Some people wonder how some of their peers, colleagues or friends are able to travel more often than themselves. They experience more, they get out of their weekly routines and all-day lives more often, are able to broaden their horizons much faster than you may do. But what makes the difference? Is there any kind of “life hack” that they use, and you are simply not familiar with it?
Let’s don’t fool ourselves: Some people may gain more financial support from their loved ones, i.e. parents, or they can budget their trips with their partner, or they do travel with more people. But how can you travel more frequently, even alone, while you might be stuck with your workloads and your other responsibilities? Let’s break it down and give you a perception shift.
1. What are your priorities?
First and foremost: What are your priorities in life? Do you want to travel a lot, and yet, you spend all your energy, time and money on doing other things, such as clubbing or in a sea of consumption? You don’t need a 10.000 monthly income to travel more often. Get rid of this idea you need a higher income to travel more. It’s true it makes things easier for you.
But often times we see people having a high income, earning a bunch of money more than we do, and yet, they don’t feel fulfilled, are in the depths of their credit card debts or simply don’t find the time. Because it’s not their priority to travel more.
Make a decision: If you want to explore more of this world, you ought to fast something in return. That is, you no longer do, buy or consume the things that take large portions of your income or your time.
Having a sense of clarity is often times the first step that is required what you want most of this life.
2. Financial responsibilities: Preparation, planning and budgeting!
As an undergraduate student, I wanted to see and explore the world. In my second-year, I saw many places around the world. While I didn’t earn a lot of money, I constantly chose travelling over consumption and shopping. I prepared and laid out a budget on how to spend and use my money on a monthly basis. I saved up large portions of my income, just for travelling alone. That enabled me to travel hassle free, without relinquishing comfort or some luxury.
Now, some people may argue: “But listen, I have too many responsibilities. I’d like to but I simply can’t!”
The thing with budgeting is that you don’t need to save up large portions of your income or earnings for travelling. Your focus should be to create experiences, regardless of how long you travel or how much you can spend. Create memories. Even a weekend trip in your home country can enrich you. The question is: Are you willing to do the work and to determine how much you want to spend on what area of your life and how much you can save up for your travels?
3. Plan in weeks and months ahead
Unless your job doesn’t demand from you a high degree of flexibility, you can still plan and prepare your travels months ahead. If you are clear where and when you want to go, book in advance! Make this your priority. You don’t need to excuse or explain yourself for those decisions. It’s your life! What other people choose to do doesn’t necessarily mean it’s also good for you.
If you plan and book in advance, you can still save some money on flight fares and accommodations. Those two are the costliest components of your travels, so doing the thorough research in the first place can rescue you from getting upset of higher flight fares and accommodation prices.
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