Thanks to advances in communication and transport, travelling around the globe has never been easier. It’s significantly cheaper too. However, adopting this kind of adventurous life does require a certain amount of preparation and dedication. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Sell, donate, or recycle unnecessary possessions
One of the most important things to do is to reduce the number of possessions you own. There are a number of reasons to do this; firstly, selling any items that you do not use frequently will help you to save up money for traveliving. Secondly, paring down the amount of ‘stuff’ that you own, means that you will be able to leave on a trip abroad at a moment’s notice. If you own a lot of things, then you’ll need to put these possessions into storage before jetting off for a long-term trip. Basically, the less you own, the freer you are to travel around as and when you wish.
Another key, which relates to the previous point, is the importance of simplicity for those who want to travel. Having a complicated life, with a high-stress job and other responsibilities, means that there is less time to spend exploring other countries. A job that offers flexibility, or remote working, is ideal for someone who wants to put travel as their first priority, but still wants to have an income whilst they are abroad. With a job that is not demanding in terms of time, you’ll be able to take advantage of opportunities such as last minute hotel deals and cheap deals on adventure holidays. Although many assume that nomad lifestyle requires a high-paying job as it can be expensive, the irony is that a job that pays less, but offers flexibility, is more suitable for someone who wants this kind of lifestyle.
Another vital point to keep in mind is to ‘go with the flow’. Anyone who has travelled will know that things rarely tend to go as planned. You might miss a flight or a train, your luggage might get lost; these things happen all the time. However, many travellers have said that this is when they have the most unexpected and interesting experiences; when they end up staying a couple of extra days in the city because their flight was delayed and make some new friends whilst they are waiting to leave. This kind of attitude is essential for those that want to have adventurous lifestyle, as travelling, especially on solo holidays, will always have its up and downs; an accepting and relaxed demeanour can make all the difference when things go a bit pear-shaped. Solo holidays can also be lonely at times, so a positive perspective is an absolute must.
Life in travel can be an incredible experience, however it can take time to get used to this way of living. Make sure to begin the process gradually, by reducing the amount of things that you own and taking shorter trips away to begin with. Eventually, you’ll become a savvy traveller with the kind of thrilling lifestyle that you’ve always wanted.
Emily Richardson writes regularly on family adventure holidays for a range of travel websites and blogs. She has been a full-time travel writer for several years and is well established in her industry.