I decided to re-blog this series as travel planning begins to heat up!
I am in the same financial boat as many people this year. Limited money to spend, time constraints and the unknown expenses that come with owning two homes. I have been busy making babies (my son is 21 months and little daughter almost 6 months….yep, you did the math right) for the last two years and have missed my usual yearly trips. I have a list of reasons a mile long why I should stay home again this year, all of those are valid. This brings me to the first and most important step to making your travel dream possible.
1. Commit to your trip
I have talked to so many people who tell me how a trip to Italy is their lifetime dream, but in the next breath most of those people start to rattle off all the reasons why they can’t go. Those reasons are almost always very rational, I have many of my own. Those dreams unfortunately, will most likely stay just that if one vital step is not taken. What I am encouraging each of you with a desire to travel is to not be controlled by those reasons. I am a firm believer that once you put your mind to something you will be unstoppable. Now, I am not encouraging anyone to make poor financial choices by throwing their budgets to the wind or go and charge a trip. I am not 100% positive I will make my trip and I will not put my family in jeopardy just to travel. But I have decided that I will go to Italy within the year. I am committed to my dream. With a goal in place and set in your mind, you will begin to make choices and decisions throughout the year that will bring you closer to your dreams. Without the goal set and without saying ‘I am going to Italy this year’ decisions and choices will remain unchanged. You may dream of Italy but you will not actively get any closer to that goal.
Here is how my decision to travel has already effected me. I pay myself a small allowance (fun money) every month. I am choosing to put that towards my plane ticket. If I save that for the next ten months I will have a chunk of my ticket paid for. I am struggling with my baby weight and almost when shopping for ‘between’ clothes. I decided to make do with what I have, saving the money for the trip. I skipped a 50% off all cuddle flannel sale at JoAnn’s. I know that every purchase I make will be tempered by the knowledge that I AM GOING TO ITALY THIS YEAR and my choices will be made accordingly. There is a chance I will fall short of my goal, but it won’t be because I wasn’t trying.
So, before you do anything. Commit to your trip. Start in your mind, then your life and choices and decisions will follow. If this year is still a stretch (as it might be for me) tell yourself that your trip will happen by the following spring or summer. Just set a time frame. You will be amazed how things will begin to fall into place.
I will spend the next few posts talking about ways you can save money both before you go and while you are traveling. Some of these tactics may not be new to you but all of them are important to help make your dreams of travel to Italy a reality. I will even be giving out a few of my ‘secret’ spots. These are places I stay when traveling that save my a ton of money but do not skimp on the experience.
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