What you need to do before full time traveling

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!

Everything you need to know before deciding to travel full time

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 it because I have already been through this (read more about it 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

The first thing you will need to do before full time traveling is tot 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 the 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?

Check out the things you have to give up when traveling full time.

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 are not going to 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 steps you will have to take 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.

  • Visas

    Make sure that you know all the requirements to get the visa for at least the first country you are going to visit.

  • Doctors

    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.

  • Medical insurance

    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!

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  1. March 10, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Its really important to be mentally prepared – research research research is my mantra! I also never go anywhere without a travel towel, point-it-book and insurance!

    • dailytravelpill
      March 12, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      Oh! I will add the insurance to the list! Thanks so much!

  2. March 10, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Great checklist! Making sure your documents is up-to-date is a REALLY good one, I had to renew my driving licence a year early so I wouldn’t be stuck with an out-of-date one. My biggest problem was dealing with our belongings! 🙁

    • dailytravelpill
      March 12, 2018 / 1:01 pm

      That was our biggest problem too! Initially, we thought that we don’t have that much stuff but ended up doing so many trips home :))

  3. Ariane Rhomberg
    September 13, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    heyy girl, I have to say I’m actually really glad I found you, even if it was through the free-preset-thingy! 🙂 I feel so inspired that there’s someone out there willing to SHARE unconditionally! I’m joining you on that soon enough (including the more or less full-time travel!). Life is here to be fallen in LOVE with and I am absolutely here for that <3

  4. Jessica Wong
    July 18, 2019 / 3:54 am

    Hi, great post! I plan to travel during my college years as well(and after I begin working) but am just conscious of the time travelling takes up. Have you any suggestions of college courses (and potentially jobs) compatible for frequent travelling abroad? I had been considering journalism but am aware of the decreasing market.

    • dailytravelpill
      July 21, 2019 / 2:49 am

      Hey. I am sorry but I don’t know any college courses compatible with traveling. 🙂

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