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5 Forgotten Commitments you need to consider before Long-Term Travel

When we are planning and organising travel there are so many things we need to remember in order to make things run smoothly. Sadly it’s not always as easy as that and many things, some more important than others, tend to slip through the net and become the subject of last-minute mass panic. The last thing we are needing when we’re on the road is the doom and gloom of an outstanding financial contract or the likes, nestling in the back of our minds.

So here I have compiled a short list of some of the more important bigger responsibilities you have to consider before you set off on long-term travel.

 

  • Your Passport.. (the dates)!
    The holy grail of all international travel. No this isn’t another “make sure you remember your passport” – although that definitely does come in handy. What you need to be aware of when embarking on long term travel is the date that your Passport runs out. It’s all fine and well having an in-date Passport when you are setting off, but have you ever considered what would happen if it expired whilst you are away? Let’s just leave that one for the imagination and check both dates before you go.

 

  • Your Phone Contract
    This one catches many people out.. Rhianne included. Gone are the days of the very handy single year phone contracts where you hardly had a financial commitment as the months were counting down from the get-go. Nowadays we are mostly tied down for 2 years at a time with the same handset and the same contract. When you’re abroad and using your phone it’s a certainty that you’re going to be coming home to a rather hefty phone bill so make sure you consider your departure date and the expiry date of your contract.. for all you long-term travelling, 2 year contractors. Unless you want an unused phone burning a hole in your pocket. A common solution is to keep or buy a handset which is unlocked to any network then buy top-up Pay-and-Go SIMs. These can be found in places as common as local supermarkets when abroad.

 

  • Car Finance
    Similar to above, but on the higher end of the financial burden scale, is car finance.. or similar. Whether your alternative choice of transport is motorbike, van, private jet, camper van or jet-ski.. (you get it by now – however you get about) this applies to you! With the car sales market saturated in finance deals, most people find themselves tied down in a multi-year contract, paying month to month, with no clue what is included in the pages upon pages of unread small print. If you are included in this situation and are intending on going travelling in the foreseeable future, make sure you aren’t tied down by a vehicle you will be leaving behind. Cars seem to be becoming evermore expensive and these are literally the most pointless things to be paying for back home, when you’re across the map. Not only will this sit in the back of your head.. but it will absorb a large chunk of your travel money when you’re away and drain your energy at the thought. Your only option is to terminate the contract early which will leave your credit rating with a big black mark, making your financial situation so much worse tocome home time. Mortgages etc. will be hard to come by if you are in this category. So think ahead before you commit to anything long-term!

 

  • Vaccinations
    The last thing you are wanting when you are backpacking across the world is a nasty bite from disease-wielding mosquitos or even the friendly looking monkeys in Bali. The best way to keep clear and protected is to make sure you visit your doctor in advance to get the necessary vaccinations for wherever your trip requires. Now if you are unfortunate enough to be targeted by a potential risk then atleast you have your jags and your body will take care of itself. Depending on where you live, the length of your trip and the risk level, some of these may cost. For many countries there are certain vaccines that you require upon entry and there are also additional ones which are not required but are recommended. Some vaccines are required as long as 6 months before you enter the country so be sure to take care of this well in advance. A quick search online will give you an idea of the costs and what you require, but be sure to consult your doctor in advance before your trip.

 

  • Visas
    Again, another very important document. Pair this with your in-date Passport and you’re onto a winner! Your Visa in-a-sense is your grant of approval for entry into a country therefore it is pretty important to make sure you have one before you land in a country empty-handed. All countries have different regulations and requirements on Visas so make sure you check up online or with your travel agent beforehand. Some countries don’t require one upon entry and allow you to pay a fee on arrival but some countries do not.

    (For example, when we visited Berlin we never required a Visa as we are granted 90 days access. When we are visiting New York the situation is the same. We are granted a stay of unto 90 days before requiring a Visa. When visiting Bali we do not need a Visa as you are allowed to visit on Tourist and Travel purposes for 30 days.. but when we enter Australia we are required to have a Visa regardless of our length of stay. Due to our length of stay we have our year-long Work & Travel Visa which costs £350.)

 

 

If you are lucky enough to have all these factors under control then that’s a good start, but if not, I hope this has brought something to the surface that that may have slipped through the net. A few thoughts ahead of time will ensure you can clear up any potential financial burdens that may have dampened your experiences.

Now that you have taken care of the above? Go on and enjoy your care-free Travels!

 

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  • bexoxo
    April 5, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    On the topic of immunizations: I work for the health department in the states and we offer a weekly travel clinic for people to come in and get shots specifically for travel reasons and since its a state department, many of them are free or pretty cheap. I’m not sure if every state offers this service weekly, but its definitely something to keep in mind (at least for Americans). 🙂

  • Wanderfully Living
    April 5, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    That really is a great system to have in place, I’m sure it comes in really handy. In Scotland our National Health Service have many free ones which are available year round, however there are still some which costs. Nice one, thanks for sharing that 🙂

  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    April 8, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Great post! There’s also a lot of things like – if you’re not one of these people who sells everything they own – making sure you have somewhere to store your stuff, having an address for bills, for that matter cancelling as much post as possible (especially if you’re moving out of somewhere). In a similar vein to passport, I also got my driving licence renewed a year early just so it wouldn’t expire while I was away, and also one of my debit cards. 🙂

    Funnily enough travel is one thing that has always put me off getting a phone contract! I’ve always stuck with PAYG.

    • Wanderfully Living
      April 9, 2017 at 5:45 PM

      Very true, that’s quite a lot of additional things to think about.. (see I’ve not even covered many bases and I’ve done a blog on the subject lol). I never even thought about a driver’s license expiring! And yeah for the ESTA, they’re available for around £9 at customs on arrival 🙂

  • Clazz - An Orcadian Abroad
    April 8, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Btw – don’t you need an ESTA for New York?

  • Strictly Lighthearted
    April 26, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    I’m always surprised when people don’t check the expiry dates on their passport! Would be a huge disappointment to plan a holiday and then not be able to go on one …

    • Wanderfully Living
      April 26, 2017 at 8:44 PM

      I know right! I’ve heard a good few horror stories about it.. I could only imagine the frustration considering they take a lifetime to process and send out