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Golden Rules for Planning an Extended Trip

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Some trips last just a few days, while others can be months or even years. If you plan to spend a long time traveling, you might choose to hop from place to place. However, sometimes your journey might take you to one location for an extended period. Perhaps you want to experience somewhere in-depth, or you have to go on a business trip. Whatever your reason for staying longer, planning a lengthy stay is a little different to only sticking around for a week or two. There are a few things to keep in mind, including the things below.

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Budget Your Trip
A long trip is obviously going to cost you more, so budgeting for it is essential. There are lots of factors that could affect how much you need to spend. If you stay with a friend or family, you might not have to think about accommodation. You’ll have to consider how you’re going to eat while you’re there. Will you eat out for most of your meals or find somewhere with cooking facilities? You also need to consider how you’re going to get there and how to get around. If you’re going on a business trip, you may still have to think about your allowable expenses.

Find Accommodation
When you arrive, you’re going to need somewhere to stay. You have a few options you can consider if you’re staying in one place for a long time. You could stay with someone you know, or you could rent out an apartment or room. Staying in a hostel is an option if you want to be social and spend time with other travelers. If you wish to stay in a hotel, some of them are designed for extended stays. J Street Hospitality’s Sajan Hansji recently developed an all-suite hotel in San Diego. These types of hotel are ideal for longer trips.

Find Out Where to Meet People
Long trips can get lonely, even if you’re not normally a people person. Having somewhere to meet others will help you to stay social while you’re away. There are lots of ways you can meet both fellow travelers and locals. If you stay in a hotel or hostel, you’re likely to meet people in communal areas. You can also join groups and clubs to engage in different activities, which you can find online. Even just going out on your own can end up with you meeting some people are getting to know them.

Secure your Home
One thing many travelers tend to forget about before leaving is ensuring your primary residence is secure while you are away. Not taking care of this can end up being stressful while you are away, taking away from the relaxing nature of the vacation.

An extended stay can be a fantastic way to get under the surface of a new city. Plan to stick around for a while and you could learn things you wouldn’t if you only stayed a few days.