When we catch the travel bug, it can often be hard to stay at home for too long. We want to be out there enjoying the travel experience and travel long-term instead. Traveling never becomes a chore for some people. Until I was about 19 I hadn’t really gone on any big adventures. But now, after a solo trip to America, a round the world trip, a winter season in France, a year spent living in Australia, and 4 summers spent at camp, it seems I’ve well and truly caught the bug. So how do I get to planning for my big adventures? There is always quite a bit to consider, so I thought I would share the things I think about when I’m organising a new big trip, just in case any of you are contemplating the same thing for the first time.
Where to go?
The obvious thing that you need to think about first is where exactly you want to go. Will you be returning to somewhere you’ve stayed and fallen in love with? Or perhaps you’ll choose somewhere new and exciting to travel to.
I’ve always had a thing for France. The French culture and lifestyle just appeals to me in so many ways. There are so many places to explore and lots of exciting things to take in. You could stay in Paris and be in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life. Or you could travel to the south of France and explore the relaxing atmosphere of luxurious beach-side culture, or head up into the mountains for a quieter village lifestyle.
What to say to the people at home?
When you’ve made your decision about where to travel, you will need to think about what you will say to those you are leaving at home. Parents in particular often worry about us and can dream up all kinds of scary scenarios. You’ll have to reassure them about these before you go. If people can see that you are passionate and determined enough about your plans, they will usually be positive and happy for you.
Go alone or take a travel buddy?
If you are in a relationship, it might often work out that you decide to travel together. Taking a long trip with someone you love can be a real test of your relationship. There will be some amazing times, but you should also prepare yourself for some low points. If you travel with someone, it is important to be sure that you both want the same thing from your trip. If you go there with different mindsets, things could get complicated, fast. If you decide to travel alone, then there are plenty of ways to get the most out of your experience. Choose a good travel company or meet up with a tour group on arrival if you feel a little bit nervous about being completely alone.
Can you afford it?
Before all of this gets set in motion, you also need to check your funds. Can you afford the cost of travel and daily expenses? You can often pick up part time work as you travel, but you should ensure that you have some funds as a backup option.
Good luck with your plans!
What else do you think about and prepare for a long trip? I’d love to hear your thoughts.