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  1. Ryan Biddulph
    June 5, 2018 @ 10:29 am

    I love long term travel more than anything but totally vibe with your points. As for #2 we found a solution; house sitting. Long term travel works perfectly for sitters, who can set aside months to do sits all around the globe, rent-free. We have been sitting since 2014, doing sits in most spots save a few months here and there. Awesome way to see the world on the cheap and to always be around pets, which is big for us.

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    • dankiteski
      June 6, 2018 @ 11:37 am

      That’s a really interesting point, Ryan. I must admit I never thought about it but I might give it a try in the future 😀

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  2. Amy Aberasturi
    June 14, 2018 @ 12:30 am

    I am a long term traveler also, and you hit the nail on the head when you wrote, “In truth, this time will be much more like your everyday life than you might expect.” I stay in each country 1-6 months and must either get a job or work online. As a consequence, most of my day consists of me working to make a living, but when I do have freetime, it is definitely much more interesting than how I spend my freetime at home in the states.

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    • dankiteski
      June 15, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

      I’m glad you agree, Amy! Life goes on as normal, only in a different place but we still have to find ways to survive 🙂

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  3. Kavita Favelle
    June 14, 2018 @ 12:57 pm

    Definitely worth considering how long term travel is unlike the shorter trips many of us have done before. I think the advice to plan your time is particularly important, so you can pace yourself in terms of doing whatever it is you want to do in each place, but also not get so blase about having a lot of time that by the time you leave, you’ve actually not done a lot of what you wanted to do!!!

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    • dankiteski
      June 15, 2018 @ 4:35 pm

      Absolutely agree, Kavita. Time management is extremely important. We’ve all been there: thinking we have a lot of time to do things but actually not doing most of them before we leave. That’s also an important segment 🙂

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  4. Followingtherivera
    June 14, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

    These are some very useful tips! I agree about the accommodation; it definitely adds up after a while. And true about not liking your new country; the rose coloured glasses do come off!

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    • dankiteski
      June 15, 2018 @ 4:36 pm

      Definitely!

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  5. Toti and Alessia
    June 14, 2018 @ 4:03 pm

    Completely agree with every single part of this post, travelling isn’t as easy as seems. Thanks for sharing

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  6. Brianna
    June 14, 2018 @ 5:23 pm

    This is why I much prefer short term travel. I love having a home base with a routine that I can depend on when I return from my travels.

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    • dankiteski
      June 15, 2018 @ 4:37 pm

      That’s a good option too but living in another country also makes you learn new things and gain new perspectives by finding yourself in situations you would never experience back home. I guess both options have their pros and cons 🙂

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  7. eli
    June 15, 2018 @ 7:09 am

    A lot of this rings true! I’ve done long-term travel for the past couple of years and can definitely see where you’re coming from. I’ve actually saved money compared to living in the U.S. in terms of accommodation in most countries I travel to, but the rest is so true!

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    • dankiteski
      June 15, 2018 @ 4:39 pm

      Well yeah, that’s important too: comparing the living standard of the country you’re coming from and the countries you travel to 🙂 perhaps in some countries accommodation might even be cheaper compared to normal life in the US 🙂

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  8. VALENTINA DJORDJEVIC
    February 12, 2019 @ 3:34 pm

    All excellent considerations for long term travel! On my first longer trip, I was surprised to find myself homesick. I totally felt that disconnect between hating and loving my new country. And language barriers are rough!

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    • dankiteski
      February 13, 2019 @ 10:06 am

      Indeed, Valentina, that’s one part of the experience and a proof that traveling isn’t always hunky dory 🙂

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  9. krista
    February 13, 2019 @ 12:20 am

    aint this the truth! I’ve had the opportunity to experience long travel (like 1+year) before twice and each time I have experienced ALL of these! Especially the language part, as the mind/brain ages it is harder and harder to pick up languages! And it certainly is nothing like a weekend getaway, but i highly recommend anyone & everyone to experience it! Great post!!

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    • dankiteski
      February 13, 2019 @ 10:10 am

      Absolutely, Krista- just like everything in life, long-term travel comes with perks and setbacks. And a lot of people neglect the latter.

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  10. Shane Prather
    February 13, 2019 @ 8:37 pm

    The most long term travel I have done was a few month Euro trip and you are spot on! We did go the budget hostel route however which helped with expenses.

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    • dankiteski
      February 15, 2019 @ 3:18 pm

      A few-month euro trip still counts even though I was referring to longer journeys without going home. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Shane- I really appreciate it.

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  11. The little lai: Beyond limits
    February 15, 2019 @ 12:50 pm

    This is actually something really interesting. I haven’t had tried long term travel before, and reading this would somehow give me an idea about the reality in long term travel. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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    • dankiteski
      February 15, 2019 @ 3:38 pm

      Thank you, I really appreciate your comment and I hope you experience long-term travel someday. It sure is an incredible experience.

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  12. Milijana
    February 15, 2019 @ 6:47 pm

    You have nailed it well. Long-term traveling is a lifestyle, not a vacation.

    I would just add, one could even face burnout when traveling, especially if traveling fast from one place to another.

    But, as you said: I never met a person who regretted living abroad but met many who regret never trying it.

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    • dankiteski
      February 19, 2019 @ 3:49 pm

      Thank you, Miljana- I’m really glad to hear you enjoyed this article. You’re absolutely right about burnout and it can very easily happen when one jumps from one destination to another

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  13. Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions
    February 18, 2019 @ 2:38 am

    I really like the points you bring up in this post. I am currently traveling for about a month in between jobs, and I’m finding it both incredibly rewarding but also challenging at times. It’s not really as long-term as what you’re referring to, but I can definitely see glimpses of the things you mention in this post.

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    • dankiteski
      February 19, 2019 @ 3:53 pm

      Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience, Kevin. Taking a gap between two jobs sure can be refreshing and rewarding but you’re right, it can also get challenging, just like long-term travel.

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  14. Jean
    February 19, 2019 @ 5:02 am

    hahaha so true that you don’t love every country. And that’s totally ok. That country probably doesn’t like us either.

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    • dankiteski
      February 21, 2019 @ 12:13 pm

      I was saying that there will be times you hate your new country I didn’t refer to hating it all the time but indeed, if you show open dislike towards your new home, you can’t expect to be well-accepted there either.

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  15. Jodie
    February 19, 2019 @ 5:37 am

    I like your comment ‘to put it frankly, shit happens when you live abroad’. This is true! I lived and worked in London for 3.5 years and definitely had some tough times. People think it’s easy but it really does put you to the test! Planning including budget like you have suggested is key.

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    • dankiteski
      February 19, 2019 @ 3:58 pm

      It sure is, Jodie. Living in London for 3.5 years must have been an amazing and challenging experience at the same time

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  16. blair villanueva
    February 20, 2019 @ 6:34 am

    I haven’t take a long-travel because I still have day-job responsibility and I think am not yet ready for it. A frequent short-term travel is what I enjoy most. Its a love-hate relationship I guess 😀

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    • dankiteski
      February 21, 2019 @ 12:11 pm

      That’s interesting too 🙂 and long-term travel definitely isn’t for everyone. One should find a lifestyle that suits them and stick to it and you seem to be doing that pretty well

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