Do you have your sights set on traveling the world for an extended period of time?
If so, you are undoubtedly trying in your head to cover the myriad of responsibilities you have in front of you.
Unless you have the best circumstances possible, the idea of just picking up and going for months at a time is highly unusual.
Not only do most people have the responsibility of jobs, taking care of family, healthcare needs etc. but there is also the home.
How do you just pick up and go away for long periods of time without tending to your home, apartment, condo or wherever you reside? In most cases, people simply can’t leave a residence sitting unattended to for that long a time.
So, before you decide to just up and go for a number of months, stop and plan everything out, allowing you to relax just a little easier.
What Most Needs Your Attention?
If getting away from it all for a substantially long period of time is on your upcoming agenda, remember these four areas to cover beforehand:
- Income – First and foremost, how will you pay for your travels? While some people are fortunate enough to have the finances to just up and leave, many others simply can’t afford do that. If you wonder whether or not you can swing it, think about your travel expenses. Will you be staying in the best hotels and resorts possible? Will you be dining out frequently? Will you be taking in only the best in entertainment? How will you pay for your expenses back home such as a mortgage, rental, utilities and other costs? Having your finances covered is something that is a must, preventing you from worrying each and every day;
- Property – If you are keeping your home, do you have people in place to keep an eye on it for you? If not, you’ve got another major potential concern on your hands. In the event you decide to put your stuff in storage (perhaps you are in between homes etc.), finding the right storage situation is imperative. You don’t want to come home from an extended time away to find some or all of your possessions damaged or stolen. Whether in need of storage units in Colorado or any other area of the country, do your research way ahead of time before you take off. See what offers are available in terms of long-term rental agreements. Also look to see if someone back home will be allowed to occasionally check on your stored items to make sure they are fine.
Don’t Take Your Health for Granted
- Health – Even though most parts of the world offer reasonable medical care, there is nothing worse than falling ill far from home. If this happens to you, will you be financially covered, not to mention get the best treatment possible? Before embarking on a journey of months at a time, be sure to have a full physical exam. Doing so allows you to become aware of any potential health issues, especially those that have the possibility of turning serious. Also make sure all your medications are up to date, along with having a reasonable supply available while traveling;
- Notifications – Lastly, do your best to check-in with one or more people back home on a regular basis. Not only will this give them some comfort, you will enhance your safety. To simply go off for months at a time without notifying anyone is a recipe for disaster. In today’s digital age, occasional communications with your loved ones and/or friends should be something you never overlook.
Whether you’re traveling the world months at a time for retirement or doing it out of school before settling into a career, plan accordingly.
By doing so, you will certainly feel better about the R&R you are soon to encounter.