Travelling the world is an extremely exciting opportunity that is becoming increasingly accessible for more and more of us, as airlines are offering increasingly cheap flights and more and more low cost hostels are popping up in popular tourist locations. However, as you can imagine, it can prove to be a pretty stressful experience if you don’t plan everything out properly in advance. When you head away for an extended period of time, you have a whole lot to take into consideration to ensure that everything goes smoothly and as expected. When it comes down to it, having a great time while you are away falls entirely down to good planning and preparation. So, what steps should you take to give yourself the best chances of an enjoyable time should you go globe trotting? Here are a few areas to focus on at the outset!
If you know where you’re heading, make sure to map out a route that you intend to follow and book flights well in advance. This can help you to save a whole lot of money. Sure, it may be tempting to book flights as you go – this provides a lot more flexibility. If you’re particularly enjoying one place, you can opt to stay there for a little longer. If a certain location doesn’t appeal to you as much as you thought it would, you can head off sooner than you originally anticipated. But flight prices can really fluctuate and you may find that leaving booking until last minute once you’re already overseas can cost a lot more than being a little more organised and putting time limits on your stay in each location. Keep an eye out for special offers and deals. Even if a particularly good price crops up and you can’t afford the ticket in that moment, you could take out secured instalment loans, purchase the tickets and benefit from the savings, then pay the sum back to the professional lender as and when you have it.
Choosing a Reliable Travel Companion
Travelling the world solo can be extremely liberating. You gain a real opportunity to get to know yourself, as you take yourself out of your usual environment and away from the people you are used to interacting with. You get to experience how you react to different situations. You gain the opportunity to do what you want rather than allowing plans to revolve around others’ wants and needs. This is all extremely positive. But when it comes down to it, the majority of us want some sort of travel companion to head away with. Travelling with someone can also be extremely fruitful. You create new bonds and experience whole new worlds together. You can support one another. You can take great pictures of one another. You can also share the burden of driving if you head out on road trips or stray from the beaten track. But if you’re heading away with someone for an extended period of time, you need to make sure that you choose someone who you can trust and who you can spend extended periods of time with peacefully. Sure, pairing up with someone for a spontaneous getaway may seem fun. But will you really be able to spend all day every day with them for months on end? Some traits to look for in a travel buddy should include:
- Respect – do you have a mutual respect for one another? Will you look out for each other, listen to what the other has to say, and support each other emotionally? Travel can be draining, daunting, and exhausting, both emotionally and physically. Your travel partner should be a good support figure in your life to help you through it!
- Similar Interests – do you want to do the same things? Are you interested in the same sights and activities? You’ll experience a lot of conflict if one of you wants to stay within cities checking out museums, while the other is determined to head out on treks in the rural wilderness.
- Financial Independence – is your travel partner responsible with their finances? You don’t want to head away with someone who will blow all of their money in a short period of time and then constantly rely on you to cover their food, drinks, and other expenses.
Coming Up With an Itinerary
Once you’ve decided who you’re travelling with, it’s a good idea to come up with an itinerary. Of course, this should be flexible and subject to change. But having an itinerary can give your trip direction and help you to plan your time wisely, ensuring that you get to see everything you wanted to see in each different country or city you pass through. Research locations you are going to be visiting and see what there is to do and see in each spot. See what other travellers have recommended. Browse Pinterest boards and note down particularly scenic spots you want to head to. Not only will this help you to organise your trip, but it’ll help to get excitement going too!
When heading overseas, you may become exposed to illnesses and diseases that you are not currently immune to. So, it’s extremely important that you research the places that you are heading to and receive the recommended vaccinations well in advance of heading away. This will give the vaccinations a chance to work and can prevent you from becoming ill.
Make sure to familiarise yourself with the weather and climate of areas you are visiting at the time of year you’re visiting. You should also have a rough idea of different activities that you may be engaging with. This will give you an opportunity to pack the right types of clothing to see you through your trip comfortably.
There really is a whole lot to bear in mind when it comes to preparing for a worldwide trip. But at the end of the day, the more preparation and thought you put into the process, the more lighthearted and carefree you can feel while you’re away!