Lots of people wish they could travel more. The planet is a large place and it can feel quite claustrophobic to stay in one place. Perhaps you want to see more of the country you live in? Or maybe you have dreams of exploring some of the most exotic corners of the Earth? Whatever you want to see, it isn’t always easy getting out there to find it.
One of the biggest problems that people have when they want to travel is their job. Without the job, there is no money to pay for all the travel and accommodation you’ll need. And if you give up your job, what will you do when you come home from your travels? One of the first people you need to speak to about this dilemma is your boss. What is the company stance on sabbaticals or time off for personal reasons?
Some companies can keep your job open for a set period of time if you choose to travel. This means your job is safe, and you can return to your role and salary. You’re unlikely to be paid while you are away, so you need to check you’re allowed to work for other companies should you need to top up your income. Fruit picking is one of the dozens of handy jobs you can find while you are travelling.
Once you’ve arranged your time off, you need to start planning your itinerary. Chances are you can only be away for a short period of time. You may need to pick just a few places to visit if you want any quality time there. Some people choose to stick a pin on the map and just head to the airport. They worry about finding accommodation, food and everything else they need when they arrive.
If you’re not too keen on the idea of ‘winging’ it, you can look here for some accommodation vacancies ahead of your departure. Travel websites can be a good source of last minutes deals to help you save money as you travel. And they can also be great at inspiring you to check out places you may never have heard of.
When you’re researching a place to visit, the internet is full of great advice. Most destinations have a Government website or official tourist information page that details the main areas of interest. Check out what other travellers have to say about your destination cities and countries. They may have found some hidden gems off the beaten track. You’ll need their experience and feedback to help you find places that are right for you.
Packing for travelling is simple. Leave anything behind you truly value like keepsakes or heirlooms. Things can get lost, so take pictures of your documents and personal possessions like phones. If they’re stored in the cloud, you can always access them from another device. Waterproofs are pretty important. And comfortable walking shoes are essential. Try to keep small containers of toiletries and cosmetics in clear plastic bags. This will help you get through airport checks a little easier. Happy travelling.