Going away from home for a long time is exciting and adventurous, but before you go there are some things you have to take care of. Besides organizing your trip and stay, you also have to make sure that your home stays in good hands and that all your business is in order before you leave. Here are some tips for how to take care of everything and go on your trip with a clear conscience and peace of mind.
Before deciding to buy tickets. Going away for a long period of time may seem liberating, but it can also be hard and frightening. So before you book your trip, pay the tickets and organize accommodation, make sure you’ve thought this through and are ready for a change of scenery. Depending on the destination you are travelling to, you will decide what to take with you, and how to organize home-sitting, bills and other monthly obligations you have in your regular life. When you have it all figured out, you can start planning around your departure date.
Taking care of your home. There are several options here. You can rent your place which would bring you extra money and someone to take care of the bills while you’re away. But if you don’t want a stranger in your home, you can ask someone you trust to come and stay there for that period. In case you can’t find anyone for house sitting, ask someone to come by from time to time and water the plants, let the air in and check if everything is okay. Also, you might ask your neighbors to keep an eye on your place, just in case.
Taking care of your pet. Some pets you can take with you, and if you decide to do that make sure you know all the rules and regulations of the place you are going to in order to avoid possible problems and upset not only yourself but also your pet. Take into consideration that some pets get upset while travelling and some when they’re away from their owner. You can place your pet with family or friends for the duration of your travels, or depend on the kind of pet you have, you can place them in vet clinics and specialized shelters for pet sitting.
Taking care of your belongings. If you’ve decided to terminate the lease agreement or just want to make sure that all your belongings like furniture and appliances are in a safe place, you can place them in super cheap storage for the whole duration of your journey. That way you will not bother anyone else to store your belongings in their basements, garages or attics, and you won’t have to worry if something gets damaged or stolen. Also, when it comes to valuables like documents and jewelry, you can use safety deposit boxes in banks, or leave them in safe hands.
Taking care of the bills and taxes. Make sure you have all the information necessary to pay the bills and taxes in time. Most of the payments you can make online, but the safest way to make sure is to check with your bank and tax administration office. Also, check if your bank is available in the country you’re going to and if not, then what is the most affordable and favorable way for you to access your funds and pay your stay.
Taking care of your health insurance, immunization, and prescriptions. Traveling to some foreign countries requires that you have completed immunization for certain infectious diseases, which normally you may not have at home. Also, if there are some health issues in the country you’re travelling to like malaria, typhoid, Zika virus, etc. you should be familiar with healthcare requirements as well as with possible ways to protect yourself. So before going on the trip, make sure you visit your doctor and perform a regular health check and mandatory preparations for the country you’ll be spending a long period of time in.
Taking care of communication. It might be unimaginable, but Internet connection is not present in all parts of the world, and even if it is it can sometimes be pretty bad and not free. Make sure you are familiarized with Internet access and options you have to communicate online with people at home. The other option is to use your phone to make calls and use 3G or 4G connection, but before doing this make sure you know the costs and rates, since roaming service can be very expensive and it might just be easier to find a landline or buy a prepaid mobile number and use it while you’re there.
All in all. When planning to stay somewhere away from home for a long period of time, the last thing you need is some unfinished business or problems at home weighing you down and complicating things. These several tips regard the basic and general issues you might want to take care of, but responsibilities depend on the person and their lifestyle, so you’ll have to take that into account, too. But no matter how burdensome it may sound, think of the benefits and positive outcomes of settling these issues and what a wonderful time you’ll have wherever you’re going when everything at home is taken care of.
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