Chances are, if you had plans to travel this year, they’ve been cancelled. The Covid-19 pandemic has spread around the world, seeing flights cancelled, border access limited or closed and people avoiding travelling countries with healthcare that isn’t as good as their own. But travelling the world can provide you with a life changing experience, altering your entire perspective, teaching you a lot about yourself, seeing you make new friends and visiting a host of stunning countries, cities, sights and more along the way. So, chances are, if you have a touch of wanderlust, you haven’t removed the idea of travel from your mind entirely. Instead, why not spend your time now planning worldwide travel and getting ready for the time when we can get back to travel as usual? It’s the perfect opportunity to come up with a plan of action, to save and to get truly ready. Here are a few travel planning tips to focus on to give yourself the best chance of being ready for your dream trip when the time comes!
Deciding Where You Want to Go
First, you need to think about where you’d like to go. The world is your oyster and the difference in climates, cultures, wildlife, cuisine, language and more from one country to another can be vast. So, what would you like to do? Would you like to see plenty of beaches? Do you want to head to the rainforest? Would you prefer browsing art galleries and museums in cities? Are you interested in skiing and snowboarding in colder climates? Your individual preferences are what will influence the answers to these questions the most. So, think it over and start creating a list of ideal destinations.
If you’ve been lucky to have saved up a bit because you’ve worked from home, it could take you a step closer to your bucket list destination as well.
Deciding How Long You Will Travel For
How long are you planning on heading away for? A month? A few months? A year? A few years? There’s no limit to the amount of time you can travel for. So, determine what best works for you.
Many have taken the WFH advantage to base themselves in more interesting locations. Do your research, check local regulations for the destination you’re interested in and think about what you will need for the time you can afford to take to travel.
Remember You Can’t Plan Everything
Sure, you can make a plan. But you need to remember that not everything always goes as you planned or expected. You could fall in love with one place and want to stay there longer than you anticipated. You could fall in love with a person and end up looking for a spouse visa. You could like a place less than you thought and want to move on sooner. Make sure to remember that you need to be flexible with your plan and welcome life’s surprises with an open mind.
Once you have an idea of what you’d like to do, you can start figuring out how much it is likely to cost and you can start saving. As we highlighted above, you never know exactly how things will go. So, save extra. This will allow you to extend your travels or change your plans if you feel like it.
Working backwards is helpful. Once you’ve worked out how much you may need, you can start setting aside a fixed amount every month for your future travel fund.
These are just a few steps when it comes to planning worldwide travel. But these travel planning tips are useful and should help to get the ball rolling.