How I Turned this CRAZY, BIG DREAM into Reality

It was once just a DREAM and I made it happen.

[This post was written just as I was about to embark on a great, big adventure. These were the preparations I made but in reality, no matter how prepared I was, life continues to surprise me. I hope you find valuable information from this post.]

daretodreambigPeople often say that opportunities knock at your door when you least expect it — and I couldn’t agree more. For weeks now, I’ve been doing an endless research, reading blogs and articles, on how I can survive as a long-term traveler and the information I gathered online were overwhelming but it gave me high hopes just thinking about the endless possibilities.

When you come to the point when you’re finally ready to fall into the unknown and explore the great perhaps in the world of travelers, here’s a short list of what to do next should you find yourself disoriented:

  1. Decide which country you wish to begin and how long you will travel — be it weeks, months or years.
  2. Read articles, blog posts, online reviews, etc. that are in relation to your dream destination.
  3. Determine if you have enough resources to get you started. If you find that you don’t have enough, develop a plan that would allow you to come up with the needed resources and build your timeline around it. Expect some delays, which is perfectly normal but the important thing is, never lose sight of this dream.
  4. BOOK YOUR TICKET. (This is when sh*t gets serious because everything remains surreal until you finally book your ticket.)
  5. Get connected. Either through Couchsurfing, blogging, Facebook groups, websites catering to travels, etc.
  6. When you plan on traveling long-term, know how to survive.
    • Volunteering
    • Work Exchange
    • Couchsurfing
    • Teaching English abroad – start with acquiring a TEFL certification
    • Working remotely (online jobs) – basically revolves around Social media management, creative writing, graphic designs, and project management
    • Blogging – if you love to write and have that dream of becoming a travel blogger, setup your website through WordPress and go from there
  7. Seek advice from peers, travel bloggers or online forums to know more about your travel plans. Any information can be deemed useful but stay focused and prioritized just so you won’t get overwhelmed with too much information.
  8. Once you have enough information, start planning your itinerary. Plot out the routes you will take, tourist destinations you’d want to visit, crossing borders and getting around places. Determine number of days or weeks (or even months) you’d stay in a country.
  9. Once you have a more solid plan, start contacting couch surfers for possible accommodations, volunteering sites, work exchange opportunities, etc. Keep in mind that whatever work you do or wherever house you find yourself in to survive, it’s not about earning money or sacrificing comfort, but rather, experiencing this once in a lifetime opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the local culture.
  10. Prepare the necessary documents, including photocopy and scanned copy, that you will bring with you (i.e. passport, proof of education, bank certificate, birth certificate, valid IDs, passport photos, etc.).
  11. Spend time with family and friends, especially if you don’t know how long you’ll be gone. Cherish each moment and make lasting memories.
  12. Wait patiently until the day arrives and you’ll find yourself inside an airport, ready to take on an adventure of a lifetime. Don’t forget to keep an open mind and a happy disposition, enjoy detours, be prepared for any setbacks and just fall in love with everything good and wonderful along the way.

Planning for this adventure trip takes my dream a step closer to reality and I can’t wait any longer ’til I can finally sing:

♫♫I got my ticket for the long way round
The one with the prettiest of views
It’s got mountains, it’s got rivers
Its got sights to give you shivers… ♫♫