Are you the type who enjoys fancy hotels or decadent resorts? Or are you the type who likes to rough it on a tiny budget and hang with the locals?
Are you a planner or a free spirit? By this, I mean, do you have your Lonely Planet guide with you all the time, make notes in the margins and plan everything out?
Or do you just kind of go where the wind takes you and decide where you’ll go next on a whim?
These are the types of questions I’d like to you ask yourself in today’s blog challenge.
You see, depending on the type of person you are, and the experience you’re looking for, there are certain areas of the world that will be better suited to you.
So let’s consider some of these factors, shall we?
Where in the world do you want to travel?
Are you excited about snow and mountains, or hot sun and a beach? Are you wanting to stay close to home, or journey to the other side of the world? Think about what you worked on in Day 22’s response and see if your decision on your ideal destination still hold true for you.
What cultural experience are you looking for?
Do you want to try and learn a new language, religion or immerse yourself in a new way of life? Or are you just happy to be a tourist in a foreign land?
How far does your budget stretch?
Can you really afford that third cocktail by the pool at that fancy resort, or should walk back along the beach to the backpackers you’re actually staying in….
How key is your communication?
Do you prefer to stay within English speaking countries, or do you want to be surrounded by other languages like when you’re in the streets of European countries and major international cities?
Do you depend on certain services and amenities?
Is fast Internet imperative for your travel? What about hygiene, because if it is, I wouldn’t necessarily put continents like Africa or South East Asia top of your list (although there are many countries that are very clean). Do you need hospitals or doctors that can treat rare disorders or symptoms you’re prone to?
How important is your food?
Are you super picky or will you try just about any local delicacy, even from street side vendors? For example, Vietnam reportedly has fantastic food and a ton of gluten-free options (can’t wait to go there in late September for the first time!). In other countries, sometimes you just don’t know what you’re being served up.
Watch this short video on how to find the best food when traveling abroad, too.
Your Essentials Pre Flight and Packing Checklist
Now that you have a better idea of where you want to head to, it’s a good idea to get a few things in order and prepare the basics.
I detail out a list of things to consider and research before you go in Chapter 11 of my Suitcase Entrepreneur book, plus I give the best websites to check for what I discuss below.
You can find all of these in the free resource section of my book website at suitcaseentrepreneur.com/book/resources (yes free even if you haven’t bought the book, although you’d rock my world if you did).
Consider the following before you travel:
What Visa requirements will you need and how far in advance should you apply for one?
Do you need to get a series of vaccinations before you head into the jungle or off in the outback?
Is the time of year you’re considering going a monsoon season or will it be sweltering hot in your chosen destination?
What are the basic costs of living there, and does that fit wtihin your budget?
Passport and Visas
Health and/or travel insurance
Local currency, extra cash and credit card(s)
Copies of all important documents (online and paper)
However, I’ve put together a full packing checklist for you to refer to on your next trip.
I’m really excited to share with you my beautifully designed Essentials Packing List (thanks to the lovely Cerries) which is a free resource in my book and on my book website. Go and get it here now under Chapter 11!
Day 24 Blog Challenge to accept in 3 easy steps
1. Write a response blog post to this question:
What are your travel essentials for your chosen destination(s) ?
Top Tip: You can answer this in two ways: either list out the actual physical packing list of your most essential items you couldn’t live without or you could focus on the destination, and the essential elements you’d want it to have (like history, sunshine, etc.)
2. Share your blog post response:
Don’t forget to leave a comment below or a trackback to your blog response. Share your post from your own site on social media using #TSE30DC at the end of your tweet or post.
3. Embed the 30 Day Blog Challenge badge in your post:
Choose the badge you most like from right here. Then just COPY the HTML code already pre done for you, and PASTE it into the HTML tab of your post.
Read these resource posts to help you
Check out my post and video on how to manage your bank account and health insurance while you travel
Watch my fun video in Buenos Aires on A Travelers Tips on Learning a New Language.
What’s next in the 30 Day Blog Challenge?
Click to tweet this: What are your travel essentials for your dream destination? #TSE30DC #travel
Grab a copy of my No #1 Bestselling Suitcase Entrepreneur book on Amazon
Follow the 30 Day Blog Challenge Pinterest board which looks beautiful with all your posts pinned there!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post for Day 25 on Four Key Areas to Master to Truly Enjoy Being Location Independent
Summary of your posts today
- Here are Kristy’s top 10 tips on what to pack for your next overseas adventure.
- Adam says :I think I am a bit odd when it comes to travel. Some people are “beach lovers”, some love the mountains, others love Europe………..I love it all.“
- Luxelias writes about this blog challenge, “It has been so nice to feel the hope of freedom. Its like I can see it, I know its there and I’m trying to grab it..”
- Elizabeth is working hard on making her dream a reality. Her choice of a seaside location is likely to be in Australia.
- Nancy has so many places to see. She would love to inspire others to get out exploring with her work
- Deborah plans to take only what can fit into two backpacks and two day bags, carry-on luggage only, when she takes off for Thailand
- Margarita has listed a complete list of things. The essential elements that would decide her choice of destination are history, sun, nature, city attractions