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Going travelling long-term could mean a lot of things. It might be for a month, or you could be planning on doing it for a year or more. It’s not just something for young people, either. Older people often go travelling for long periods too. Even many families have started to go on the road with their children. All the planning involves getting a lot of things ready for the trip itself. However, you can’t forget about the things to sort out back home. You’ll be leaving your life behind, and there are important issues you need to address. Before you leave for your travels, don’t forget to do these things.

Communicate with Your Bank

Managing your money can be slightly more complicated when you’re on the road. You need to make sure that your bank account is safe, along with any cards you’ll be carrying. You might be using random WiFi connections or internet cafes. One of the best ways to ensure your identity and money are safe is to keep in touch with your bank. Before you leave, you can let them know that you’re going travelling. Tell your bank which countries you will be in and when. You can often do this online to make things easier. It’s also useful to ensure you set up direct debits for your bills.

Make Plans for Your Post

Many bills today are online, as well as bank statements. It’s less likely that you’ll get an unexpected bill in the post that needs to be paid before you get home. However, there’s always the chance that something important will come through your front door. Before you leave, it’s a good idea to ask someone to collect your post for you. Even if there won’t be anything essential, it will stop paper piling up inside your door. You don’t want to get home and find it hard to open the door because there’s so much junk mail.

Store Your Stuff

Sometimes when you go travelling, you might need to store your stuff. Perhaps you’ve come to the end of the lease on your rental home. Or you might be renting out your property while you’re travelling. If you need somewhere to put your things, you have a few options. You could rent a storage unit, for example. You might ask a friend or family member to hold your things for you too. Alternatively, you might just be able to put some things in your garage or loft.

Have a Plan for When You Get Home

It’s a good idea to think about what will happen when you get home. Is your home going to be there waiting for you? You don’t want to step off a plane and have nowhere to go. If you’re not going to have your own property or a rented home to return to, you need somewhere to stay until you can find somewhere to live. There’s also work to think about and, if the kids are with you, perhaps even school.

Returning to reality after long-term travel can be tough. Make sure both the travel and your return home are easier by preparing before you leave.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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