bon Voyage!

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