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What you should know before you start traveling full time

International tourism

It doesn’t matter if you want to go a month or a year. Increasingly, people are encouraged to travel full time and see the world. And it is more common than you think. At momondo we have recently carried out a survey of travelers from all over Europe and 53 percent answered that they have traveled for more than a month continuously.

And it also doesn’t matter why you do it: a gap year between studies, a temporary break from work or to discover a new culture and get to know yourself better … The reasons that lead people to travel can be very different. Of the respondents who answered that they traveled more than a month in a row, the majority did so to broaden their horizons (28 percent) or to discover new cultures (28 percent). Others did it to escape routine (22 percent) or to take a break from work (14 percent) or simply to meet new people (9 percent).

So whatever it is, if you decide to take a gap and travel, there are a number of things to keep in mind before setting out on your journey. We have compiled this list of tips that our experts have given us trusted travelers and our workers who have made one of these trips. They will share with you the most useful tricks to make traveling full time easier.

Take care of leaving everything tied up at home before you travel

Before embarking on an adventure that will last for months, you should consider the routine expenses you will have at home. What are you going to do with your flat? Do you have permanent contracts (telephone, internet, etc.) that you must cancel or suspend while you are away? Or some financial debt? Tie up the loose ends you have at home first, don’t leave any costs pending before you go on a trip.

When it comes to budgeting, better to go over the top

Better prevention than cure, so always calculate that you will spend a little more than your initial budget.
Read and find out before you go how much transport, accommodation and food is worth in the cities you want to visit and calculate how much you will realistically spend. The surveyed travelers who said that they spent more than a month traveling told us that their monthly budget was between 1,000 and 1,500 euros.

When you know what your budget will be, add a little more money, an amount you feel comfortable with. You never know what unforeseen events can arise and, in case a misfortune happens to you, you will have money at your disposal and you will be able to face any expense that is necessary.

Don’t have it all super planned

It is better that instead of having everything planned to the minute, leave a little space and improvise. You can change or expand your route on the go. Plan the trip to some extent (maybe you can book flights and excursions in advance), but don’t book each accommodation or transportation.

If you do not have everything tied, you can have more freedom to extend your stay or go to a place that has caught your attention while you continue traveling and discovering new destinations.

Spend time traveling alone

Although traveling with your partner or friends has its advantages, do not wait to find someone to leave, if you really want to make that trip. It will be much more difficult to plan it if you have to balance the agenda with someone else. Traveling alone allows you to get to know yourself better, gain confidence and live a unique experience that you cannot have if you travel in company.

let yourself go

No matter how much you plan, there will come a time when something that you did not count on will happen to you, such as wanting to visit the neighboring country that you had not heard of or that you want to have a dinner that happens “once in life »in a very expensive restaurant. Surely something comes up that you had not planned. So you must be flexible and open to the adventures that come your way.

Don’t let four nonsense bother you on your journey

It does not matter where you go or the time you are traveling, surely there will be something that does not go as you had planned. In less touristy countries, you won’t always find those comforts you have at home: you may not have hot water or an internet connection, but try to enjoy the little things in life. Be clear about what you are getting into and take advantage of the moment.

And if you want to travel and work at the same time …

More and more people are choosing to travel and work at the same time. To do this you have two options, be self-employed or work remotely for the company. However, traveling and working at the same time is not as easy as going on vacation. To start, you will need to stay somewhere with a good internet connection and that type of accommodation is usually more expensive. You will also need to be disciplined and commit to your work schedule. If you want to finish the projects on time, you better not spend the day on the beach drinking margaritas.

Weigh the pros and cons of being a digital nomad before you set out to work and travel at the same time.

Don’t think about it anymore and do it

You will never find the perfect time to do it. You will always have work, family or friends commitments that you do not want to leave. But if you want to travel, make it a priority and do it, the sooner the better. The longer you take, the more you will tie yourself to the city where you live, your work or your relationships … and the less you will want to leave, even if it is for a period of time.

In other words, the longer you postpone it, the more reasons you will find for not leaving. Quitting work or taking a break from school doesn’t have to be the end of the world, and at some point, you might regret not having taken that trip. So don’t think about it anymore and do it.

* The data were obtained through a survey carried out by Opinium Research between February 19, 2018 and February 26, 2018. The total number of participants was 10,093. They were from 10 European countries (Italy, Portugal (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Russia) and were 18 years of age or older.