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….

Learn about Heather and what set her on her world journey. She also explains why this life is not just for Millenials, it’s for anyone that wants to create a life around what they love most in life. 

Listen to an episode of the video interview series that will inspire you to follow your heart. Whether you want to travel full time or have another calling, this series is for you.

See the amazing people I’ve been meeting on my travels and the fun stories that go along with the meetings.

Check out my travel photos from around the world to see the world from wherever you are.

If you’ve been thinking that there’s got to be  more to life than work, or, you’ve lost your job, and wonder whether now is the time to do something you’re more excited about, this quiz will help you. Answer a few questions and get a free guide to help you know the areas you need to work on, followed up with inspirational and helpful tips to put your dreams into action.

Traveling the world full-time may sound glamorous and exhilirating. (In many ways, it is!) But, it’s not full-time fun. Before you decide to go, take this quiz to make sure you’re ready, and, if not, find out how to bridge the gaps.

This fun quiz helps you understand what your travel personality is, and how to make sure you indulge it when planning your next trip to maximize your enjoyment!

This one is pure fun – test your transcontinental travel trivia knowledge. Hit the button below if you dare take the quiz and see your score! 

If you enjoyed the first quiz, see how you do on the second one! More fun, more tricks, Click the button below to test your knowledge!

If you want to see every post I’ve written, starting with the most recent, this is the place to start!

In 2020, I was traveling in New Zealand as the coronavirus pandemic brewed, and, got stuck there. If you want to read about what this time was like and traveling during this time, check out this page.

Many of my blog posts are about things I’ve discovered about myself or about being, while I’ve traveled. If you’d like to focus on posts that only have self-discovery themes, click the button below.

I’ve been traveling the globe solo, and many of my posts share thoughts and resources specifically for other solo travelers. If you’re a fellow solo traveler, or you’re thinking about solo travel, this is a collection you will find of interest.

Sometimes I write posts where I give insider information on certain cities I’ve visited, which may be more along the lines of places to go, how to save money, etc. If that’s your main interest, check out this compilation of posts.

At the heart of international travel is learning about the many different cultures and ways of being around the world. The posts compiled on this page speak, specifically, about the cultural observations I’ve had.

If you’re looking to read blog posts about specific destinations, click the country of your interest below to go to it’s blog page and get country-specific reviews and thoughts.






Costa Rica


New Zealand








Want more in-depth information about travel? Trying to figure out how to afford full-time travel (or, doing what you want to do, full-time)? Check out these items!

Looking for a photo or a travel-related item to reconnect with the spirit of travel? Check out this page to see some of my photos and where you can find them as prints and various photo-gifts..

Trying to create a more fulfilling life? Want help with planning out how to make your mark in the world? Check out this page to see how Heather can help you!

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