This Fourth of July, I found myself at a roof top pool party hosted by one of my favoritest (I know it’s not a real word) people in Los Angeles, Sam.
Sitting poolside, devouring a red velvet cupcake, a girl approached me and said she knew me. I’d never seen her before, but thought maybe we met at another one of Sam’s shindigs. Or maybe in Brazil during New Year’s Eve; she had the same Brazilian flag kanga draped over her shoulders. Well turns out she recognized me from my blog. Yes, this little ole blog here. I felt all special. But, once the pleasantries were out of the way, she went in.
“How the hell do you do this? How do you make this travel thing work?”
It’s a recurring question that I keep getting from people online and offline, so I’ve decided to share a bit about how I make it do what it do…
Three key tips for how to travel the world: Desire, Time and Money
1. The Desire to Travel the World
It’s not enough to just say you want to travel. You need to be specific and have the desire to really want to follow through to make it happen. It wasn’t until I declared my 30 by 30 Travel Challenge that things started to shift. It became quite clear to me that in order to travel the way I wanted, some things had to change. I didn’t know what or how, but it’s amazing how the universe will align to show you the way once you set your intentions and begin working towards it.
If travel is your desire, set a specific goal and time frame to achieve it. Do you want to visit the homeland of your ancestors before the next family reunion, celebrate your 25th birthday in Vegas, or travel around the world for 6 months before you turn 30? Not sure or not sure where to start? Do some research. Reach out to other travelers who have done it. I’m more than happy to take your questions; contact me here.
2. Time to Travel the World
Once you have set your travel goals, you need to set your plan. A big part of your travel plan will be how to find time to travel. Many people are limited by the number of vacation days they have. There could also be time constraints based on other responsibilities like children, pets, elderly parents, mandatory meetings and associations, etc. Remember that for every “obstacle” or objection, there is a solution to help you find more time to travel. The DESIRE to follow through with said solutions has to be there to make it happen.
I don’t have children or pets and I’m lucky enough to work from home, so that eliminated a lot of time constraints. I understand that for many, it’s not so cut and dry. You really have to get creative and find ways to achieve what you want. It may not be easy, but if you really want it, it can happen.
3. Money to Travel the World
The last part of this equation is probably the most important on everyone’s mind. How can I afford to travel? I hear it all the time. “Travel isn’t cheap.” or “I won’t be able to afford that until I’m retired.” or my favorite :Only rich people travel like that or that much.” Wrong!
The solution here is simple: cut costs or make money more money. Again, if you have a strong enough desire for something you will find a way. I see lots of really nice cars, shoes, handbags, clothes, etc that would easily pay for a plane ticket or two of 5. Now I’m not a proponent of super frugality to the point where you are miserable and not enjoying life, but there are always ways to cut back and make travel more affordable.
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