How to Make Travel a Priority
“I want to travel.”
“Traveling is my dream.”
“If only I could quit my job and travel the world.”
Do any of these sound like you? If yes, then you’re already halfway there. You want to travel! And that’s a great dream or goal to have. But do you feel like you can’t travel, or have never been able to, because life, work, and responsibilities are holding you back?
I feel you.
I get that traveling is a luxury, and a luxury that not everyone can afford. Maybe you see people taking vacations or trips twice a year or more, and you’re at a loss to how they can do that. Maybe you’re just not sure exactly how people can afford the time and expense to travel to exotic destinations.
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret.
Unless you’re swimming in money and you can afford not to work (not the majority of us), you have to do one thing—just one thing:
Make travel a priority
I’ll say it again—
MAKE TRAVEL A PRIORITY
This is what allows people to travel often! I’m 100% serious. And I’m not talking about influencers and those who travel full-time (cause that’s a totally different scenario). I’m talking about real people, you and me, who maybe have full time desk jobs and don’t have that much time off.
You have to evaluate, and continuously re-evaluate what’s important to you. Will this be without sacrifice? No, but if traveling is as important to you as you say it is—it’ll be SO WORTH IT.
Just like anything, you have to work for it. And it takes time. If you’re trying to pay off debt, you save every penny you can. You don’t eat out, you don’t buy things you don’t need, and you try not to go out as much. This too, applies to anything worth having, especially travel.
If your priority right now is figuring out your career path, focus on that.
If your priority is buying a home, focus on that.
If it’s starting your own business, put your money into that.
The idea can be applied to all things!
But if you truly want to make traveling a priority, you have to:
1. Stop buying things you don’t need
2. Research your destination and create a budget
3. Stop eating out, be more frugal
4. If your pay isn’t reaching past the bills, create a side hustle or get a second job
5. Save your change (that adds up!)
6. Go to destinations that have a lower cost of living
7. Stay in cheap Airbnbs or hostels
8. Be prepared and know where you’re going so you don’t fall into tourist traps (been there, done that!)
9. Don’t buy everyone and their mother a souvenir (trust me, this is really takes a chunk from your budget—everyone you know should not expect something from you just because you took a trip)
Being frugal and sacrificing nights out with your friends may not be what you wanted to hear, but there’s no magical formula. This is how everyday people, with responsibilities and jobs and average salaries, afford to travel and how you can, too!
Remember, your only limit is you. You decide what you spend your time, money, and energy on. So if traveling is truly a lifelong dream—it’s time to buckle up and make it a priority. Trust me, this is one thing you won’t regret spending your money on.
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