How to Prepare Yourself for Long-Term World Travel

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When most people think about preparing for world travel they only think about the items (i.e. the travel gear) that they’ll need to buy (such as a backpack, hiking boots, etc.)

Most people never consider that they might need to mentally prepare themselves for traveling, yet doing so can help to ease you into the experience and give you an easier time once you’re abroad.

Here are 4 tips/exercises to prepare yourself for long-term world travel:

Pick Your Clothing

When traveling (especially to hot countries) the amount of clothes you need to bring with you is minimal.

To help you to understand this (and to make sure you don’t pack more clothes than you need), why not spend two of weeks seeing how few variations of clothing you can wear?

When traveling you’ll be wearing the same clothes over and over again, so you’ll want to have some idea of which outfits work before you leave, so spending some time experimenting is a good way to prepare you for the trip.


Sleeping AbroadIf you’re the kind of person that likes always sleeping in your own bed (and have done so all your life) you might find it hard adapting to sleeping in strange environments while traveling.

To help you start to adapt before you set off for your trip, spend a couple of weeks sleeping in different rooms of your house (i.e. in your own bed, on the sofa bed in the living room, on an air bed in the dining room, etc.)

For many people, their own bed is the only place where they can sleep properly. To get around this you need to get used to sleeping in other places.


Yes, English spoken in most countries (at least enough to get you by), but if you really want to connect with and understand a foreign culture, it’s important that you learn the local language (or at least a few choice words/phrases).

‘Rough Guides’ and ‘Lonely Planet’ guidebooks often contain a few pages covering the basics (such as “Hello”, “Thank you” and “How much?”), and these are well worth studying so that you can interact with the locals in a basic way.

If you have the time (and the inclination to do so), however, why not take a language class before you leave? Most towns will have foreign language classes taking place somewhere (e.g at nightschool) or you can learn online/with computer software (such as Rosetta Stone).

For more information on this, check out this page titled How to learn a new language in 3 months.

Drink Bottled Water Only

If you’re traveling the South-East Asia, Africa or a country where the tap water is unclean, it’s good to get into the habit of drinking only bottled water.

In these countries bottled water is sold everywhere, but it’s easy to forget and drink out of the tap if you’re not in the habit.

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