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Planning for Long Term Travel

by | May 12, 2023 | Planning

Where to Begin When Preparing For Long Term Travel

Beginning in early 2024 I will be spending long chunks of time away from home. What will that look like exactly? I am still figuring that out. I am currently in the planning stage. I teeter between starting my journey in Central America (warm weather in February) and Europe. I consider a month in one place to solidly immerse there or perhaps staying in a place for even longer and treating it as a home base while I take short trips from there.

Here are some things that I am learning as I prepare to travel long-term.



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What to Do With Your Home

1. If you are currently renting, consider your lease options: Are you planning to end your lease or go month-to-month?

2. Explore listing your rented home on Airbnb: Some landlords are open to letting you list your home on Airbnb while you’re away. This option is especially worth exploring if you plan on returning to the same city in the future or making periodic visits. Keep in mind that you may pay a higher monthly rent or negotiate a percentage of Airbnb income with the landlord.

3. Homeowners, decide what to do with your home: If you own your home, will you sell it, rent it out to a long-term tenant, or put it on Airbnb? It’s important to weigh the benefits against potential concerns you may have, such as allowing strangers to use your personal belongings and sleep in your bed. But with the potential for extra income, it’s definitely worth considering.

4. Determine how to manage your rental space: If you choose to rent your space, you’ll need to decide if you want to manage it yourself or hire a company.

5. Consider entry options and remote management: For short-term rentals, look into entry options and services that can be managed remotely if you plan to manage it yourself.

6. Have cleaning and home services on call: Having a cleaning service, a handyman and other home services on call is also good practice in case any repairs are needed. If you are paying a management company to take care of your home, they will likely handle this for you and invoice you for the cleaning and repairs.

7. If you choose to manage the home yourself, be prepared for communication: Keep time zone differences in mind and be prepared for calls and texts at all hours.

What to Do With Your Stuff

If you’re planning on traveling full-time or traveling long term, it’s important to figure out what to do with all your stuff. Here are some ideas for how to manage your belongings while you explore the world:

  1.  Store It: Consider finding a storage unit or renting an extra bedroom from a friend or family member who can watch over your things in your absence.
  2. Sell It: Have a yard sale or try selling items online through sites like eBay and Craigslist. This way you can put the money toward travel expenses instead of just leaving items behind that may become useless in storage.
  3. Donate It: Consider donating any clothes, toys, appliances, etc., that you won’t need while traveling full-time. You can also donate these items to friends or family members who may need them, or even to local charities that are in need of donations.
  4. Use It: Consider using some of your belongings as part of an Airbnb rental income stream while you’re away from home. This way you can make a little extra money each month and ensure that your possessions are being put to good use in your absence.

These ideas should help you figure out how to manage all your stuff while you travel full-time so that it isn’t just sitting in storage with no purpose. With the right plan, you can relax knowing that your possessions will be well taken care of during your absence!

Figure Out Money for Long-Term Travel

Full-time travel can be an exciting and enriching experience, but the cost of long-term travel can be daunting. Fortunately, there are many ways to afford full-time travel if you are willing to be creative and resourceful.

  1. One of the most popular ways to travel long-term is to work while you travel. This can be done in a variety of ways, including freelancing, starting your own business, or finding work in different countries. With the rise of digital technology, remote work opportunities have become more accessible than ever before. Many people find that working remotely while traveling allows them to experience new cultures and destinations while still earning a steady income.
  1. Another way to afford full-time travel is to reduce your expenses. This can be done by living frugally, staying in budget accommodations, and cooking many of your own meals instead of eating out. It’s also a good idea to set a budget and stick to it, so that you can plan your spending and save money for future travels. Some people also choose to travel slowly, taking their time to explore each destination in depth rather than rushing through multiple destinations in a short amount of time. This can help to stretch your budget and make it easier to afford long-term travel.
  1. Finally, there are many ways to save money on travel expenses, such as using budget airlines, staying in hostels or Airbnb accommodations, and taking advantage of travel rewards programs. Many credit cards offer rewards points or miles that can be redeemed for free flights or accommodations, and some airlines and hotels offer loyalty programs that can help you save money on future travel. It’s important to research and compare different travel options to find the best deals and save as much money as possible.

With the right planning and combination of strategies, long-term travel can be an incredibly affordable and rewarding experience that allows you to explore new cultures, meet new people, and create lifelong memories. My plan? I will continue to work remotely, I will stay in Airbnb and use airline miles for some of my flights. I will also find opportunities to trade services, whether that be web services or pet care, for a place to stay. Letting go of my apartment will greatly reduce my expenses.

Plan Where You Will Start

Choosing a travel destination can be a daunting task and choosing a starting point for long-term travel is no easier. With careful planning and consideration, you can find the perfect location that meets your needs and preferences.

  1. First and foremost, it’s important to identify your travel goals. Are you looking for a relaxing beach vacation, an adventure-filled trip, or a cultural immersion experience? Once you know what type of experience you’re after, you can start researching destinations that offer that type of experience.
  1. Another important factor to consider is your budget. Some destinations are more affordable than others, so you’ll want to make sure that you can afford the cost of travel, accommodations, and activities in your chosen destination. You should also consider the time of year that you plan to travel, as this can affect prices and availability.
  1. Before making a final decision, it’s a good idea to read reviews and gather information from other travelers who have visited your potential destinations. You can also consult travel guides, blogs, and social media for insider tips and recommendations.
  1. Weather might also be a factor. For me, I prefer a mild to warm climate and I don’t plan to pack and heavy clothes or outerwear. Since I am starting out in January or February, this means heading South. Budget will likely determine where I ultimately choose to start my long term travels.
  1. Definitely consider practical factors such as visa requirements, time zones, language barriers, and safety. You’ll want to make sure that you’re fully prepared for any logistical challenges that may arise during your travels. In addition to my climate requirement, staying in a similar time zone is important to me at first while I get used to working remotely.

Overall, choosing a travel destination to start your travel lifestyle involves careful consideration of your goals, budget, timing, and practical factors. By doing your research and taking the time to plan, you can ensure that your travels are enjoyable and fulfilling. Stay tuned to see where I land first!

passport and map

Check Passport and Visa Requirements

If, like me, you are planning on traveling internationally, it’s crucial to make sure you have all the necessary documentation in order. One of the most important things to check before embarking on your journey is the passport and visa requirements for the country or countries you plan to visit.

  1. Passport requirements can vary greatly depending on your destination, so it’s important to do your research ahead of time. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay, and that it has enough blank pages for any necessary stamps or visas. Some countries may also require that your passport be machine-readable or have a certain number of months left before expiration, so be sure to double-check the requirements before you leave.
  2. Visa requirements can be even more complicated, with different rules and regulations for each country. Some places may require a visa for a short visit, while others may allow visa-free travel for up to a certain number of days. It’s important to check the requirements for each country you plan to visit, as well as any countries you may be transiting through. Keep in mind that visa applications can take time to process, so it’s best to start the process as early as possible to avoid any last-minute complications.
  3. In addition to passport and visa requirements, it’s also important to check any other entry requirements for your destination. Some countries may require proof of onward, travel insurance or a certain amount of funds to cover your stay, for example. Make sure you have all the necessary documentation and information before you depart to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey.

Overall, taking the time to research and check the passport and visa requirements for your travels can save you a lot of headaches down the road. By being prepared and informed, you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind and without any unexpected surprises.

packing suitcase for travel

Plan What You Will Pack

When it comes to packing for long-term travel, it’s important to approach it strategically to ensure you have everything you need while minimizing the weight and bulk of your luggage.

  1. First, consider the climate of your destination and pack accordingly. If you’re headed to a tropical location, you’ll want to bring lightweight, breathable clothing, while if you’re heading to a colder climate, you’ll need to pack layers and warm outerwear. If your travels will include changes in climate, you may need to reduce the items you take in each category so that you can prepare for different situations.
  2. When it comes to clothing, focus on versatility and items that can be mixed and matched. Think neutral colors and classic styles. Additionally, aim for lightweight and quick-drying fabrics that won’t weigh you down or take up too much space.
  3. In terms of footwear, bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes or boots, as well as some sandals or flip-flops for beach or pool days. Don’t forget to pack socks and any specialized footwear you may need, such as hiking boots or running shoes.
  4. Toiletries can take up a lot of space, so consider finding items that can do double duty and will last a long period of time. I am testing out the Lush shampoo bars that are compact and promise to last 4-6 months. I am also trying their body bar which is a cleanser and moisturizer in one. The next purchase will be a color stick that works for eyes, cheeks, and lips!
  5. When it comes to electronics, bring only what you need and invest in a good quality travel adapter to ensure your devices will work in different countries. Don’t forget to pack a portable charger to keep your devices powered up on the go.
  6. Be sure to pack a good-quality day pack or backpack that’s durable and easy to carry around cities or on hikes.
  7. Choose luggage that suits your travel style. Though some articles recommend a large backpack, that was not for me. I recently ordered the Biagi expandable check-in bag. I expect this to be a great luggage piece because I can use it to move from place to place but also use the condensed version for shorter stays. I also added some packing cubes. More on this purchase later. (I am not an affiliate of this company. I just want to share what I am using.)

I will write a more in-depth packing article at some point but wanted to include it here because, as someone who is half a year away from a travel lifestyle, I am already thinking about how and what to pack.

Planning for long-term travel doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you take it step by step. Deciding what to do with your home and much of your belongings is the first important decision you’ll need to make. Then, investigate different ways to fund your trip and choose a destination that matches your goals and budget, while remembering to check visa and passport requirements for any foreign country that you’re traveling to. With some careful planning and creativity, you can embark on an adventure of a lifetime. I am excited to share my journey with you!

Be sure and follow along as full-time travel begins!