When you travel a lot, people often ask how you do it. They say that they don’t have the time or the money and that they wish they could travel like you could. It’s true that some people really don’t have the time or money to travel, but many people could come up with both if they wanted to. If you have travel dreams, they don’t have to be dreams forever. They can become reality if you’re willing to work towards it. And it could be a lot easier and less expensive than you imagine it might be.
When I went to Morocco I paid less than 100 EUR for a round-trip ticket from Riga. And a few days ago I bought round trip tickets to Georgia for less than 50 EUR. Sometimes you pay more for eating out, don’t you? So I wouldn’t believe you if you said you are not traveling because of tight finances. If you dream of traveling and you feel it is about time to do it, start with these 4 steps below:
1. Define Your Dreams
Before you start traveling, think about what your dreams actually are. Sometimes, you can realize that your dreams are too influenced by expectations or by what other people think are the ultimate travel goals. If ticking off the usual travel bucket list doesn’t appeal to you, you can make your own dreams…
Don’t want to go to the top of the Empire State Building? Why not find a beautiful spot in upstate New York instead? If you don’t fancy going to Paris, maybe you’d prefer a long-distance walk or cycle trip through France. Write down some of your goals, both long-term and short-term. For me it is mountains. Whenever you put me in front of a mountain, I would smile like a little girl and wish to never leave. No fancy hotels or spa retreats, just the mountains, nature and me.
2. Find Cheaper Ways to Travel
Travel doesn’t need to be expensive. You might think that you can’t afford to go traveling, but you almost certainly can. Firstly, you can make an effort to save up. It might mean cutting back in some other areas, but the sacrifices are worth it to fulfill your dreams. It’s also about making your money go further. Find cheaper deals, from airport parking from AirportParkingHelper to package deals on vacations. Instead of waiting until you think you have the money to go traveling, think of what you can do with the money you have. Would you rather save for another few months to afford a better trip, or take off on an adventure now? Of course, there are some trips that are worth waiting for. But as I said before, plane tickets are often cheaper than you would ever expect.
3. Start Small
If you want to start traveling, you don’t have to immediately go on a round-the-world trip. Forget about the notion that local travel isn’t really traveling. Even if you just travel an hour or two away, you can still gain some great new experiences. Travel isn’t all about where you go; it’s also about what you choose to do. Small and local trips are affordable and will ease you into traveling gently. This was a surprise for me too. Before traveling to other countries, I always do some small trips in my own country and I get surprised by its’ own beauty. If you don’t believe me, just look at these pictures.
4. Combine Planning and Spontaneity
Excellent planning can help you to make your travels run smoothly. It’s a good way to make the most of your money and your time. But for some planning can be the last thing they want to do. No worries, because sometimes it’s a good idea to be spontaneous and do things when you feel like it. If you spot a deal for a couple of nights’ away this weekend, why not grab the opportunity to go? (In fact, this is what I do most of the time.) It’s not always easy to just drop everything, but you should take the opportunity to do so when you can. That is the reason why I bought the tickets to Georgia 2 days ago, but my flight is already this Sunday. It is very exciting, to say the least.
If you want to learn how to play piano, you have to start playing the piano. If you want to start traveling, you have to actually start to travel. Start making some changes if you want to reach your goals.
Georgia, I am coming for you!