Plenty of people say that want to travel more, and if you’re one of them – what’s stopping you? The fear of quitting work? Lack of money? These are just excuses.
Will you really regret not being in the office for a year? Or blowing pay after pay on new outfits and cocktails? Probably not! But will you regret travel? Unlikely!
Instead of worrying about the future, start looking at the present and do something you will truly enjoy. Here’s how you can plan the trip of your dreams and start making them a reality.
How long do you want to travel for?
The world is really your oyster when it comes to travelling. How long do you want to travel for? A month? Three months? A year? The choice is yours. Some people enjoy their travel in short bursts, while others prefer to go for longer periods and truly enjoy the traveller lifestyle. The good news is that it’s entirely your decision, so you just need to work out where you want to go and how long you want to go for.
Plan an itinerary
Now that you know how long you want to travel for, you can start making some plans of where to go and when. Planning your travel itinerary can be one of the best parts of planning your adventure, and gives you the chance to research different places and get excited about making your plans.
Planning your trip is even easier thanks to online tools. The Travefy itinerary builder is a great app for planning your trip and making sure that you’ve covered everything. While you will want to leave some room for spontaneity and local recommendations, it’s good to have the majority of your trip planned out before you leave, especially when you’re going to be taking multiple flights across different countries and continents.
Work out your finances
Planning your dream travel adventure is an exciting time, but you can find yourself crashing straight back down to earth when you start working out your finances. Travel isn’t cheap, even for the most frugal traveller. You’ll need to work out how much it will cost you to travel, factoring in your flights, accommodation, eating and drinking and sightseeing. Your costs can be a bit unpredictable, so whatever you work out your budget to be, add a buffer to help cover emergencies and unexpected costs.
You have several options for funding your travels, including:
One of the best ways to enjoy stress-free travel is to save up. Saving for your travels can involve a lot of sacrifices, but you can help motivate yourself to stay on track by keeping the end goal in sight. It is possible to make money to pay for your travel for a year, if you’re willing to work hard at it. Could you move back home for a while or cut some of your outgoings? Consider taking on a second job for a while to help you grow your travel fund faster!
Try a working holiday
If long-term saving isn’t an option, you can always try a working holiday. Some of the best places to go for a working holiday include Australia, Canada, and Singapore. You can pick up different types of work during your travels, but try to choose something flexible that will help you meet a lot of people – you don’t want to swap one boring office for another!
You can also consider becoming a ‘digital nomad’ and work as you travel. Many people are adopting this lifestyle as a way to enjoy work and travel, and having the luxury to work from anywhere in the world.
If you want to make a difference while also enjoying another part of the world, then why not volunteer overseas? There are a lot of good causes that are desperate for volunteers, so this could be your chance to do some good and visit places you’ve never been before. GVI has many available projects that you could apply for to volunteer abroad and make a difference.
Get some help
The cost of travel can be a major reason to put it off, but you can always try some finance options to help you cover costs such as flights, etc. to help you secure the best deals. You could apply for guarantor loans to help you in the short-term to kick-start your travel plans. If you can be sensible and work out repayment plans, this could be a good option for you.
Handling a break from work
Not wanting to give up your job can be another reason not to travel, but in the grand scheme of how much of your life you’ll spend working – taking some time off to see the world doesn’t seem like much at all.
While you could give up your job to ensure a clean break before you travel, the thought of coming back to no job can be worrying, especially with the job market being as tough as it is. The good news is that many workplaces will be willing to allow you to take a career break for up to a year, which can ensure you have a job to come back to.
If taking a break from work isn’t an option, then you can always take shorter trips by making the most of your annual leave. City breaks are a fantastic way to explore many short haul destinations, with affordable flights if you book at the right time.
Useful things to know before you go set off
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to travelling, and that can be part of the fun. However, there are some things you should know before you set off to make sure you have the time of your life. Some key tips include:
Check all of your visa requirements
Visa requirements for different countries can be complicated, so make sure you get all of yours covered before you leave.
Find out what’s going on
You can experience some fantastic local cultural events and festivals, if you know where to look for them. Research all of your destinations carefully to make sure you don’t miss out on the best of what’s happening and to help you experience as much of the local life as possible.
Get your medication in order
It’s important to take care of your health when travelling, and part of that involves getting all of your medication taken care of before you leave. Book an appointment with your GP, get your prescriptions and any vaccinations you might need too. Staying fit and healthy will help you make the most of your travel experience, so make sure you make it a priority.
Money-saving tips for travellers
Despite your best efforts to set a budget for your trip, it’s easy for your money to start depleting. There’s a lot to see and do, which can soon lead you to spending more than you should. Some useful money-saving tips for travellers include:
Make the most of public transport
You might be used to the Uber life at home, but it’s not as sustainable when you’re on a budget. Make the most of public transport during your travels, and you can always walk more to help you get to know your surroundings.
Find free things to do
Just as in the UK, you’ll find many places overseas will offer free activities and things to do. From free entry to museums on certain days to parks and historic buildings that are worth exploring, you can easily fit in some ‘no spend’ days as part of your travels.
Part of the fun of travelling is sampling the local cuisine. You’ll do a lot of eating out when you’re travelling, but this will eat into your budget in more expensive destinations. Book some self-catering accommodation and shop the local supermarket to help you save some money on food.
You can get some great advice from your fellow travellers, and you’ll find some excellent forums online to help you out. From finding the cheapest accommodation to ways to save money on popular tourist activities, there are plenty of people who’ll have the answers. If you stay in hospitals and popular travel spots, you’ll also get given some useful tips on where to go and what to do on the cheap!
Documenting your travels
Your adventures will hold a special place in your heart, and you’ll want to savour every moment. Modern technology makes it easier than ever to document your travels. From focusing your Instagram on travel to starting a travel blog, you can create the perfect digital log of all of your memories. Remember to save all of your photos to the cloud, it would be devastating to lose them.
Taking time out to travel is a fantastic way to spend your time. There are so many places to see so try to see and do as much as you can. Whether you travel for a few weeks or years at a time, you’ll have no regrets if you simply go for it.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? Stop dreaming about it – make it happen!