For some people, travelling is a lifestyle rather than an annual treat. Long-term travel looks a little different for everyone. Some might consider a month-long trip as long-term, whereas for others, it might be two or three years.
You could also move around from place to place or settle in a city for a few months or even a year. There are no rules – it’s entirely up to you. But if you’ve made this decision, you might be anxious about how to handle it and what to expect. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Leaving your home for an extended period means that you’re probably ready to experience something a little different. Travelling somewhere new and settling down for a while is a great opportunity to truly immerse yourself in a different culture.
It’s up to you to put in the effort though. Make an effort to learn the language, experience the cuisine, take part in rituals and festivals. For example, if you’re religious, you might want to try reading the bible in Spanish and join in religious festivities that are slightly different from your own. This is a great way to learn and show the locals you meet that you respect and appreciate their culture.
Even if you’re travelling for years, you have to make peace with the fact that you probably cannot see and experience everything a city, country, or the world has to offer.
In this regard, you need to be selective about where you choose to go and what you choose to do there. Make lists of what is most important to you and prioritise these. This will help you to make sure you don’t finish your trip with regrets about not experiencing something amazing.
Learning More About Yourself
You might not be going on a trip of self-discovery, but you’ll probably learn more about yourself than you ever expected. Whether you’re travelling solo or with a partner or friend, new experiences can reveal different parts of us.
Long-term travel might open your eyes to new and different goals and aspirations for your life. Try to be open-minded to new paths and embrace what you discover about yourself.
Even if you’re obsessed with travelling the world, be prepared for the fact that it can be frustrating to be uprooted for such an extended period of time. Humans crave stability to some extent and being away from your roots, family and friends, and your normal routine will grow frustrating eventually.
Remind yourself of the positives of your circumstances and the fact that home will always be there when you decide to return.
Taking Care of Yourself
Finally, though it may feel like you’re on a never-ending holiday, remember to take care of your mind and body. Don’t neglect healthy habits, exercise, good nutrition and spiritual practices that keep you grounded and feeling mentally sound.
Even when things are unstable and chaotic, falling back on healthy habits and taking care of your mind and body is crucial.