As you know, traveling makes you more awesome – whether you go backpacking for months around Australia, head out on a Mediterranean cruise, or take several weekend breaks in a year to various European capitals. However you travel, it’s totally worth it. Here are six tips for making the most of long-term travel.
Plan, but not too much
It’s useful to think about what you want to get from your trip and pre-plan some things such as accommodation etc. However, it’s also important to give yourself some flexibility in your plans. Not only will this reduce the stress and pressure on you, but it will also allow you the opportunity to enjoy some spontaneous adventures, which are often the best!
If you’re traveling to several different places during your long-term adventures, remember that you can get annual multi-trip insurance to save time and money. Once you’ve got it, you don’t have to worry about being covered for a whole year of travel, and can focus on having fun and making memories.
Find a way to document it
When you’re traveling for a long time, it can be easy to forget all the amazing things you have seen and done. There are lots of ways you can do this, from starting a blog, recording daily vlogs, sending yourself postcards from each place, or just filling in a diary. It might seem like a bit of extra work, but when you get home you’ll be so glad you did it!
Consider your budget
The last thing you want during long-term travel is to find that you’ve spent all your budget in the first week. Make sure you set yourself strict budgets and keep some emergency money, just in case. If you plan ahead, you should be able to do all the fun things you want to, without finding yourself having to go without food for a few days to compensate.
As much as you might want to pack everything you own, when you’re traveling for an extended period of time, you need to be a little more strategic. Pack light to make things easier for yourself, but make sure you have everything you’re going to need. Clothes that you can double up and easily wash are staples for long-term travel.
Remember that you won’t have internet wherever you go, so hard copy guidebooks and maps will be really useful. Make sure you have copies of all your travel documents, just in case, and don’t take all your money out with you – spread it out over cash, card and travelers’ cheques and keep some locked in your safe when you go out.
Have your important contacts written down, in case anything happens to your phone, and carry a small first aid kit – just be prepared for every eventuality!
If you follow these tips, you can be sure you’re really making the most of your travel adventures, which is the perfect reason to organize even more. The world is enormous and there’s so much to see and do, so there really is no time like the present.
Do you have any tips that we missed? Leave them in the comments.