I’ve sold my house and quit my job to travel the world! Why?! Is it scary? Hell, Yes! And what are good tips to prepare for travelling around the world?
Well, first things first, I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is Gwenn, I’m 34 years old and I live in the Netherlands in a town called Lelystad, see the above picture. I have a decent, no, a good job which I will resign from soon. There are no kids, no other obligations whatsoever and I’m bored. Is this it? Is this the life I desire? I don’t think so. Because of this, I made a plan.
If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got.
I’ve sold my house and I will write and send my letter of resignation this month to spice up my life! This will set me free and so I can do whatever I like. Things like travelling and experiencing the world!
I have to confess it’s scary as hell. Because throwing away all the securities you have in life isn’t an easy thing to do. But on the other hand, it’s a really exciting idea to be free as a bird, to do everything I like while exploring the world.
So, what’s the plan? Well, I don’t have any. My starting point is to travel for about a year and to write about it in this blog. I’ll take my camera with me because photography is my hobby. One of my goals is to develop my skills and hopefully, I am published in a major magazine one day. All photos on this website are taken by me and maybe I will sell them in the future as stock photos, wall art or something else. If you need any, send me a message!
Another goal, of course, is to develop this blog to a great travel blog with lots of information, tips, and guides for you guys. All this and more based on my own experience instead of researching the internet to write great articles about places I never been or will be. This means you will find only authentic articles with authentic photos made by me. No copy-paste, no stock photos, no dream tales, just my real experience!
Tips for preparation to travel
But for now, I have a lot of preparation to do. These tips might be helpful for you when you are also preparing for travelling the world! Things like:
- where to put my stuff (furniture and things like that)
- which items do I take with me? (flip flops, short, sheet sleeping bag and so on)
- where to go first? (Myanmar?)
- (tripod or not, lenses and so on)
- stop subscriptions
- goodbye party 😂😂😂
- and probably a lot more. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
Let’s check the things above
Prepare tip 1: Travel Insurance
There are a lot of different travel insurances because of this it is very helpful to find and compare all the different travel insurances out there. It’s wise to check what they cover and for how long. Although you might have covered for health expenses in your home country, it’s important to be covered for emergencies abroad. Because what would happen when you are getting a disease or end up in an accident abroad that has to be treated locally? It would be a shame if this would happen to you, while it can be easily avoided when you prepare well before travelling.
The medical bills can quickly end up tens of thousands unless you have insurance. A good emergency medical travel insurance will take care of all the costs of any treatment that you receive locally. Also, check if the insurance will cover things like delayed or lost baggage, missed flight connections, car rentals, and so on. It’s really worth it to put your effort and time in searching for the right insurance for you!
Prepare tip 2: Where to put your stuff while travelling?
For this, there are various options. You can put it on your grandma’s attic or in your dad’s garage. Maybe are you selling everything you own? Or is renting a storage room the right option for you? The decision you make is depending on how much stuff you need to store. Or the costs of renting a storage room. For me, renting a storage room is the best solution in combination with selling some stuff and giving some away. I don’t have grandma with a big attic lol. But remember, plan enough time to sort out all your things! So, put this on your preparations before travel list!
Prepare tip 3: Vaccines, you don’t want to be sick!
There are some horror stories on the internet about how bad vaccinating is. Besides that, maybe you don’t know yet where you are going which makes it difficult to determine what vaccines you might need. I don’t like the risk of catching any weird foreign disease. Especially when there is a vaccine to prevent you from it. This is something everyone needs to decide for him or herself.
Prepare tip 4: Packing your travel bag
Are you taking a suitcase or a backpack? Both have there own positive sides. For me, the mobility of a backpack is a big plus. I don’t know if the areas I am going to are suitable for a suitcase with wheels. Easy decision for me. Further, I like to travel as light as possible. Every sock is counting when you have to carry it on your back. There are washing machine everywhere. And in case you forget something, you can buy everything everywhere. The most important things for me to bring are:
- flip flops
- walking shoes
- sheet sleeping bag
- world plug
- fast drying towels
- packing cubes
- first aid kit
Prepare tip 5: Where to travel first?
This is the exciting part! Where to go first? Every continent has its charms. I’m from Europe and I was lucky enough that my parents took me almost everywhere in Europe. It’s a logical decision for me to take a look outside of Europe.
I’ve already been to Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. I have fallen in love with Asia. There are a lot of countries in Asia I like to visit. I’m really looking forward to going to Myanmar, India and China. And if I don’t change my mind, I will start in Myanmar and after that, I don’t know.
As I said, I don’t have a plan. But maybe that’s not your thing to do. To go around the world without any plan. If it makes you feel comfortable to plan a route, then, of course, this is also a thing you can do to prepare for your travelling!
Prepare tip 6: Don’t forget your camera!
I’m the proud owner of a Canon EOS R. A full-frame mirrorless camera. Photography is a newfound hobby of mine. I only started a few months back with it. I didn’t follow any course whatsoever. Youtube, facebook groups and reading articles were a good way for me to start.
I was really surprised about all the positive feedback I’ve received in the past few months. Also, I’ve sold my first picture WauW! Only, camera accessories like lenses are heavy and expensive. I can’t bring everything I own. One, because it’s heavy and two, what if someone steals it? For me, it’s very hard to decide what to bring and what not. Of course, I’m afraid to miss the good shot! So, I’m not sure yet. As soon as I’m packed, I update you about everything in my bag.
Prepare tip 7: Stop your subscriptions while travelling!
Everyone have subscriptions. For your phone, tv, magazines, Netflix or whatever else. Make sure you take your time to look through all of those and terminate the ones you don’t need. If it’s hard to remember which subs you have, take a good look in your bank account or Paypal account. This can save you a lot of money and all you have to do is prepare for travelling!
Prepare tip 8: Go to the dentist before you leave!
When you are planning to travel for a long time, it’s smart to go to the dentist before you leave. Nothing wrong with a good medical check. Who knows how long you can’t go. And really, it would be a shame when the first problem you encounter is broken teeth. This is easy to prevent with good hygiene and going to the dentist regularly.
Prepare tip 8: Check if you need Visa for the country you desire!
For some countries, you need a visa. Before leaving, check on the internet if you need one for the country you are going to. Most of the time it’s possible to request an Evisa online. If not then you need to go to the embassy. Sometimes it can take a while before everything is ready. Be prepared for that and don’t arrange this last minute.
You don’t need to arrange a visa for every country beforehand. While travelling you can still apply online for Evisa for the country you like to visit and even if an Evisa is not possible, look for the right embassy in the country you are currently visiting.
Prepare tip 9: Goodbye party
Last but not least. Say goodbye to all your friends, family, coworkers, neighbours and so on. What is a better way to do this than throwing a party? 😁😁 And maybe they give you money as a goodbye gift. I am sure you know a good use for it!
And probably a lot more
I’m still preparing for travelling. Maybe I’m forgetting a lot of things now. I update this post as soon as I am ready to leave for my adventure. Prepare for travelling is half the work! Also, this is a very fun thing to do!
The plan is to take a flight in November!
In the meantime, I will write some other posts about the Netherlands and the must-visit places here. Also, I will write a post about the city I live in. Yes, I have to practice writing in Englisch right, after all, this isn’t my native language!
Give me a comment when you have any suggestions about what to do in preparation, or just because you liked it. 😊😊