Preparing for long-term travel
Traveling abroad is an art. It requires a smart plan, courage to make and persevere. When planning your dream journey, you must take a path between over-analysis and less-than-happy ignorance (Sudan's summer, anyone?).
Before booking a trip, you should consider some things, the most important thing is to decide where to go and when to go.
Where to go
After dreaming about traveling around the world in a cube and daytime, most people already have a good idea of where they want to go. This is a personal choice with amazing sights and experiences on a global scale. If you plan to have the system pay for your trip, the main factor in deciding where to go is your budget.
What is the cost of the world
These figures assume something. First of all, you travel slowly (no more than once every four days). Secondly, you live in a clean, basic accommodation. Although it is certainly possible to rent a $3 room in Cambodia, most people who are mature enough to run a business want a little comfort. The room we said had a bathroom, hot water, shower, towels, a bed and a TV… but nothing else.
The following prices consist of two people, including food, room, laundry, toiletries, visa and land (usually local) travel:
o Southeast Asia: $50
o UK and Ireland: $100
o Australia and New Zealand: $80
o South America: $55
o Africa: $60
o Western Europe: $90
o Eastern Europe: $65
o Indian Subcontinent: 40 dollars
o Japan: 90 dollars
As you can see, the cost may be very reasonable, far more reasonable than the cost you are currently paying at home. However, you need to go somewhere where your system can withstand.
If you visit third world regions such as Southeast Asia and India, you can escape your home faster and live better. Although we have visited the UK many times, my wife and I have a long way to go from London! Another more powerful reason to initially enter the third world is: a new perspective. If you are reading this article, you may grow up in the Western world. When you board the plane, you will undoubtedly be prepared for change, and the transition from the First World to the Third World will be as open as the transition from workers to entrepreneurs.
All in all, their calculations are quite close to my personal experience.
Tips for saving money
These are some tips I learned from travel agencies and personal experiences. There are many ways to extend your budget:
o Buy tickets in advance or last minute. Many people are saddened by the rising cost of flying because they should buy the damn thing a few months ago and save a bundle. This is my budget travel rule: If you know where you want to go, please buy tickets in advance, if you don't know, please buy at the last minute. For example, there is currently a special discount flight from San Francisco to Hungary, with a last minute of $300. Are you planning to go to Hungary? No, but when the opportunity arises, you should accept it.
o Slums, then go all out. My wife and I rode through Ireland without breaking the bank, but we lived in a quality bed and breakfast (including an old Irish castle). How did we do it? Simple: In a prime location, we stayed for two nights every other night. Once we arrived at our room for the night, we cleaned up and had a great time. The next morning, we staggered on the road. According to this method, you can only miss a shower for one day…
o Change your drinking habits. My biggest dissatisfaction with budget travel writers is that they stupidly note that you should sacrifice a cold beer in the name of saving money. There are better ways to save a dollar during your trip. What you should avoid is the bar. You can buy cheap cold beer or local spirits from the bottle (or strangely, 7-11 years old). I found myself thinking about buying a can of Guinness beer in Thailand instead of spending it at home! That's right, this is the Irish pub in St. Louis. Patrick's Day, but come on…
Health: Avoiding problems
You need to start some vaccinations at least two months before departure. Several vaccinations require three to four visits, two to three weeks apart. Here is a short list of the most common vaccines required (or highly recommended) for travel worldwide:
o Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B (if possible, combined vaccine)
o Japanese encephalitis
o Spinal cord Polio, diphtheria and tuberculosis
o yellow fever
Although there is no malaria vaccine, there are many anti-malarial pills you can take help Fight disease (although they are not 100% effective). Please consult your doctor to find out which prescription is right for you. You can also visit www.malaria.org for more information.
To get these vaccines, visit your local travel clinic or contact your doctor. If you are currently employed, please check if your benefits include vaccination. Thanks to the health insurance provided by my previous employer, I was able to save more than $700 in vaccination costs. Talk about the severance package!
When it comes to food, I follow some simple rules:
1. Eat in a restaurant with lots of people and high turns. This may mean that the food is fresher.
2. Eat cooked food. Try to avoid any raw vegetables and raw fish. Fruits and vegetables that you can peel are a safer choice. If you don't get enough fruits and vegetables, consider carrying a vitamin tablet.
3. Do not overdose. If you fill your face with contaminated food, you will feel much worse than eating a smaller part. The only two times I was sick abroad was shortly after eating three to four dishes at the high-end steakhouse.
Depending on where you travel, you may need to carry a water purification system. I use the Steripen Adventurer UV Purifier. The same size as a screwdriver, this amazing tool can purify a liter of water in one minute using an ultraviolet bulb and a lithium battery. Although it's not cheap – the retail price is about $130 – Steripen is both light and effective. Keep in mind that it does not apply to ice, which is a common cause of travellers getting sick.
If you plan to buy bottled water at sea, keep in mind that many merchants use used water bottles in local water and resell them. If the plastic seal is broken – usually – you may not want to drink it.
Traveler's diarrhea has 30-50% of overseas visitors in the first two weeks, and is often accompanied by vomiting. In other words, don't be surprised if you leak out from both ends… this is natural. The best way? Accept counter antidiarrheal medications or antibiotics (rather than just plugging your stuff), drink plenty of water, lower it, and let good or bad time flow. Symptoms should disappear within a few days. In addition, please contact your doctor.
Bundle loose ends
Before you get on the road, you need to close the store. While most of these steps are not necessary for short-term travel, they are essential for long-term embarrassment.
o three – six months:
o get a passport (if there is no passport).
o Book your flight.
o Visit your doctor or travel clinic for vaccination. Check if your employer's health insurance covers them before you resign!
o Determine how to handle your living conditions. Consider renting your home. This saves you the hassle of storing your loved ones and brings you closer to paying off your mortgage. Most people interested in renovating accommodation work abroad for a year or more: perfect intentions.
o Make an appointment with the dentist, doctor and optometry appointment for one month before ensuring that you have a healthy state of health. This gives you time to deal with any cavities before you leave.
o One month out:
o Set the cancellation date for all insurance policies, credit cards and other miscellaneous items.
o Close all unnecessary accounts (such as bank accounts and department store accounts).
o Register online banking (if you have not already).
o Set the post office's forwarding address to a friend or PO box in your name.
o Find someone to rent a car when you are away. Make sure they get insurance and draft a car rental contract.
o Go to the dentist, doctor and optometry appointment.
o Get traveler insurance.
o Two weeks out:
o Notify your employer for two weeks.
o Send a copy of your passport, driver's license, insurance policy, credit card and any other important information you may need when you leave.
o Get a traveler's check and email it to your own secure number.
o Notify your bank that you will use a credit card to shop abroad.
o There is a garage for sale. If you are unable to sell most marriages, please re-sell the garage next week. My wife and I spent more than 1,500 US dollars in two days to deal with our things in Southeast Asia for more than a month. If you can't sell your stuff, check out the storage unit.
o If applicable to your first country, please obtain a visa.
Remember, you don't need half what you think you've done, it's a truth that applies to the important steps in preparation: packaging for long-term travel.
What (not) to pack
Before departure: Create a list of items to take. The maximum should include:
driver's license (international if possible)
airline / train ticket
credit card, traveler's cheque and US dollar
copy of important documents
youth hostel card
scuba diving certification (if applicable)
passport photos (1 or 2 per country)
a small day bag
a good book
Pen and notepad
Skype laptop and headphones
two pairs of lightweight pants
a pair of shorts
three shirts (one out)
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of shoes or boots
Swimsuit (if applicable)
Silk sleeping bag (not sleeping bag)
First aid kit
Swiss army knife  Property will only bind you. For example, let's say you bought a brand new digital camera (very likely) before you travel. Of course, this is a great way to record your experience, but it is much more important than you think.
You have to think twice before you fear that someone will steal it. Crossing a river may destroy it. Strangers become a potential threat.
These are just tangible things. The worst, and most common, it will let you really experience a place before you reach the camera. This effectively removes you from your surroundings, so you can't really get anything.
Why Einstein is wrong – How to travel
The theory of relativity states that as speed increases, time will slow down. For example, imagine that when you stay on Earth, a friend flies through the solar system on a spaceship. Einstein proves that your friend's clock seems to be much slower than your own clock.
Sadly, the opposite is true when traveling. Those who are close to the speed of light or at least the sound of the home do not seem to know where they have just been. The location is just a checkbox in the itinerary, which is an experience that is not worthy of taste, but is shown to others. They developed the classic "If it is Tuesday, this must be Rome" syndrome. Speed is not better, which is why you should not try to travel at the speed of light.
My suggestion is to travel at the speed of the sense of smell.
At the time of this writing, I was close to the Vietnamese market of less than five meters. In the five-day whirlwind tour in Vietnam, I will not notice the smell of boiling and the voice of the locals.
In order to truly experience the surrounding environment, you must slow down. While the guide may provide a hike that allows you to “do” a city in one day, it “feels” it takes longer.
Somewhere, we lost the place to travel. People visit pagodas, temples, churches, museums and art galleries not for personal interest, but for some misplaced obligations. If you are not interested in art, please skip the Museum of Modern Art. If you don't like sports, please forget the Superdome. Can't bear to bear witness to first-hand poverty? Don't go to India.
It is not to see the most popular attractions. About experiencing the things that most affect you.
Your first night abroad: Let it be a soft landing
Your first two days in any new area should be considered a transition period. Don't throw yourself into the mixture right away; book the hotel before departure and stay there for at least two nights. This will help you adapt to the new environment and sleep comfortably in the first few days. Your first few nights should not be concerned with travel plans, budgets or any other logistics… just unplug and rest as your body adapts to new attractions, smells and time zones.
4 am lunch time? How to deal with jet lag
There are several ways to combat jet lag, which is a common problem for travelers. It is definitely harder to beat than others; it takes me more than a week to adjust, and my wife needs a big step. Here are some ways to combat jet lag:
o Don't eat. Studies have shown that your liver needs more time to adapt to new time zones than to any other part of the body. If you don't eat for 12 hours or more, your body will adjust faster. If this seems too much, please try to eat at the clock of the intended destination a few days before departure (10 am for dinner, anyone?).
o Sunshine. The sun can help you set your biological clock, so the more the better. Exercise is also helpful.
o Pop up some pills. There are other over-the-counter drugs that can help solve the jet lag problem. Although I have no personal experience with them, I and No Jet Lag vowed to say some people.
Stay in touch
Now that you have freed up the time and place, you need to monitor your system and keep in touch with your loved ones. The following are a few important tools for maintaining your system abroad.
A good way to pick up a care kit from home. Get the main post office address in your town (or coming soon) and have people send your mail to the following address:
Last name, first name
Poste Restante, General Post Office
When you arrive at the post office, simply present your passport as proof of identity and you will be able to pick up the mail. In general, post offices around the world will hold mail for up to two years.
A good way to stay in touch is to start a travel blog. You can do this using a free service like Blogger.com or WordPress.com; both are free and can be completed in a few minutes. By creating a travel blog, you can avoid sending group emails, which are always considered mandatory rather than versatile. In this way, people who are truly interested in your trip can view you at any time, post comments and attract others to your blog.
In addition, blogs allow you to be more creative than sending emails. You can include pictures, videos, polls, international clocks, maps and a range of other custom settings, all of which can provide excellent scrapbooks after your trip.
The best word of the year: Wifi
Wireless is the name of the game. Over time, connecting to the Internet will only become more and more important, so you may be accustomed to ranking "free internet" higher than free breakfast, swimming pools and massages. Let's face it: You can now create a system that pays for your lifestyle, with no employees at all. There are no fax machines, cubicles, commutes and water coolers… so logging into your account to make sure money comes in doesn't seem to be too many obstacles, right?
Internet cafes are expected to run around $1-2 an hour. Since your business is internet based, you may want to consider using a laptop to travel according to your goals.
Laptop: Luxury or essentials?
If you plan to develop more systems while traveling, a laptop is required. You need to upload a web page to your website, conduct a telephone interview with a potential freelancer, and keep a close eye on your expenses and revenue streams. If you plan to only monitor or extend your existing system, you can use Internet cafes, although working in Chinese computer gamers is not a problem that can be solved.
Laptops also offer greater security. You don't know what kind of spyware (remember your keystrokes for future use) may be on a random computer. To explain gender teachers, a trusting, monogamous relationship is one of the best ways to avoid a virus.
Although I personally do not use mobile phones, mobile services have been getting better, if you need to call those who do not use Skype, you can save a lot of time. For example, I spent thirty minutes looking for an international call and called my bank for two minutes.
You can make international long distance calls for free, and Skype does just that. Let your friends and family go home to sign up, you can chat freely through your laptop. Although banks and credit card companies still lag behind, more and more companies are joining the ranks.
An additional feature that may be used for some purposes is to be able to transfer a phone number from the United States to a foreign phone. If you are dealing with customer service issues, it is worthwhile to list the domestic numbers. After all, would you buy a product from a company that needs you to call East Timor?
Dragon Naturally Speaking
If it is not this software, then the book will never be written. For less than $30, you get the microphone, headphones and the ability to indicate your laptop. I am able to "write" with about 120 words per minute. Another benefit is that you can use your microphone and headset with Skype.
Absolutely necessary tool. Sometimes you won't be able to use your laptop to access the Internet, and the convenient USB allows you to back up your work.
Other technical miracles of foreign work
o GoToMyPC: This software allows you to access your home computer from any other computer in the world. If you don't want to travel with your laptop, this is the way to go. Remember that you have to pay for internet in the process, which makes it a better solution for short-term travel.
o World Electronics USA: Get information about global mobile phones. It is a good explanation of which GSM frequencies and "bands" are in which countries, which will determine the phone you buy for travel (and possibly your home).
o Universal Plug Adapter: I have purchased adapters in several countries to power our digital cameras and laptops, but if you are exploring several different locations, this can be cumbersome. This universal adapter creates wonders around the world.
o World Electrical Guide: This website can save lives when dealing with electronic products abroad. It breaks down voltage, wattage and a range of other technical requirements by country.
Use what you have learned and get on the road!
Source by Thomas Pride