Prepare for long-term travel

Preparing for Long Term Travel

Traveling abroad is an art. It requires intellect to plan, courage to admit and endurance to endure. When planning your dream trip, you must go a good line between over-analysis and not so blissful ignorance (summer in Sudan, anyone?).

There are several things to consider before booking your trip and the most important thing to decide where and when to go.

Where to go?

Having worked in a cubic and day dreaming of traveling around the world, most people have a good idea where they want to go. It's a personal choice and there are amazing places to see and experience all over the globe. If you plan to pay for your travel, the main factor is to decide where to go, your budget.

How much world cost

These numbers assume a few things. First of all, you travel slowly (no more than one out of every four days). Secondly, you remain in clean, basic homes. While it is certainly possible to rent a room of $ 3 in Cambodia, most ripe enough to run a business will have a little more comfort. We speak rooms with bathroom, hot water, shower, towels, bed and tv … but not much else.

The prices below are for two people and include food, room, laundry, toiletries, show and overland (usually local) travel:

o Southeast Asia: $ 50

o UK and Ireland: $ 100

o Australia and New Zealand: $ 80

o South America: $ 55

o Africa: $ 60

o Western Europe: $ 90

o Eastern Europe: $ 65

o Indian subcontinent: $ 40

o Japan: $ 90

As you can see, the cost can be very reasonable, far more reasonable than what you might pay for home. But you want to travel somewhere that your systems can afford.

You can come home faster and live better if you visit third countries such as Southeast Asia and India. Although we have visited the United Kingdom several times, my wife and I are still a long way away from living it up in London! There is another stronger reason to go third world first: a new perspective. Chances are, if you read this, you are probably raised in the western world. When you embark on the plane you will undoubtedly be ready for a change, and the transition from first to third world will be like eye-opening as the transition from employee to entrepreneur.

All in all, their calculations have been quite close to my personal experiences.

Money Save Tips

These are some tips I've learned from both working as a travel agency and personal experience. There are many, many ways to stretch your budget:

o Buy tickets in advance or at the last minute. So many people complain about rising flight costs, as they should have bought the awful thing months ago and saved a bundle. Here's my rule of budget travel: Buy tickets in advance if you know where you want to go, buy last minute if you do not. For example, there is currently a special discount flight to Hungary from San Francisco for three hundred dollars at the last minute. Did you plan to travel to Hungary? No, but when the opportunity arises, take it.

o Slum it, then go all out. My wife and I cycled over Ireland without breaking the bank, and yet we stayed in bed and breakfast quality (including an old Irish castle). How did we do this? Simple: For every one night in a great location, we camped for two nights. When we arrived at our room for the night, we cleaned up and had a good time. The next morning we showered and hit the road. After this approach, you only miss a bathroom for a day at a time …

o Change your drinking habits. One of my biggest complaints with budget travelers is their stupid idea of ​​sacrificing a cold beer to save money. There are far better ways to save a dollar while you travel. What to avoid are bars. You can drink cold beer or local spirits for cheap from bottle stores (or strangely, 7-11). I found myself considering buying a can of Guinness in Thailand for more than it cost home! It was true an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day, but move on …

Health: Avoid Problems


You must start getting some of your vaccinations at least two months before going on a trip. Multiple inoculations require three or four visits, separated two to three weeks apart. Here is a short list of the most required vaccinations (or highly recommended) for global travel:

o Hepatitis A and B. (if possible, get the combined vaccine)

o Japanese encephalitis

o Polio, diphtheria and tuberculosis

o Rabies

o Tetanus

o typhoid

o Yellow fever


While there is no malaria vaccination, there are a number of anti-malarial tablets that you can take to help fight the disease (although none of them are 100 % effective). Check with your doctor to see which recipe is right for you. You can also learn more at

To get these vaccinations, visit your local travel clinic or talk to your doctor. If you are currently employed, check if your benefits will cover vaccinations. I was able to save over $ 700 on vaccinations thanks to the health insurance offered by my previous employer. Talk about a resignation package!


When it comes to food, I follow some simple rules:

1. Eat in restaurants with many people and high vending. That means that the food is fresher.

2. Eat cooking. Try to avoid raw vegetables and raw fish. Fruits and vegetables that you can peel are a safer solution. Consider bringing vitamin tablets if you do not get enough fruits and vegetables.

3. Do not eat over. If you eat your face with contaminated food, you will feel a hell much worse than if you ate a smaller portion. The only two times I have been ill abroad were shortly after a three or four course meal in a high end steakhouse.


Depending on where you travel, you may need to bring a water purification system. I am using Steripen Adventurer UV purifier. The same size as a screwdriver, this wonder tool can clean a liter of water in a minute using an ultraviolet bulb and lithium batteries. Although not cheap, the retail is around $ 130. Steripen is both lightweight and effective. Keep in mind that it does not work with ice, a common reason for getting sick among travelers.

If you plan to buy bottled water over sea, keep in mind that many merchants reuse used water bottles with local water and resell them. If the plastic seal is broken – and it is often – you will probably not drink it.

Traveler's Diarrhea

Traveler's diarrhea claims 30-50% of tourists abroad within the first two weeks and is often accompanied by vomiting. In other words, do not be surprised if you leak out both sides … it's natural. The best thing to do? Take over anti-diarrhea medicine or antibiotics (instead of something that just connects you), drink plenty of water, put low and let the good or bad times flow. Symptoms should clean up within a few days. Just more than that, contact a doctor.

Forcing loose ends

Before closing the road, close the store. While most of these steps are not necessary for short-term travel, they are absolutely necessary for long-term hiking.

o Three – six months out:

o Get a passport (if you do not have one).

o Book your airplane.

o Visit your doctor or travel clinic to get vaccinations. Check if your employer's health insurance covers them before you finish!

o Decide how to handle your life situation. Consider renting your home furnished. This saves you the hassle of saving your belongings and moving you a step closer to paying your mortgage. Most people who are interested in furnished homes work abroad for a year or more: Perfect for your intentions.

o Book a dentist, doctor and optometry appointment for a month before you go to make sure you have a clean health act. This gives you time to clear all cavities before you leave.

o One month:

o Set cancellation dates for all insurance, credit cards and other miscellaneous items.

o Close all unnecessary accounts (eg bank accounts and department stores).

o Register Online Banking (if you do not already have it).

o Set a forwarding address with the post office to a friend or a P.O. Box in your name.

o Find someone to rent your car while you're away. Make sure they get insurance and prepare a lease.

o Go to your dentist, doctor and optometry appointments.

o Get traveler's insurance.

o Two weeks out:

o Give your two weeks notice to your employer.

o Send yourself copies of your passport, driving license, insurance, credit card and other important information you may need while you are away.

o Get travel checks and email security numbers from them to yourself.

o Please notify your bank that you want to make purchases in a foreign country with your credit card.

o Has a garage sale. If you fail to sell the majority of your possessions, you have another garage sale during the week. My wife and I made over $ 1500 on two days of work that sold our items over a month's trip in Southeast Asia. If you can not sell your stuff, look into a storage space.

o Get a visa if it suits your first country.

Remember, you do not need half of what you might think you are doing, a truism that applies to a crucial step in preparation: packing for long-term travel.

What (not) to pack

Before departure: make a checklist of things you need to take. The maximum should include:


Driving license (international if possible)

Airline / train tickets

Credit Card, Travel Control and US Dollars

Photocopies of important documents

Hostel card

Diving Certification (if applicable)

Passport photo (1 or 2 per Country)

Money Belt

A small day package


A good book

Pen and note pad

Skype laptop and headset

Two pairs of lightweight trousers

A pair of shorts

Three shirts (one to go out)

1 pair of sandals

1 pair of shoes or boots


Swimsuit (if applicable)


Silk sleeping bag (not a sleeping bag)

Sewing kit

Nail clippers


First Aid Fund

Swiss army knife

Possessions will only bind you down. Let's say Say that you buy a brand new digital camera before your trip (chances are you want). It's probably a good way to document your experiences, but it weighs you much more than you think.

You have to think twice about swimming in the ocean to fear that somebody will steal it. Crossing a river can potentially destroy it. Strangers become potential threats.

And it's just the tangibles. The worst and most common is that it prevents you from really experiencing a place before you reach your camera. This removes you effectively from your surroundings, preventing you from getting really anything at all.

Why Einstein Was Wrong – How To Travel

Relativity theory says time slows when speed increases. For example, imagine a friend whizzing across or solar system in a spacecraft while staying here on Earth. Einstein turned out that your friend's watch seems to creep more slowly than your own.

Unfortunately, the opposite is true when you travel. People traveling near the speed of light – or at least the sound – arrive home apparently unaware of where they had just visited. Places do not become more than a checkmark on their itinerary, an experience that should not be tasted, but displayed to others. They develop the classic "If it's Tuesday, this should be Rome" syndrome. The speed is not better, so you should not try to travel at the speed of light.

My advice is to travel with the speed of smell.

As I write this, there is a big Vietnamese market less than five meters away. The smell of pho boils over and the sound of local conversations is something I would not have noticed on a five-day whirlwind trip in Vietnam.

To really experience your surroundings, you need to lower. While guidebooks offer hiking that allows you to "make" a city a day, it takes much longer to "feel" it out.

Somewhere along the line we lost the journey point. People visit pagodas, temples, churches, museums and art galleries that are not of personal interest but of a misplaced commitment. If you are not interested in art, skip the Museum of Modern Art. If you do not like sports, forget about Superdome. Can not bear witness to first-hand poverty? Do not go to India.

It's not about seeing the most recognized sights. It's about experiencing those who affect you the most.

Your first night abroad: Make it a soft landing

The first two days in a new region should be seen as a transitional period. Do not get into the mix right away; Book your hotel before departure and stay there for at least two nights. This will help you to acclimatize your new surroundings and sleep comfortably in the first few days. Your first few nights should not be worried about itineraries, budget or other logistics. Just pull the plug out and rest while your body adapts to the new sights, smells and time zone.

Breakfast at. How to Handle Jet Teams

There are several ways to fight jet lag, a common problem among travelers. It certainly affects some people harder than others; It takes me over a week to adjust while my wife takes it in step. Here are some ways to fight jet lag:

o Do not eat. Studies have shown that your living takes longer to adapt to a new time zone than any other part of your body. Do not know for 12 hours or more, your body will adjust much faster. If this seems to be too much, try eating at your destination's trip a few days before departure (noon at 10, who?).

o Sunshine. The sun helps you set your circadian watch, so the more the better. Exercise also helps.

o Pop some pills. There are extra over-the-counter pills that claim to help with jet lag. Although I have no personal experience with them, more people have spoken to swear by No Jet Team.

Staying Connected

Now that you have freed your time and place, you must monitor your systems and keep in touch with your loved ones. Here are several important tools for maintaining your systems abroad.

Poste Restante

A good way to get care packages from home. Get the address of the main office, no matter what city you are in (or will soon be), and get people to contact your mail to the following:

LAST NAME, First Name

Poste Restante, Posthus

City, Country

When you arrive at the post office, simply submit your passport as identification and you will be able to raise your mail. Generally, post offices around the world will keep mail up to two years.


A good way to keep in touch is to start a travel blog. You can do it with free services like or; Both are free and can be created in a few minutes. By creating a travel blog you can avoid sending group messages, which always come across as compelled and rather generic. In this way, people who really were interested in your trip can check on you whenever they want, leave comments and engage others who visit your blog.

Blogs also give you much more creative freedom than sending emails. You can include photos, videos, polls, international watches, cards and a host of other customizations, all of which provide a large scrapbook after your travels.

Words of the Year: Wifi

Wireless is the name of the game. As time progresses, connecting to the Internet becomes more important, so you can equip yourself to rank "free internet" higher than facilities such as free breakfast, swimming pool and massage. Let's see: You can now create systems that pay for your lifestyle, completely free of employees. Free of fax machines, cabinets, commuters and water coolers … so log in to your accounts to make sure the money comes in does not seem like too much of an obstacle, do it?

Expect internet cafes to run around $ 1-2 USD per hour. If you see that your business is internet-based, consider traveling with a laptop depending on your goals.

Laptop: Luxury or Necessity?

If you intend to develop more systems during the trip, a laptop is required. You will need to upload web pages to your sites, make phone interviews with potential freelancers and lose your expenses and revenue streams. If you intend to just monitor or expand your existing systems, you can use internet cafes, even if it is working among Chinese computer players, that's not what's blown up.

Laptops also provide more security. You do not know what kind of spyware (programs that remember your keystrokes for future use) might be on a random computer. To rewrite sexual teachers, a trustworthy, monogamous relationship is one of the best ways to avoid viruses.

Cell Phone

Even though I do not use one, the cellular service will be better all the time, and can save you a lot of time if you call people who do not use Skype. For example, I spent thirty minutes searching for an international phone to call my bank for a phone call lasting two minutes.


You can not go wrong with free international phone calls and Skype just gives it. Get your friends and family home to sign up and you can chat free with your laptop. More and more companies are hoping for the bandwagon, even though banks and credit card companies are still behind the basket.

An additional feature that is useful is the ability to forward calls from an American phone number to your mobile phone abroad. If you handle customer service questions, it pays to provide a house number. After all, do you want to buy a product from a company that requires you to call East Timor with questions?

Dragon Naturally Speaking

If it were not for this software, this book would never have been written. In less than 30 bucks, you get a microphone, headset and the ability to dictate for your laptop. I can "write" at about 120 words per minute. An added bonus is that you can use the microphone and the headset with Skype.

USB Card

An absolutely important tool. There will be times when you do not want to access the internet with your laptop and a convenient USB allows you to back up your work.

Other Technology Marble for Work Abroad

o GoToMyPC: This software gives you access to your home computer from any other computer in the world. If you are afraid to travel with a laptop, it's the way to go. Just remember, you have to pay for internet connection along the way, which makes this a better solution for short-term travel.

o World Electronics USA: Get information on global phones. Good explanation of which GSM frequencies and "bands" work in which countries determine the phone you buy for travel (and maybe at home).

o Universal Plug Adapter: I have purchased adapters in several countries to power our digital camera and laptop, although it may be difficult to explore several regions. This universal adapter works wonders around the world.

o World Electric Guide: This page is a lifeguard when it comes to electronics handling abroad. It breaks down voltage, watts and a number of other technical requirements by country.

Use what you've learned and hit the road!

Source by Thomas Pride