Whether you want to travel the world as a digital nomad or you have a specific region in mind where you’d like to spend a few months, travel of all kinds definitely takes some pre-planning, and this is even more so the case when you’re planning to travel for a longer period of time.
In this post, we’re sharing with you some tips when it comes to the things you should have in place before you take off on your long term travel adventures.
The main document you’ll need for traveling internationally, and in some places, domestically is obviously your passport, but as well as your passport, you’ll need to make sure it’s valid for the duration of your entire trip because it’s important to be aware that many countries will only allow you to enter when your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your stay – if not, you should consider having it renewed before you go. Other documents you should be prepared to have in place are things like a valid driving license if needed, visas and work permits, plus you should also have backed up digital copies of everything in case you end up losing the originals and need replacements or emergency travel documents to get home.
Travel insurance is something that many people avoid, and even for short trips this is a big risk because you just never know when an accident will happen, and the cost of not having insurance can be huge – in some countries it can actually prevent you from leaving until the massive medical bills are paid, so really the small premium is nothing by comparison. However, if you’re planning to travel for longer then travel insurance is something you should absolutely not go without. This may also be required as a visa or work permit condition for certain places, so you could find yourself with no choice in this matter.
If you’re traveling to a place with a job lined up already or are funding your trip through an income or savings from home then this is something you won’t have to think about too much, but if you’re planning to travel for a longer time and work as you go, either through an online business you have or by picking up jobs as you go, then you’ll need to make sure you have some idea of where your income will come from and how you’ll be able to fund your travels without running out of money and finding yourself in trouble as a result.
Using mobile phones internationally is not the expense it once was, especially with more and more phone companies coming up with competitive plans that allow people to communicate across countries without buying extras or relying on things like calling cards. If you’re traveling for long term, the chances are that you’ll not need to get a new number for each country anymore and can even use things like Cricket Wireless phone plans that work across a Wi-Fi network and remove the need for using any of your calling minutes.