When you feel the stresses of your everyday life consuming you, it’s time to take a break. Though weekend getaways and staycations can be a subtle way to unwind, sometimes going on the lam or taking an extended break from the monotony of life can really boost your spirits. If long-term travel is something you’re considering, be sure that things are handled at home to prevent being stressed while you’re away. Here are a few things you’ll need to do.
You’ll be away from your home for several weeks or months and this heightens the likelihood that your home could become burglarized. Taking a few security measures to ensure your home will be intact while you’re away and when you return, consider the following:
· Install a home security system with monitoring services. If you already have a system, make sure that you notify your home security company that you’ll be away for a while, so they can keep a close eye on your home.
· Install security lights or put lights on a timer to give off the impression that you’re home to deter thieves from the property.
· Put subscriptions such as magazines or newspapers on hold to avoid a pile at your front door
· Use an online mail forwarding service for instant access to sensitive or timely documents
· Remove spare keys from their hiding spots and instead, provide them to people who can check on the house periodically.
· Hire a landscaping company to tend to the lawn as an unkempt lawn lets people know you’re not home.
If you have a pet that won’t be traveling with you, you’ll want to make accommodations. While it’s okay to leave them at home for a day or so, being gone for several months could result in you coming home to a wrecked home. There are, of course, a few options available for pet care. This includes sending your pet to a daycare for an extended stay or asking a friend or family member to pet sit for you. If they don’t have the space on their own, you might consider offering your home. This way, they can take care of your dog while also keeping an eye on your home.
Whether you’re going out on some sort of leave or you have saved up a few weeks of vacation pay, when you’ll be away for several weeks, you need to make sure that your finances have been taken care of. A few things to complete include:
· Pay any bills that will be due while you’re away (or set up automatic bill pay so that you don’t come home to overdue bills and late fees)
· Suspend services to save money like streaming, cable, or magazine subscriptions
· Make sure that you’ll have enough money to survive while you’re away. There are a lot of misconceptions about going on the lam, like the fact that it’s more affordable, but the truth is you still need to budget.
· Consider looking for ways to earn money while traveling abroad. That way, if you go over budget on what you have saved you won’t end up far away from home and broke.
Unless you intend on taking your car with you on your journey, you’ll want to make sure it’s in a safe space. For instance, parking your car in the garage, instead of on the street, will ensure that you don’t get ticketed, towed, or robbed. If you don’t have a location to store your car, you might consider asking a friend, family member, or neighbor. You could also rent garage space until you return.
There’s a lot to get in order before you go on hiatus for a while, but it needs to be done. Your home is your foundation and although you might be trying to escape now, you eventually want to return and have it be just the way you left it. Make sure that you make home security a top priority on your list of things to do and, of course, tie up loose ends like mail forwarding, finances, and your pets.