10 Steps To Become A World Traveler
Updated: Oct 29, 2020
Living the life of your dreams is easier than you think!
1. Pick a Starting Location
Where do you want to go?? You've got an entire world of options! Now you may have an exact location in mind or you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed and experiencing a bit of option paralysis. So if you're feeling unsure of where to go, narrow it down by asking yourself a few questions! What is my budget for this first trip? Am I planning to go anywhere else after this? Which location best fits my budget? What kind of experiences am I looking to have? What is the weather like in different places around the globe? How safe are various locations I'm considering?
2. Going Solo?
Decide if you're going alone or with someone else! Finding someone to drop everything at your beck and call can prove to be a challenge. But having a travel buddy is such an awesome experience and a definite source of comfort if this is your first time taking a big trip. So you'll have to weigh the pros and cons of waiting for someone who's schedule can align with yours or decide if you just want to go solo! It's important to make this decision early on because it has a big impact on your travel plans. A lot of people end up stuck in this phase because they wait around for someone to go with them but you have to realize that if you keep waiting you may never get the chance to go. Choose to take the adventure regardless! You'll make so many friends as you travel :)
3. Sort out Work
Now let's talk about finances. Do you want to quit your current job and live off savings? Can you go remote? Do you want to find work wherever you travel to? All of these are totally viable options, you just have to decide what is going to work best for you.
If you decide to quite your job, you could always let them know that you'd love to work for them again when you come home (this is a huge weight off your shoulders when you return home and don't have to search for another job!).
4. Save Up/sell stuff
Time to gather the funds! If you already have money saved up, you're set to go. If not, consider selling some of your stuff! Imagine those items being exchanged for a plane ticket or an experience while traveling when you sell them (it makes it easier!). There's not a specific amount of money you need saved up but most people feel comfortable with $5000-$10000 depending on the duration of your trip and how you plan to travel! Working Holidays or work-trade positions can be a good way to save money and extend your travels!
5. Set Some Plans
It's definitely good to leave wiggle room in your schedule but having a plan can help you avoid major pitfalls and give you a bit of comfort to start off your travels. This is also a great way to get excited about your upcoming adventure!! Figure out where you're going to stay, research transportation options, and look up some must-sees! It's a good idea to consider cell service options, travel insurance, and the possibility that you'll have to exchange currency wherever you plan to travel.
6. Book a Flight
This is the point where it all gets real. You're committing to your dream!! It might be scary, but let this excite you :) Click here to find out how to book the cheapest flights!
So exciting!! And also a little stressful... where do you even start? First off, try getting yourself into a minimalist mindset.
"Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it"
I am definitely an over-packer. And I can tell you from experience that the less you have, the easier it will be to jump from place to place. Having less means less airport costs for checked baggage, less weight to lug around if you're planning to travel around, and less stress when it comes to packing and unpacking! Plus you'll be able to find the things you need a lot quicker when they aren't covered up in the pile of sweaters and skirts you thought you might need for a night out. But in the end it's entirely up to you! If having more makes you feel better and more prepared, by all means, bring it all!
Make sure to consider the weather as well! Look into the rain patterns for the time of year you're going and decide if you will need mostly warm or cold clothes- best to bring a couple things for each type of weather just in case!
Last tip, I always make a "do not forget" list on my phone and gradually add to it in the days or weeks leading up to my trip. That way I'm less likely to get on the plane without forgetting anything essential!
8. Go Adventure!
You've done it! You've made it to your destination and now you're free to roam around and explore (once you sleep off the jet lag that is!). This is the time to get social, take lots of pictures, and start trying new things :) Make sure to keep your budget in mind but don't get too wrapped up in money worries- have fun! Be open to changes in plans as well! Spontaneous adventures are the best part of traveling.
9. Plan Your Next Move
If you start to run out of money or simply decide you're ready for a change in scenery, it's time to plan your next move! Sometimes that move is going back home but sometimes you can find ways to keep the adventure going. If you're low on money and you have a working visa, you can probably find a job wherever you're at. If not you can always try to find a work-for-accommodation position at a hostel until you get your feet back on the ground. If you do have to go home, fear not! You can always use that as a chance to reconnect with your family, share your experiences/stories, and start planning for your next trips!
If you start to run out of money, you may have to return home before starting your next adventure. However, if you have a working holiday visa or are legally able to work in the country you're traveling to, you can likely find a job without having to go home. Regardless, you did it! Now it's time to start planning your next trip and keep the adventures rolling! Congrats, you're a world traveler!!
Thanks for reading guys! If you're looking for some answers to common travel questions click here to read a Q&A with a world traveler!