March 28, 2013

Top Tips for Trouble-Free Long Term Travel

When you are planning a gap year abroad, worldwide travel, backpacking or just an extended break or sabbatical you need to take extra caution all the way from planning your trip, packing your bags and safety measures for while you’re away. This post explores these factors and more so that you can go away on longer trips without increased worry.

Keep it simply, keep it safe

Planning in advance will mean that when you are taking in the sights you have very little to think about other than your own enjoyment and life experiences. There are many key planning areas where by keeping it simple you can save both time and money. 

Firstly, when getting your travel insurance narrow your search area down to specific niches. If you are gap year travelling get gap year travel insurance from a specialist provider, if you are travelling as a couple look for couples travel insurance – you get the drift.

Set your budget by day, by destination and by essentials

Having a clear idea of budget and saving money to cover both expected budget and a contingency plan is crucial for long term travel. Be as precise as possible and pre book the most expensive activities early as this can save you money and save the hassle of last minute expenses (and carrying excessive cash) when travelling.

The more you can pre book and pay now the less you will have to concern yourself with when you travel. 

Setting an expected daily budget is a great way to ensure the last few days or weeks of your experience are not tainted with hunger pains and lack of shelter. This also gets you into the mind set early on that you have ‘X-amount’ to spend per day and going over this means that you have less to spend tomorrow but by budgeting some cheaper days can lead to lavish days too.

It’s not what you know it’s what you wear

Packing the odd luxury clothing is fine but if you are planning on a long trip you will need to be realistic about the types of clothing and the quantity of clothing that you take with you – this is even more so important if you are back packing as you will be carrying these items with you most of the time.

Ask yourself do I need this item, can I do without it, is it cheap to buy where I’m going? 

You know what clothes are comfy and what clothes are practical – listen to your inner voice at this stage and if you are telling yourself ‘I want to wear this but I don’t know where or when I will be able to’ – leave this item at home. Worst case scenario you can always buy something special on your journeys and at least then it acts as souvenir, personal treat and essential clothing at the time

Travel-obsessive Elizabeth Smythe writes this post on behalf of travel insurer 24/7 Travel Insurance. Read more about the company on Twitter @247insurance and on their website.

1 comment:

  1. wow! indeed an interesting and useful post about travel planning! O like to travel, so this info is pretty useful for me!! I hope you will come with new posts related to traveling (in Asian countries especially!)

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