I don’t know about you, but I’ve always dreamed of upping sticks and moving to some distant corner of the planet. There’s a whole world out there, and I for one want to see and explore as much of it as possible. Australia, Bali, New Zealand, China, and America, are just a few of the places on my travel bucket list.
I might not be heading off on an extended trip just yet, but I do have plenty of advice to share. I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of friends who have travelled here, there and everywhere. So I have plenty of hacks that should help to make preparing for an extended trip a little easier.
Get the basics sorted first
The first step should be getting the basics sorted. You need to think about where you want to go, how long for, and who you will go with. Is it just six months you want to go for or are you hoping to go for a year or more? Do you want to stay in one place or do you plan on travelling around while you’re away? There’s a lot that you need to think about, such as whether you’ll rent a flat or whether you’ll stay in hostels or hotels. Until you’ve got the basics sorted, you can’t really do anything else. So take your time working these things out.
Take your health into account
This might not be something that you want to think about, but if you’re going to move abroad for an extended period, you need to think about your health. Say, for instance, you have a health condition that requires daily medication, how will you get it? The best thing to do would be to buy your prescription in bulk online, as that way you’d be covered for your trip. There are plenty of sites where you can compare the prices of popular prescription medication and then place an order. For obvious reasons, it would be a good idea to get a doctor’s note saying what your medication is for. A friend of mine who suffers from diabetes did this when she went travelling and found that it worked well.
What will you do for work?
The chances are unless you’ve got a lot of savings, you’re going to need to work while you’re away. The question is what will you do for work? Some people choose to work in the hospitality sector and serve in restaurants or bars, other choose to work as tour guides and reps. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to work remotely like I do, you could consider taking your job with you. Or, if you’ve got a transferable skill, perhaps you could consider freelancing while you’re away? There are plenty of options; it’s just a case of taking the time to work out what would be best for you.
Hopefully, the above advice will help to make it easier and less stressful for you to prepare for your trip. Good luck on your travels and I hope you have the most incredible time!