Planning a luxury cruise around the world soon? The Internet offers tons of advice on packing everything from ball gowns and tuxedos to specialty gadgets like world clocks and high-tech translation devices. Your travel agent is undoubtedly a superior resource for determining which weather conditions you’ll need to prepare for and the activities you’ll possibly want to engage in at the various ports encountered during such a lengthy excursion. There are also a number of very pressing tasks that you’ll want to complete before you set sail in order to help you have the most rewarding adventure possible.
Is Anybody Home?
If you’re leaving pets behind, instead of boarding them and taking them out of their comfort zone consider having someone stay with them or at least check in on them daily while you are away. The same goes for teenagers and elderly relatives. Although the latter may assure you that they’re more than capable of staying home alone, hiring a college student or a professional caretaker may be the best way to ensure that your home continues to run smoothly while you travel.
Automate Your Household Bills
A cruise around the world can range anywhere from 45 days to 365 days (yes, some people actually live a cruise lifestyle 24/7/365). On average though, a world cruise lasts anywhere from 90 to 115 days. With this in mind, it is a good idea to automate your household bills so that you can be as carefree as possible while exploring new frontiers. Don’t wait until the last minute either. Set your banking and billing accounts up for online payments at least 60 days in advance to ensure that your automated systems are working properly by the time you depart.
Shut it Down
Prior to your departure (and if no one will be staying in your home), consider which utility services you can afford to turn off while you are traveling, such as gas and water. Not only will doing so save you money, but may also help to avoid property damage caused by mishaps like frozen pipes, broken water heaters and the like. You may be tempted to also disconnect your electricity, but this isn’t advisable for security reasons. Instead, just remember that an ‘off’ switch doesn’t mean that an appliance isn’t using electricity (hence why your microwave still keeps time when not in use), so simply unplug things like your gaming consoles, televisions, electric stove and so on.
Ask a local plumber whether it is a good idea to shut your water completely off or leave it on during an extended absence (advice on doing so varies according to where you live). If you decide to leave your water on, however, remember to have someone whom you trust enter your home for general maintenance such as flushing your toilets at least once per week and running water through your sinks for a few minutes during each visit. Doing so helps keep your pipes in good working condition for your eventual return.
Think about also putting services such as Netflix and your landline telephone on hold unless someone is staying at your house. Don’t get carried away with putting services on hold, however, as there may be a downside to doing so. Think carefully about what’s needed and what you’re certain no one will need to use while you are away. For example, if you are using an email service provided by your ISP, be aware that turning your Internet off may affect your email delivery.
Spread the Word
Notify your credit card companies about your travel plans. Specifically, share the dates in which you intend to be in specific countries. It is not unusual for world travelers to experience frustration after a credit card company has suspended a card’s use pending a security investigation simply because a credit card company did not know that a cardholder was traveling and suspected that the card may have been stolen, instead. When dealing with different time zones and limited communication options, a card snafu is the last thing that you want to deal with during your luxury vacation.
Don’t Forget Your Taxes
If you’ll be traveling during tax season, please give your accountant or even the IRS a call first. Ask for the best advice on filing due to your specific travel situation. Request an extension if you think you’ll need one or perhaps consider paying your taxes in advance. It may even behoove you to overpay now and request a refund later just to avoid penalties.
Find a Travel Companion
While you’re sure to meet lots of interesting people on your vacation, you may also want to find a cruising buddy before you leave. There are niche websites dedicated to matching solo travelers with others whether solely for platonic one-on-one companionship or for group connections. You may even want to spend several months before you leave looking for a romantic connection by joining a millionaire club to meet other well-off singles looking for love and companionship . While a world cruise isn’t recommended for a first date experience, you may find yourself among the many other lucky individuals who’ve found love on a dating site. A few months away from everyone and everything is an awesome bonding experience for new couples who appreciate adventure, travel and the sumptuous service found on a multi-country cruise.
You’ve Only Just Begun…Your Research
These tips are offered as a starting point to help you prepare for your luxury world cruise. However, there’s much more to learn such as the most recommended over-the-counter medications you’ll want to take with you, how to make your cruise cabin feel like home and the best recommendations for expedited visa services. Your cruise line and your travel agent are great starting points, but don’t forget that Google is also your friend. Specifically, seek out blogs, discussion forums and articles written by seasoned world cruise travelers. Lean into the process, gather all of the information you can and prepare to enjoy yourself on the luxury cruise of a lifetime!