A Guide To Long-Term Travel
If you’re not quite cut out for digital nomad life and you’re not ready to move abroad, why not consider long term travel instead?
Long term travel often classes as anything between 3 – 12 months worth of travel, spanning over a number of different countries and regions. Whilst you don’t have to work whilst travelling in order to sustain yourself, some people choose to do this in order to fund their lifestyle.
If you are considering long term travel then it’s important you’re thinking about absolutely everything before you book your ticket out of the country. Whilst it may seem like a vacation, there are lots of stressful aspects that you’ll need to research in-depth before you can even consider packing your bags. (I have a useful guide to travel essentials and budget travel tips so make sure to check that out too!). With that in mind, here is our guide to long term travel.
What Is Long Term Travel?
As mentioned above, long term travel is anything from 3-12 months. Whilst some people would class being digital nomad as long term travel, others consider that more of a lifestyle than a vacation.
In most cases, long term travel involves visiting a number of different destinations, however, it is definitely not a prerequisite. If you want to spend 6 months sunning it up whilst exploring temples in Bali, go for it!
For a more in-depth guide to what it means to be a long term traveller, you can visit this article from the Indie Traveller.
How To Afford Long Term Travel
If you’re sitting here thinking that long term travel sounds like it’s expensive then you’re not wrong. Most people save for years before they take their once in a lifetime trip, however, we understand that you may not have that long. If that’s the case, here are some top tips to help you afford your trip.
Set Yourself A Budget For The Whole Trip
The first thing you need to do is set yourself a budget for the whole trip. Not only does this mean giving yourself an overall budget, but it also means thinking about how much each individual aspect is going to cost.
Consider the cost of flights and transport between each of your destinations, how much it’s going to cost to eat and drink and how much a room is going to cost on average. Whilst you won’t be able to get exact costs during your initial research, you will be able to get a rough idea of what you’re going to need to save. For tips and tricks when it comes to setting yourself a budget for travel, you can visit this site here.
Use An App To Keep Track Of Your Spending
When you’re travelling it can be hard to keep track of your money, especially when it can be hard to find an ATM that will tell you how much money you have left in your home currency. The best way to ensure you know exactly what is coming in and out of your account at all times is to use an app that tracks your spending.
Most of the time this will come with an accompanying bank account, most of which are great when it comes to spending in various different countries. For examples, you can check out Revolut and Monzo.
Put Away Savings Every Month
If you think you’re going to struggle to raise the funds, you need to be sure you’re putting away savings each month. The best way to do this is to set up a direct debit from your bank into a locked savings account. Not only will this ensure you’re paying into it each month, but it will also mean you’re not able to access it until you leave. For more information about savings accounts, you can visit this site here.
Top Tips For Long Term Travel
Now that you know you definitely want to embark on a long term travel journey and you’re sure you can afford it, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to survive months and months of travelling alone.
Put Together A Rough Itinerary
One of the best things about long term travel is that you don’t have to have a solid plan. As long as you book your first flight and your first few nights of accommodation, the rest can be completely up to you.
The best thing to do when you’re planning in advance is put together a rough itinerary, looking at all of the places you want to visit. Whilst you don’t have to strictly stick to this, it will be a great basis for you to go off of when you’re out on the road. If you prefer to go it alone, why not try booking everything on the go?
Book Your Accommodation As Far In Advance As You Can
As mentioned above, you may not know your specific plans as you travel. Whilst this will be the case with most people, it’s important you’re booking your accommodation as soon as you know when you’re going to be travelling as not only will it save you money, but it will also mean you’re guaranteed a place to stay when you arrive. Whether it’s staying in a rental duplex house or booking an affordable hostel – getting your hotels booked up well in advance should be a priority when you’re travelling.
Consider Setting Up A Contingency Plan (And A Contingency Fund)
Although 90% of the time your experience is going to be amazing, there is a likelihood that you’ll run into some issues whilst you’re travelling. Whether it’s delayed flights, bad weather or a shortage of money – you need to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be.
Before you leave, make sure you’re thinking about absolutely everything that could go wrong, putting together a well-research contingency plan should anything bad happen. Worst case scenario, you end up coming home earlier than planned.
Set Yourself A Bucket List Of Things You Have To Do
One of the more fun aspects of planning a long term travel trip is planning all of the things you want to do. One of the best ways to do this is to think of all of the countries you’re going to visit and then write down a bucket list of things you want to do whilst you’re in each one.
Whether it’s trying the local delicacy or gaining your scuba qualification, having a bucket list will get you one step close to ticking everything off one by one. For a guide to creating the ultimate bucket list, you can visit this site here.
Stick To A Healthy Diet And Exercise Plan Whilst Travelling
Although you’re going to be travelling and having an incredible time, it’s important you’re doing everything you can to maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Whilst you are allowed t have treats, make sure that not every single meal you’re eating whilst you’re away is unhealthy. There will be some delicious local delicacies to try that are filled with health, nutritious ingredients, so don’t forget to try them too!
Keep Up To Date With Local Travel News And Politics
Finally, when you’re travelling it can be easy to become disconnected from the real world. Whilst you don’t want to get too caught up in what’s going on around you, you do need to be aware of anything that is going to affect you. Set up alerts for the locations you’re visiting and keep an eye on whether or not you could be travelling somewhere that could be potentially dangerous.
Have you considered long term travel before? Where would you go? Let me know in the comments section below.