BMT 050: Planning, Preparing, and Packing for Long-Term Travel with Adrian Ann

Planning for Long Term Travel

Join me as I chat with Adrian Ann, who has been on the road for two years, about the ins and outs of preparing for long term travel and making it happen.

Her wanderlust started early, fueled by studying abroad in her college years until she felt such a strong urge to pack up and leave that she did just that. Her journey began in Asia, and in this episode, we hear about the steps she took to shift her life from apartment living to backpack living in a country that doesn’t speak English.

About Adrian Ann

Who is Adrian? She is a 29 year old who is originally from Seattle, Washington. She started traveling internationally at 16 when she moved abroad as an exchange student to Australia. It took another 10 years to figure out how to move abroad again though.

At 27, she started out in Cambodia, moved to Taiwan for a few months, and then went back to Cambodia as it had stolen her heart. After teaching 2nd grade in Phnom Penh for a while, she decided it was time to start exploring more of the world and switched her career to a permanent traveler. She runs Adrian’s Travel Tales, a Solo World Adventure Travel Blog, and creates videos of her travels too.

Episode 50 Show Notes

Preparing for long term travel

Step 1. Figure out finances, if you don’t have enough money, find a job overseas.

Adrian’s program: Language Corps

Step 2. Make a list of what’s tying you down.

Adrian’s list: car payment (kept paying until she sold the car), lease (did not renew), and all of her things, which she ended up giving away

Step 3. GO!

Adrian’s advice: “Nothing is permanent. If you try something and it doesn’t work out, you can always go back or try something new.

Packing advice: Adrian carries a 65 + 10 Osprey Pack and a small day pack, both of which she carries on as much as possible. Buy things you need overseas, get your collection down to what you really need, not just the things you want. It’s a good idea to look at airline restrictions before you travel so you don’t get caught paying exorbitant fees at the airport.

Adrian’s website:

Related: Packing for Long Term Travel in a Carry On

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