If you are reading this then you are probably thinking about going on some world travel journey. We actually might be exactly on the same page. I am about to venture into a big world travel adventure and I have done a TON of research on what I, and likely YOU will need. So here you go!
I wanted to put this one first because it is often something that travelers will skip out on. I know right isn’t that unbelievable?! Travel insurance is a must! Some of the key things to make sure you are covered for are:
- Your own health and safety
- Lost / stolen items (especially if it’s by the airplane, that is a must!!!)
- Risky adventures you plan to take (For example, Are you planning to go Skiing in the Swiss alps?)
Depending on what country you are from your providers are going to be different but here is a great sight for some further expert knowledge. Click HERE.
2. GET A GOOD BACKPACK
Seriously, I have so many friends that will just borrow each others backpack. Some are girls who borrow from guys and vice versa, some are girls who are such different sizes from each other. There is nothing worse than lugging around a backpack that doesn’t fit you properly or give you the right support. After doing extensive research on the best backpacks for world travel and hearing different people’s opinions on what is right, I’ve concluded that a 60 – 75 L size is probably best for long journeys. Honestly, once you get past packing for a week or two its mostly the same as packing for a month, two months or even a year. If you’re going backpacking it really isn’t about style … No need to pack 5 pairs of shoes (ahem, ladies…).
If you are from Canada or the United States you might be familiar with MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-Op). They have great backpacks that are designed for quality, and they are also a super sustainable brand so you can feel good about buying from them!
Here is one of my favourite packs, feel free to browse the site to see one that might be good for you! Click here for MEC.
3. SAVE MONEY ON YOUR FLIGHTS
There are a few ways to do this:
- Follow seat sales if you know where you want to go.
- Sign up for emails from an airline so they can tell you when they have a deal on somewhere if you are open to different places.
- Use a credit card that gives you some sort of airline points – I use the TD Visa Platinum
- Try flying standby – recommended only if you’re one of those people who can just go with the flow. You just go to the airport, ask for a standby ticket to whichever plane / destination has empty seats, and BAM off you go! (A lot of people don’t know about this option, but would also not take the chance of it).
For my upcoming journey I am doing a combination of 1, 2 and 3. I am pretty open to the places I want to go but also have some destinations in mind. I am also lucky enough to have points to use up, but if that is not you don’t worry, it is not too late!
While you are on your world travel journey it is important for you to know that you are not going to run out of money. How embarrassing and hard would that be!!
There are two things to keep in mind here.
- Are you going to be able to make any money when you travel? There are a few ways you can:
- Look into those programs where you can teach a language (like English to kids in Spain) and they will give you free room and board and food for the week in exchange. I know I know this isn’t really making money, but it’s a good way to save it!
- If you have an online skill like graphic design, or computer programming, or copy writing, try getting your profile onto a website like freelancer.ca and getting some jobs while you travel! Click here to learn more.
- Get a work visa while you travel (note that you will have to get a temporary work visa in each of the country’s you would like to work).
- How much money are you going to spend? Here is a list of things you should factor in and the averages that I usually use, and see others use as best practice.
- Food & Drinks – $50 / day
- Room – $30 / night
- Adventurous activities (i.e. renting a Vespa, zip lining, museums, whatever else) $300 / week
- Note that this adventurous activity amount might change if you’re planning on doing A LOT of stuff every single day.
So your formula for this would be…
Total $ Spent:
(#Days Gone) X ($50) (X30) = $X
$X + (#Weeks Gone) X (300) = Total $ Spent
Total $ Able to Make:
Money predicted to make based on number 1.
Total $ Spent – Total $ Able to Make = Total $ Needed
Tip: I am sure you have heard of this saying before but just keep this in mind when you’re packing and budgeting for your world travel adventure. “They say to pack HALF as many THINGS, and TWICE as much MONEY as you think.”
Leave a comment below if you found this helpful! If you have anything else to add to it please also comment below. Happy travelling!!