Travel is not always contained in a one-size-fits-all box. Some people end up traveling short distances for business. Other people end up going for long periods of time for educational reasons or maybe for an extended sabbatical. There is a wide range of purposes and amounts of time that are included in travel plans. That’s why you should adjust your approach to each of these styles individually.
There are vacations on a budget. There are the matters of immigrating and emigrating. Maybe you want to go on a journey to learn a language. Or you could wish to experience an adventure abroad. In each of these cases, the amount of time, money, preparation, and intent are all going to be different.
For a short vacation, preparations should be pretty straightforward. You set a vacation budget. You find out where you want to go and how much it costs to get there. You find out how much you can spend per day. And then you can do all of your planning based on that kind of per diem idea. You shouldn’t need a whole lot of flexibility because you know approximately the amount of time you have to fit in all of your desired activities.
Immigrating and Emigrating
On the opposite side of that spectrum, if you’re immigrating or emigrating, there is some long-term planning you have to do, and potentially a lot of research that will go into your decision. For example, if you plan on immigrating to the US, especially right now, it may take you months or years to get everything in order. You may have to leave everything behind including your job and the majority of your belongings to make the process of immigration smooth, legal, and efficient.
Learning a Language
For a medium-length journey, think about a trip where you’re trying to learn a language. You could go to a new country, live with a local family, and then master the language by staying put for a year or two in that environment. Preparing for that kind of a trip, you want to be able to take your essentials with you, but not so much stuff that it’s overwhelming to the people you’re moving in with.
Experiencing an Adventure Abroad
Then there is the matter of experiencing an adventure abroad. If you don’t have any time constraints, then your journey will last as long as your interest does. If you can figure out how to pack all of your stuff into a backpack so that you can live on the go, you can have a potentially life-changing experience that only ends when you feel like you have completed the intent of your trip.