For a lot of people, traveling around the world is one of the greatest passions in life. It’s a way to get away from the mundane, leave their comfort zone and grow as a person, as well as a method to get a sample of a different lifestyle. A lot of people claim that, in order to travel, you need courage, yet, this is not all that it takes. Such an endeavor requires vast logistical support and a planning process that spans over weeks and months. So, here are five things that you should always do before you decide to travel.
Think about things back home
There are a couple of questions that you have to ask before you decide to travel, especially embark on a long-distance voyage. First of all, what is going to happen with things back at home while you’re away? Is there a safety concern and, if so, should you hire a house sitter? Can you remotely control your surveillance system and your alarms? Most importantly, if you have pets that you can’t bring along, what do you do with them? Do you make a deal with your neighbors to check up on them every now and then or do you leave them with friends and family?
Do the research
One of the easiest things that you can do before embarking on a travel adventure is to do the research on the area that you’re visiting. For instance, you can check the crime level in the area in which your hotel is situated, major local events around your time of arrival or just the local climate in that particular season. Those who are particularly vigilant can even do detailed research of their itinerary. They can use platforms like Google My Business and Yelp in order to figure out what to visit, where to eat, where to go shopping. Not to mention the idea of using travel blogs and reviews to further figure out the details.
Think about the safety
Another thing you need to take into consideration is the issue of safety. First of all, your research can greatly affect the way in which you approach this issue. Second, you need to ensure that you are always on the grid. Someone, somewhere, needs to know your plans for the day so that, if things come to worse, they know where to start looking for you. Other than this, you also need to consider the issue of self-defense. Carrying a stun gun or a pepper spray with you might greatly help (at least help you feel more confident). Lastly, you need proper travel insurance, and being able to compare travel insurance providers may be of great assistance.
Lay down a basic plan
The next thing you need to have is a basic travel plan. Sure, having everything planned out defeats the purpose of the journey, to begin with, however, laying down a basic plan is something that you need to handle before you even embark on the journey. You need to know the basics of your first and your last day there to the letter. When do you arrive at the hotel? How long will it take you to unpack? For how long do you intend to stay there? These are just some of the things that you need to take into consideration beforehand. Give yourself some more time for spontaneity but at least have some basic layout in mind.
Make a travel budget
The very last thing you need to take into consideration is the travel budget that you’re facing on your voyage. For starters, you need to do your research on the local prices. The safest way to do so is to consult the Big Mac Index, or a similar purchasing power parity (PPP) comparison tool. Based on this, you will be able to make an estimate of just how much the pocket money that you’re taking is worth. Never underestimate the importance of your purchasing power on such a trip, seeing as how it will greatly affect your travel experience.
The very last thing you need to understand is the fact that the mindset that you embark on is one of the crucial factors in how you travel. Sure, you need to do your research, plan out a couple of things and do the budget but this should never be the focus. Focus on the journey itself (the overall experience) and you’ll have nothing to lose.