Written by Michael

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Sometimes the lure of wanderlust is so powerful that you just want to take off and go on a whim. After all, isn’t that the ethos of travelling? It’s about freedom and following your passions, and wandering wherever your heart takes you. Unfortunately, real life gets in the way of this dream. However, it is still possible to jet off and follow those dreams (for a while) if you solve a few everyday problems first:


Taking off with too little notice will not go down well with your boss. And if you’re taking more leave than you’re owed, your income is going to dry up pretty quickly. Ultimately you’re going to need this job when you get back from travelling, so make sure you leave workplace relationships in good condition. Don’t forget – your monthly pay cheque is going to have to cover your home expenses as well as your travelling while you’re away.

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If you’ve got financial worries, getting away from the stress by traveling sounds ideal. Except that running away from issues isn’t going to solve them. Address the problems you’ve got before you leave, even if it delays your departure date. Don’t be afraid of refinancing if you can see a clear benefit for doing so. Sorting all your outstanding debts before you go means you can enjoy travelling without worrying about coming back!


Your travels could take you anywhere in the world. Many of the places you might want to visit may be quite alien to you. Before you do anything else make sure you have all the correct documentation and visas in place. You should also take out insurance that covers each region and activity you intend to indulge in. Take photos of everything you have and use a cloud backup just in case anything goes missing.

Family and Pets

For any family members left behind, your travels can cause a lot of worries. Share your planned itinerary with them and assure them you’ll keep in contact with updates. If you have any pets, you need to arrange temporary full-time accommodation for them. This might involve them moving in with family or friends during your absence. Make sure all their vaccinations are up to date.

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If you’re leaving your home empty for a long period of time, someone is going to notice! To protect your home from potential threats, ask a family member to stop by every week. Make sure doors and windows are double locked and check the batteries in the smoke alarms are fresh. Switch off all electrical items that aren’t necessary, and clear out the fridge! If you have a garden, hire a gardener to keep it in check. You will have to agree an online bank transfer payment.

Travelling is a great way to see the world, gain experience, and get to know yourself a lot better. But it isn’t often practical to just take off! Plan carefully, and make sure your life is in a good place before you go. Bon Voyage!

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30 thoughts on “5 Areas of Your Life To Fix Before You Start Travelling.

  1. It is really good tips. I am going to Canada 1,5 month next year and I have already schedueled it with my job, so at the moment they let me work overtimer just an hour a week so I can get fully paid vaccation when I am away. Also while I travel I post regular on facebook, so my family can see that I am okay, I did that on my last 2,5 month trip…When it comes to pet, I would say don’t travel for to long, because your pet is connected to you and your home, so even though it is taken care of it can result in a change it is behavior. When I travelled for 2,5 month, my mom moved into my place, to take care of my dog and it was in known surroundings, but even so when I got home it had changed a little in character, it had become a little more stressful and a little more aggressive. So leaving your dog for a long amount of time is not good, so I would say make sure someone can be at your place, so it dosn’t have to go to a shelter or something, if it has to go to a shelter, then make sure it is a place that it has been before that both you and the dog are comftable with…

  2. It was like adding grace, a sense of humour to travel methods. Sounded caring and sportive.. good one..I will be eventually planing one..as mentioned with no pending work stuff in the back. Haah:)

  3. Good tips. Glad you called out to plan for the pets. I will add a comment about taking care of cats for when you are going away for an extended amount of time, Cat’s love routine, so your trip disrupts their routine. A cat’s preference is to stay in their own home. They are comfortable there, Plus all your stuff is there so they know you will be coming back.

    But that may not work, so the next best choice is take the cat to a friend or relative’s house. You should spend a night with the cat at the friend or relative’s house. And bring some of their toys and some of your stuff (a bit of dirty laundry works well since your “scent” is all over it).

  4. Leaving my cat behind for any length of time is becoming more and more difficult. He is over 15 y/o, born in a hole in the wall shop on the university road stretch of Nanning, China. These days I leave him at home with my daughter. I am grateful she does not currently have my wanderlust. What is most important is to give carte blanche decision making even if it means you, the traveller, might come home to a paw print and a box of ashes and an emptier bank a count. The only other choice would be to stay home. Reality sucks, less so if prepared.

          1. Sounds wonderful! I’ve been to London once and really enjoyed it. Didn’t stay long enough, though. I’ve yet to explore the Southwestern part of the U.S. Been to each corner but that one. Lol. Have fantastic travels! 🙂

          2. I love Sequim, Washington (lavender fields!), and Olympic National Park. Savannah, Georgia, has an aura all of its own. There are a lot of other cities I could mention from these regions, but those two popped into my head first. 🙂

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