The chasm between your dream vacation and making it a reality can seem as wide as it is deep. There are all kinds of reasons to not take the first step on your journey of a lifetime, but fewer are warranted than you might think.
Yes, there will always be a few valid excuses to not travel. Your career. Your current financial situation. If you’re single, married, or a new parent. Your pets. Your mortgage. Other competing life goals. Whatever your situation, life will give you all manner of reasons to ignore the travel bug gnawing away at you. Maybe you’ve resigned yourself to put off seeing the world until you retire. But, even when you’re grey and have all the free time in the world, you’ll still find reasons to not go.
“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey
Just pause that negative train of thought for a moment. Every bit of wisdom about travelling tells us that it enriches our lives, broadens our world view, makes us appreciate new friends and old. The number of reasons to travel, if you took the time to list them, is longer than the reasons not to. If we had to sum up what all the great minds and great adventurers have to say about globe-trotting, it would be; travel is good for the heart, mind and soul. It’s basically a vital ingredient in a happy and fulfilling life. That reason alone should be enough to convince you to take the plunge. Leaving you asking, just how you do make it happen?
The old saying, ‘there is no time like the present” couldn’t be more valid. Don’t put off researching and planning that idyllic vacation. The sooner you start finding out the possibilities, the more you’ll be motivated to make one of them happen.
It goes without saying, you will need to fund your world travel, so start saving now. Every penny you manage to set aside will go toward unforgettable life experiences. Which is far more valuable than the new pair of shoes or morning lattes.
Telling people about your travel plans isn’t bragging. Most people are lovely, and they’ll be genuinely happy for you. Sharing your ideas with them could also lead you to discover a thing or two that could help you along the way. People travel all the time or know other people who have and they could offer some great advice or tips on things to do, where to stay or who to book with.
There is also the element of making your goals real. Telling someone about your dream vacation makes it more real than just a dream or a vague plan inside your head.
These days you can find flights and package deals to destinations to suit almost any pocket. Do your due diligence with research. The world is a big place, and you can get similar experiences far away from the tourist traps and hiked up prices.
This is especially true if you’re booking on an all-inclusive package holiday. Rather than have departure and arrival dates set in stone, try to be a little more flexible. You’d be surprised how much you can save booking flights just a week earlier or later. There are tons of deals to take advantage of if you’re patient and willing to move your flight dates around a bit.
Lots of people try to fill up their vacation with multiple stops and itineraries chock full of activities and places to see. If you cram numerous countries in a few weeks, you will be exhausted and feel like all you did was rush to the next item on your to-do list. Get the most out of travel by spending more than a few days in each place you visit. Soak up the culture, get to know the area more than just the tourist sights. Mingle with the locals and go where they go. And don’t forget to try the local cuisine. Look out for queues of locals at places. You never know, you might discover you have a taste for that suspect-looking street food.
This isn’t a contradiction to the previous tip. Plan to get the most out of a destination by coming up with a list of activities you want to do, but don’t be too tied to it. Allow yourself to go with the flow. You will undoubtedly learn about other things you want to do once you’re there. Often those unforeseen, unexpected adventures are the ones that stay with you.
Create a budget and plan at least one splurge. A once off experience like an expensive meal, an out of the way attraction or activity, no matter what it is, make it memorable.
If you’re lucky enough to get to travel in your line of work, capitalize on it. If you’re taking a business trip, no matter where it is, take some vacation days and extend your stay. Even if it’s only for a few days, give yourself the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds.
Travelling alone can be daunting. If you’re not comfortable with doing it all yourself, travel groups can mitigate some of the research and planning you have to do. In a tour group, you’ll meet and make fast new friends from all over the world. Nothing bonds people together more than sharing new and exciting experiences.
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