If you are reading this it means that you have already made the best decision of your life! You are going to travel full time and have a lot of fun while meeting new people and discovering new cultures. Many are dreaming of a life of vacation and continuous adventure but you are actually going to do it! You are amazing!
But here comes the ‘but’. Deciding to travel full time is a big decision and big decisions are not easy. Once you have made up your mind that you are willing to leave everything behind, you have to prepare both physically and psychologically for the trip of a lifetime and trust me, it is harder than it seems.
I know because I have already been through this (read more here). I have decided to quit my job, say goodbye to my parents and friends and explore the world! Saying it, it sounds easy but trust me, it’s not. Below I will get through all the details of how to get ready to travel full time and not going crazy while doing it.
Get ready psychologically
At the beginning, I have just ignored this part. I was only focusing on how to sell my stuff, how to get things in order but getting your mind in order is the most important aspect. Once you have decided to travel full time, panic will start to settle in and all sorts of questions will keep running through your head. Is this the right decision? What if this kind of lifestyle is not for me? Am I actually abandoning my family and friends?
I will only tell you this: if anything happens and you don’t like being on the road full time or you miss your family and friends so much that you want to get back home and not travel anymore, you can just go back home and resume your life. You will not loose anything. Yes, maybe you will have to find another apartment to rent or another car but it is not such a big deal. After all, you will be happy that you have tried it even if it didn’t work out.
But what if you love traveling full time? What if new awesome opportunities come across while being on the road? What if this experience will change your perception over life forever? I honestly think that since you are thinking about taking this step, you are not going to regret it.
Full time travel checklist
Now let’s talk about all the things you have to get done before traveling full time. I totally recommend taking one month off to put your life in order.
Quit your job
I know it sounds obvious but this was the highlight of my checklist.
Renew your documents
If you are not sure for how long you are going to travel, it is better to have all the documents in order. Be sure to check the expiration date for your passport, ID and driver’s licence.
Talk with your bank
Check the commissions your bank is asking for withdrawals from foreign countries. Also, some of the banks require to be informed about the countries you are going to travel to. Otherwise, your card might get blocked.
Get your vaccines done
Some of the countries require certain vaccines in order to let you in. However, I would recommend doing all the vaccines related to the diseases present in the area you are going to visit even if they are not mandatory.
Move your stuff (if you are renting your apartment)
Do not underestimate this step. Do not underestimate how much stuff you own. I did and it was not funny.
Sell your car if you own one
If you are traveling for a longer period of time, I think it is better to sell you car since it will degrade if nobody will drive it.
Make sure that you know all the requirements to get the visa for at least the first country you are going to visit.
Make sure to be healthy when you leave for the big trip. You don’t want to get to foreign hospitals for things you could have solved when you were in your home country. Consider making appointments at: dentist, ophthalmologist, dermatologist and any other doctor you consider necessary.
If anything, traveling full time in foreign countries can get pretty unpredictable. Even if you take all the precautions, medical emergencies can happen. Therefore, finding the suitable medical insurance is crucial. My advice would be to read through all the terms and conditions as some medical insurances state that they are available for one year even though they cover only a limited number of days in that year. If you are planning for a longer trip, make sure that your travel insurance will cover you for the entire period of travel.
Cancel the subscriptions you don’t need anymore
Since you are going to travel full time, most probably you would want to spend as little money as possible. Take a look through all your subscriptions and cancel the ones you don’t need anymore.
Buy a comfortable backpack
I cannot stress enough how important your backpack is. Since you will be carrying it with you almost daily, choose one suitable for your body.
Make sure you have all the gear you need
Creating amazing memories when traveling is on of the best parts but you will also want to capture them. Make sure you have all the gear suitable for your travel needs such as: camera, GoPro, drone, batteries, cables, laptop, SD cards, external hard disk.
I hope this list will come in handy for your lifetime adventure around the world! Getting ready for full time traveling is not easy. However, once you are in the airplane, heading to your first destination, all the troubles will go away.
I am sure you will have an amazing time! Please let me know if there are any other things that should be added to the list.
May the travel bug bite you!