4 Secrets About A Traveling Lifestyle You Haven’t Thought Of
Lots of us want to travel as much as we want but we hold ourselves back because it seems just too hard to manage a new lifestyle and let go of the old. And you will have to let go of the old! We don’t always think of the little things, or if we do, we aren’t sure how to best handle them. Here are just a few things you need to consider before jetting off on the next adventure.
Money Isn’t Universal
When traveling abroad, you are eventually going to learn about transaction fees and transfer fees when it comes to currency exchange. The absolute easiest way to manage your money is by putting everything on debit and/or credit cards. But it might not be the most affordable way. All banks charge an international transaction fee per use. So check with your bank and understand what they will charge for using the card. ATM’s appear to be the most affordable of all options for day to day cash, saving the cards for larger purchases. Do avoid the no-fee exchange bureaus. Usually their exchange rate is much worse than what is already available to you.
Where Is My Mail?
Although we live in a technical age, we still receive mail. Between important documents and packages, we still need to make sure we can access our mail at any given moment. Additionally, if you have sold your home and no longer have a residence, you will need an address to have in your home country for identification purposes. That’s where the help of a virtual mailbox comes in. You can purchase one and receive a real street address to use for identification and to have all of your mail and packages sent to. It’s especially helpful when some places won’t send any mail to a PO Box. The virtual mailbox is something you can easily manage online. You can choose which pieces to shred and which to save. A trusted individual can open your mail and scan your documents to you. You can even have your mail forwarded to your current or next destination so that you have the important stuff on hand.
What Happens if I Get Sick?
Firstly, check your current insurance policy and make sure that you have coverage for traveling abroad. If not, check with your agent about adding it. Secondly, if you have medications that you need to bring, check with the foreign embassy for the country you will be visiting and be sure they are considered “safe”. If you have a pre-existing condition, bring documentation with details of your condition. This will help overseas doctors get you the best care possible.
Also Read: How to Prevent Altitude Sickness
Once you are overseas and you get ill, contact the American Embassy for a local list of healthcare providers. Most likely they will refer you to English speaking facilities making healthcare easier with a lower risk of miscommunication. If you have a life partner traveling with you, be sure they are your voice when you are unable to speak on your behalf!
Oh Joy, it’s Tax Time
At the beginning of the year, take some time to look at your travel calendar and take into consideration filing your tax return. While most employers and some of your clientele aren’t required to send tax forms right away, you can still set up some kind of schedule to make sure everything is together, signed, and filed. If you know that you cannot be in town to receive all the documents and file by April 15th deadline, set up an extension to give you an extra six months to file. If you would prefer to stick with the traditional deadline, consider having tax mail forwarded to you via virtual mailbox and file electronically.
These are just a few things to consider as you prepare for your new life as a traveler. They may sound overwhelming, but once you have them integrated into your lifestyle, they get easier to manage. You will learn more as you go about what works and what doesn’t!