While you’re not likely making any grand plans to board a plane on an exotic holiday right now, life will, sooner rather than later, return to something closer to normal. And, when it does, you’ll likely want to start traveling again.
Short trips can be fun, but they can also be exhausting, and doing several days of tourist-activities never really gives the full picture of a place. Whether you’re visiting a new country, several countries, or just spending time a few hours away, a longer excursion can allow you to soak up the lifestyle of the locals.
So, if you want to do this, what are some things you may want to consider before you buy your plane ticket?
Rent out or sublease your current living space
Whether you’re taking a sabbatical or working remotely while you travel, renting out your current living space can help with finances as you travel abroad. If you go the route of renting out your space via Airbnb or a similar service, you can keep your large furniture right where it is, but you may want to store some of your items in a storage unit. Check out this Easy Access Self Storage if you need any amount of space to store your things for a few months. Renting your place out, or sub-leasing it to a friend or family member, ensures that your space will be looked after as well, so things like plumbing issues will be noticed right away, and can be addressed from afar.
Learn a bit of the language
If you’re going to be visiting a new country for an extended period, consider learning some of the basics of their language so that you’re not wholly reliant on your smartphone to translate everything. Since planning a long holiday doesn’t happen overnight, you have at least a few weeks to months to dive into some of the basics of learning a new language. You can hire a tutor, post ads to see if someone in your area would like to exchange English conversation for the language you’re looking to learn, or simply use an online option like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone.
Consider options other than a hotel
One of the ways that you can save on long-term travel is to make sure you have options to cook, rather than just eat out. If you’re going to be in one place for a month or two, look ahead of time to see if there is an apartment you can rent, or look into Airbnb, which often rents entire homes with access to yards or gardens. On average, you may be paying less if you use an Airbnb, but you’ll be responsible for cleaning up after yourself, so don’t assume you’ll have housekeeping like a traditional hotel. Having your own allotted space can definitely bring a sense of home to your surroundings though. With your own space you’ll be able to save a little on your budget, make yourself feel more at home to reduce potential homesickness, and find a little reprieve. It’s also a great way to continue working if you need to do so remotely.
Do you have any plans for long term travel when things return to normal?