If you love to travel, you can keep going for a long time before you go home. If you’re able to find work, you could potentially travel forever. A lot of people, though, end up traveling until their money runs out. Unfortunately, some people don’t always know when to stop and go home. Or they know they need to go home, but they don’t want to face up to their financial situation when they get there. If you’ve been using traveling as an excuse to run from your finances, it’s time to settle down and get things sorted.
Start out by finding a place to settle down. That might mean choosing wherever you are now, or a favorite travel destination. More likely, you’ll go home. You might have a home waiting for you, or at least someone willing to put you up for a while. You can find somewhere to live and perhaps look for a job if you need to. If you’ve already got a home and a job to return to, you’re all sorted. Even then, it could still take a while to acclimatize to being back home if you’ve been traveling for a while.
Check Your Credit Score
Once the dust has settled, one of the first things you might want to do is check out your credit score. If you’ve been using credit cards on your travels and maybe meeting minimum payments or even missing a couple, you’ll want to make your credit a priority. If it doesn’t look good, don’t panic. You can still find ways to put things to right. You can follow this link to see some examples of credit repair companies that can help you out. It’s important to have a good credit score for a lot of things, including buying a home or taking out a loan. If your credit score looks healthy, you don’t have much to worry about.
Assess Your Income/Income Options
You might have gone traveling with the safety net of a job to return to. However, some people decide to quit their job before they leave home. If you are employed and you need to get your finances back on track, you should have a close look at how much you have coming in and the best way to budget it. But if you don’t currently have any income, that needs to be a priority. You’ll need to find some form of income as soon as you can, especially if you have debts to pay off.
Create a Budget and Financial Plan
If you have credit cards or other debts you need to pay, a good budget will help you take care of them. Start by writing down your essential expenses, like rent and food. Then you can prioritize your debts, to make sure you’re at least paying the minimum amounts each month. Look for ways to save money so you can pay off more, or perhaps, even save some money.
You can’t run from your finances forever. Eventually, you’ll need to get things sorted. If you don’t, you can forget about traveling again anytime soon.
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Sheila, a.k.a. The Solo Tripper. Former news desk editor, full-time traveler, freelance writer.