After 5 months in California, I spent the last day of my visit to my hometown at the beach in Oxnard. Hours later, I took my last flight of the year, and I’m now in Belize. I’ve been looking forward to this adventure for a long time, and for the next three months, I’ll be roaming around Central America and Mexico.
I’ve traveled alone before, but this will be my first extended solo trip. I don’t really have a set plan on where I want to go. (I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments and I hope you will subscribe to my blog to stay up to date with my travels.)
2017 was a wonderful year for me, full of ups and downs and plenty of laughs. I quit my job in Hawaii, which had been my home for the last three years. I spent time in California catching up with friends and family and learned so much about myself after I broke my ankle in September during a trip to Crater Lake. It was my first major injury and I appreciate my body and take care of it so much more now.
Yesterday I finished packing my carry-on suitcase and backpack for the trip and spent the rest of the day with my mom, sister, and 5-month-old nephew Niko. It was such a beautiful day and Niko’s first visit to the beach. He loved it and so did I!
I didn’t bring very much with me on this trip, but I think it should be enough. I put together a checklist of things to do before any big trip. I would love to hear what you do before you travel.
Things to do before any big trip.
- Tell your friends and family where you’re going and how long you plan to stay there. Let them know how they can get a hold of you.
- Make copies of your Passport, credit cards, and other important documents and hide them in every bag you bring. This way, you’ll have a backup if something is lost or stolen. If everything you brought with you goes missing, then cry. Just kidding. Bring a lock with you.
- Buy Travel Insurance. I bought the Explorer package from World Nomads. It was $100 more than the standard plan, but I feel protected in case of an emergency.
- Find out if you will need a visa to any of the countries you’re visiting. Also not a bad idea to check the local news happening in the country you plan on visiting. Check to see if there are any holidays where things shut down, so you don’t get stuck. (When I was in Bali a few years ago, we had to stay in our hotel the entire day because of a holiday that didn’t allow anyone to leave for the day.)
- Figure out what plan to get for your phone. I called AT&T to add an international plan, but they told me Belize isn’t included in the plan, so that wouldn’t really work for me. My phone is unlocked so I’ll get a sim card if I need one. Wifi is usually available in most hotels, restaurants or businesses.
- Forward your mail and cancel any subscriptions like Amazon Prime. Don’t get stuck paying for something you don’t plan to use.
Let me know if I forgot something and I’ll add it to the list for the next trip!
A hui hou,