It’s almost six months since I started traveling indefinitely and don’t have any plans on stopping. That being said, 2018 is fast approaching, and I am looking forward to more travels and adventures.
I am writing this post not just for you but also for myself because although I am traveling continuously for this past few months, I still want to travel more for this coming year.
But first thing first, learn how to prioritize.
I must admit that I am quite bad at prioritizing. That’s why it takes me a whole year before I manage to launch this blog, Solitary Travels, officially. But as they always say, if you really love something you’ll make time for it in your life, regardless of any other commitments you might have. That’s where discipline comes in.
Know your priorities, but at the same time, respect and have the discipline to follow and prioritize your schedules or priorities.
Start a travel fund
Open a new bank account that is only dedicated for your travel fund and put a certain amount in it every salary or every month. That way, when the urge to travel strikes, you have a fund to go anytime.
Even though I am traveling continuously, I still separate my travel fund and personal fund. My personal fund act as an emergency fund that I’ll use for, of course, emergency reasons. I always plan my destination in advance, research on its living cost and make rough a budget. That way, I have an idea on how much will it cost me. Usually, I choose my destination based on how much can I take out from my travel fund. Also, if I can stay for at least a month in that country.
Make the most of your vacation days
If you’re working on a 9 to 5 job and only have a certain number of vacation days, plan your travel in advance. Maximize your weekend and all those long weekends or holidays. Get a calendar now and mark all the long weekends and send in those vacation leave requests. The key is to make a list of the places you want to visit and schedule your trips in advance, so you won’t spend another long weekend on your bed and wishing you were in a beach in Coron, Palawan or having an adventure in Thailand or Vietnam.
Start loving those budget airlines
Talked about AirAsia or Cebu Pacific. Always take advantage when these airlines have a peso-fare promotion. Follow their social media accounts or signed up to their newsletter so you’ll be updated if these budget airlines will have a seat sale.
Stop impulsive shopping
Try to be minimalistic. Buy only what you really need. Stop shopping impulsively, it will help you save more and at the same time, travel more. If you do not need to go to the mall, do not go. So you wouldn’t be tempted to shop. When you want to buy something, think about it for a night or two. If you really need it and you can use it in the long run, buy it. But if not, put the money instead to your travel fund.
Fuel your wanderlust
Surround yourself with anything about travel, so you’ll be inspired to travel and travel more. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Get a scratch map or make a personalized map that you can hang up on your bedroom’s wall.
- Create a Pinterest board for your dream destinations, if not, for the destinations that you’re planning to travel to for the next months.
- Follow travel bloggers on Bloglovin’ or any other social media platforms to read about their latest travels and adventures.
- Follow fellow travelers on Instagram. They can be travel bloggers or not, either way, their photos are likely will inspire you to travel more or plan your next destination.
Make a travel list
Start your year making a list. Grab a pen and paper and make a list of where you want to go this year, 2018. You do not need to go into the details, just make a rough plan for your amazing year of travel and adventure, that’s a pretty good start for the first day of the new year.
Take short trips
Travel doesn’t always have to be about flights and boarding passes and carry-on luggage, it can also be about taking the time to explore places that are closer to home. If you’re living in Manila, have a day trip to Tagaytay or go to Baguio or Vigan. All this destination are a bus away and can be explored for a day or two.
If you have a friend living in another part of the world, and she invited you to visit her, grab it. It’s an opportunity for you to travel. There’s nothing nicer than exploring a new place with a friend to show you around. Most likely, you’ll save money on accommodation if you’ll stay with your friend.
Be prepared to change your lifestyle
I used to go to Starbucks every day or every weekend. But since I decided to travel for full-time, mostly, everything changes. I can’t even remember when was the last time I had a taste of Dark Mocha Frappuccino with additional shot and hazelnut. But I do remember when was the last time I had a coffee from the local coffee shop below my hostel that cost me only $0.50 cents!
Contrary to popular belief there’s no such thing as “having it all.” Unfortunately, you can’t. If you have chosen a career that has you working 24/7, and your presence in the office is so important that you never get the chance to take a break. No matter how much you want and love to travel, you may have to decide which one is more important to you.
Would you cook your own food and ditch your gym membership in favor of running or walking, which is free, and putting that money into your travel fund?
There are always options. But most likely those options are not something that we want, sometimes we’ll have to make sacrifices in one area to gain something in another area. If travel is your priority, then it’s worth it. I can assure you of that. Believe me, I’ve been on the road for 6 months now. Although I am living my everyday life in an unknown, I never had any regrets. And if I have to go back, I still choose this decision of traveling.
Will you be making any changes so you can travel more in 2018? What are those changes? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about it!
This post might be helpful when you’re looking for inspiration for your travels and on how you can travel more. Hover the image on the left and pin it for later!