Want a Lifetime of Travel? Try These Tips

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Is there anything better than packing your bags and setting off on an adventure? We don’t think so. No matter where you’re going, it’s about as close to a guaranteed good time as you can get. Alas, it’s not something that we’re able to do all the time. Indeed, sometimes it feels like the time between trips is too long — and that’s even when we’re in a good position to travel (say, before we have kids, own a home, things like that). 

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The good news is that having a lifetime of travel is not impossible. Far from it! In this blog, we’re going to run through some tried and tested methods for ensuring that travel is something you can do with more regularity, for all your life.

Make it a Priority

Our life reflects what we prioritize. If you prioritise money, then you’ll end up with money. If you prioritize fitness, then you’ll end up looking pretty buff, and so on. If you want to travel, then you can’t just wait for the ideal opportunities to present themselves. It’ll happen sometimes but not as often as you’d like. To travel more, and until you’re older, then you’ll need to force through traveling from time to time. It won’t always be the perfect time, but who cares? If you value it as much as you think, then you’ll end up going on plenty of trips that may otherwise have passed you by.

A Sense of Adventure

We’re going to talk about the money factor in more detail a little later on. But for now, we’ll just say: if you want to travel more, then you’ll have to make do with staying in places that are less than five stars. You’ll have experiences that everyone would consider amazing, but you can’t have them all the time. Sometimes, you’ll need to throw off the bowlines and be willing to put yourself in situations that are not exactly ideal. What we’ll say is that these experiences are usually even more memorable and enjoyable. For certain, you’ll find that you put a few more feathers in your traveling cap.

Avoid Complacency

There are many things that can impact how many trips you can take. Many of these are external, of which you have little control. But one of the more damaging ones is one that you do control. When we settle down, it’s all too easy to become complacent about travel. Rather than planning a trip, we become comfortable wherever we are and whatever we’re doing. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying where you are in life. But when you’re older, you might regret not having traveled more when you had the chance. It’s always a good idea to be a little skeptical of comfort! The trips you take when you feel you don’t need to travel anywhere can be the most enjoyable — they can be little reminders of how important it is to travel.

Use Your Time Wisely

If we had all the time (and money) in the world, then we’d probably set sail on an adventure and just come back whenever we felt like it. Alas, we do have, you know, jobs and things that require us to be in one place. Depending on your job, you might only have a few weeks of free time to enjoy your travel adventures. And that might not be enough to do all the fun things that you want to do. It’s important to remember that you probably have more time than you realize, however. There are plenty of national holidays that’ll give you a day off work. One day isn’t much, sure, but if you combine it with a weekend, then you’ll suddenly have enough days to take a small city break.

Saving Cash

The other barrier to the amount of time you travel is, of course, money. But if there’s one thing to know, it’s that you can always put extra money into your account and also save money when you’re traveling. If you’re looking to save money for another adventure, then take a look at the best saving apps. They’ll help to boost your bank balance, without really trying! There are countless ways to save money when you’re actively on your travels. For instance, you can use comparison websites to find the cheapest flights and hotel deals. When you’re at your destination, look up some free activities and cheap places to eat. If you visit the destination with purpose, then you’ll find that you can make things much cheaper than they would be if you just turned up and began splashing the cash! And of course, once you know how to travel cheaply, then it’s something that you can do again and again.

Alternative Options 

If you really don’t have that much money to spend on travel, or you’re just looking for something different, then why not consider looking at alternative options, such as volunteering? There are sites that connect you with people all over the world who need some help doing, well, just about everything. The advantage of this type of trip is that you can live a totally different experience, without spending virtually anything other than the cost of getting there. Plus, you’ll get to experience life as if you were a local. It can also open up the world, allowing you to visit places that you otherwise may be unable to visit.

Local Travel

Who says that you need to board a plane if you’re going to travel? Those adventures might be the most exciting, sure, but they’re not the only ways to travel. Instead, you can look at traveling locally. It’s highly likely that there are places close to where you live that are worth visiting! If you want to make it feel more like a trip, rather than just a day thing, then you can even look at staying over. It can feel a little unnecessary to stay in a hotel when you’re within driving distance of home, but who cares? Travel is all about having fun…and staying in a great hotel is one of the most fun aspects of traveling! 

Get the Gear

Wouldn’t it be easy if you could just go on an adventure and not have to worry about hotels and things like that? Well, you can! If you have camping supplies, then you’ll always have an adventure within easy reach. If you want to make a slightly bigger investment, then consider buying a campervan. They can cost a lot but make going on an adventure super easy! 

Digital Nomad Lifestyle

One of the best things about the modern world is that you don’t necessarily need to stay in one place. Or at least, you don’t if you have a remote job. There are many jobs you can do online, and once you get one, you’ll find that it becomes much easier to travel. You’ll essentially be able to travel anywhere that has an internet connection. Most digital nomads are childless, but it’s possible to live that lifestyle with a family, too. Of course, traveling and working isn’t the best way to travel — you may rather just travel, without work. But think about this — once you have that kind of life, you’ll be able to set forth to another country at the drop of a hat. And not only will it not negatively impact your finances, but, since you’ll be working, you’ll likely find that your money situation even improves

Take Advantage of Deals

We mentioned earlier how it can be beneficial to have a sense of adventure. That’ll allow you to take advantage of deals as and when they present themselves. If you have some money in your travel fund, then a last-minute trip can be a great way to get your fill of adventure without spending the earth. It’s worthwhile subscribing to the newsletters of travel companies, as that’ll be where they announce their deals. 

Get Creative 

Finally, remember that there’s no single way to travel. If you want to travel more frequently and for longer, then put your thinking cap on and see if you can come up with a creative solution. In this day and age, there are a million and one ways to explore the world. You can do things the standard way, sure, but that’s only the most convenient. There are plenty of people who are currently traveling the world (with no end in sight) all because they took the time to come up with a plan that works for them. So think outside the box!

Conclusion

Travel is one of those things that, if you have the travel bug, will never go away completely. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to. With the end of the coronavirus pandemic in sight, there will soon be no limitations on travel, except for the ones that we put on ourselves. Take the tips that we’ve outlined above, and you’ll find that you are going on plenty of trips, both in the near and far future! 

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