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How to Plan an Epic Long Trip

A lot of people can only take a few days vacation at a time. They might go away for a week in the summer or perhaps have a couple of days off at Christmas. But sometimes people are lucky enough to be able to travel for longer. It’s something you’re more likely to do before you begin your career or after retiring. You need to have the time and a certain lack of responsibilities to be able to complete a longer trip. If you’re planning on taking a lengthy vacation to travel around or stay in one place, there’s a lot to organize. Answer the questions below to get started with your planning.

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Where Are You Going?

 

You can’t go anywhere if you don’t know where you want to go. You might not have an exact idea of all the places you want to visit, but you can come up with a rough itinerary. At the very least, you need to have a starting point. Once you arrive at your first destination, you can decide how long to stay and where to go from there. Some people will prefer to map out every stop on their travels. You might pick just one place where you want to stay for a few weeks or even months. Or you might decide to put yourself on a tight schedule, with an exact number of days for each place you want to visit.

 

Where Will You Stay?

 

One of the most important things to consider is what sort of accommodation you want to use. It will depend on your budget and also how long you wish to stay in each place. For example, if you plan to stay somewhere for a few weeks, you might not want to stay in a hotel. You’ll probably want to rent an apartment, or at least look for an extended-stay hotel. If you’re planning to go on a road trip, buying or hiring a towable RV is an excellent idea. You can pull your living quarters with you and stop where you like. It’s the perfect way to travel if there’s two of you together.

 

How Are You Funding It?

 

Your budget is an essential thing to consider. You won’t be able to travel for long if you don’t have any money. Perhaps you have some savings, and you’re planning to travel until they run out. If that’s your plan, make sure you always have emergency funds for getting home. Some people decide that they’re going to work while they travel. It can be a good idea if you’re prepared to do seasonal and other temporary work.

 

What Do You Want to Do?

 

Of course, it’s also essential to know what you want to do. Maybe you wish to plan out every hour of each day to pack in as much as possible. But you might prefer to have a vague plan and be as spontaneous as you can.
Before you go on a long trip, you need to do at least a little planning. If you have a plan, you won’t find yourself stuck with no direction or money.

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