Every year you think that you should be traveling like everyone else, but you cannot do anything more than just thinking about it. All you do is just like those photos on Facebook and Instagram uploaded by your friends or dear ones. So instead of sulking you should start thinking about accomplishing your travel goals. Here’s how you can do it :
1. Stop Wishing and Start Doing!
Just stop it ! You have been doing this since ages! You need to think ahead and take the leap of faith to make those wishes come true for you. Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much, and just go where your heart takes you. It’s all about taking that first step. Organize yourself and just go for it.
2. Start With Local Trips!
Why not? This is the best way where you can explore the city/country you live in, nearby places, hidden spots, tourist destinations that you never been to and get the feel of the place. Take up short weekend trips or road trips and make sure you cover all the popular locations you haven’t been to and find any unexplored places.
3. Travel Solo!
When you are traveling solo you are totally responsible for yourself and its most certain you will discover just how capable you are. You can be flexible and spontaneous with your plans which is difficult, when you are traveling with a group.
4. Stay Focused!
Yes you have done this before! Remember how you burned the midnight oil to clear your exams with flying colors. Remember the time when you are pushing deadlines at work and getting the desired appraisal. You need to keep yourself focused here as well, if you really want to see yourself sipping cocktails and sunbathing on a Caribbean Island or clicking a selfie with The Sphinx in Egypt. Put up a picture of your favorite place you want to visit as a wallpaper on your phone, the laptop you work on and keep reminding yourself that you want to see yourself at that place soon enough.
5. Start Saving!
You should start by saving enough money for your trips apart from the basic costs. Its always helpful to have some contingency money so you don’t have to reach out for your credit cards. Cut down on your weekend trips to the bar and restaurants, spend some time at home with your family. Don’t make unnecessary expenses and keep a separate tab or make a new bank account and use it only for your travels. Set a budget and make it happen, it might take a while but it’s worth the wait.
6. Get Inspired!
Get some inspiration from other travelers. Read about their stories, their experiences and follow their blogs. You will get to know a lot about new destinations which may catch your interest. Believe in yourself, If they can do it you can as well.
7. Do Your Research!
Start researching about the places you would like to visit. Use the internet. Dig deep into it and use the information, buy local guides and maps to know more about the place. You will have a deeper connection this way. Don’t take the easy way out by visiting the local travel agent across the street.
8. Ask For Help!
Don’t be shy to ask for help. Connect with the seasoned travelers or friends and get some advice and tips which can be useful to you. You can get a lot of information about hidden unexplored spots, cheap hotels, local food joints and more, which can make your trip more exciting,
9. Couch Surf!
The best possible way to explore and get close to the local culture. The Couch Surfing Project is a unique concept which connects members to a global community of travelers, find accommodation and experience the local life. Start Surfing!
10. Explore On Business Trips!
Make your dull business trips interesting! Take time off and explore the nearby places, try the local street food, take help from the locals, look out for those interesting ways you could remove yourself from the work environment.