Traveling has great mental and physical benefits that shouldn’t be underestimated. Getting away from our everyday routines and experience new and different things has so many wonderful consequences. Distance doesn’t matter. I see traveling as a way to let our day dreams, our fantasies, become realities. We sit at our desks at school or work day-dreaming about past travels or imagining new ones. We imagine ourselves at New York, Texas, or California eating different foods, finding different beaches, or just exploring. Traveling allows you to make these thoughts a reality, which empowers us. You are actually following through on what you told yourself you would do. Then, the next time you tell yourself that you want to visit someplace new, your probability of making that happen skyrockets. Don’t even get me started on the many different experiences waiting for you. Seeing different cultures, foods, art, and people opens your mind to a whole new world. Your perspective begins to grow. When our perspective is enhanced, we learn more and our attitude changes for the better. Traveling not only allows us to be grateful for our life but we also begin to reach for more. Traveling is addicting.
Now, you might be thinking, Evelyn, I am so ready to travel! At this point I am happy to go anywhere. But I can’t just reach into my bank account and pull out a few hundred dollars- I’ve got responsibilities. I totally hear you! There are several ways that I make my travels happen and I am here to share them with you. Apply what you wish.
My first step is picking a destination and to decide how long you want to be there. This step will affect just about everything else. This will help you to calculate food, hotels and modes of transportation-whether using your own gas or taking ubers. I used to forget to add entertainment, which would be any museums, fairs and so on. It’s always best to research the area to see what you want to do and how much everything costs. After all that, make sure to add some cushion just in case something comes up or end up doing something you didn’t initially plan for. I also like to have a credit card handy. I am not a big fan of credit cards, but it’s a good idea to have one handy for any emergencies. If something happens and you need a large sum of money and your last resort is to use the card, you will be grateful you have it.
When I am planning for a trip that I am especially excited about, and would like to splurge on, I like to do some side hustle where I make time to make some fast cash. In this case you have to decide how often you want to travel without disturbing your current lifestyle. I don’t know about you, but I am not willing to get myself into a bunch of debt in order to travel. We live in a time where we all want instant gratification and this is a big fat fantasy. Anything worthwhile takes time. I’ve fallen into this many times until I realized I was I was just hurting myself. Just like Steve Covey said, “You can have it all, but not all at once.” Once I realized this truth, my entire perspective changed. I was always trying to get everything as fast as possible, but I realized I was draining my energy and becoming frustrated and, therefore not really enjoying my journey. So, I decided I would rather wait a bit longer and still get what I want rather than not get it at all. My point is make sure to give yourself enough time to come up with the money. Trips are valuable. Traveling is a way for you to invest in yourself–it’s worth both the time and money. The great thing about side hustles is that they help you reach a goal you are passionate about. Your day job pays for the bills and your current lifestyle. These side hustles can become helpful and exciting. They add to your current set of skills and all the extra money goes towards you. Who doesn’t like that!? I guess it all comes back to time and money doesn’t it.
As a side note, if you want to travel more often and go on wild adventures with no time or money limits I suggest you start building something for your future. There is nothing wrong with your job or career but if you want more freedom start investing in your future. You can build your own business or go into partnership with an opportunity that can help you get what you want. Pick something that you are passionate about and learn the rest along the way, but remember “you can have it all, but not all at once.”
To happy travels and money making.
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