It’s a new year and perhaps you took a piece of paper and jotted down some resolutions. Maybe you didn’t even take it that far. Maybe it was a conversation with a few friends just before midnight on New Years Eve. There’s something you want though and you don’t know how to get it. You want to travel. It’s something you’ve wanted to do for so long but you don’t know how.
Here are 10 things you can do to start traveling:
- Take the maximum number of vacation days allowed by your employer. Americans get less vacation time than anyone else in the world. And then they don’t take it. Days. Weeks. Months. “Banked.” If you want to travel, start by taking the maximum amount of vacation time allowed by your employer.
- Can’t afford it? Go on regular date nights with your spouse? Dinner and a movie every Friday night? At a minimum I bet you’re spending $75. Minimum. For 6 weeks skip the dinner out and a movie. Go out for a cup of coffee and a long chat. Make dinner together at home. Be creative. For 6 weeks do your date night on a budget of $15 and bank the other $60. Right there you’ve got $360 toward travel. Do it for 12 weeks and you’ve got $720.
- Go camping. We used to think we weren’t campers. But here’s what happened: we had an unquenchable desire to travel and lacked the budget to stay in
4-star hotels… 3-star hotels, heck, any hotel and be able to travel as much as we wanted to. So we started camping.
- Change the way you think about travel. Transition from thinking about travel as “vacation” to travel as “life with a different backdrop.” When you look at it that way, travel isn’t as expensive as you might think. You eat at home. You buy fuel for you car at home. So when you do those things while traveling you’re not really spending money you would not be spending otherwise.
- Don’t let not having enough money for the perfect trip keep you from taking a great trip.
- House-swap. Thanks to Facebook and social networking we all have friends all over the world. Connect with a friend and do a house-swap. We already have an international house-swap planned for next year.
- Don’t know who to do a house-swap with? What about family and friends who live in really cool places who’d be willing to have you bunk up with them for a week? Just be a good house-guest! Bring flowers or take your hosts to dinner one night.
- Be open to going anywhere. If you’re set on going to just one place you really limit your ability to score a great deal. Instead just say that you’re willing to go anywhere (even better if you can go anytime) and look for awesome deals from places like Groupon.
- Maybe your situation is such that you really can’t get away. Divorces, custody battles, whatever — life can be… shall we say “challenging.” If it really is that difficult to get away start taking day trips close to home. Travel is a state of mind. Even when you’re close to home make life an adventure and explore new places. And if you have a desire to start traveling around the world start by traveling at home!
- Make travel a priority. Everything in life is a trade-off. Whatever we have we have because we have wanted it more than something else. If you have a fancy car in your driveway you have it because you valued the car more than the time it took you to make the money to pay for it. So if you really do want to travel, make it a priority. And then talk about it all the time. Buy a book about Paris. Start reading blogs written by people living in Thailand. And your mind will go to work on how you too can travel and see the world.
What am I missing? Any great tips you can share?
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