Monthly Archives: December 2012

seven things to know before quitting your job and traveling the world

Here are some tips on travel that I have learned so far. I bet I will have more to share as I go along.

1. Building Your Plan
Before you even consider moving abroad and quitting your day job you need to create a plan. Where do you want to go? How are you going to do it? What do you need?

2. Monetary Funds
Even if you plan on working abroad, you need money. Tickets, Visa’s, accommodation, and food: these all cost money. If you travel to Australia for example, the least amount of money you must have to enter the country for a year is: 5,000 Australian Dollars.

3. Vaccines
Some countries require you to have shots before you enter the country, be sure and do your research on this, or head straight to your physician.

4. Aircraft Tickets
Be sure and buy your tickets at least 2 months in advance before prices go through the roof. You may want to buy all of your tickets in advance, if you are sticking to a certain plan. If you are playing it by day (country), then you might want to buy your first one-way ticket, and buy your other tickets online once you are traveling. This will make your options more varied.

5. Entering Visa
Be sure and check if you will need a visa before you go to a country, most countries require a visa. Investigate this for every country you are planning on visiting, or possibly visiting. Lots of countries have an online visa application, which means that if you are suddenly going to Nepal after visiting China, you might be able to get a visa for this country online.

6. Safety Check
What do you need to know about a specific country? Do you have to cover up in certain areas, should you cover your face, etc? Can you leave a laptop in the hostel? Be sure and check into as many travel blogs as possible to figure out what you can and can’t do. Remember: you’re alone and even if you are playing it by day, this doesn’t mean you should be stupid: you should be at least a little prepared.

7. Informing ye Elders
Telling your parents, friends, family, co-workers is a difficult step. People might call you crazy. People might be jealous. In any case: it’s your life. This decision is not the end of the world and you must stand up for it. If you don’t do this, if you really want to and are planning on it, you will regret it for the rest of your life. At least that’s what I tell myself.