Do you feel stuck in one place?
Do you desire to travel but think you don’t have the means?
I used to feel this way too. Get into the travel mindset and you CAN achieve your goals, see new places and discover your own paradise. If you’re always saying that you wish you could travel. Do your research and plan a trip. There’s a lot to see and only one lifetime to see it. There’s no better time than now to take the first step.
Prioritize for Travel
When it comes to the inability to travel, lack of motivation and prioritization are often the real obstacles. You can achieve your travel goals. Just find your motivation, evaluate your budget, and prioritize mindfully. Sacrifices might have to be made, but if you truly want to travel and experience the world, it is worth it.
I’m fully aware that I don’t know your situation. Maybe you have kids, a business, an education or a medical condition that you have to funnel all your money into right now. Maybe you work a job that doesn’t give you too much time off for travel (probably the biggest cause of feeling ‘stuck’).
What I do know is that whatever your situation is, it’s just that, a situation, a set of circumstances. Situations are temporary. Changing your mindset now will allow to you save money and be ready for travel opportunities in the future. When you are ready and under the right circumstances. If you change the way you think, that day might come sooner than you ever imagined.
Don’t wait for Opportunity, Create Your Own
Do you think traveling and experiencing new places and cultures would add value to your life? If you truly desire to be in the travel mindset, you have to get out there and create your own opportunity! Don’t wait around because the opportunity for travel might come and it might not. If travel opportunity does strike will you be ready?
If you don’t change your mindset, you’ll never be ready. You’ll always find an excuse. Something else you have to do, other priorities will get in the way. If you think traveling would add value to your life, take the plunge. Plan a trip. You CAN do it.
Not ready to Travel Across the Globe?
If you feel like you’re not mentally, physically, or financially ready to take a long or far trip. That’s ok! Take baby steps. Even if it’s a weekend getaway, or a day trip to somewhere you’ve never been. Day trips are travel too. If you’ve never been there before (or if you have and love it), that’s traveling, that’s exploring the world. It may not seem exciting because it’s close to home but I promise it will feel exciting once you get there! Life is as fabulous as you make it. So if you want to travel, and gain the wealth of experience, stop making excuses as to why you can’t.
You don’t have to go far. While your excuses might be valid against a three week long road trip or overseas excursion, they might not hold up against a day trip to a state park or finally going to that museum downtown that you’ve always wanted to visit.
Get in the travel mindset. Start small, I bet there’s a few places you’ve never been in your own backyard. Ask around for cool things to do in your area. I’m sure you’ll unlock a hidden gem.
Save Your Money for Travel
If you don’t think you have enough money for travel right now, evaluate your budget and see what you could move around to create room in your budget for travel.
I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with budgeting but I am constantly keeping track of where my money is going and how much I have for travel and experiences.
Think really hard about how you spend money on a daily basis. Little purchases add up. When you get in the travel mindset, you become more conscious about your money spending decisions at a situational level. In other words, you think before you buy. Ask yourself: Do I need this item? Would not making this purchase help me save money towards an experience?
For medium and larger scale money saving opportunities you will have to take into account your large purchases and recurring expenses.
Some things could include
- Downsizing your car or opting for a less expensive car.
- Refinancing your car or home
- Holding off on upgrading electronics like smart phones, tablets, computers and TV’s.
- Cutting out cable.
- Getting new insurance quotes.
One Little Example of How I Keep Myself in the Travel Mindset
I have a 32″ TV in my living room that I got for Christmas 4 years ago with no cable. I have never upgraded because I decided a long time ago that a bigger TV or getting cable wouldn’t add any value to my life.
A 55″ TV (which is pretty standard these days) costs $300 – $1300. Lets say I go low mid range and get one for $600. On average, cable TV costs around $80/month. So one year of cable would cost $960. Netflix costs me $8/month or $96/year. That’s 1/10th of the cost! By not upgrading my TV and not having cable, I am saving roughly $864. That’s $864 in my pocket for travel expenses.
If you think an expensive TV would add value to your life and that’s truly how you’d like to spend your money, then please do! More power to you! For me, I’d rather spend my money on plane tickets and hotel rooms, gas for my car and air bnb rentals, entry fees to state parks, museums, concert tickets and the likes. It’s all about what matters to YOU.
Every day is a new adventure and must be treated as such.
Being in the travel mindset is making the most of every day and saving your money for the things and experiences that truly matter and will make a difference in your life. And of course, always being ready for the next adventure.