Do you have a dream vacation or simply want to go home for the holidays, but never seem to be able to pull it off? There are ways to take your travel dreams off the back burner and make them into solid travel plans. Nowadays, people of all ages and financial levels are making the choice to travel now, rather than wait for the perfect time to arrive. Join their ranks and start creating travel memories with these four considerations.
- Choose Your Destination. Planning where you want to go allows you to line up all the other necessary details to make your travel dreams come true. You’ll want to have more money and time on-hand if you plan to travel overseas. Whereas, travel within the country can be enjoyed for as little as a few hundred dollars. If you want to build up your travel confidence and feel secure in the fact that you can indeed enjoy traveling, start off small and work your way up to bigger vacations.
- Your Homework. Before you request time off, plan a sabbatical or sell off your possessions and embark on long-term travel, do your homework to learn more about your destination. For instance, you can enjoy a driving vacation up the East Coast, but the best time to go is in autumn when the colors are ablaze. Read up on or conduct internet searches on your chosen destination so you can avoid potential vacation disasters, such as monsoon season in Thailand, and capitalize on special seasons, such as wine season in Napa Valley.
- Pad Your Budget. Lack of money is often the one single factor that prevents people from traveling. This is where a little bit of creativity can go a long way. Save money for travel by earning extra income. Host a monthly garage sale to earn the cash needed, or sell unwanted items on Craigslist or eBay. You can also take on a seasonal job or participate in paid clinical trials to help you fund your next vacation.
- Travel Light. Those who haven’t traveled much often make the mistake of trying to bring everything but the kitchen sink. Although you should bring the essentials—such as proper clothing, toiletries and any special gear needed for your trip—try to abstain from bringing too much. Plan to mix and match your clothing so you can wear it multiple times, instead of bringing a fresh outfit for every day. Not only can this add up to a heavy suitcase that you’re stuck carting around, it can also cost you an excess baggage fee.
More than likely, you’ll enjoy your time away so much that you’ll want to do it more. Some people have achieved this by negotiating with their employers to work remotely, allowing them to travel more often and take their work along. Even if this isn’t an option for you, you can still get your travel fix with mini-vacations throughout the year, as well as exploring your hometown like a tourist. However you do it, make travel and exploration a regular part of your life, and you’ll find the rewards benefit you in more ways than you realized they would. Happy travelling!