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How To Effectively Prepare For Long-Term Travel
Preparing for long-term travel can seem quite overwhelming, especially when you’re doing so for the first time. Whether you’re travelling for work or school, there are loads of things to consider, things to take care of, and a mix of emotions to deal with in anticipation of a new experience and adventure. So, are you getting ready for a long-term trip? What can you do to prepare? What tips should you keep in mind? Here are some tips to help you get ready for your long-term travel.
Do your research
From your visas to travel costs, there are several activities you need to be aware of when making your trip. Therefore, it is essential to do some research. You must ensure that your new accommodation has been finalised and your necessary documents are in place. If you plan to stay in one location long-term, you need to know about every essential long-term stay requirement. For example, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain UK after your five years in the UK. If you plan to visit different countries, you should research your options before setting off. Also, you’ll probably want to get a passport with enough visa pages, depending on the number of countries you want to visit.
Your research should also cover things like currency exchange rates, cost of living, etc.
After doing your research, come up with a budget based on how much you expect your travel to cost you. you should also factor in accommodation, feeding, transportation, and an extra buffer for other expenses.
Get an international driver’s license
In the beginning, you may have little or no plans of driving during your time away. However, it would help if you prepared yourself for any possibility regarding long-term travel, especially regarding the ease of movement. You never know when you may have to drive yourself because of an emergency, and having an international driver’s license could save you a lot of trouble.
Buy long-term travel insurance
Travel insurance is a must-have when travelling, whether you’re planning for a long-term or short trip. Even for an experienced traveller, travelling always comes with unexpected events, ranging from luggage loss and travel delays to different interruptions during your trip and even evacuations. Not only will your travel insurance protect you in case of such unexpected events, but it will also cover issues like injuries and illnesses while on the road.
Prepare for travel banking
You want to save as much money as possible while making your cash accessible to you more conveniently. You can try saving with a bank or financial institution that does not charge international transaction fees if you’re using credit cards. Also, ensure that your bank’s services are accessible in the country or countries you want to visit.
Protect your health
Ensure that you’re in the best of shape before leaving, as long-term trips can be exhausting, especially if you plan on undertaking vigorous activities. Before you leave, take the time to get all your travel vaccinations, depending on where you’re going. You can also go for a quick medical examination, get every vital medication you need in place, and create a travel aid kit before you set off.