For many of us, a holiday is a period when we can relax, see the world, and forget about our everyday worries — for a couple of weeks. Then we have to come home and cope with the return to normal life, a process that few of us find enjoyable. While being able to get away and see something different is nice, many people find themselves wishing they could just spend a little bit longer abroad.
So… why not a year?
The idea of traveling for an entire year is unlikely to be new to any dedicated travel fan; we’ve all had wistful moments when we’ve thought about it, but then we’ve dismissed it. However, it might just be more doable than you think…
Benefits Of Travelling For An Entire Year
With an entire year, the world is very much your oyster. You have time to stay in a place and see all you want, rather than being forced to absorb as much as you can at breakneck speed due to the limitations of your time away. It is traveling in the true sense, where you have control rather than handing everything over to a holiday rep.
Financing Your Trip
There’s no doubt that you’re going to need to have your finances in good shape if you’re going to travel for the year. Here are a few areas you need to get on solid footing before you can even contemplate your trip:
- If you’re going to borrow to fund some or all of your trip, then your credit score is going to need to be in good shape. If it’s not, then you’re going to pay more to borrow money, making your entire trip more expensive. Have a look through creditrepair.co and find some ideas to implement, guaranteeing your score is in as good a shape as possible.
- If you owe money, then settling as many debts as possible prior to traveling is important. If you’re going to be relying on casual work for much of the year, then you want to be losing as little of your wage as possible to debt repayment.
- Check that your bank or credit card aren’t going to charge you extra for overseas use. This information is usually found in the fine print, or you can just call and ask if you’d prefer a direct answer.
You need to be able to answer the following:
- What happens when I return? Will I still have a job? Talk to your boss about the chances of a sabbatical.
- What happens if I fall ill while away?
- What if I can’t find a job during my time abroad; how am I going to manage financially?
If you have answers to these three questions, then a year spent traveling might just be a viable option for you.
Where To Go?
You can go anywhere you please for as long as you please, ticking off options from lonelyplanet.com and enjoying yourself. If you’re going to need to work during your time away, then opt to spend at least some of the year in areas that are popular with tourists, as this is where you will find the most seasonal work.
So, do you think you could ever be tempted to free yourself from the rat race and travel for a year?