Big Dreams, Small Wallet: Planning and Financing the Trip of a Lifetime…On a Budget. PART VI



I’m guessing if you have read this far…you don’t need much help with this. Nevertheless, here are some suggestions:

Read all you can about your destination. Books, articles, blogs, anything you can get your hands on. Besides getting you excited, you will be thankful that you know so much about your country when you get there. The locals will be excited too!

Watch movies: Check out documentaries or fictional movies about your country on. Netflix and through your public library. Look for free movies on the web. Search for your country on YouTube.

Keep Photos around: Post photos at home, in your office, on your computer. Keep you vision in mind and it will help remind you why are you making the sacrifice you are for this trip.

Talk to people: Visit web forums, talk to friends and family about your plans. Most people will not understand how you could possibly take such a long break. Don’t let their doubts get to you. In fact, use it to prove them wrong. Show the world that you CAN do this.


Pack everything you want to bring, and then take away half of it. Take ONE medium sized backpack and a smaller bag/purse for the plane and day trips. You will thank me when you are able to easily navigate through airports/train stations and busy cities without bulky luggage. Besides, you can get most things you need anywhere in the world. Here’s a basic checklist you should consider:


  • Pants/Shorts/Skirts (ladies, bring a pair of leggings, both for warmth and modesty in religious areas)
  • Dresses
  • Shirts
  • Socks
  • Shoes (Two pairs max and one has to be good walking shoes. I would recommend sandals for the other pair)
  • Underwear/Bras
  • Swim suit/trunks
  • Sweatshirt/Light jacket (Heavier jacket if it will be cold where you are going)


  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Wet Wipes (awesome when you can’t take a shower)
  • Small Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Prescriptions
  • Small bottles of Shampoo/Conditioner/Sunscreen (You can buy more later)


  • Passport/Visas/Proof of Immunizations/Proof of travel insurance
  • Passport holder (neck pouch or waist belt work great for security)
  • Cash/Debit Cards/Credit Cards
  • Gear (climbing gear, hiking poles, skis…things you can’t buy when you get there)
  • Guidebook
  • Fun Books (I recommend bringing a Kindle or Nook as it will save you a ton of weight)
  • Ipod (if you want)
  • Camera and charger (or extra batteres).
  • Extra memory cards for camera plus usb to upload photos.
  • International Plug Adaptor
  • Copies of your passport and credit cards, in case they get lost/stolen. Keep one copy with you and give another to a friend or family member.

Next Step….GO!

You have worked hard to save, make more money, budget and choose an affordable destination, now go enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Bon Voyage!


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