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Preparing for a year of travelling

If you love travelling then a 2-week vacation to a sunny resort might not be enough for you. You might be looking for a longer adventure that takes you to numerous destinations. Everybody loves relaxing on a warm and sunny beach, but some people want to really see the world, too. And if you’re that kind of person then you might be considering travelling for an extended period of time. Maybe it’s your gap year, or maybe you’re simply taking some time off work to explore. Whether you’re actually going to travel for a year or just a few months, here are some suggestions that’ll help you to prepare.

Make a budget

This is the most important part of preparing for your year of travelling. Before you start thinking about where you want to go, you need to know how much you can afford to spend. That way, you won’t have to worry about disappointing yourself when you realise you can’t afford to do all the things you want to do. Your budget will help to structure your entire trip. You can set an upper spending limit for all the places you want to visit. And if your research shows that certain destinations are cheaper than others then that just means you’ll have more money to spend on other places. The following points might give you some ideas if you’re not sure whether your budget is going to cover all the amazing places you want to visit.

Use price comparison websites

One thing that’ll help you to fall within the boundaries of your budget more easily is to use some price comparison websites for all the costly aspects of your trip. You might find good deals on individual websites, but there could be even cheaper options out there if you use tools designed to compare prices from all the big travel websites. Some deals seem better than they actually are. A cheap plane ticket isn’t that great if the hotel price is astronomically high. Make sure you also search for coupons and vouchers online before you confirm any purchases. There are usually deals at certain points of the year for certain places. Speaking of travelling during different periods of the year, that takes us to the next point.

Fly during the off-peak season

If you’re not sure when to jet off on your year of travelling then you should start during the off-peak season. In the last point, we talked about saving money by using price comparison websites to find the best online deals, but another great way to save money is to search for flights during the less popular seasons for travelling (autumn and winter, to be exact). If you’re going to be travelling for a year then it doesn’t really matter when you start. Just try to book your flights for the cheapest travelling periods throughout the year. This might influence the type of route you take on your journey if it’s cheaper to visit certain destinations at certain points of the year.

Get help

You might want to get some help to prepare for your year of travelling. This article is a good place to start, but there are other resources and tools you can use to make the preparation process easier. You might even want to check out some of the planning and concierge services out there if you need professional help to plan a high-end trip. If you’re interested then there’s more info here about a boutique service that can help you. Obviously, the advice in this article will help you out when preparing for your year of travelling, but getting help from experienced planners is a great way to ensure that you’ve got an organised plan for your excursion. After all, it’s hard enough to plan a schedule for a 1-week trip; never mind a 1-year trip.

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Don’t be spontaneous with transport

When you travel, things change. You never really know what a trip is going to be like until you actually arrive at each destination. And it’s good to be spontaneous when travelling; you should try out new things, even if they weren’t included on your plan (as long as you don’t exceed your budget). However, you need to be careful when it comes to your planned transport for the trip. In particular, you should stick to your arrangements when it comes to booked flights. If your journey is separated into several changeover flights, missing one can lead to the others being cancelled. Even if you find another fun way to do one leg of the trip, it’s better not to risk losing your tickets for any other flights you might have booked.

Find some cheap places to eat before you jet off

As discussed in the previous point, spontaneity is part of what makes travelling so fun. But when you’re planning a year-long trip, you need a little bit of structure just to ensure that you can actually afford the excursion. And one of the things you should consider before you even step on a plane is the cost of food. So many other costs can be cancelled out if you decide that you want to be a little more frugal, but eating is a necessity. That’s why it’s an expense you should carefully calculate.

It’s smart to think about the places you’re going to die before you travel. If you do some research now then you won’t have to worry about finding a decent restaurant with reasonable prices in each town or city when you’ve already endured a long day of exploring. And you’ll be able to ensure that you’re getting fair prices for high-quality food (or food that’s healthy, at the very least – you need to eat well to keep your energy levels high whilst you’re travelling).

Travelling for a year, whether you do it on your own or with some friends, can be an overwhelming experience. But it’s well worth the exhaustion to see some beautiful places and make memories that last you a lifetime. Just make sure you’ve got a structured plan to help you out.

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Rory

Founder of Turn It To Trvl. After being made redundant from my digital marketing job, in the UK, I decided I no longer wanted to work the traditional 9-5. I found a volunteer opportunity in Malawi in 2015 and am now freelancing from the warm heart of Africa. Curently building a portfolio of clients and trying to inspire more people to live a life of travel.
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