In a society that’s so incredibly mobile, it’s easier to live your life on the go now more than ever. Your paycheck goes in via direct deposit, so no worries about where you are on payday. The bills you’ll pay with that income can be set up for automatic payment or paid via mobile. Even the job that provides that paycheck could permit you to be very flexible about where you are.
As a result, many people stay on the move a lot of the time. But just being at your home less than other people doesn’t mean you can escape all the necessities of a fixed residence.
Remember these basic things that will need to be in place to avoid an undue interruption to your enjoyable travels.
Maintain A Home
No matter how much you travel, there will still be someplace that you call home, and that means you’ll always have a few matters to attend to.
If you’re renting, make sure you have a means to get rent paid on time. An easy solution can be to leave post-dated checks with reliable friends and have them drop them with the property owner on the due date.
Another issue is the protection of your belongings. Make sure you have renters insurance to cover losses if your rented home experiences a fire, storm, or other destructive event.
Remember, the landlord’s insurance will replace the building, but that’s of no benefit to you if you’ve lost all your cool travel accessories. The items you keep inside your rental will need to be covered by your own insurance.
Balance Your Social Media
Your mom is probably pretty consistent about reminding you to call home every so often, and social media allow you to do even more than that. You can share photos and videos with not just Mom but thousands of friends and followers.
Of course, the magnitude of your ability to share can be overwhelming, so you need to keep your total exposure in check. The impact of your updates is less when they are too frequent. It can also endanger the security of your belongings back home if it’s too widely known that you are out of town, especially when you are far out of town.
Maintain Your Accessibility
If your wanderlust is matched by “movelust”–the desire to move into a new home frequently–think carefully about how you handle it. Remember that your credit score is partially based on your accessibility; if your address is changing frequently, it looks like you may be trying to hide from creditors. Frequent moves can hurt your credit in several other ways.
So while it may be tempting to bounce from one laid-back home to another, consider staying put a little longer. Or at least get a post office box to maintain a steady address.
Think About Security
That brings us to another important point. If you frequently spend long spells on the road, you need to make sure that your mail is taken care of. While you may receive and pay every bill you owe via electronic means, you’re still going to get mail of some kind–advertisements, cards from Grandma, or just plain junk.
It doesn’t necessarily matter that you didn’t receive these items the day they arrived, but if you receive your mail at home, potential burglars will note the lack of pickup on your deliveries and realize you’re out of town.
Before a prolonged trip, have a trusted friend agree to get your mail, or have the Postal Service hold everything at their office until you return.
Being a regular traveler can make for some amazing adventures that you will remember for a lifetime. As long as you take a few simple steps to keep things under control back home, the memories won’t have an accompanying dose of regret.