Tip 1: Make Traveling Your Priority
I’m always getting asked, “How can you travel so much? Where do you get all that time and money?” I’ll be honest, it’s not hard. But there is a special secret to it all. It’s called priorities. The first step to making travel happen is to plan your life around it. Take the time you need off work a few months in advance. Don’t let anything stop you from going. And skip out on spending money at that movie theatre. Use it to buy gas to explore a new place!
Tip 2: Select Your Destinations
Sometimes your travel destination will be chosen for you. For instance, you might be going to a wedding or family vacation. Use that time away to spend an extra day or two finding and adventuring in some cool new spots!
Other times you get to decide where you want to go. Select your destination based off of these questions:
- Where have you always dreamed of going?
- Where have you never been before?
- Where would you be able to experience some great weather?
Take into account how many days you have available. Never spend the majority of your trip getting to the destination. Leave ample time to enjoy the place you set out to discover!
Tip 3: Get the Best Bang for Your Buck
Inexpensive trips can be just as glorious as expensive ones. You don’t need a world-class hotel or dine at a five-star restaurant to have a great time. Airbnb is the best place to look for a cheap place to stay. Uber is sometimes quite a bit less expensive than renting a car. And GoogleMaps has all the reviews you need to find the best places to eat!
I always start saving for a trip as soon as I get back from the last one. This prepares my bank account ahead of time for the damage I wreak during my trips. I use the app Qapital to round up savings on my purchases so I have money to spare for any unplanned expenses. As well as setting aside specific funds for airfare, gas, and lodgings.
Tip 4: Take People with You
Sharing experiences is one of the most amazing things about traveling. But don’t just post pictures on social media platforms. Bring along a friend or two on your trip! You’ll see by doing this that not only are you creating even more amazing memories, but also enriching relationships. It might take a little extra work to plan everything, but it’s worth it.
If I’m not bringing anyone along with me, I like to visit my friends that live in interesting places. These trips tend to be the best. You already have a destination, a place to stay, and a friend to share the adventure with!
Tip 5: Learn to Pack
Start making a list at least a week or two before your trip. Some people like to plan even further ahead than that. But a week or so gives you enough time to make sure you can purchase or obtain the items you’ll need before departure. Camping trips usually require the most intensive lists because you’re out in the wild and you won’t have the ability to make emergency purchases. But even a trip to a new city requires some packing. Whatever you do, don’t forget your phone charger!
Packing well takes practice. But the more you travel, the easier it gets. Just remember to:
- Pack for the weather
- Pack for the length of your trip, and
- Pack good shoes
This is just a start. Making traveling a part of my lifestyle is one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. If you want to enrich your life, ease that wanderlust, or start writing your own story, start with travel. It makes all the difference.
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