The idea of traveling full-time can seem glamorous, exciting and adventurous. With the world of remote work and growing technology, the option to travel all the time is more attainable than ever.
There are also plenty of resources to make things like managing your bills while you’re gone and sending and receiving money while you’re abroad easier than ever before.
Even with relatively new developments that make travel more possible for more people, including full-time, there are things to know. The following are some things to know about traveling full-time, and how you can make it work.
You Will Probably Have to Sell Everything
If you are truly serious about traveling full-time, you’re going to have to be okay with the reality of selling essentially everything you own. You can’t take it with you, and the concept of storing it or maintaining it while you’re always away isn’t realistic.
Not everyone is comfortable with the idea of giving up everything that they own, so full-time travel might not be the right fit for them.
You will also have to be okay with the idea of living a minimalist life, whether you want to or not, because that’s all that full-time travel is going to afford you in most cases.
Create a Source of Income Well Before You Leave
Even if you have money saved up, you are probably also going to need to have income coming in while you’re traveling abroad. Too often people will think they can live off their savings longer than they really can, or they’ll wait until they’re already traveling to start setting up a source of income.
You can quickly find yourself in a difficult position if you do that.
It’s better to set up your income sources and start working remotely while you’re still at home, so that you can work out any obstacles that you might encounter along the way.
You also need to recognize that traveling and working are going to present challenges. For example, you might not always have reliable internet access, so what will your plan be then?
Don’t Get Overwhelmed
When you’re traveling on a traditional vacation, it can often be more tiring than it is to be at home and working. You’re trying to cram so much into a limited amount of time, and it be challenging.
When you’re traveling full-time, you don’t have to worry about that.
Instead of rushing, take your time, savor your moments and realize that you’re not on a restrictive travel schedule unless you create it for yourself.
Budgeting and Money Management
Finally, along with knowing how you’ll send and receive money if necessary, as well as how you’ll set up a source of income you will have to think about general budgeting and money management while you’re traveling abroad.
For example, where will you stay, and what will your budget be for accommodations? How much can you budget for food and daily living costs? How will you get paid if you’re working online and then how will you have access to that money?
What are currency charges going to add up to, and what if something unexpected arises such as theft? These are all critical things to keep in mind before you hit the road for full-time travel.