Daily Dose of Design: How to Travel More this Year

Monday, January 15, 2018

How to Travel More this Year


Approximately how many times a day do you scroll through your feed on social media and see gorgeous pictures of crystal clear water, or an ancient European street and feel ALL sorts of envy/jealousy? Seriously, the 'explore' page on Instagram is always filled with the prettiest locations and I just want to snap my fingers and be in that very spot! I know it's easier said than done, and I know we can't all transport ourselves onto an exotic island, but there ARE ways to experience new things and travel around the world more often than you'd expect.

Stop putting it off, there's no better time than now! Make this the year that you make your travel goals happen.

Get rid of the "rich" mindset when it comes to taking vacations


Most of the time, people will say that money is what holds them back from traveling and taking trips. If you're in the mindset that you need to be "rich" to travel, you won't try to make it work. There's always going to be the financial aspect (of just about anything for that matter) to getting a flight, accommodations, etc., but there's almost always a way to do it. If that means you save for a few years, do that. If it means searching for great deals, you go Glen Coco. The point is, if you're in the mindset that you can travel and take a vacation, you'll be able to.

This goes for more than traveling too, if you have the mindset that you can do something you'll be able to do it. All it takes is one small change to make a difference - and all it takes to make a change is the belief in yourself that you can, in fact, do it.

Start saving and make a travel fund


This is and always will be my #1 tip when it comes to being able to travel more. I started doing this a couple of years ago and I can't even begin to describe just how huge of an impact it's had! These tips to start a travel fund will help you save in no time - it really doesn't take much and once you do this, you've overcome the biggest hurdle. If you're a wanderluster and you have the itch to fill your Instagram feed with pretty pictures from your trips, you HAVE to make a dedicated savings for it. It's worth it!

Plan and book your trips ahead of time


The further out you book a trip, the less money you'll spend. Flights tend to be a LOT cheaper 5-6 months ahead of the scheduled travel day, and get more expensive as the day gets closer. The sooner you plan, the less you'll spend. I love a spontaneous trip as much as the next girl, but if you can you have to be ahead of the game.

Knowing when to book is a big part of saving, but there's other things you can do to reduce costs when you're away too. If you're going abroad, figure out how you'll pay for things - debit/credit card? Cash? Traveler's checks? All three? I always try and use a credit card, because you can easily keep track of your purchases and you don't have to worry about exchange rates, carrying/losing cash and it helps to reduce fees you'll incur. In some cases cash is necessary but you see my point.

You can also plan ahead and save when it comes to buying food, attractions, your phone bill and more. Buy food at a local grocery store to keep in your hotel/AirBNB for snacks; plan and pay for attractions and events ahead of time, and call your cell carrier before leaving for a trip to see if there's a specific rate or package for the destination you'll be traveling to. Every bit you save on a trip can go toward ANOTHER trip (see what I'm doing here? ;) and after a few times doing it, it'll help you do more on vacations to come!

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Be flexible with when you travel


If you're planning a trip during a busy season (in the summer, for example) you can bet that you aren't the only one. Supply and demand means that traveling to super touristy spots won't always be cheap. If you're able to be flexible on when you take your trip, you'll save quite a bit AND avoid crowds which is always a plus! It isn't always easy to travel during an off-season though, so if you will be traveling to a popular place during a prime travel time, consider looking into a smaller airline (European airlines are ALWAYS less expensive - for example, try Iceland Air or Meridiana) or a hotel outside of the city/a block away from the water (you get the point!) for a cheaper rate.

Realize that memories mean more than materialistic items


While I know that traveling isn't everyone's cup of tea, I have never heard someone say they'd rather buy a handbag than a plane ticket. Hear me out -- materialistic items are great gifts, a fun way to treat yourself, and clothes are necessities. But the memories you make when you travel will always supersede having a new bag or pair of shoes.

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Learn to get out of your comfort zone


When you plan to travel, you likely want to experience something new and broaden your horizons, and even grow as a person and learn about yourself. There are so many new things you experience when you visit a new place; you meet new people, see a whole different culture and get out and see things you never thought possible. It's such an incredible feeling to experience new things by way of travel!

One of the best ways to leave your comfort zone is to take a solo trip. I have yet to do this and it seems scary, but it seems like in the long run it's SO beneficial in more ways than you can even think about! When you're abroad, take the time to talk to the locals and learn a little about their culture - even if it's out of character for your personality. Take chances and remember to live in the moment, and most importantly don't plan EVERY second of your trip. Of course it's important to have an itenerary but leave some free time; it'll allow you to explore and wander and find/see things you may not have otherwise.

Spend less money each day


This one really ties in to having a travel fund and knowing where and how you can save $$$, but just think... If you go make your coffee at home instead of going to Starbucks two times a day, get one less manicure per month, and eat the groceries you buy rather than go to a restaurant twice a week - you'll save a CRAP TON of money. For real, it adds up big time and when you realize how much you'll be saving your jaw will drop. I've done all of these things in efforts to add some cash to my travel savings account before and it adds up!

Make a travel vision board


So for 2018, I made a vision board. It has everything on it I hope to accomplish this year and for lack of a better word, my vision for 2018. It has goals - personal and business, big and small - plastered all over it and it's going to be hung where I see it at all times so that not one day goes by where I don't physically see my goals and plans for the year. They're so popular and I now see why - they really work.

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You can do the same thing when it comes to travel goals; make a vision board solely for your travels. It's sort of like taking your Pinterest board (see my travel board below!) and bringing it to life; paste pictures of the places you want to visit, things you want to do and see and make it pretty. Add whatever it is that'll motivate you and make your travel goals stand out on the vision board. Don't knock it till ya try it, because it's a game changer!


Traveling and seeing the world allows you to see and experience things in a whole new way. Your change of perspective will amaze you, and taking a chance and experiencing something new will never disappoint you. A relaxing week at the beach is nice, but after a while you'll see that it's more than that. I'm a firm believer that traveling the world is the absolute best experience and the single thing that every one of us should aim to do. Take a chance on yourself and your goals and aspirations - you'll be AMAZED. :)

XOXO -A

27 comments:

  1. i love the idea of making a travel vision board! i love traveling and cant wait to see more out there! thanks for these great tips!

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  2. I love this post, so many amazing tips for making time to travel MORE! It's so true that if you plan ahead and if you're flexible about when you travel - you'll find that it is much cheaper than you think!

    Kristen | www.sophisticatedgal.com

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  3. All great tips! I'm a travel agent and I always emphasize to clients who are looking to save money that if they can be flexible they will have the best results!

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  4. thanks for sharing this!! i have already made plans to travel quite a bit this year, so i'm really excited haha

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  5. Traveling more is one of my goals in 2018! I already have two trips booked - a girls trip to Savannah, GA in March and going to a wedding in Mexico in May!

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  6. Yes! I think planning ahead is huge. I have many trips I want to take, but am holding off because of something else that I want, so we'll see! I can't wait to travel more, though!

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  7. I started a vacation fund a few years ago also and it really does make a difference in the way you feel about having the money to travel.
    :) gwingal

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  8. These are all tips that I live by when traveling. The hardest for me though is spending less each day. I just get so excited and want to try all the food delicacies and visit everything! lol

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  9. Yes! Being flexible and planning the trip out ahead of time are so great if you want to make the most of it!

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  10. Great post! I have never heard a travel excuse that actually made sense! You can save $5 a month and end up planning a great trip a year from now! Traveling is a must to me.

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  11. I seriously think everything about this post is on point! The misconception is that you need to have a ton of money to travel. If travel is a priority, you can make it one. Being flexible with your dates and planning in advance makes for inexpensive travel in my experience!

    xo, nichole | thedailypursuit

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  12. Yes to all of these! Traveling is huge for my hubby and I so we try to make it least one trip per year.

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  13. I definitely want to start a travel fund! I would love to get some more trips in this year.

    -xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

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  14. I haven't had a holiday in years. I reeeaaalllllyyy started to feel stressed about the constant work, work, work routine that I'm in so I made it one of my New Year's resolutions to have a vacation this year! These are great tips! I've got to get booking! :) x

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  15. Such good tips! I was just talking to someone the other day who said how she takes out different credit cards to collect miles and ends up traveling the WORLD for literally nothing at all - it's definitely possible!

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  16. These are great tips!!! I have a credit card that I put miles on. It's AWESOME.

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  17. These are all great things! When it comes to traveling, where there's a will, there's a way!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  18. Planning and saving are so important! And love your idea of a vision board!

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  19. Oh my gosh I’m saving this, I NEEDED this post. We’re trying to plan our first family vacation for this summer!

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  20. I just recently booked a vacation February & I'm so excited!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  21. We are traveling so much this year, just because we're saying yes to so much more!

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  22. I think traveling is the greatest privilege and something we all should take more advantage of!

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  23. I've been dying to travel so these are great tips!

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  25. A travel fun is such a great idea! I hope to travel more this year!

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  26. Yes to all of these tips! I want to travel more in 2018.

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