Have you ever leaned back in your chair to imagine yourself wandering the streets of some foreign land beyond your allotted annual vacation days? Has the idea of ditching the daily routine for something new and exotic spurred a shot of adrenaline to course through your veins? Well, I am about to share a few tips to help make this vision a reality.
My first taste of long-term travel started in the year 2000, just after the Sydney Olympics played their closing ceremony. My partner and I took the slow route from Australia back to our home country of Canada – a five month switchback across the globe. After this first intrepid adventure, we had truly caught the travel bug and it motivated us to somehow make it happen again – and again – and again.
I will warn you upfront; prioritizing what you really want out of life can be difficult. There will be set-backs. There will be times when travel does not fit. But, if you truly want some part of your life to be about seeing new lands and exploring remote destinations, then this blog is for you.
Over the coming weeks, I will share tips that I have learned over the years.
Know your average daily travel spend in a chosen country, whether it’s $60 or $260 per day. Having this information can make prioritizing spend decisions much easier.
For me, deciding between a dinner out or gaining a day in the lovely Si Phan Don Islands of southern Laos was easy. On which experience do you place more value?
Nancy O'Hare has lived and worked across five continents and travelled to over eighty countries. Her writing shares insights from her travels and musings about the world around us.