“To travel is to live.”- Hans Christian Andersen
Travel is one of the greatest gifts in life. It is the best education you can buy yourself. We are not naturally meant to be stagnant. The best stories, after all, are told in between the pages of a passport. There is a thrill in waking up in a strange new place, completely outside of your comfort zone. The world has no bounds. Especially with social media, I see more and more people getting frustrated with the belief that they can’t travel. On Instagram especially, it looks like everyone floats from place to place, but there is a lot of effort that goes into making a trip happen.
The most common reasons people believe that they can’t travel are money and time. Whenever I travel, people are generally shocked that I am an American abroad. We’re known as the nation of workaholics. Your ability to travel starts with your beliefs about it. The world is vast and full of treasures waiting to be experienced by you. Get a map. Start researching places. Surround yourself with pictures of these places and with the affirmation that you are a magnet for a continued abundance of travel.
Here are a few easy tips and tricks…
- Look at your budget and set aside a small amount for your travel fund. Maybe it’s a few dollars a week, maybe it’s $20 a week, maybe more. Start saving more. Create a travel savings account whether it’s with a bank or a cash jar. Make it with intention and imagine big, happy finances flowing generously there. You’ll be surprised how much it all adds up to.
- Look on 3rd party travel sites (travelocity, cheap flights, etc.) for the cheapest flights, but don’t actually book the ticket through a 3rd party. If anything goes wrong with your plane ticket (missed flights, delays), you can get screwed over very easily. Find the cheapest flight and go on the airlines actual site to book directly. Always book on a Tuesday if possible. They always have the best deals on Tuesday’s.
- Open up a credit card with an airline. Look at the airline that has the most flights. For everything that you buy, you’ll earn points towards the airline, and eventually those points add up to a free flight.
- Research the conversion rate for where you are going. Maybe Europe is too expensive for you, but Asia may not be. I saved a lot living in Indonesia for over a month. The Middle East is also a great place to explore. 1 Dirham = 27 cense USD. Be curious and do some research without allowing yourself to get overwhelmed. Anything is possible.
The other major concern people have with travel is time. Whether you work or are in school, you can still travel. Make it a priority. Plan ahead. When you take care of you and allow yourself the freedom to enjoy life, it will attract prosperity into all other areas of your life. This includes school, work, physical well being, and relationships.
Maybe you don’t go international. Take a weekend trip to the nearest nature spot. For $80 you can buy an annual pass to ALL United States national parks. All of them! Grab your camping gear, pick a spot that calls to you, get in your car, and go. You will have the time if you make the time. Start with day trips. Start with something!
You are not a victim of your circumstances. This means that you are not confined by time or by money. Your current situation, whatever it may be, is temporary. Change your beliefs about it and explore a new perspective, because there is always a way to make your dreams happen if your heart is fully in it.
Everyone is worthy of the experience that they desire. Start manifesting. So much travel is coming your way! This is not scary or overwhelming. It is fun, exciting, and limitless!