I feel like I’ve got a wanderlust so severe that I could burst at any moment. It excites me yet also makes me upset that I can’t immediately go everywhere I want to go. I just want to see it all. I love going new places, meeting new people, eating new foods, and learning as much as I can about everything. I think of destinations I’d like to visit and I write itineraries and budgets for if I was to travel there. I feel like my real job is travelling and anything else is just to keep me busy between holidays. When I got bitten by the travel bug, it really sunk its teeth in.
So how do you live with such a bug that makes you yearn for adventure every day? If money and other commitments weren’t an issue I’m sure there are many of us you wouldn’t see again. But until such time when we win the lottery here are my tips for staying sane. They all revolve around setting a realistic goal to work towards.
1. Don’t Over Plan
While it is good to have a goal to work towards and have an idea of where you want to go and what you want to do, try not to be too occupied by your long list of places to visit. If you’re constantly thinking of the next trip you may find that you won’t fully enjoy the one you’re on because you’re thinking too far ahead. Make sure that when you do finally get the chance to travel you appreciate where you are and not thinking of where to go next all the time.
2. Meaningful Experiences
It is the depth of the experience that counts, not the number of experiences you’ve had. You could travel to 10 countries in a fortnight or spend and that time just in one. Its how you connect with the place and the impression its left on you that really matters. Sometimes it can feel like a competition to go to as many places as possible as soon as possible but I always say that as long as you enjoy yourself that all that matters!
It is the depth of the experience that counts, not the number of experiences you’ve had.
3. Have a Focus Area
With hard work and savings you can have the adventure you deserve. It helps to pick just one area/region to focus on that’ll make the goal more realistic. You may want to travel all of America but flights aren’t cheap and you may be paying a lot of money that makes saving so much harder. Instead you could chose to focus on the east coast and do another part later.
4. Be Realistic
How much time would you really be able to have off? If you put X amount of dollars away each week would you have enough money in a few months time? Be honest with yourself and it will help you make your dreams a reality. Not all of us can take 3 months off to travel Europe but in 3 or 4 weeks you could still see some wonderful sites.
5. Book Something
I find that nothing motivates me more to save than to actually book something. A flight overseas or a domestic holiday, having a date you are counting down to is something every wanderlusting soul find joy in and will drive you to reach your goals.
What do you do between adventures I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below 🙂