Prepare yourself for a long-term journey

Preparing for Long Term Travel

Traveling Abroad Art is. It requires the intellect to plan, the courage to bring and the persistence to withstand. When you are planning a dream trip, you have to go through a nice line between over-analysis and unselfishly ignorant (summer in Sudan, anyone?).

There are several things to consider before you book your trip, and most importantly, it will be important to decide where and when to go.

Where To Go

After working in a cube and day-dreaming journey around the world, most people already have a good idea of ​​where they want to go. It's a personal choice and has amazing places to see and experience around the globe. If you plan to pay your travels, the main factor in deciding where to go is your budget.

How Much World Costs

These numbers assume a few things. First, you travel slowly (no more than one every four days). Second, stay in clean, basic accommodation. Although it is certainly possible to rent a $ 3 room in Cambodia, most people are sufficiently mature to run the business wanting a little more comfort.

The prices below for two people include food, room, laundry, toiletries, bathroom, bathroom, visas and land (usually local) travel:

o United Kingdom and Ireland: 100 USD

about Australia and New Zealand: $ 80

o South America: $ 55

about Africa: $ 60

o Western Europe: $ 90

about Eastern Europe: $ 65

o Indian Subcontinent: 40 USD

o Japan: $ 90
As you can see, costs can be very reasonable, far more reasonable than what you are currently paying at home. However, you will want to travel somewhere that you can afford.

You can run away from home faster and better by visiting third-world areas such as Southeast Asia and India. Although we have visited the United Kingdom several times, my wife and I are still far from living in London! There is one more powerful reason for the beginning of the Third World: a new perspective. Chances are, if you read this, you've probably raised it to the Western world. When you embark on that plane, you will undoubtedly be ready to change and the transition from the first to the third world will be an eye opening as a transition from worker to entrepreneur.
All in all, their calculations were pretty close to my personal experiences. Money Savings Tips

These are the tips I have learned from both employee and personal experience. There are many, many ways to expand your budget:

o Buy tickets in advance or at the last minute. So many people complain about rising flight costs when they needed to buy a damn thing a few months ago and saved the package. Here's my regular travel budget: buy tickets ahead of time, if you know where you want to go, buy last minute if you do not. For example, there is currently a special flight to Hungary from Hungary for three hundred dollars, last minute. Did you intend to go to Hungary? No, but when an opportunity arises, you should take it.

o Slum it, then go all out. My wife and I visited Ireland without breaking the bank, and yet we stayed in quality beds and breakfasts (including the old Irish castle). How did we do it? Simply: For every evening in a great place, we camped for two nights. Once we got to our room for the night, we cleaned up and had fun. The next day we went down and hit the road. Following this approach is missing only one day at the same time …

o Change your drinking habits. One of my biggest complaints with budding travel writers is their foolish idea that you should sacrifice a cold beer for the sake of saving money. There are far better ways to save dollars while traveling. What you should avoid are bars. You can drink cold beer or local alcoholic drinks for cheap out of the store bottles (or unusually enough, 7-11's). I found out how much I thought about purchasing canned Guinness in Thailand more than it cost home! True, it was an Irish Pub on the Day of St. Patrick, but you're coming …

Health: Avoiding Problems


You need to start getting some of your vaccinations at least two months before going on a trip. Several inoculations require three or four visits, separated by two to three weeks. Here's a short list of the most common (or recommended) vaccines for a global trip:

about hepatitis A and B. (if possible, get a combined vaccine)

about Japanese Encephalitis

o Polio, diphtheria and tuberculosis

about Rabies

o tetanus

o Tifus
Although there are no malaria vaccines, there are numerous anti-malarial tablets you can take to help you fight the disease (although none of them is 100% effective). Check with your doctor to see which recipe is right for you. You can also find out 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 cover vaccination. I was able to save more than $ 700 on vaccination thanks to the health insurance my previous employer. Talk about the shipping package!


When it comes to food, I follow a few simple rules:

1. Eat in restaurants with lots of people and high turnovers. It probably means that the food is fresher.

2. Eat cooked food. Try to avoid any raw veggies and raw fish. Fruits and vegetables that you can peel are a safer option. Consider bringing vitamin pills if you do not get enough fruit and vegetables.

3. Do not eat anymore. If you hug your face with contaminated food, you will feel much worse than if you have eaten a smaller part. Only twice as sick abroad was short after a three or four course meal in a high quality steakhouse.


Depending on where you are traveling, you may need to bring a water purification system. I use Sterile's avanturist UV purifier. Same size as a screwdriver, this miracle tool can clean one liter of water for one minute with ultraviolet light bulbs and lithium batteries. Although not inexpensive, retail is about $ 130, and Steripen is light and efficient. Keep in mind that it does not work with ice, which is a common cause of illness among passengers.

If you are planning to buy bottled water above the sea, keep in mind that many retailers replenish water bottles with local water and resell them. If the plastic seal is broken – and it is often – you probably do not want to drink it. Diarrhea Passenger

The travel route claims 30-50% of tourists abroad for the first two weeks, and is often accompanied by vomiting. In other words, do not be surprised if you exit both ends … it is natural. The best thing to do? Take anti-doping medicine or antibiotics (not something that merges only), drink plenty of water, settle for good or bad weather. Symptoms should be solved for several days. Additionally, contact your doctor. Before you go on the road, you need to close the store.

Although most of these steps are not needed for short-term travel, they are essential for long-lasting wandering. Three – Six months out:

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

o Book airfares.

o Visit your doctor or clinic to get vaccinations. Make sure your employer's health insurance covers you before giving up!

o Determine how to deal with your life situation. Think about renting a stay. This saves you the hassle of storing your belongings and moves you one step closer to paying your mortgage. Most people interested in furnished accommodations for a year or more: it's perfect for your intentions.

o Book your dentist, doctor, and optometry a month before you go to make sure you have a clean medical record. This gives you time to handle any cavities before you leave. [1] One month behind:

o Specify deadlines for cancellation of all insurance policies, credit cards and other items.

o Close any unnecessary bills (eg Bank accounts and store accounts).

o Log in for online banking (if you do not already have it).

o Set a forwarding address for mail to friends or P.O. Frame in your name.

o Find someone who rents your car until you're gone. Make sure you get insurance and make a car leasing agreement.

o Go to your dental, medical and optometric duties.

o Obtain passenger insurance.

o Two weeks:

o Inform your employer for two weeks.

o Send a copy of your passport, driver's license, insurance policy, credit card, and all other important information you may need while on the road.

o Download Travel Checks and send e-mail safety numbers from these to yourself.

o Tell your bank that you will buy a credit card in a foreign country.

o Have a garage sale. If you can not sell most of your stuff, next week sell another garage. My wife and I have made over $ 1,500 a day of work by selling our stuff – worth more than a month's trip to Southeast Asia. If you can not sell your stuff, look into the storage unit.

Get a visa if applicable to your first country.

Remember, you do not need half of what you think you do, the truth that relates to the key step in preparation: the packaging for a long-term journey.

What (not) pack

Before Departure: Create a list of items you need to take. You need to include the maximum:


Driver's License (internationally available)

Aircraft / Railway Maps

Credit Cards, Travelers' Checks and US Dollars

Photocopy of important documents

Youth Map

Diving certificate (if applicable)

Passport Photos (1 or 2 per Country)

Money belt
One small pack for the day


Good book
Pen and notepad

Laptop and headset for Skype

Two pairs of lightweight pants

One pair of short pants

Three T-Shirts (one for going out)

1 pair of sandals

1 pair of shoes or boots


bathing suit (if applicable)


Silk sleeping bag (no sleeping bag)

Sewing Accessories

Nail scissors

Ear Plugs
First aid kit

Swiss Army Knife

Owning will only tie you. For example, say, buy a new digital camera before your trip (you will probably want it). Of course, this is a great way to document your experiences, but it does much more than you think.

You have to think twice about swimming in the ocean for fear that someone will steal it. Through the river could potentially be destroyed. Strangers become potential threats. And that's just tangibles. The worst and most common thing is that it prevents you from actually experiencing the place before you get to your camera. This effectively removes you from your environment, preventing you from ever getting anything. Why Einstein Is Wrong – How To Travel

The theory of relativity states that time slows when speed increases. For example, imagine a friend passing through or the solar system in the aircraft while staying here on Earth. Einstein has shown that your friend's time seems as slow as yours.

Unfortunately, the opposite is true when you are traveling. People who travel close to the speed of light – or at least sound – come home seemingly unaware of where they have just visited. Locations become nothing more than a home on the road, an experience that you do not enjoy, but is being shown to others. They develop the classic "If Tuesday, it must be Rome" syndrome. Speed ​​is no better, so you should not try to travel at the speed of light.

My advice is to travel at a smell rate. As I write this, there is a large Vietnamese market that stretches to less than five meters. The smell of the hot-sounding fever and the sounds of the locals talk to something I would not notice in a five-day turbulent tour of Vietnam.

To really experience your environment, you need to slow down. While a guide can offer hiking tours that allow you to "do" the city in one day, it takes a long time to "feel" it.

Somewhere along the line we lost our trip. People visit pagodas, temples, churches, museums and art galleries, not from a personal interest, but from some wrongdoing. If you are not interested in art, skip the Museum of Modern Art. If you do not like sport, forget about Superdome. Can I not bear testimony to firsthand poverty? Do not go to India. It's not about seeing the most celebrated sights. It is about experiencing those who have the most influence on you.

Your First Night Abroad: Make It So Soft by Landing

Your first two days in any new region should be seen as a transitional period. Do not throw away immediately in the mix; book the hotel before leaving and stay for at least two nights. This will help you focus on your new environment and sleep comfortably in the first few days. Your first few nights should not be concerned about travel plans, budget, or any other logistics … just relax and rest while your body adjusts to new sights, smells and time zone. Lunch at 4 am in the morning? How to deal with Jet Lite

There are several ways to fight jet lag, a common problem among passengers. He surely strikes some people from others; It takes me more than a week to adjust, while my wife takes a step. Here are some ways to fight with jet lag:
Do not eat. Studies have shown that the liver takes longer to adapt to a new time zone than any other part of the body. Not eating 12 hours or more, your body will adjust much faster. If that's too much, try eating at the destination clock a few days before leaving (dinner at 10 o'clock, everyone?).

of the sun. The sun helps you set up your circadian clock, so it's better. Exercise also helps.

Get some pills. There are also additional pills that deal with the jet. Although I do not have any personal experience with them, a few people I've been talking to do without Jet Laga.

Keep Connected

Now that you release your time and place, you will need to keep track of your systems and keep in touch with loved ones. Here are some key tools to maintain your systems overseas.

Poste Restante

An excellent way to hide a home care package. Get the primary mail address in any city you're in (or soon find it) and invite people to process your email to the following:

LAST NAME, First Name

Poste Restante, General Post

Place, Country

When you reach the post, simply present your passport as an ID and you will be able to search for your mail. In general postal mails around the world will hold mails for up to two years.


It's a great way to keep in touch to start a blog for a trip. You can do this with free services such as or; both are free and can be set in a few minutes. By creating blogs for travel you can avoid sending group emails that always appear to be compelling and rather general. In this way, people who are really interested in your trip can view you whenever you want, leave comments, and engage other people who visit your blog.

Blogs also provide much more creative freedom than email submissions. You can include pictures, videos, surveys, international watches, maps, and a whole host of other customizations, all after your trip, providing an excellent scrapbook.

Word of the Year: WiFi

Wireless is the name of the game. As time progresses, internet connectivity will become more and more important, so you can get used to ranking a "free internet" that is larger than content such as free breakfast, pool and massage. Let's face it: You can now create systems that pay your lifestyle, totally without employees. No fax machines, cabins, commutations, and water coolers … so logging in to make sure cash does not seem too much of an obstacle, right?

Expect internet cafes to run $ 1-2 USD per hour. Because your company is based on the Internet, you may want to consider traveling with your laptop depending on your goals.

Laptop: luxury or necessity?

If you plan to develop more systems during your trip, you need it. You will need to transfer the website to your web site, keep phone conversations with potential freedoms and keep tabs on your costs and revenue potentials. If you plan on tracking or extending existing systems, you can use Internet cafes, although work in Chinese computer gamers is not what they cracked.

Laptops provide greater security. You do not know what kind of spyware (programs that remember your keys for future use) may be on a random computer. In order to paraphrase the teachers of sexual sex, confidential, monogamous relationship is one of the best ways to avoid viruses.

Although I do not personally use one, the cellular service is getting better and can save you a lot of time if you need to call people who do not use Skype. For example, I spent thirty minutes searching for an international phone to call the bank on a two-minute phone call. You can not make a mistake with free international phone calls and provide Skype with just that. Get your friends and family at home to sign up for free and you can talk to them via laptop. More and more companies are turning to the bandwagon, although banks and credit card companies are still behind the curve.

An additional feature that can be beneficial is the ability to forward US-based phone calls to your mobile phone abroad. If you are processing customer service issues, it is payable to provide a local number. After all, would you buy a company product that requires you to call East Timor with questions? If this was not for this software, this book would never have been written. For less than thirty dollars, you get a microphone, a headset, and a dictation to your laptop. I can "write" about 120 words per minute. An additional bonus is that using the microphone and handset you can use Skype.

USB Card

An absolutely essential tool. There will be times when you will not be able to access the Internet via a laptop, and a handy USB allows you to back up your work.

Other Technological Wonders for Working Abroad

About GoToMyPC: This software allows you to access your home computer from any other computer in the world. If you are too busy traveling with your laptop, that's the way you can go. Just remember, you will have to pay an internet connection on the way, which is the best solution for a short-term trip.

o Global US Electronics: Get Global Phone Information. A good explanation of how GSM frequencies and "bands" work in which countries will determine which phone you are buying for a trip (and perhaps a home).

o Universal Adapter: I've bought adapters in several countries to charge my digital camera and notebook, though it may be a hassle if you're exploring several different regions. This universal adapter works wonders around the world.

o World Electric Guide: This is a site of flexible life when it comes to electronics overseas. Reduces voltage, strength and a host of other technical requirements per country.

Use what you've learned and hit the road!

Source by Thomas Pride