Planning For Long Term Travel on Your Terms – Part 1

Heather Markel, Writer, Speaker, Photographer, Traveler, Business Strategist

13 January 2019

Here’s how you can travel long-term, too!

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, how do I afford all this travel? The answer has many pieces to it. So, I decided to focus a series of posts on suggestions that can help you successfully navigate the globe, long-term, if that’s on your wish-list! At the bottom of this post you’ll find a helpful eBook with exercises to help you incorporate the tips in this post.

Elephants playing in Thailand.

Photograph by Heather Markel, Copyright 2019

Just like any experience, long-term travel is not all a bowl of fragrant roses. Some stuff kind of sucks. I hate having to re-pack my suitcases, I get tired of wearing the same clothes over and over, the actual planning of transportation and places to stay can be timely and frustrating, and sometimes I yearn for a good steak or sushi (food comforts I can’t always get) or friends and family I miss. The first thing you should do is determine whether you’re ready to handle some of the discomforts of long-term travel. (There’s a list of them in the eBook.)

“Like anything else, full-time travel is not all roses and sunshine.”

Your Travel Style

Figuring out how you want to travel is at the core of when you can travel and making sure it’s the way you want. Some of you are more or less picky about your accomodations and food. This is really important to be honest about. For example, I don’t mind cheap hotels, but I’m not a “share a room with 15 strangers” kind of gal at this point. I also know I can’t carry a big backpack anymore. Getting really honest about how you want to travel and how important the quality of your accommodations and food are to you are essential to having a good experience. 

Houseboats in Cambodia.

Photograph by Heather Markel, Copyright 2019

Your Budget

This step is essential but until you understand your travel style, you won’t understand how much budget you’ll need. That’s why I listed this last. I’ve found that having both a monthly and a per diem budget are enormously helpful. This allows me to see where I am within my budget and whether I have a little more, or less, to spend on a given day when needed. The eBook gives you the steps to figure out your budget.

Download a copy of my eBook! Just click on the image on the left and it’s yours. This is the first in a series to help you travel long-term if it’s on your bucket list. Whether you want to travel for a few months, or longer, these tips will help you get started. Stay tuned for the next ones….

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