Travel Planning

Discover the best tips, tricks & suggestions to help with travel planning.

Learn about the finances that come with a travel life, how to afford what you want, and how to make money on the way. Be ready to cover the losses with insurance when the unexpected happens. Explore the options for accommodation, so you can find your perfect home across the globe, and learn about the best transport options to get you there! Learn the secrets to packing like an expert, and every other resource in between!

It’s easiest to plan when you know the destination, so where are you going first?

A map of the USA opened with a note stating 'where to next' as a stage of travel planning.

Finances

Budgeting

How you travel will depend on 2 major things; what you want, and what you can afford. Budgeting properly can help you stretch your funds so you can travel longer and take the opportunities that come to you! Knowing where to go, where to stay, what to eat, how to get around, things to buy, and excursions you can do… literally, everything that has a cost should be considered in your budget.

Once you start traveling you will find the groove of what you want to bring into your life and prioritize. There are so many low-cost or free alternatives with accommodation, transport, food, etc., so you can cut where you need to and experience more of what you love! Since traveling costs money, learning how to make money on the road is also a huge focus for many. Learn what avenues there are to get free accommodation, or how to establish your digital nomad lifestyle.

Travel Credit & Debit Cards

How you can access and spend your money abroad can be a huge headache if you don’t set yourself upright. You now have to consider foreign transaction fees, ATMs, travel coverage, and support. I lean on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card for all of my travel expenses, with 5x points on travel, travel coverage when things go wrong, and no foreign transaction fees, Chase is the top-rated travel credit card! 

Insurance

No matter where you are, life happens. Things break, people get sick, and our prized possessions get lost or stolen (or left on the train). Insurance is the best way to cover your losses when life hits hard, so you can keep moving forward. 

Insurance is a coverage plan that can protect everything in your life while you’re exploring. Your possessions and electronics, your expenses for travel itself, and most importantly, you! Know the different types of insurance that are applicable to travel, and learn how to set yourself up so you’re ready for whatever life throws at you.

Explore the best options for your Medical Insurance needs, designed to fit your nomadic lifestyle, from emergency services, routine visits, and prescription coverage – set up the perfect plan for you!

Accommodation

The decision on where you choose to stay can influence your experience significantly. Constantly moving to a foreign place will redefine what ‘home’ means to you. But, how do you find a home away from home, on the other side of the world? There are a ton of ways to find the perfect place to sleep and settle into for a bit. You have the power to choose exactly what that looks like, whether it’s on someone’s couch, at a bustling hostel in a foreign metropolis, or at a remote luxury villa on the beach. 

By understanding your budget, wants, and needs as a traveler, you have the ability to find your perfect setup! If you’re looking for something private and comfortable, look at resources like Airbnb (they have discounts for stays >28 days) or Vrbo where you can find the perfect home for you. 

For the budget travelers out there, check out options on Hostel World where you can meet other travelers or do a work exchange! Check out sites like WWOOF, Trusted House Sitters, or WorkAway where you can receive free accommodation (& sometimes food!) for providing a service to the host. There are so many opportunities, and it’s a great way to get out there and explore while supporting locally.

Transportation

Half of the battle of travel is actually getting to where you want to go! Today, there are so many options, all great for different needs and lifestyles. How you travel has a major impact on your experience and the environment. Transportation accounts for 21% of CO2 emissions globally, and while it’s easy to shrug this off as shipping & freight emissions, most of this is from passenger vehicles and aviation (15% and 9% of total emissions respectively). 

How you travel has a major role to play in your impact on the world you’re actively exploring. Your decision to catch a taxi, rent a motorbike, or take a ferry does matter! Luckily for you, there are so many options and resources out there (like this website) that you can use to make better decisions on how you travel. It’s time to stop rushing through life to get to the destination and start making how you travel a part of the journey.

Slow Travel is both a mindset and a way of moving through the world that emphasizes a no-rush style of moving around; enjoying the journey and everything that lies between where you are and where you’re going.

Packing

Now that you’re ready to take off, how do you choose what to bring? What things will you need with you? And, what should be left at home? Deciding what to bring is a fun part of the process, but we have all been guilty of bringing excessive things along on our global travels (like that hat that we haven’t used in years but it’s finally time to make its debut).

What you bring with you, can either allow you to be completely flexible and mobile, or weigh you down and be a burden. It can either leave you feeling prepared and safe, or empty and insecure in some events. Pack smart so you can take advantage of all of the opportunities you find in your explorations so that you can focus more on making memories than on moving the things you wish you never brought around the world. 

Technology

Get to know the resources and technologies that will help you navigate the world. These are for everyone – whether you are a savvy online researcher, a hopeless navigator, or someone who works from their laptop! Explore the digital world that can help you explore the physical one.