Whether you’re on the job market or at school, you’ve probably made several short-term trips and you’ve probably found that it’s not long enough. Preferably, you would have gone longer. It is therefore common to hear people say that they would like, at least once in their life, to take a long trip and take a sabbatical year. On the other hand, it is very important to study the pros and cons of the long trip before making this drastic decision.
No time constraints
What better than to take the time to explore a country at a more relaxed pace without being pressed for time! Well, we must still respect the duration of the visa, but as it often allocates us a minimum of three weeks in the country, it gives us enough time to enjoy the destination to the rhythm that we like.
Less expensive travel
Certainly, the cost of a plane ticket is never given. But when you travel long-term, you do not have to constantly go back and forth. Instead, we always shop for single trips to nearby destinations. Sometimes the plane is not even necessary. Just take a bus to the neighboring country. This means that we spend less money to go from one place to another.
Being in a country longer also means having more opportunities to meet the locals and learn more about their culture, to understand the customs and habits of the locals and to be able to share our experiences. Something that is harder to do when you have to move quickly on a short-term trip.
What is the most difficult is the distance that separates us from our loved ones. This is even more true when traveling alone. Yes, we meet new people along the way, but it is the links with people who already know us that we miss after a long period of time. Luckily, we live in a world where it is possible to make video calls. The physical contact is not at the rendezvous, but it still helps a lot.
Every country has its own little character and is proud of it: the highest waterfall, the most beautiful beach, the tallest tower, etc. After a while, we realize that there are similarities no matter where we are and the wonder that we are supposed to feel when we visit a new country fade away. It’s sad to say, but it’s the truth!
Basically there might be involved a lot of preparation in long-term trip, read the complete article about the advantages and disadvantages of long term travel regardless of where you want to travel.