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Which destination is right for you? What time of year should you travel? How to finance your long term trip at all? What documents you must not forget? And and. Here you will find tips for your travel preparation. It is very important to have a good international health insurance, e.g.B. from Hanse Merkur!
Planning for a longer trip is not always easy. Especially if you are doing one for the first time. I also had a hard time thinking about and organizing everything in the beginning, but with time comes routine!
So that you know what you have to pay attention to, I list here the most important things including my personal recommendations and then it's just: Pack your backpack and off you go!
Where to go?
Choosing a destination is an important matter. Depending on how much budget you have, you can stay longer or shorter in a country by doing the following. If you want to. If you are flexible in your choice of destination, you have a good chance of securing a really good deal. Z.B. first travel cheap to a neighboring country. Only then continue to your desired destination. B. first travel cheap to a neighboring country. Only then continue to your desired destination. first travel cheaply to a neighboring country and only then continue to your desired destination. Maybe overland?
In any case, find out whether you need a visa for your desired country and if so, which visa requirements you have to fulfill. For some countries you may have to e.g.B. you need a police clearance or a health certificate (depending on the type of visa). More info on this below.
In addition, the weather and climatic conditions play an important role and may tell you at what time of year it makes the most sense for you to enter the country.
Find out what language is spoken in the country and what religion is predominant. The latter can also be an indicator of how you need to behave on the ground to show due respect to religion. Especially for foreigners such information is important, if you z.B. If you are traveling alone as a woman or together with your partner. What things are okay. Which is an absolute no-go?
In addition, you should also find out what the local political situation is like. Do you have to pay attention to? Should you currently prefer not to travel there? You can find detailed information about this at the German Foreign Office.
If you are traveling as a digital nomad, also find out what the internet connection is like in this country. How stable. how fast it is? Is it available everywhere? What does it cost?
Currency& withdraw money
What currency do you need? What is the current exchange rate. Are ATMs available everywhere?
How do you calculate the cost of your trip?. how do you budget?
Your basic homework is to find out about the cost of living: what does food, transport, accommodation and activities cost in the country??
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By and large, you should sell everything you no longer need. This is how you can do a bit of cleaning up. So that on the other hand also generate some income.
You can or. want to sublet your apartment for the time you are on the road? Ideal!
Also make sure that you have cancelled or shut down all necessary insurances in Germany. This way you don't have to pay for your car, cell phone, pay TV, monthly magazines or subscriptions even though you're not there.
If you want to earn money locally and work in your profession, find out if your future employer might offer you a job. certified documents needed from you. Depending on the country, you may need to bring your tax number and various identification documents in order to get a bank account and a tax number on the spot.
Flights are usually the most expensive part of a trip. With these tips, you'll be on your way to finding cheap flights.
It is always worth to compare! Check different search engines and compare the found connections and prices directly with those of the provider. Also pay attention to the flight times. Flights early in the morning or late in the evening are usually cheaper than during the day.
Be flexible with the flight date. Flights can be more expensive, especially on weekends. Of course also in the high season. If you can fly during the week or even in the off-season, you can often save several hundred euros.
Look for open jaw flights instead of direct flights. You can manage with one or two stopovers? Then definitely keep your eyes open for it. So you can also often save several hundred euros. Only rarely are direct flights cheaper than open jaw flights.
Rule 4: Check also departure airports near you or those you can reach with (very) low budget. Take the train to Frankfurt for two more days to see the city and then continue from Frankfurt airport. Or fly cheap to London, Vienna or Norway, spend three relaxing days on the spot and then go straight on. There are many possibilities.
You don't care about your destination, the main thing is to get away? Then check out momondo's "take me somewhere" feature.en. This will throw you by price staggered the cheapest destinations from. There is certainly a bargain! Check travel comparison portals. Bargain sites like z.B.B. urlaubspiraten.en. Sites like these often search, find and negotiate great deals with tour operators, airlines or hotels and often present you with fabulous bargains. If you sign up for their newsletter, you will usually receive these finds earlier than others. Because here the rule is: first come, first served.
Fly with low-cost carriers. RyanAir, EasyJet, AirAsia, AirLingus or Vueling are just a few of them. I've been on all of them. Could not complain.
Travel with hand luggage instead of check-in luggage. As a rule, one piece of luggage weighing up to 20 kg is included in the price of a long-haul flight. But not with low-cost airlines. These charge an extra fee for check-in luggage. If you travel with hand luggage only, you can save this fee.
It is important that you compare. This can take a lot of time, but in return it is totally worth it for you financially! Especially if your budget is limited.
Find the best accommodations
Our accommodation in Canggu with pool.
Especially after an exhausting and long day of sightseeing, it is nice to come back home. Doesn't matter if it's a hostel room, guesthouse, hotel room or complete accommodation. You simply want to feel comfortable in it.
You will find what you are looking for through these portals:
On Airbnb, private individuals offer a spare room in their home, but often rent out entire apartments, which you then have all to yourself (or together with your friends).
AirBnB is a great platform to get in touch with locals directly. They can give you tips or have a beer with each other. Honestly, can a stay in a foreign city be any cooler??
You have never booked through Airbnb? Then I'll give you 25€ on your first overnight stay if you book through this link here!
About booking.com you can get hotel rooms and bungalows worldwide.
Many hotels can be canceled free of charge if you have to cancel or reschedule your trip. This is in any case super practical. You keep your flexibility.
Agoda.com is the Asian counterpart to booking.com. Also about this my husband. I booked more often during our Asia trip.
With a credit card it's super easy and fast here too.
Cheap accommodation in hostels or hotels can be found at hostelbookers.com.
Of course also worldwide!
Same same but different: hostelworld.com
Hard to believe, but true: Worldwide you can also find free accommodations. This is done through couchsurfing and housesitting!
The most important thing: Your passport. Without it, nothing works outside the EU!
Therefore, check in time if it is still valid for at least six months when you enter the country. If not, remember to apply for a new one in time. This can take up to six weeks depending on the municipality/city.
Also find out if your destination country has any requirements for your passport. I have now read somewhere that sometimes a certain number of free pages must still be present in your passport to get a stamp. It is better to inform once too much, than too little.
Another important criterion: the condition of your passport.
It happened to a friend of mine now that they almost didn't let him leave Germany because he had stuck his passport at the fold. On an official document this is not allowed. After some time. but here he was allowed to leave. Also make sure there are no bent corners or loose and torn pages. In extreme cases you are not allowed to leave or enter the country. And something like that would be quite annoying.
boarding school. Driving license
if you want to drive a car or scooter in your destination country? Then you need in any case an international driving license. Take care of this one in time too.
Note: The international driver's license is only valid in combination with your original German driver's license!
As mentioned above you have to check if you need a visa to enter the country. The same applies if you want to work on location.
If a visa is needed, check the visa requirements carefully.
– Do you have to certify or submit anything else to get your visa? – until when you have to leave the country despite your visa? – What does it cost to get the visa if necessary. to extend on the spot or. what fees are due if you overstay (the latter is to be taken with a grain of salt: In extreme cases you will be officially expelled from the country, get a fine and a (temporary) entry ban).
Most of the time a valid ticket is required upon entry, which confirms your departure at a certain time. Some countries, like z.B. Australia or New Zealand, it is also enough if you can prove to them instead of a ticket that you have the necessary financial means to buy your ticket.
If you can't or don't want to prove one or the other, you should at least book a flight, which you can then cancel after entering the country.
If you have to apply for a visa on the road, you should always have two or three passport photos and a few US dollars with you.
With the Osprey Travel Organizer, you can keep your travel documents, credit cards, money, passport, etc. safe. RFID protected!
Depending on the type of visa (e.g.B. Work& Travel Visa), you may also need to bring special documents with you, so that you can open a bank account and get a tax number. Read the requirements of the respective immigration carefully!
In order to have everything together at the end, I can recommend you an organizer for your travel documents.
Forwarding request mail to parents/friends
Your apartment is empty or sublet in the meantime? Then make sure that your mail is reliably redirected. It is best to take it to your parents or friends.
They can then inform you once a week about all letters received. This way you won't miss to pay outstanding bills or forget other important things.
Make digital copies of all documents
Very important: Make digital copies of all important documents (passport, visa, international driver's license, ID card, health insurance, etc.).) be sure to take copies.
Print all of them once as a backup for you on the road, save them digitally on your laptop, in the cloud or your email program and also send them to someone you trust – just in case of emergency.
Also: Take copies of the purchase receipts for laptop, SmartPhone, eBook Reader, camera, tablet& Co. in case you need to show this proof when entering or leaving the country to avoid paying taxes.
Important addresses& Telephone numbers
Even on the road, an accident can happen or an emergency can occur. Always write down the numbers of the police, ambulance and fire department of the respective country in your cell phone or on a piece of paper that you always have with you.
You should also have written down bank account blocking hotlines somewhere, so that you don't lose any time in case of doubt.
When entering the country you will sometimes be asked where you are going to live. Write down the address of your hotel on a piece of paper so that you can show it to others. Even if you are only temporarily accommodated in this accommodation.
Also important: Always carry the phone number of your emergency contact with you. If something should happen to you in the meantime and you are unresponsive, a small card with the most important contact details will help the helpers and the police on the spot.
When traveling you should mind. two credit cards and mind. have two EC cards with you. In case one of them gets stolen or suddenly stops working.
In addition, always inform your bank when you change countries, so that they don't block your cards because they suspect they have been stolen.
I can recommend you the credit card of comdirect bank – I travel with this card since 2015!
Here you will find all the necessary documents listed clearly: Checklist documents& Money
International health insurance
In order to be insured abroad, you need to take out an international health insurance. In some countries you have to prove your insurance even at entry. Especially if you are entering the country with a visa that allows you to stay longer in the country.
We recommend the Hanse Merkur international health insurance – my husband and I always travel with this insurance. Communication works fine and payment (or reimbursement) of bills works without problems.
The Hanse Merkur insurance can be taken out for up to one year or for up to five years. It includes roughly the inpatient treatment in a local hospital and also the return transport to Germany, should this be useful from a medical point of view.
Insuring your travel gear
Depending on what equipment you have with you when traveling, it may evtl. It may also be a good idea to check your possessions and. protect your travel gear against loss/theft or damage (z.B. to be insured by the airline).
Insurance for (extreme) sports accidents
Check also if the insurance is covered. Sports accidents abroad are covered or if you have to book this separately.
Insurance for working abroad (Work&Travel resp. Working Holiday Visa)
You want to work on location? Then also check to see if your insurance will cover this. The world travel expert STA Travel offers the z.B. standard in the tariff with an.
Get a medical checkup
Before you go on a big trip, you should have a check-up from head to toe at home.
Talk to your family doctor about your planned trip and where exactly you want to go.
You may still need a booster of basic vaccinations? Or special travel vaccinations? Then clarify this early, because often several weeks must pass between vaccinations, until you have the complete vaccination protection.
You don't like flying so much and you are always very nervous? Your family doctor can certainly prescribe you something for this as well.
And if in doubt, ask him what travel medications he would recommend for you as well. This is how you make sure you don't forget anything.
If you are regularly dependent on special medications (and may need to take some of them). (if you have larger quantities with you), have a medical certificate ied for this, which you can show to the foreign authorities in case of doubt.
Have your dentist check everything again – so you can go abroad with a safer feeling without having to worry whether the nasty toothache should have been treated after all.
Pay your gynecologist a visit as well. On the one hand, to have your normal check-up done, on the other hand, to also have a look at practical and innovative products. ask about contraception.
Do you need a year's worth of birth control pills?? You want to change to another contraceptive method or you need something against period pain? Your gynecologist will be happy to help you. May even be able to give you a contact point abroad. Just in case of course.
Depending on where you are going, your first-aid kit may be a little more or less comprehensive.
Which basic medication I always have with me, you can read here:
As you can see, there are a lot of to-do's and tasks you have to plow through. But we all love to do that, don't we??!
I hope I have been able to give you a comprehensive insight into travel preparation with this list – so that you are well prepared for your small or large trip!
Do you have any other "must not forget" items that are missing here?? And how do you prepare for your travels??
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Hello Melanie, thank you for the many great tips! My husband and I plan to travel for 5-6 months. Thereby we would like to z.B. to America, New Zealand, Thailand and South Africa. So always 3-4 weeks stay. I am a bit confused how detailed we should plan the trip in advance. Would you book all flights in advance, as some also want to see a return ticket? How short notice did you book your accommodations? Is it z.B. at AirBnB possible to easily book accommodation where you are for 1-2 nights? Or should you know a few days in advance where you will be staying soon and book accommodation? Thank you very much and best regards Julia
Hello dear Julia, I was very happy about your comment! Super, that you or. you the tips for the planning of the trip further help.
For travel planning, I can generally recommend you to book as much (or as little) that you feel comfortable (and safe). When we started traveling, we always booked a lot in advance. However, things often turn out differently on the spot and then it was annoying if everything was already planned in advance. In the meantime we always have only the outward flight (and if necessary the return flight). a visa for a longer stay) as well as accommodation for the first days. Everything else is only very, very roughly planned (sights, possible places for accommodation, etc).).
Personally, I would book an onward flight or. Only book a return ticket from a country if there is really no other way. Often a visa applied for in advance is a remedy. However, for the application of the visa you must usually already have the outbound flight in's country and prove.
But you could e.g.B. in America you can apply for a visa for New Zealand through the New Zealand embassy as soon as you know when you will leave America and you have the flight for it. Then you can stay in NZ without the proof of an onward ticket. In New Zealand (Auckland) you can book your return ticket through the Thai embassy.B. apply for the visa for Thailand as soon as you know when you will leave there again, etc. But the processing times often vary from a few days to ca. 1-2 weeks (so inform in advance if you need to) and you have to bring your passport as well as the related documents (passport photos, copy of ID, copy of flight ticket to the next country, etc.) submit. It depends on how this fits into your travel plans. But since you will be back within 3 – 4 weeks anyway. will travel further, a visa is probably rather thrown out money.
Another alternative for the proof of an onward or outward journey would be to simply book a cheap flight for a few Euros. So you could decide at short notice whether you want to take it or let it expire. You see, there are several possibilities…🙂
Regarding. Accommodations: Via Airbnb, Booking, etc. you will always find something. We have never been on the road. However, it can of course be a price ie, if z.B. in the respective country just high season is. In New Zealand we had no difficulties at all in November to find something for the next day or the day after (so very short term). And also in Thailand you can easily find a place via Airbnb or just walking along the beach. Of course, if you know when you will be where, then you can fix that earlier as well.
I hope I could help you! If something is still unclear, feel free to contact me again!