There is one thing anyone that wants to travel must do. You can’t travel without it and you have to achieve it in order to get out of your city, state or country. Most people state travel as a major goal or value in their lives but how many people actually make it a reality? Americans have less vacation time than other counties and yet unused vacation time is at a 40-year high, at an estimated 77% time actually used according to a piece by CNBC. Studies say that Scandinavian folks travel the most, with Finland beating out all other countries. Americans travel a lot within the country, and there’s a lot to see of course, but they do not travel abroad as much with only 1 in 5 American’s traveling abroad per recent year. The US Travel Association has a campaign going called Project Time Off and states time away from work strengthens family bonds and improves personal health and well-being.
You’ll never have enough money. You’ll never have enough time. If you want to travel you have to make it happen and the first step is picking a place and making a commitment because time slips away so fast. Maybe you have always wanted to go to Europe. Great – pick a spot and start looking at tickets. Sign up for a tour, book a hotel, invite an old friend, hop in the car. See my post about Which US City you should visit this year for more ideas and to take a quiz that can tell you where you should go!
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer…
I recently booked a trip to Nicaragua and this is how it went: a friend emailed several other friends that someone she knows is launching a new adventure retreat in San Juan Del Sur and would we like to go? It was about 10 months in the future and there was a deposit that needed to be put down. I said yes, logged onto the site and paid the deposit. Next I will start saving for the flight and book that. Then I will save for the rest of the fee to go and by the time the opportunity arises, it will be paid for and I will get on the plane. But I never would have gone if I didn’t make the initial commitment. The same thing is true for a trip closer to home. Is there somewhere in your state you have always wanted to go camping? Reserve a spot. Need to visit your grandma in Florida? Give her a call and pick a date. Never been to Maine? Get on Cheap Tickets, Expedia, Travelocity or whichever else you like and book the trip.
A friend recently told me about Kayak Explore where you can search anywhere in the world and it posts the cheapest tickets. If you need ideas, check out articles like “20 cities you must visit in your 20’s“, “World’s Top 25 World Destinations”, or the quiz I previously posted about Which US City You Should Visit in 2015. The possibilities are endless….where will you go next?
And remember: “The journey, not the arrival, matters.” T.S. Eliot