Prep Power: 4 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Your Future Adventures
While it might seem like all your travel plans are awash, and there’s no hope of international jet-setting in the near future, that doesn’t mean that you can’t start planning. From taking the time to narrow down your potential destinations for your next vacation, to making sure you can afford to go when the time comes, there is plenty to be done between now and your plane taking off. You can prepare now for your future adventures.
Prep like a travel pro by doing these four things to prepare for future adventures; your future self will be very thankful you did!
#1: Make Sure Your Passport is Current
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Since you aren’t actively using it, it can be easy to forget that passports expire. Dig out your passport and make sure that it is up to date. It’s typically recommended that you renew your passport nine months before it expires. So, if you’re within that time frame or even a year, it’s a good time to get that process started.
This way, you will have one less thing to check off your to-do list when it comes time to take to the skies once again. Plus, you won’t have to worry about paying extra fees to expedite your passport renewal, which means more money to put toward your trip.
#2: Stock up on Travel Essentials
For many of us, there are specific things we simply cannot travel without. For some, it’s their eye mask and travel pillow, while others have a full travel skincare routine that must go everywhere with them. Whatever the case may be, having your travel essentials stocked-up and ready to go will make it easier to pack when the time comes and help you avoid that moment of terror when you realize you’ve forgotten one of your must-haves.
If it’s been a while since you have gone on vacation, here are a few popular travel essentials to consider:
- CBD gummies: Relieve your flying anxiety and minimize tossing and turning in your unfamiliar sleeping surroundings with the help of CBD gummies, you achieve a sense of calm.
- Earplugs or noise-canceling headphones: Whether it’s a baby crying on your nine-hour flight or a snoring hostel roommate, unwanted noises can interfere with getting the essential sleep you need to fuel your body while traveling.
- Toiletries: The right toiletries can be the difference between smooth sailing and unfortunate mishaps. Have allergies? Make sure to bring enough medication for the entire trip (and then some). Are you accident-prone? Get yourself a mini first aid kit. Sunburn easy? Pack yourself a chemical-free sunscreen and some aloe vera.
- Mobile gadgets: Nowadays, there are virtually endless tech devices designed to make travel easy. From a portable power bank to your action camera, figure out which tech gear you need to make your days worry-free.
The list goes on and on for things you can purchase and pack up ahead of time to make sure you’re prepared for your next getaway.
#3: Research Destinations
Satisfy your wanderlust by discovering all the magnificent places you can go when it’s time to start traveling again. Whether it’s near or far, national or international, or this year or next, you’ll be one step closer to your dream vacation if you have a good idea of where you want to go.
Need some inspiration to get you started? You can’t go wrong with:
- Road-tripping across Australia
- Escaping on an adults-only trip to Cancun
- Visiting the Palaces in Jaipur
- Going on a safari in Malawi
- Swimming, sunbathing and dancing in Mykonos
Once you select a destination, put together a must-see list so that all you really have to do when it comes to booking your trip is to figure out your flights and accommodations.
#4: Start a Travel Savings
Being on a tight budget when traveling can prevent you from making the most of your trip, but by starting to save as far ahead of time as possible, you can create a vacation fund that lets you do more.
This could mean deciding to save a small amount from each paycheck, using an app that rounds up your change for savings, or taking on an extra side-gig to exclusively generate your travel fund. If you have a serious goal in mind, like a set amount you need to make a trip happen, you can even create a budget that helps you plan for and track your savings progress.
With these tips, you can hit the ground running when it comes to planning your next trip and make your vacation that much more enjoyable.
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