Most of us take holiday trips that extend from 3 days right up to 2 weeks maximum. Sometimes, you may want to plan a longer trip. Either you could be taking a gap year or a sabbatical from work, and many people like to holiday during harsh winter months.
How do you plan a longer holiday and what are the factors that you should take into consideration?
Calculate your budget
Once you know how much you want to spend, then you can choose your destination accordingly. Always estimate costs on the higher side. You might want to start cutting down on wasteful expenses before your trip.
Write down your list of must-see destinations and decide on the most important ones that you want to incorporate. Be realistic about your expenses, income and budget, whether that means staying in hostels or going for all out luxury in the first 6 star hotel on the Costa del Sol.
Plan your packing
Packing for a longer trip requires more thought and planning compared to short holidays.
– Pack only essentials. Since you are going to be travelling for a longer time, you don’t want to lug a heavy, ponderous suitcase or bag. Keep it light.
– Opt to take along clothes that serve more than one purpose. For example, take a skirt that you can wear during the day and night.
– You can take along older worn out clothes that can be discarded along the trip.
Make the most of the internet
You can refer to guidebooks and websites for hostels, lodgings and cheap accommodations. It’s worthwhile mentioning here that it can get tedious living in hostels for 3 months in a row. Maybe you’d to break the pattern by treating yourself to a private room every now and then or, if you are planning on staying in one place for a month or two, you could opt for a villa, townhouse or apartment from Altavista Property.
Don’t scrimp on the travel insurance
You may need to top up your travel insurance for long term travel and whatever you do, don’t risk setting off without arranging travel insurance of some sort. Most travel insurance policies cater to shorter term trips that run for 21 days. Check to see if your credit card provides travel insurance. In that case, you don’t have to buy extra insurance. Click here for our nutshell guide to travel insurance.
Consider travelling by night
Go for overnight transport like buses and trains. Travelling overnight will save you hotel accommodation and night time travel is usually cheaper compared to day.
Do your financial homework before you leave
You need to budget differently for each country/region. For example, Japan and Europe are really expensive compared to Asia. Do your research and work out how much you’ll need for each destination.
Take control of your spending
If you partner up with like-minded fellow travellers, you are likely to spend more on pubs, restaurants and cafes. Be diligent about saying no to travelling in groups.
Inform your card providers of your plans
Ensure that you inform your credit or debit card company about your proposed trip along with the dates of travel. Otherwise they may think your card has been stolen and you may find your card declined when you need it most.
Long term trips involve detailed planning and organisation. Investing time in making thorough preparations beforehand will enable you to relax, have fun and make the most of your trip!
What tips would you add for long-term travel? Share them with us in the comments below!