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The Born Wanderer

TRAVEL PREPARATION GUIDES

Preparing for your first long term travel experience? Start here.

Learn what to pack, how to save, how best to prepare for your next destination, and much more.

First Steps

Now that we’ve covered what to pack when traveling, let’s take a look at some intangible things you may want to bring with you as well. I’ve put together a list of services that I have used every time I’ve traveled out of the country. Travel InsuranceIt is an unfortunate truth, but at some point in your life, you are going to get sick or be injured. If you’re particularly unlucky, it will happen while you’re off seeing the world. Be it food poisoning from bad sushi or a gash fromSEE DETAILS

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First Steps

If you’ve read my previous post on what to pack for your trip, you should already have a pretty good idea of what to take with you on your travels. If you’re anything like me, you’ll now spend hours researching different products to find the ones that best suit your needs. You absolutely should. There are lots of options out there and some will undoubtedly work better for your situation than others. To help you get started, I’ve put together a list with some of my go-to gear. ClothingDespite my impressiveSEE DETAILS

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First Steps

One of the biggest obstacles I faced when first preparing to travel was deciding what to pack. If you’re planning to be out for an extended amount of time, it can be difficult to fight the urge to overpack. It’s important to always keep weight in mind, however, as you’ll not only be lugging that bag around with you for the foreseeable future, but paying a hefty price tag for it at the airport as well. ClothingThis will be a difficult thing for some people to accept, but if you’re goingSEE DETAILS

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A common point of contention between people who travel often is whether to use a backpack or rolling suitcase to carry your belongings. Both certainly have their merits. I can certainly appreciate the ease of pulling a suitcase on wheels behind me as opposed to carrying the weight on my back, but that being said, the moment you encounter stairs, everything changes. Have you ever tried carrying a 50 pound suitcase up three stories? It doesn’t look fun.In my opinion, backpacks are for travelers and suitcases are for vacationers. SuitcasesSEE DETAILS

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First Steps

So you’ve made the decision to travel longterm. Fantastic! Now what? Now it’s time to prepare, starting with saving some money. You don’t need to be wealthy to travel for an extended amount of time, and it can certainly be done on the cheap, but that being said, you will need SOME money to your name to fund your adventures. Luckily, saving doesn’t need to be difficult. I’ve gathered some of my favorite tips here to help you get started. 1. Know your savings goal Without a doubt, the question I’m askedSEE DETAILS

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