Many people think about going travelling at some point in their life. Some travel after school before they embark on further education, while others head off after completing university before they enter the world of work. Some even quit their 9 to 5 to jet off towards sunny, palm-lined sandy beaches, lapped by crystal clear waters!
But, whether you’re in your late teens or early 30’s, if you’re thinking of going travelling there are a few things you need to consider first… Before you book a one-way ticket to Australia and spend the weeks leading up to your flight daydreaming of your adventure, ask yourself a few questions:
Can I afford it?
This is the most important thing to consider, as there would be nothing worse than getting a couple of weeks into your incredible round-the-world trip and having to come back home because you’ve run out of money. However, travelling isn’t actually as expensive as you might think and there are many ways to save money and do it on the cheap. Take a prepaid travel card that you can load up before you leave: it’s safer then carrying cash.
Should I work or volunteer?
This probably depends on how long you are going for. If you are only going for three months, then you probably won’t want to work. However, if you are going for much longer then working could be a great way to fund your travels. Whilst volunteering will be a fun and rewarding experience. It might involve helping local communities, teaching children or caring for animals. Take the time to research your options, so you can have something lined up advance.
Where do I want to go?
Firstly, you need to work out how long you are going to go for and where you want to go. This could partially be determined by any work or volunteering you choose, as well as your budget. Your money will go a long way in Thailand, for example, whilst Australia is notorious for being one of the most expensive countries to visit. When you have chosen the countries you want to go to, make sure you research these thoroughly – this will help you make the most of every single second and not miss out on any incredible experiences.
What are the requirements of the countries I am visiting?
Whilst you are researching the countries you might want to visit, make sure you know what, if anything, will be required. If the country requires a visa, you need to apply for one in plenty of time. Similarly, if you need to get vaccinations, there are often timescales to adhere to. Don’t forget to check your passport is in date – some countries require you to have at least six months on it!
What am I going to take with me?
Firstly, don’t even consider taking a suitcase, you need a decent travel rucksack! Create a list of keys things you need to include, such as mosquito repellent, plug adapter, camera and swimwear, but don’t over pack – you will be able to pick many items up cheaply along the way.
What will I do with the belongings I don’t take?
Whilst considering the few things you are going to take with you, don’t forget to consider what you are going to do with everything you leave behind! You may be lucky enough to have a friend or family member’s garage you can store your belongings in – but what if you don’t? Take time to look at storage for home or business so that you can relax on your travels, safe in the knowledge that your precious belongings are secure.
Now you can start daydreaming about paradise!