Everyone’s had the dream before. You’ll be sitting in your office cubicle, and suddenly you’re struck by the powerful urge to just drop everything to travel the world. After all, famed author (and traveler!) Jack Kerouac once said, "In the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that g-dd--n mountain."
Yeah, everybody thinks about it, but not many people actually do it. We’re all easily stopped by practical concerns. Blinded by “yeah, buts.” But here’s the truth: if you really, truly want something, you can get it. You just need to plan, prepare, and work hard to achieve the dream... We’ve detailed some important, practical things to consider and steps to take before making the jump. After all, even if you think it’ll never happen for you, it can’t hurt to dream! Besides, you never know!
Figure out what will happen with everything you leave behind.
Believe it or not, traveling the world takes a while! If you want to make your adventure as robust as possible, you’ll have to make plans. There are two main ways to go about making these plans. First, you can find a subleaser to stay in your home while you’re away. Obviously, this has its risks, since it includes a stranger having access to all your possessions. If you have a living space you can’t give up, however, it could be a good option.
The second option is a little more drastic, but it could work just as well if not better. You could always break your lease or move out and move all your possessions into a storage unit. You’ll have to find new housing when you return, but at least all your stuff will be safe.
Plan how you’ll make more money along the way.
Many people find that, once they start traveling, they never want to stop. After your savings go, what do you do next? If you have office-friendly skills like design or copywriting, consider taking your operation freelance. You can source gigs from websites like Fiverr or Upwork as you need them. Otherwise, you can look for opportunities through companies like Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WOOF). They offer housing all over the world to any individuals willing to travel and do volunteer work on farms. The work can range from watering to harvesting to caring for animals. It's hard work, but it's abundant and accessible.
Do your research.
There’s a fine line to walk when it comes to research. You don’t have to read every travelogue in the world before making your trek. You should go through enough resources to feel comfortable, however. Do some googling to find the best tips and tricks for long term world travel. Tips and tricks like:
- Make sure you have your documents in order. When does your passport expire? Should you get it renewed before you go abroad? Will your trip require a visa? If so, how do you go about getting one? You can find out by checking your destination's embassy or consulate website and getting in touch.
- Plan your visits around off-seasons. Use websites like Best Time to Go to figure out the best time to visit beautiful places at lower costs.
- Pack your own water bottle. Some places don't have safe tap water, but for the ones that do a water bottle is worth it. You'll run through your savings way too quickly when hydration runs you $1 to 3 per bottle!
- Make friends wherever you go. Find out where locals go and open yourself up to new friendships. These people might know other people who can help you on the next leg of your journey. Plus, travel is richer when relationships are made, don't you think?
Long story short: traveling the world isn’t really as hard as you might think. If it’s this fun to think about, imagine how much fun it would be to do for real! While you go abroad, letStorage Direct take care of your stuff. Good luck, and happy trails!