There are a growing number of people who are going on a once in a lifetime adventure of exploring the world for a year. It’s a daring quest, to say the least, but many believe that despite the uncertainties it presents, they will come out of the experience enlightened and fulfilled.
Going on a tour around the world requires meticulous planning though. So, if you are considering such experience for yourself, better commence planning now. To help you with this, you will need your phone and the guide below to manage this adventure.
1. Determine what to do about the life you will be leaving behind for a year.
If you will be resigning from your job, start preparing for that. Perhaps, even work something out with your employer if you wish to return to the company after your trip.
Another thing to think about is what to do about the place you live. If you live alone and you’re just renting a house, do you wish to keep the place and pay for it?
If you are not keen on doing that, get ready to move out and decide what to do with your belongings. Some folks have no issue selling everything especially since the money they can generate from it can help finance their travel. Meanwhile, most find it more convenient to just put everything in a storage facility.
Note all these down on your phone and create a checklist so you can get around to them easily.
2. Decide where you want to go.
Determine the places that you want to visit and establish the reasons why you want to see those destinations. Doing this will provide a good direction for your trip.
There are organizing and productivity apps that you can use to hold this information. Google Trips is one worth considering.
3. Find out about special travel conditions.
Some places require a visa. Meanwhile, there are countries that do not always require a visa to explore but will only let you stay a certain number of days with your passport. Learn about all these to make sure that you always meet travel requirements.
You can use the Packing Pro app to remind you about the visa you need to procure during the different stops of your trip.
4. Do the math.
Write down all the things that you will be spending money on such as personal essentials, travel fees, lodging, airfare, and other services you may need.
After writing all those down, find out how much all of those will cost you so you can proceed with creating a daily budget for your trip. Trail Wallet or TrabeePocket are good apps you can use since both of these take note of costs and expenses as well as remind you about the budget you are working with.
5. Look for ways to bring down costs.
The online realm is abundant with money-saving opportunities. Study all of the provisions you find and determine which to use from the planning stage of your adventure to your return.
Looking for travel deals, actually, should be a frequent activity during your expedition. For this, your phone can help. Consider a mobile Internet package for your phone so you can go online and look for travel deals wherever you are.
6. Create a schedule.
When you create a schedule, identify the best times of the year to visit certain locations so you will see what you are setting off to see, or get more out of the place for a much lower cost.
Also, your schedule should cover tasks to help you ease back into the life you put on hold to see the world.
7. Learn how to keep yourself safe.
Conduct research on the risks that your travel destinations will present. More importantly, learn the tried and true methods of mitigating these risks. For example, download the TravelSafe Pro app, which gives you quick access to the local police, fire and ambulance, your parents, and friends.
8. Come up with a health plan.
Nothing can ruin an important expedition than a weak body. Include a physical fitness and health plan to carry out before leaving for your trip. There are different health and fitness apps to choose from that can keep track of what you eat and/or make sure you are doing your daily exercises.
9. Save, save, save.
When it comes to traveling the world, having more money is always an advantage. You want to have more than enough resources to tap into because you never know what can happen while you are traveling.
It is worth noting too that, you want to make sure you have tangible money because there are countries that will not allow you to pay using a credit card.
10. Lastly, plan your communication.
Will you be getting a new postpaid contract for your phone that includes more services and features that can help you with travel? Or, are you just going to send letters and postcards?
Include this bit in your plan so you can keep in touch with and ensure the peace of mind of those who care about you.
There you have it, a guide for managing a trip around the world for a year. This already covers most bases, from before, during, and even after the trip.
AUTHOR BIO:-Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.