Inspiration

It’s time to make your travel dreams a reality.

This trip to Kauai started out as nothing more than an idea.

Have you been wanting to travel but just haven’t gotten around to actually doing it for one reason or another? Perhaps you don’t have the money or you have other things that have been getting in your way.

It’s time to make your travel dreams a reality.

Where have you been wanting to go? What have you been wanting to do? There’s no time like the present to start taking steps to make your travel dreams a reality.

Here’s what I want you to do…grab a pen and paper. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Ok, do you have the pen and paper? Write down your travel dream. It could be anything. It could be cruising the country in an RV. It could be relaxing on a tropical beach in Tahiti. It could be trekking through the Andes. It could be shopping in Paris. This is YOUR dream. Don’t worry about the logistics at this point. All you’re doing is writing down what you want to do on a piece of paper.

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My Australian travel dream took a lot of planning and saving, but it was 100% worth it.

Ok, so now that you’ve done that, you need to figure out what it takes to get there. Don’t be frightened off by the cost. Just figure it out. Figure out flights, hotels, rental car, trains, spending money, dining out, tours, anything you think you’ll need to spend money on while traveling. Add those numbers up and you’ve got your goal.

Now, look at your finances. What areas could you cut spending? I’m not going to lecture you about brewing your own coffee instead of buying $4 lattes at Starbucks every day. That’s the same dumb financial advice every article gives you. Instead, I’m going to tell you to look at your spending and find out where you might be able to cut spending a little. Sure, if you’re actually spending money on $4 lattes every day, then perhaps brewing your own coffee is pertinent advice. Everybody’s situation is different, however. Perhaps you like to go shopping. Could you go shopping less? Could you eat out less? What about things like switching from cable to a streaming service like Netfix? Canceling the gym subscription you never use? Finding ways to cut your energy usage to lower your monthly bill? Sharing a ride with a coworker to save on fuel? Cooking more meals at home? Buying your clothing at thrift stores? Everybody is going to have their own areas where they can cut costs so you’ll need to analyze your own situation. The key is to prioritize your spending and put travel as one of your top priorities.

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London was another travel dream I turned into reality. I loved it!

Now, funnel the money you are saving into a special savings account for travel only. Save as much as you can every month! Keep saving. Bit by bit, you’ll get there. Don’t give up!

Once you’ve saved enough money, it’s time to book that trip!

That, my friends, is all it takes to make your travel dreams a reality. You don’t need to be rich. You don’t need to have infinite free time. You can do it, too. All you need to do is make it a priority and work towards your goals.

What are your travel dreams?

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  1. As a student moneys always pretty had to save, but I’ve come to the point where I’m so tight on anything other than my trips haha… Student nights out are no more, well rarer šŸ˜‰ good news for my kidneys and my bank account šŸ™‚

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