To-Do List For Long-Term Travel
Planning a long-term trip, whilst extremely exciting, can also be incredibly daunting and stressful. Three years ago I was planning my trip to Australia from England, which was originally only going to be one year. Whilst I couldn’t wait, I also lost a lot of sleep over worrying. Personally I like to make myself feel better by writing a big list to ensure that everything is completed in plenty of time. So I’ll share with you the list I used before coming here, and hopefully someone else will find it helpful when planning their long-term trip!
5-6 Months in advance
Read emails from STA – obviously this depends who you have booked through, but STA sent me some super helpful emails.
Look at hostel options
Book flights if you haven’t already
- Apply for any visas you may require if you haven’t already
4 Months in advance
Research the must-see and must-do places and activities – time flies even on a long-term trip so you need to be organised.
Find out about setting up a bank account in the country you are going to.
Look at travel insurance and compare policies
Look at global sim cards and other options
Look at the travel blogs for tips
Book transfers from airport
Cancel gym membership or anything else you need to cancel before you leave
Cancel your phone contract in your home country if necessary
Print bank statements – you may be asked for proof of funds if you come to Australia
Print Cvs – if you’re looking for a job when you arrive
Print tickets and visas
Print travel insurance docs
3 Months in advance
Find out if you need to re-confirm your flights
- Buy plug adaptors if necessary
2 Months in advance
24. Inform your work place that you will be leaving – whilst this much notice may not be required, it’s just polite.
25. It’s a good idea to convert some cash into the currency of where you are going.
26. Check if you require any vaccinations and get these done.
1 Month to go
27. Start looking for jobs online if you plan to work
28. Book seats on plane
29. Set up bank account if needed
30. Arrange house viewings if you want to find somewhere to live
When you arrive – Australia-specific
31. Set up a tax file number as you will need this to work
32. If you plan to work in hospitality in Australia you will need to get your RSA before you arrive.
Let me know if I’ve missed anything!