For many flexible workers and semi-retired people, staying in the city all winter can be boring and depressing. If you have the luxury of being able to work from almost anywhere (lucky you!), you can take advantage of the lower prices in the winter and spend a few weeks or even months in a foreign country.
Before you start booking and packing, however, you will have to take certain precautions….
Collaborative post, written by Joe
Sort Out Your Finances
You will need access to your bank accounts abroad, and have a security system set up, so you can get money out and apply for new cards when you need to. Get in touch with your bank and ask them about the different options and packages you can take on. Depending on your destination, you might be better with a multi-currency account or a traveler’s check so you don’t have to carry cash around.
Get a Medical Checkup
Before you spend a long period of time abroad, you will have to make sure you are fit to do so. It might be a good idea to visit your doctor and get a general screening. You can also ask them about compulsory and recommended vaccinations at the locations you are going to visit, so you can prevent illnesses and infections.
Once you have chosen the place you would like to spend a longer vacation at this winter you can shop around for travel insurance. Whether you are moving abroad for the winter or are staying in a bed and breakfast, you will have to be able to get help when you need it. If you happen to lose your passport or bank card, you will want to contact your insurance company. At the same time, you will want medical attention immediately if you suffer an accident.
Protect Your Home
It is crucial that you keep your home safe when you are not around. Install a security system, let your friends stay over or have your keys. It is also crucial that you prevent dampness and freezing. You can protect your water supply and prevent costly repairs if you find the best pipe heat tape installed so you don’t have to face emergencies once you return home.
Get In Touch with the Embassy
Before you travel, you might want to get in touch with the country’s embassy, and ask questions about different locations, safety, hotels, the legal and law enforcement system. Most embassies will have a printed traveler guide, and you can also find out how long you can stay with or without a visa. Write down the address and contact details of your country’s embassy abroad, so you can contact the right person in case you get into trouble and need help.
Spending a long time away from home and exploring the world can be an amazing adventure. Just make sure that you’ve taken all the right steps to stay healthy and out of trouble, so you can make the most out of your extended vacation!