Some people pay by salary. I live every trip.
The world calls my name and I love it. In places I've never been to, exotic places, names are not pronounced. The water is clear and you can see the shadow of the boat, rippling on the sand on the sea floor. An ancient walled castle crumbling on the hills of Saki. The cities of the bustling cities flicker at night, and the forest paths are nowhere … I want them. I want to breathe air, take trails, meet people, and eat food.
Unfortunately, all this requires money. And because my budget is limited, I always think about the money for my next adventure.
Here are 3 steps to get me on the road. Use them to quickly track your next journey.
1. Make it real.
When you are connected deep inside, your journey has changed from a vague "someday somewhere" to a real part of your actual future. Suddenly, the trip was urgent and urgent. Becoming your true identity is part of what you need to do. It works!
So make it a reality. Create a Pinterest page, develop a favorites folder, and keep items of interest. Consider the details. When do you want to go each year? Is it rainy or dry? What festival do you want to see? How many languages can you learn before you study? Cover the poster board with pictures of places of interest, then browse for travel quotes of interest. Plan your itinerary and study any dangers. Compare hotels, apartments and hostels. Place a local news site on your toolbar.
Immersion begins now.
2. Make money real.
You need a realistic financial goal-neither to get you into trouble, nor to get you scared.
There are three basic money requirements for each trip: getting there, living there, and living there. "Getting there" is usually the biggest payout, but even if you fly, you usually get better deals as long as you stay focused. The Internet is full of good resources for cheap air tickets. For example, you can fly to a hub city in Europe with an international carrier and fly to a nearby country with a low-cost airline. Play it!
"Sleeping there" can be a huge expense, or it can be cheap or even free, depending on your choice. Willing to work for your room? Living in a hotel or an old monastery with a nun? You can do it. All you need to do is research.
"Living there" is the cost of your daily living expenses when you live elsewhere. Eating is part of life, as well as admission, tips and travel. Drinking at night, taking buses and renting cars are all part of this place. Explore domestic sources for domestic travel. They are usually cheaper and more interesting simply because they are less "American". Live in an apartment like a local and cook at home. Grocery shopping may be another cultural adventure!
3. Make friends with your savings.
The money you save is not "I don't spend money". It's "I'm ready to go". this is for you. Own it.
Name your trip-such as "New Year Bali" or "In Eastern Europe with Jack and Ellie". Make a spreadsheet, or better, get the actual ledger or notebook and place colored labels on it. Track savings in the ledger. When you enter the amount, record it in one of three basic categories-get there, sleep there, or live there. Each time you save, you may want to assign a name to each zone, or complete one and start from the next-this is my usual system.
The huge sum you first put in directly from your salary-maybe transportation. The money you earn from overtime, or money for a neighbor's child from a babysitter on Saturday-may be a night in a water bungalow. Deposit money into your account when you stay home to eat cereal instead of going out with friends-it's dinner on the beach.
To further encourage yourself, note how much you have saved as you move forward. Basic ticket-check. Jump between countries-check. Hotels in Singapore-check. Bali Youth Hostel-check out. Romantic dinner on the beach-check. you understood.
Naming things helps you remember what really matters. You may want a new car. You might want to attend a wedding party in Las Vegas. Or go out for dinner and drinks every week at noon. These are all good things. But you may not be able to complete it all and continue that wonderful journey.
You can decide. If it's between dinner tonight or a blurry trip at a certain time, we might choose to go out tonight. But if it's somewhere between dinner tonight and reaching my hotel goal tonight [when I deposit this $ 25 in travel savings], I might decide to stay home for cereal!
Plan your favorite things, learn about your new places, check out your resource builds-this is the exciting part of the journey. Before you know it, you will take a risk in a whole new place.