Are you thinking about going on a big trip, but aren’t sure how long you should go for? There are a ton of things to consider, like if you want to keep your job and your home while you’re on the road, the cost, your relationships and of course, the goals you have for this trip.
If you want to keep everything at home intact, the longer you travel, the more expensive both home and travel costs will be. This means it will take longer to get to your savings goal, and, consequently, be longer before you can leave on your dream trip.
When thinking about how long you will travel for, you need to consider your relationships. If you are travelling solo, but have a significant other at home, you will need to talk with your partner about how an extended time apart will affect your relationship. Decide together how long your trip will be.
You will also need to estimate how much time off your employer is likely to approve. Would a two-month leave of absence be more likely to get approved than a six-month leave?
Lastly, and most importantly, what do you want to accomplish from this trip? Write out a list of your goals. This experience is about fulfilling your dreams, so be sure to give yourself enough time to see everything you want to see, while balancing your budget, relationships and employment.
When I was deciding on the length of my trip, I knew that travelling for one month was not enough time for me. I wanted to travel for either three or six months. I wrote out pros and cons for each, and decided that three months was the perfect length. In order to reach that conclusion I had to cut out gaining the experience of working abroad, but in the end I realized that a break from work was really what I needed, so it worked out perfectly.
Figure out what you want
- Write out your goals for the trip.
- Make a pros and cons list for three trip durations.
- Decide which length of time will allow you to meet your travel goals, budget and keep home life in tact.
Once you have those details figured out, your answer for length of time will be much clearer to you! Happy Planning 🙂