How to prepare
Tips and tricks about planning your trip, what do you need to have, hints about booking. Information you must know before you are leaving.
Planning a long trip is not easy. Three months it’s a long time and many things can happen and you must be prepared for almost anything. First of all, you must know where do you want to travel, after that you must look after conditions of entry on the territory in countries that you want to visit (if you need visa, how much cost, how many days are you allowed to stay, etc.), you must know about political climate (for your safety), weather.
You can choose to book a trip from an agency, could be much easier for you but it will cost you more. If you want to go by yourself, you must start planning months ahead because it will take a while, and you need to gather all the information before you arrive there. First of all (after you made a list of countries that you want to visit) is to search flight tickets. You can find plenty of search engine like Kiwi, Momondo, Skyscanner. Make sure your visa is approved in time before you leave. After all that you can look for accommodation anywhere you like.
It’s important to get travel insurance. For us was a little bit difficult to find a travel insurance for three months but is not impossible if you are a good researcher and you have patience. For your safety and heath, you must never forget about your the vaccines. Some of countries aren’t so well developed and the sanitary system could have troubles solving some heath issues like some viruses. We recommend using World Nomad
And of course you must know about climate because could be winter, could be rainy season or dry season, could be more issues but you must know about it.
In every country political climate could be a big issues for a traveler. Before leaving you must know if it’s safe to travel, if there are some political conflicts, how big extremists influence is and if there are terrorist attacks.
You must be careful when you are talking in public with local about sensitive subjects, better avoid that kind of conversation.
Also you must be respectful with their culture, tradition, confession. Don’t be rude and disrespectful like Logan Paul (I did’t knew about him until Japan episode).
Never leave home without an health insurance. It’s for your own safety and it’s perfect for accidents or emergencies. For us, finding an insurance for three months was a little bit difficult but not impossible. When you are looking for insurance, make sure it includes plenty of options like a dental insurance, lost baggage and even trip cancellation.
If you are traveling in Asia you must be immunized. We recommend this list of vaccines : Adult polio booster, Tetanus / Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever and Malaria medication if you are visiting the jungle areas and If you have any health issue, you must be in touch with your insurance company to help you with best advices for you.
You must always know the travel conditions from your country to the countries about to go.. In most of countries you get a visa on arrival for free and you are allowed to stay between 30 to 90 days.
But in other countries could be tricky. In Shanghai we knew we are allowed to stay only 72 hours with transit visa, but when we arrived it was for 144 hours. We would had love to stay more but we already bought our flight tickets so we couldn’t change our plans.
If you are planning on getting a Visa on Arrival in Vietnam you need to get a Visa Approval Letter (notice this is not a VISA) this is only a letter that grants you entry into the country at the airport and it’s used to get the VISA on arrival once you get there.
The Approval Letter can be obtained online from multiple websites, I’ve personally used https://vietnamvisa.govt.vn/ for a fee of course depending on the urgency you have.
For us we picked 2 days delivery and we actually got in 5 hours.
At the airport you will be requested to show a printed version of the Approval Letter and once you get in Vietnam at the airport you will have to go though Visa on Arrival process where you will have to pay the 25$ Visa Fee but not for every country from what we noticed. For example we didn’t have to pay but other people had to pay.
In Thailand Visa on Arrival costs 2000 Baths or about 60$ per person, so when you leave your country better have that money with you, they only take bath and no other currency. There is a exchange there but the exchange rate is extremely bad and you can end up paying almost 3000 Bath for the Visa.
For India it was really easy to get an E-visa but you must be careful from which website to apply, must be legit, because are plenty of fake website that could take your money and you have no Visa. We recommand to apply just on this link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html Is the only one who we consider legit because to indian goverment.
Now everyone loves or hates a different flight company. Why i choose kiwi it’s the ease of search for cheap flights.
It allows you to build multi-city travel if you are like us and you like to travel multiple places in a single trip you can easily manage it here. Go check it out
Few days ago they also added a new function for cheap travels called Nomad which allows you to add layovers and many other things you can use the bottom form to get there.
Other Features you might enjoy:
1. No more day by day search one click and you can see prices for entire months
2. Direct Tickets no more commisions
3. Map display of cheapest flights around you
4. Date Range or Time of Stay it will automatically search for cheapest flight back between 1-30 days of your choose
It is by no doubt the most used app but in my opinion is has multiple flaws, two of them being they do not sell tickets directly they only take commissions from sale that means a lot of times the prices are actually higher then they suppose to be and the ability to only search one day at a time which will take a long time to find the flight you want.
This one is free and independent search engine for flights, hotels and car rental and is doing the same job as Skyscanner. We didn`t use too much but is helpfull and easy to use.
This is usually my first go to check app before going to a new city either to get an idea of what i can get and sometimes i find really good deals especially on group deals. Best part is that a lot of users actually give discounts if you stay more then 3 – 7 days up to 30 – 50% off.
They also offer experiences but i usually find them kinda overpriced for my budget but who knows maybe you will be the one to find something interesting.
If this is your first time using Airbnb i 100% suggest using my referral url to receive 35$ for your first trip it may actually bring you 2 – 3 days for free. This only applies if your first booking is over 65$.
CouchSurfing is a hospitality and social networking service accessible via a website and mobile app. Members can use the service to arrange homestays, offer lodging and hospitality, and join events. Everything for free.
But most important is that you get to stay with locals, most of them will go out with you, share food or at least tell you the best places to visit in town.
We’ve personally hosted over 50 people / couples from over 30 countries but i will not always find a spot to stay so it’s a double edge sword plan ahead.
Also the best part of the app is that it allows you to meet with locals even if they don’t stay at your place just go hang out get some drinks or party you choose.
Agoda is one of the cheapest hotel booking around, i’ve personally used it a few times especially in emergency situations like in Abu Dhabi when i learned it’s cheaper to book a hotel room then actually leave your bags at the airport.
They offer daily new deals and coupons for different cities and travel spots so always keep and eye on them. They usually are around 5% – 20% off the final price.
With over 2 million places to stay, they cater to every type of trip – and every type of traveller. Each day, more than 1,200,000 rooms are reserved on their platforms. Customers can instantly book their perfect place to stay quickly and easily with Booking.com, without booking fees and backed up by their price match promise. Assistance and support is available in over 40 languages, any time of the day or night via their customer experience team.
While everyone knows what Uber is, it’s definitely the most popular and you can find it all over the world.
The advantages of using Uber is to learn how much the fare will cost you to get there and this way the taxi mafia cannot cheat you by asking double or triple the fare.
But if you intend to use Uber and you are new to it here is a referral code and you will get 6$ off your first ride
If you are traveling around Asia this will be you second app to have in your pocket, while most of the time will be cheaper then Uber it also integrates with google maps for easy pick up and drop. But the best thing is food delivery supported in most Asian countries.
Now there are some countries with their own apps that they will be mostly be using then international ones. The advantage it’s that it will always be cheaper then Uber or Grab, the downsize is that not all the drivers will speak English. Here is a small list but before you go into a country check if there is an taxi app for that country.
Prepare your luggage
For a long trip you must carry a lot of stuff. Make sure you will put in only what you need and buy only small version of your favorite products.
You must take proper clothes for different climate and good quality shoes, also you must carry a small pharmacy on you, like pain killers, pills for motions sickness, sanitary alcohol, mosquito repellent, sun protection cream, patches and so on.
If you are two person traveling it’s enough to have two backpacks and two small two trolleys. You just need patience when you are folding your clothes. We had winter clothes also, because in Shanghai was cold, in Tokyo it snowed and in Taipei was raining all the time.
For your memories i’m sure you want to take pictures, record your experience. And for that you need some tools. We got plenty of tools like camera, an Samsung NX 300, a GoXtreme Action Camera(it’s much cheaper than a GoPro Hero 4 and quality is the same), a Gimbal Feiyu G5 for GoXtreme as stabilizer, a waterproof case also for GoXtreme. You need also an travel plug adapter. If you don’t have any idea about it you can look on gallery below.