I can only salute and approve your decision to travel more this year!
Now, I'm here to make sure that you actually go on all the trips you want.
Time flies and quite often we don’t find enough of it to realize our travel goals for the year.
It's a shame, and a lack of time is a poor excuse not to travel. I'm not saying that you should travel when you're broke.
But if you're serious about traveling more, do more than just say it.
Use of these easy techniques and you'll have made a big step toward your goal:achieve all the trips you’ve set yourself for the new year.
1. Make a list
Write yourself a list of the places you want to visit throughout the year with the respective time periods and keep a copy of it on your desktop. The visual prompt will help you stay on point with your goals and will also allow you to better plan your travels.
If it really matters to you, don't just make a list that will stay on your desk or buried somewhere at home. Put the list in a place where you will see it everyday, like the door of your fridge.
This way, you list also acts as a reminder of your goal, something that is always present in your mind to some extent.
2. Devote a Pinterest board to travel
You may not be a huge social media fan. But you don't need to be extremely active on them to find that they can turn out to be useful.
But it's Pinterest that is more likely to help you achieve your travel goals for the year.
Dedicate a board to travel as a source of inspiration. Browse through the incredible images fellow travelers post from all over the world. This will act as another reminder of why you want to explore those places for yourself and feed your hunger for adventure.
3. Start a savings account
Open up a savings account right now and commit a portion of your monthly income to it. You’ll be surprised how quickly your piggy bank travel fund increases.
I'm actually very old fashioned for this: I have an actual piggy bank where I put all of my coins. I only keep bills on me. It's lighter and I save money almost every day!
Here's the great part:
If these coins are not in your wallet, you won't spend them and you'll realize that you don't need to spend them on stupid stuff. You'll be glad to have saved them to travel.
4. Invest in an annual travel insurance
Travel insurance is the sort of investment that you hope you'll never have to use.
But because it's an investment, it forces you to take action! I don't know about you, but I hate wasting money.
A travel insurance will help you will feel protected when you’re out exploring the vast worldly territories.
Just be aware that not everything is covered by a travel insurance. Don't fall for this common belief.
5. Know when to travel and when to buy
It is crucial that you plan your journey ahead. Be mindful of when you want to travel and invest in your transport ahead of time. You want to go running with the bulls in Pamplona in July, no problem. Just don’t wait till the last minute to get cheap tickets.
Start by setting up a price alert for the places you want to go to. I recommend using Hopper, one of my favorite travel apps to save money on flight tickets.
Research when is the best time to visit your destination. And try to commit to certain deadline: for instance, if you want to travel in June, commit to having bought your tickets by the end of March.
6. Buy a world map
A map can act the same as Pinterest. It's a constant reminder that there is a whole world to explore.
Get a map and start thinking of the possibilities. We live in a vast world and the more you know about your next destination the more excitement it will bring you when you get to experience it for yourself.
You can even get yourself a scratch map so you can keep track of your adventures. Many can be found on Amazon at all price ranges. And it's definitely a step toward becoming a traveler.
7. Have a yard sale
Well, it doesn’t have to be an actual yard sale, but take the time to sell the things in your home that have been collecting dust for years.
The savings fund that you started will appreciate the extra investment that you’ll make from the sales.
It worked miracles for me:
I saw it as both a way to get rid of stuff I had no use for and making more money. Psychologically, I think it helps you realize that you're better off collecting experiences rather than things.
8. Subscribe to a volunteering platform
That's an optional step, obviously.
However, do not neglect it. Some organization help travelers with a good heart do some good abroad, in exchange for free accommodation.
Set-up a volunteer account to websites such as Workaway, Helpx and WWOOF. This is a great way to experience different cultures from a firsthand perspective while saving on accommodation.
9. Don’t be scared of what’s deemed dangerous
Often there are misconception about certain countries in the world that are resultant from false information provided by the media. Don’t be intimidated by this fact.
Do your own research, don’t be scared by what the masses say, often these places will prove to be exotic gems full of wanders.
The travelers behind Lost With Purpose, one of my favorite travel blogs, make a point of visiting countries who suffer from bad publicity.
It's not that there aren't any risk to travel. It's that there are risks everywhere: your destination is probably no more dangerous than where you live. Dare to see for yourself.
10. Just do it
Nike much? On to the point, commit to it and don’t make up any excuses. Travel is more accessible than it ever has. You can almost do it for free and by almost I mean entirely. Now open a new tab and start exploring what your next destination will be!
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