For many of us, travelling is the ultimate dream, and it’s definitely a dream worth following.
Seeing new places, new cultures, and new people can completely change the way we look at the world. It can open our eyes to the beauty of the planet, and fill us with inspiration and joy in our day to day lives when we finally get back home.
The only tricky part is preparing for those adventures in the first place, to make sure they go through without any major issues, so that we can focus on getting the most out of the experience that we possibly can.
If you’re gearing up for a life as a future globetrotter, here are some things you should do before heading out, to prepare.
Budget for every possible expense
The first thing to do when planning any trip is to decide just how much money you’re willing to spend on it. It’s far too easy to arrive at your destination and find that you haven’t properly budgeted for all the different costs involved — and the last place you want to be running out of funds is in a foreign country where you may not understand how the local institutions and systems work.
That’s not to mention that if you dramatically overspend on one trip, you’ll have less money available for going on your next adventure.
Take the time to sit down and properly work out your budget categories for the trip, and be sure to set aside enough money for every expense, whether that means working out a Vietnam visa cost, or planning your daily food budget..
Setting aside more than you think you’ll need is a great insurance policy to keep things from going wrong. Even better is to set aside a chunk of money for “stuff I forgot about”, so that surprise expenses don’t ruin your plans.
Research the area extensively
People often go on trips without a good knowledge of the area they’re travelling to. A big part of this is simply the desire to be surprised and spontaneous once you arrive.
While it’s great to keep yourself open to the awe and wonder of a new location, you don’t need to worry that researching your destination will ruin the magic for you. No guidebook or travel log will ever capture the true essence of a place.
What they will do is open your eyes to the kinds of attractions you might want to see, and the bad parts of town that you should avoid.
Start meditating and clearing away your expectations
One of the best ways of truly experiencing the magic of a place is to arrive there without solid expectations. If you want to visit Paris, and you’re completely obsessed by the idea of seeing guys in berets and striped shirts cycling around everywhere with baguettes under their arms, you’re just setting yourself up for disappointment.
Instead, work on clearing your mind of expectations, so that you can let the experience speak to you directly. Meditation exercises can be a great way of moving your attention to the present, rather than leaving it caught up in your expectations, hopes, and fears.