Most people need the inspiration to plan a trip and there are some who don’t want to plan because it sounds like too much work. Whichever it is don’t get stuck in this common funk. Traveling opens your mind to a world of cultures. If we didn’t travel we wouldn’t have much to talk about besides the normal day to day things like working, paying the bills, and raising our children. I like to think of traveling as a new way to experience the world. Memories are something that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives. My husband and I took a trip to Maui, Hawaii a few years ago and the experience was a dream vacation. I couldn’t possibly explain to you the amount of pure satisfaction that filled every vessel in my body. If I could give any advice ever it would be to “Take the trip.”
STOP BEING A COLLECTOR
People are collectors. We like to collect things, we like to collect pictures, we like to collect clothes, the list goes on for an eternity. There are numerous things the average person collects over their lifetime. I was cleaning out my garage yesterday after a horrific washing machine break and was disgusted by the amounts of junk I had sitting out there. My garage was covered in gallons of water and I had no choice but to throw away much of what was not in plastic tubs. You don’t seem to care about something as much when it is drenched in dirty water. The key to a happy life is not in the things that you own but in the memories that you collect. There are so many trips you can take for little or no cost. If you stop collecting things you will have money to collect the memories.
PRIORITIZE YOUR SPENDING
Stop spending all of your earnings on the next best thing. Love what you already have. Keep what you use daily and get rid of what you haven’t used in the last year. There is no reason to keep clutter around. Its uninspiring and a demotivator. Visit your local events and restaurants. I would rather enjoy a nice lunch outside with a friend than buy another purse or pair of shoes. Take a lunch and sit at the park if you want to really save. You will find that if you stop spending money on things to impress people you will have much more in your savings to take the trip.
RESEARCH FOR YOUR BUDGET
Many trips are relatively cheap and last minute deals are a great way to save on a trip. Even if it’s just a weekend trip it will be worth your while. We once took an overnight trip to Santa Cruz for our anniversary and it is still one of my greater trip memories. We walked along the beach boardwalk, ate fried twinkies, and enjoyed the ocean breeze. Out of everything we did in that short 24 hrs, the indoor miniature golf in Neptunes Kingdom was something I will never forget. We had some drinks, ate a fabulous dinner at Stagnaro Bros. and spent the rest of the evening in Neptunes Kindom playing golf. We ended the night with a walk on the beach. I think our total cost was less than $300.00 which isn’t bad for an Anniversary date.
Taking a trip doesn’t have to kill your budget or send your stress nerves haywire. The more you adventure out the easier it is to get in the car and go. I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my time experiencing life and not watching others live theirs on the television.
What do you like to do with your free time?