It’s that time again that calls for reflection of the past year and goal-setting for the coming one. There’s something about the start of a new year that fills people with motivation and determination to achieve growth and improvement. Unfortunately for many (including myself), typical resolutions such as exercise and healthy eating slip to the back burner once again by about January 7. Another category of goals that often gets neglected as that motivation wears off is travel. After the reality of a new year sets in, excuses run rampant and complacency sets in.
Maybe next year I’ll take that trip to Florence once I get that promotion at work.
The world is so unstable and unsafe right now. Maybe things will get better in a few years and then I’ll feel good about traveling.
The kids are still too young. We better wait to take that vacation until they can appreciate it.
Maybe these excuses sound familiar to you. The reality is that there will always be another excuse or reason not to go now. But you don’t have to let those excuses dictate your actions. With the right attitude and a little strategy, you can turn your travel dreams into a reality. Here are 6 ways to make your travel goals happen.
1. Change your perspective and attitude.
So much of the process of reaching goals has to do with your attitude and perspective. If you’re only focused on the negative aspects of achieving your goal, you’re not going to have any motivation to follow through. Instead of focusing on the reasons to not travel such as money, safety, life’s busyness, etc., focus on the reasons you should travel. Take a proactive stance, and come up with solutions to your excuses. Travel can teach you so much about the world and about yourself, and the value of that can’t be replaced by anything you can find in your own backyard.
2. Start a travel fund.
In order to make your travel goals a reality, you need to take action. Money is a big factor for many people, but the solution to this excuse is often to be proactive and set your priorities straight. When you designate a travel fund as part of your budget, it can help keep you accountable to your goals. Maybe this forces you to skip the daily Starbucks drink or eat out less, but if you make your travel dreams a priority, these small sacrifices will be worth it.
3. Make a game plan.
It’s important to have specific and measurable steps to take in order to reach your goal. Start by choosing the time you want to travel to your destination, and plan everything around that. This will help your plans feel real. Sit down and consider everything that needs to happen to get from Point A to Point B, and come up with specific and timely steps to take in order to get there.
4. Articulate your goals.
Don’t just keep your plans to yourself; share them with others. This will not only make your goals more tangible, but it will also help keep you accountable. If you tell your friend you’re planning to take a trip to Paris in May, it will motivate you more to follow through. And ask your friends to help keep you accountable by checking in with you in your planning progress.
5. Embrace and implement your plans into your daily life.
Once you have a plan, embrace it! Make your goals visible in your daily life. Set out a change jar in the kitchen as an additional travel fund. Put a travel to-do list on your refrigerator. Write down your weekly trip-planning goals in your calendar. Set a picture of your destination as the background on your phone and computer. Implementing your goals in this way as visible reminders will keep you motivated.
6. Research and prepare.
Spend time researching your destination. Learn about the history, culture, and popular tourist sites. This will help get you even more excited for your trip, and it is valuable preparation for your travel experience. In addition, if you want to ensure that you will make the most of your trip, consult an expert – like Once in a Lifetime Travel! Getting an experienced opinion will take a lot of stress and pressure off of your experience.
By following these simple and practical steps, you will be well on your way to turning your travel dreams into a reality. Now go travel, and travel fearless. ~ Kalina Davis
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