Yup – we know that due to a certain global pandemic, most of us are going nowhere too far anywhere soon. So it should be – but that doesn’t mean that the global adventurers amongst us shouldn’t be busying ourselves with the positive task of planning our next international trip to perfection. And in fact, if you have lifelong wanderlust, being cooped up for so long might have made you even more determined that, whenever you’re able to set off, your next extended trip should be even more satisfying than usual. With that in mind, here are three tips for making long-term travel truly life-changing.
1.Plan carefully and set some personal goals
Even if you’re a free spirit who usually eschews making plans, you might get more out of your globetrotting if you spend a little time deciding which personal development goals you might like to achieve through your trip. Whether you would like to learn how to scuba dive, learn more about a specific subculture, a practical skill like basket-weaving, or meditate your way to greater self-awareness, writing it down or having a physical image to look at every day can be a great motivator. One way of doing this is by creating a vision board – find out more about this inspirational idea from The Oprah Magazine.
2.Choose your destinations wisely
If you’re already an accomplished traveller, then (restrictions permitting), ticking the next few international destinations off your bucket list shouldn’t be too tricky. If you’re not such a pro already, the time you have and your goals can inform your choices – for instance, if you’ve got 6 months to spare and want to learn all about meditation, then travelling to India and Nepal is a savvy choice. Completely starting from scratch? Look at these top gap year destinations from Rough Guides.
3.Earn and learn
If you’ve got a decent laptop and will be travelling to destinations with reliable broadband services, perhaps you can start a travel blog/vlog, build a following and monetise it through sponsorship or outreach activities? It’s a great way to earn a little side money and will encourage you to seek out in-depth experiences other bloggers miss. And perhaps you can make your blogging more robust with a formal qualification like an online digital marketing degree from a provider like ARU Distance Learning? That way, by the time you get home, you can ditch your boring day job and embrace an exciting new career, enjoying the peace of mind that comes from having a degree that backs up your natural talent. Hopefully, this hattrick of long-term travel tips can make your next international adventure genuinely transformative – having waited so long, we’re sure that you’ll want to try your best to make it the trip of a lifetime!
The Header Picture was taken at Hotel Romazzino in Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, in the morning during sunrise.