Traveling is a refreshing experience that can offer you a lot in terms of skills and life lessons. Through travel, you can improve your communication skills and learn how to live more independently and to a budget. There is, however, a lot to prepare for before you set foot in the airplane. You need to know where you are traveling to, visa requirements, what to pack and your budget. The following guide is going to help soon-to-be ravelers prepare for their perfect long-term trip across the globe.
Pre-Check You Are Ready to Travel
Before you book anything, you will want to pre-check with yourself that you are ready to travel. What this means first and foremost is checking when your passport expires. If there are less than six months before the expiry date, then you will want to renew your passport before you go anywhere. Passport renewal in the United States can be complicated. You need to fill out forms, provide the right information, and even then you cannot acquire one if, say, you owe taxes. Sorting through all of this before your flight or even before you book can help reduce stress and the risk of missing your flight.
Know the Visa Requirements Before You Book
Though the American Passport is one of the most powerful in the world, there are still a few places that you cannot go to without a visa. Visas can take time to acquire as well, so always check before you go in case you need to apply. The last thing you want is to be turned away at the border.
Once your visas have been accepted, however, you need to learn cultural differences and whether anything could make your visa ineffective. For instance, when you travel to Australia, you will not be able to bring certain foodstuffs like vegetables and all pork products.
Map Out the Logistics
It can be freeing to think that you will get over to your destination and plan it from there, but this can be risky. Only seasoned travelers should really be this lackadaisical about their itinerary. For most, it is far better to plan ahead. By having at the very least accommodation and transportation between major destinations you can ensure you have a bed to go back to every night. Booking in advance is also beneficial because it allows you to pay off the cost beforehand, so there’s no risk of being broke and homeless when abroad.
Create Your Travel Wardrobe
Long term trips sound like they need a huge suitcase, right? Wrong. In fact, by creating a very small travel wardrobe you can get in on better deals and travel lighter. Many countries with older infrastructure also won’t be very accommodating to lug a large suitcase around (cobblestone streets pose a particular challenge), so limiting what you bring can be extremely useful.
The clothes you bring should be well made to hold up to the wear and tear. They should also match well together so that, while you may be bringing less than you are used to, you actually have more outfit possibilities. Finally, remember to bring clothes that will support you. Good shoes, a few warm clothes in case it gets cold, and a belt can all be lifesavers.
Long term travel is an entirely different experience, but one that is more likely to change your world view and make you a better person than a long weekend away ever could, so get out there!
About the author: Adrian is a lifelong thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie. A freelance sports writer, Adrian is passionate about health and fitness and pushing his body to limits. Whether he’s rambling in the beautiful Cotswolds or bungy jumping in New Zealand, Adrian is a fervent believer in making the most of the great outdoors.