Prepare For Long Term Travel

Preparation for long-term travel

Traveling abroad is an art. It requires the intellect it plans, the courage to accept, and perseverance to endure. When planning your dream trip, you have to go through a fine line between too analytical and not-blissful ignorance (summer in Sudan, someone?).

There are a few things you should consider before booking your travel and the most important thing will be to decide where and when to go.

Where to Go

After working in cubic and daydreaming about traveling around the world, most people already have a pretty good idea where they want to go. It is a personal choice and there are amazing places you can see and experience all over the world. If you want your systems to pay for your travel, your budget is the main factor in deciding where to go.

How many World Costs

These numbers assume a few things. First, you travel slowly (no more than one out of every four days). Secondly, you will stay in clean, basic accommodation facilities. While it is certainly possible to rent a room in Cambodia with a capacity of $ 3, most people who grow up enough to run a business want a bit more comfort. A bar / lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room.

about Southeast Asia: $ 50

o United Kingdom and Ireland: $ 100

about Australia and New Zealand: $ 80

o South America: $ 55

about Africa: $ 60

o Western Europe: $ 90

o Eastern Europe: 65 USD

o The Indian Subcontinent: $ 40

about Japan: $ 90

As you can see, spending can be very reasonable, much more reasonable than the costs that you can currently pay home. However, you will want to travel somewhere that your systems can afford.

You can quickly run home and live better if you visit third world areas such as Southeast Asia and India. Although we have visited the United Kingdom several times, my wife and I are still a long way to live in London! There is another stronger reason why the Third World originally appeared: a new perspective. It is likely that if you are reading this, you are likely to be educated in the Western world. When you board this plane you will undoubtedly be ready to change and the transition from the first to the third world will be as open as the transition from the worker to the entrepreneur.

All in all, their calculations were quite close to my personal experience.

Money saving tips

These are some tips I have learned from working as a travel agent and personal experience. There are many, many ways to break down your budget:

o Buy tickets in advance or at the last minute. So many people rise above the rise in flight costs when they buy a damn thing that month and save the package. Here is my rule about budget travel: Buy tickets forward if you know where you want to go, buy last minute, if not. For example, in San Francisco, there is currently a special three-hundred-dollar discount for the last minute. Do you plan to go to Hungary? No, but when the opportunity comes, you should take it.

About Slum's, then go out. My wife and I traveled all over Ireland without stopping at the bank, and yet we stayed in a good breakfast bed (including an old Irish castle). How did we do that? Simple: every night in a great location we spent two nights. Once we came to our room for the night, we cleaned up and had a good time. The next morning we set out and walked down the road. After this approach, you only have a shower for one day …

o Change your drinking habits. One of my greatest difficulties with the tourist writers is their stupidity that you should sacrifice cold beer in the name of savings. There are much better ways to save the dollar when traveling. What you should avoid is the poles. You can drink cold beer or local spirits for cheap bottles (or strangely, 7-11). I found out that I would like to buy a Guinness can in Thailand for what's behind the house! It is true that it was an Irish pub on St. John's Day. Patrick, but come …

Health: Avoiding Problems

Vaccinations

are leaving for a trip. Several vaccinations require three or four visits, which are two to three weeks apart. Here's a short list of the most common vaccinations that are required (or highly recommended) for global travel:

o Hepatitis A and B. (If possible, get a combined vaccine)

about Japanese encephalitis

o Polio, Diphtheria and Tuberculosis

about Rabie

o Tetanus

o Typhoid

Malaria

While there are no malaria vaccines, there are many anti-malarial tablets that you can use to fight the disease (although none of them are 100% effective). Contact your doctor to find out which medicine is right for you. Learn more at www.malaria.org

To get these vaccinations, visit a local travel agency or talk to your doctor. If you are currently employed, check if your benefits are related to vaccination. During the vaccination I saved more than $ 700 due to the health insurance provided by my previous employer.

Food

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

1. Eat in restaurants with lots of people and turn high, probably means that the food is fresh.

2. Eat cooked food. Try to avoid any raw vegetables and raw fish. Fruits and vegetables that you can dig up are safer options. Consider taking vitamin tablets if you do not get enough fruit and vegetables.

3. Do not overload. If you touch contaminated food on your face, you will feel much worse than eating a smaller portion. The only two times I was abroad was shortly after a meal with three or four meals on a high steak.

Water

Depending on where you are traveling, you may need a water purification system. I use the Steripen Adventurer UV light cleaner. Same size as a screwdriver, this wonder tool can clean one liter of water per minute with ultraviolet bulb and lithium batteries. Though it's not cheap – retail is about $ 130 – Steripen is light and efficient. Keep in mind that it does not work with ice, which is a common cause of illness among travelers.

If you plan to buy bottled water over the sea, keep in mind that many traders fill the used water bottles with local water and sell them. If the plastic seal is broken – and this is often – you probably do not want to drink it.

Traveling diarrhea

Traveling diarrhea claims 30-50% of tourists abroad during the first two weeks and is often accompanied by returns. In other words, do not be surprised if you run out of both ends … it's natural. Best thing to do? Take anti-diarrhea or antibiotics (rather than something that just turns you on), drink plenty of water, lie low and let good or bad time flow. Symptoms should disappear within a few days.

Binding Free Ties

Before you hit the road, you have to close the shop. While most of these steps are not necessary for short-term travel, they are necessary for long-distance wandering.

o Three – six months:

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

o Reserve aircraft flights.

o Visit your doctor or travel agent to receive the vaccination. Check to see if they are covered by your employer's health insurance before you leave!

o Identify how to handle your life situation. Consider renting a furnished living room. This saves you the trouble of storing your stuff and moves you one step closer to paying your mortgage. Most people who are interested in furnished accommodation have been working abroad for a year or more: ideal for your intentions.

o Book a doctor, doctor and optometrist for one month to make sure you have a clean state of health. This will give you time to handle all the voids before leaving.

o One month:

o Set the date of cancellation of all insurance policies, payment cards and other items.

o Close all unnecessary accounts (such as bank accounts and department store accounts).

o Sign up for online banking (if you do not already have one).

o Set the send address with a mail to a friend or P.O. Box in your name.

o Find someone who rents a car. Be sure to get insurance and prepare a car leasing contract.

o Go to dental surgery, doctors and optometry.

o Get Travel Insurance

o Two Weeks Out:

o Inform your employer about two weeks.

o Send emails of passports, driving licenses, insurance policies, credit cards, and other important information you will need when you are away.

o Get your traveler's checks and send security numbers to them.

o Tell your bank that you are shopping in a foreign country with your credit card.

o Sale of garage. If you fail to sell most of your stuff, you have another garage sale week. My wife and I made more than $ 1,500 a two-day job selling our goods a month in Southeast Asia. If you can not sell your stuff, look at the storage unit.

o Get a visa if it suits your first country

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

What (Not) Packed

Before leaving: Create a list of items to be taken. You should include at most:

Passport

Driver's license (if possible international)

Air and train tickets

Credit cards, travelers' checks and US dollars

Photocopy of important documents

Youth hostel card

Diving certification (if any)

Passport Photos (1 or 2 countries)

Belt

One small package

Sunglasses

Good book

Pen and Notepad

Laptop and headphones for Skype

Two pairs of light pants

One pair of shorts

Three shirts (one for a ride)

1 pair of sandals

1 pair of shoes or boots

Underwear

swimming suit (if available)

Toiletries

silk sleeping bag (no sleeping bag)

Sewing set

Nail Scissors

Ear plugs

First aid kit

Swiss Army Knife

It will only bind you. Suppose, for example, that you buy a brand new digital camera ahead of you (you probably will). Sure, it's a great way to prove your experience, but it values ​​you much more than you think.

You have to think twice about bathing in the ocean for fear that someone will steal it. Crossing the river could potentially destroy it. Foreigners are becoming potential threats.

And these are just tangible things. The worst and most common thing is that it prevents you from actually experiencing the place before you get to the camera. It effectively removes you from your surroundings and prevents you from reaching anything at all.

Why Einstein Was Bad – How to Travel

The theory of relativity states that time is slowing as speed increases. For example, imagine a friend who crosses the solar system in a spaceship while staying here on Earth. Einstein has shown that your buddy clock would seem to click slower than your own.

Unfortunately, the opposite is true when traveling. People who travel near the speed of light – or at least sound – are coming home, seemingly unaware of where they have just visited. Placement is no more than a check box on their route, which is not an experience to be enjoyed, but shows to others. They develop classics "If it is Tuesday, it must be Rome". Speed ​​is not better, so you should not attempt to travel at the speed of light.

My advice is to travel at the speed of smell.

As I write, there is a large Vietnamese market located less than five meters away. The smell of the boom and the sounds of the locals are scattering, something I would not notice during a five-day whirlwind tour of Vietnam.

To truly experience your surroundings, you have to slow down. While guides offer hiking trips that allow you to "do" the city in a day, it takes much longer to "feel" it.

Somewhere along the track we've lost our waypoint. People visit pagodas, temples, churches, museums and art galleries that are not of personal interest but of some outstanding duty. If you are not interested in art, skip the Museum of Modern Art. If you do not like sports, forget about Superdome. Can not you see poverty first hand? He will not go to India.

It's not about seeing the most admired sights. It's about experiencing the ones that affect you most.

Your first two nights in the new region should be considered as a transitional period. Do not throw right into the mix; book your hotel before leaving and stay there for at least two nights. This will help you adapt to your new surroundings and sleep comfortably in the first days. Your first first nights should not concern travel plans, budget or any other logistics … just unplug and relax as the body adapts to new sights, smells and time zones.

Lunch at 4 pm? How To Deal With Jet Lag

There are several ways to fight the jet lag, a common problem among travelers. It will certainly hit some people heavier than others; it takes me over a week to adapt as my wife takes it. Here are some ways to fight jet lag:

o Do not eat. Studies have shown that the liver lasts longer than a new time zone adjusts than any other part of the body. Do not go for 12 hours or more to adapt your body much faster. If it seems too much, try eating for an hour of your destination a few days before departure (dinner at 10 am, someone?).

o Sunshine. The sun will help you set your day clock, so the more, the better. Exercise also helps.

o Pop some pills. There are other over-the-counter tablets that claim to help with jet lag. Although I do not have any personal experience with them, the few people I talked about swearing that they do not believe Jet Lag.

Stays in Touch

Now that you have relaxed your time and place, monitor your systems and stay in touch with loved ones. Here are some important tools for keeping your systems abroad.

Poste Restante

A great way to pick up home care packages. Get the main mail address in any city in which you are (or will be soon) and address your mail to the following:

LAST NAME, Name

Poste Restante, general post

City, Country

When you arrive at a post office simply enter your passport as an identification and you will be able to claim your mail. In general, post offices around the world will have mail for up to two years.

Blog

A great way to keep in touch is to start a travel blog. You can do so through free services such as Blogger.com or WordPress.com; Both are free and can be set within minutes. By creating a travel blog, you can avoid sending group emails that are always compelling and generic. This way, people who really care about your trip can always look at you, get comments and engage other visitors to your blog.

Also, blogs give you much more creative freedom than sending emails. You can include pictures, videos, polls, international clocks, maps, and a host of other customizations, all of which provide a great notebook on the go.

Word of the Year: Wifi

The name of the game. As time goes by, Internet access will become more important, so you can also get used to evaluating "free internet" higher than equipment such as free breakfast, pool and massage. Make sure you can now create systems that apply to your lifestyle, with no employees. Without faxes, cabinets, commuter and water coolers … so sign in to your accounts and make sure that the money that comes does not seem too big a hindrance, is it?

Expect internet cafes to run at $ 1-2 USD per hour. If you think your business is based on the internet, you might want to consider traveling with your laptop depending on your goals.

Laptop: Luxurious or Necessary

If you intend to develop more systems when traveling, it is necessary. You will need to upload web pages to your site, make phone interviews with potential independent staff and track your expenses and revenue. If you intend only to track or expand existing systems, you can use Internet cafes, although working in the middle of Chinese computer players is not what it's cracked to be.

Laptops also provide greater security. You do not know what kind of spyware (programs that remember your keyboard shortcuts for future use) may be on some random computer. To paraphrase sex editors, a trusted, monogamous relationship is one of the best ways to avoid viruses.

Mobile Phone

Although I personally do not use one, and can save you a lot of time if you need to call users who do not use Skype. For example, I spent thirty minutes searching for an international phone to call my bank for a two-minute phone call.

Skype

You can not go wrong with free international phone calls and Skype is exactly that. Get your friends and family home and sign up and chat over your laptop for free. More and more businesses are jumping on the train, although banks and credit card companies are still behind the curve.

Another feature that may be useful is the ability to divert calls from a US-based phone number to a mobile phone abroad. If you are processing customer service questions, it is worthwhile to enter your home number. After all, do you buy a product from a company that requires you to call East Timor with questions? Dragon Naturally Speaking

If it was not for this software, this book would never be written. In less than thirty dollars, you get a microphone, headset and the ability to dictate on your laptop. I'm able to "write" about 120 words per minute. Another bonus is that you can use a microphone and a Skype headset.

USB Card

The absolute basic tool. There will be times when you will not have access to the internet with a laptop and a practical USB will allow you to back up your work. allows you to access your home computer from any other computer in the world. If you hated traveling with a laptop, it's a way. Just remember, you will have to pay for an Internet connection along the way, which is a better solution for short-term travel.

About World Electronics USA: Get information on global phones. A good explanation of what GSM frequencies and "bands" work in countries that determine the phone you buy for travel (and maybe home).

o Universal adapter: I bought adapters in several countries so we can power our digital camera and laptop, although it can be a problem if you explore several different regions. This universal adapter works all over the world.

About the World Electric Guide: This site is a life-saving work for electronic manipulation abroad. It splits the voltage, power and number of other technical requirements by country.

Use what you've learned and go on the road!