Let’s face it. If you travel, 9 chances out of 10 you’ve heard this line from a friend, relative or colleague. But WHY. That is the million dollar question, and what I would love to touch on with this blog.
The truth is, most anyone has access to travel where they want to at some point in their life. You hold your own key to unlocking whatever experiences you set as goals. So maybe you just need to find that key….or figure out how to make it happen. The “must be nice” comment gets my attention in 2 ways: 1. People don’t feel like they can obtain a large trip, and 2. Jealousy. Well let’s chat about #1 because that’s the important part.
Do you feel traveling is impossible for you? Do you feel large trips are unattainable? My mindset used to exactly be this. Until I was 27. Then one day I honestly got fed up with seeing all the travel photos that my friends posted, and decided that it was time to figure out how the heck I could do the same thing. It took me 3 years to save up, but I made it happen. I may have been eating Ramen on the reg, but I was determined. Determination is the KEY.
The people that travel prioritizeit. If you want it that badly, then you can make it happen. I want to help others do that, and that’s why this travel blog came about. Yes, photos are pretty and fun to glance at, but they don’t help you getthere. They just make you drool! (And motivate!)
After having many people ask me for my advice on places I’ve traveled to, I wanted to make this blog a one stop shop. Pretty photos AND how-to’s, tips, itineraries, recommendations and more.
Here’s some tips on how to make your dream trip happen:
- PRIORITIZE IT. Whether its driving 3 states away, or jet-setting across the world, put your mind to planning that trip of a lifetime and make it happen. Being positive on the fact that it IS attainable is the most important thing I’ve found. So you want to go to Cabo? Awesome! Let’s make that happen!
- RESEARCH. Yep. Just like homework in college. You have to spend hours if you want to know that the trip you are booking is what you want it to be — and can afford. My best advice? Grab a bottle of wine and a laptop and surf away. Start with simple Google searches to the destination you want to visit. Do you want a budget friendly hotel in Cabo that allows families? Search “family friendly Cabo resort” for example. Don’t want to put that much time into it? Then hire a travel agent to do it for you. It’s worth the extra price tag and if you aren’t a planner type, and will save you some sanity.
- BUDGET. Figure out how much you can spend and want to spend on the entire trip. Start there and work backwards. Let’s say you have $3,000 to spend for a trip for 2. That’s all you need to know to nail down a location! Which brings us to the line “I can’t afford it”. I realize not everyone may be able to afford a luxury Maldives vacation, but there are amazing trips within reach everywhere! It doesn’t have to be international to be your dream vacation. Everyone is different. Rock on!
- SAVE. 75% of people don’t have a readily accessible income to pay for a trip upfront, or on a whim. This is why travel agents offer payment plans with no interest. You can put down a deposit (usually 10-20% of trip total) and then pay the balance off in the months leading up. This is an excellent option for anyone who wants to plan ahead and still have time to make smaller payments on their dream vacation.
- VACATION TIME. Before I became a full-time destination photographer, I had a desk job for 8 years. I’m familiar with PTO and vacation time and trust me…my last few jobs didn’t give me squat and 10 days off a year was absurd to me. BUT…I made it work and was still able to travel. It’s just about using your time wisely. Plan AHEAD. I constantly get the line “You don’t have to worry about vacation time because you’re self-employed and can take off whenever you want” ALL THE TIME. Maybe it’s more flexible, yes, but each job has it’s hardships and no matter the job, travel is still there waiting for you!
- YOU AREN’T GETTING ANY YOUNGER. So much truth in this. See the world, or what you want while you still can. Your eyes can offer more than you think.
- CHILDCARE. While I don’t yet have children of my own, we do look forward to traveling with them in tow in the future. There are many blogs out there on family travel and how to successfully go through with it. One good read I highly recommend is Momondo’s 25 Essential Tips for Traveling with Kids.
- COMMON DESIRE.I think one of my biggest pieces of advice is that if you enjoy traveling and want to travel a lot in the future, be with someone who shares the same goal. This is beyond important. Before I got married, I dated guys that didn’t have any interest in traveling or thought it was a waste of money. They would always shoot down my desire to jet-set. I quickly realized that was holding me back and just like any characteristic in a relationship, you typically want to share the same mindset if it’s long term. If you are already married, and your significant other doesn’t desire travel like you do, then maybe find a travel buddy or a group that you can join.
- OVERALL — DO IT FOR YOURSELF. To someone who enjoys traveling, the best feeling is when you get goosebumps from experiencing something mind-blowing on a trip. It’s different for everyone. I know my quirks are: Getting chills every time my plane takes off and I play the same song on repeat and watch out the window with so much excitement, and when I interact with other cultures. The languages, colors, architecture and livelihood I’ve seen abroad are literally enough to make you cry they are so beautiful.