Are you planning on taking a long trip away from home? Different people have different interpretations of long. You might think 2 weeks is a long time. In this post, let’s assume we’re talking of a trip lasting a few months or more. There will be lots of things you need to consider. Here are the key things you should think about before you go:
If you have pets, leaving them to take a long trip will be difficult. They become a part of the family! You need to make sure that they have a suitable sitter. You can put them in kennels, but it’ll be expensive depending on how long you’re gone. If you can find a reliable sitter you know will feed and water them, plus give them the attention they deserve, that’s your best bet. It isn’t fair on your pets to leave them with an unsuitable sitter.
Where You Live
If you rent, it isn’t really a problem. You’ll just need to find somewhere new to live when you get back, unless you plan on continuing to pay the rent while you’re gone. If you have a mortgage and you’re planning on travelling for say, 6 months, it’ll benefit you to get a tenant. Make sure it’s somebody you can trust to pay what they owe. When it comes to your belongings, you can either leave them in the property at your own risk, or leave them with a company like Kent Storage to keep them safe. As you won’t be around, hiring an agent to manage the set up is a good idea!
Staying in Touch
You’re going to want to stay in touch with friends and family and let them know what you’ve been up to. Staying in touch can be difficult, especially if you’re in a foreign country. Having Skype readily downloaded and everything set up can be a great help. You’ll also want to inform your phone network and see if there’s anything they can do for you. You don’t want to pay extortionate prices for making calls.
Taking a long trip means you’ll want to travel light. Lugging a heavy suitcase around with you won’t be any fun! Only take the absolute essentials. You probably won’t need half as much as you think you do, and lots of things can be bought cheaply on your travels. Try not to worry too much.
You’ve probably saved up as much as you can for this trip, but you’ll need to master the art of budgeting. Make sure you know how much you have to spend on food, drink, and luxuries every day. Don’t go over! Try to stay under if possible, and you might find yourself with more money for activities. Don’t leave it to chance until you realise you’ve ran out of money!
Once you’ve considered these key things, you should be ready to go. Above all else, make sure you enjoy yourself, whatever the purpose of your trip!
Anyone got any long trips planned? I’d love to know where your venturing to.