Oct 13, 2018
Posted by: Daniel Walker

How to make travel a priority

There is a common misconception that travelling is for those with a lot of money and those who do venture out are just lucky. But that is completely wrong! Travel is for everyone and especially those who make it an important part of their lives. Those who do travel regularly make it one of their top priorities. This post will give you some tips about how to make travel a priority.

 

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Making travel a priority

Limiting your spending on things you don’t need

It may seem obvious that one of the most important aspects of travelling is having the funds to do so. But, I guarantee that most people spend more money than they realise on things they don’t really need to satisfy their short term goals and personal insecurities. One of the most common excuses I hear from some of my friends who say they want to travel is they can’t afford to travel, yet these same people spend money on cigarettes and alcohol every weekend, they go shopping for clothes constantly and they buy lunch every day at work. Others have expensive to run cars, high weekly rents and don’t shop around for cheaper electricity, water, phone and internet bills.

In 2017 I made about $35,000. Yes, I do have a partner in Kayleigh who also travels with me, but she too made around the same amount. With that small salary, we had to pay rent, electricity, bills and for the maintenance and upkeep of two cars. Yet, we were still able to save enough money to travel to Japan and South Korea for more than two weeks in early 2017, go on several smaller weekend trips throughout the year and then go on a big three month trip in early 2018 to parts of Asia, Europe and North America. Why were we able to do all that? Because we made travel one of our main priorities. We limited the amount we spent on things we didn’t need and that money was in turn used for travel.

 

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Having enough money to travel doesn’t mean you have to be earning a tonne of money. Travel doesn’t even have to be super expensive, you can go on a small, week-long, all-inclusive holiday for less than $1000. The best way to afford any type of trip is to audit your spending habits and cut down on these expenses. I think it is impossible to stop going out for dinner or to buy coffee, we need to treat ourselves every now and again, otherwise, we will go crazy. But limiting these expenses and resisting little temptations will pay off when you’re able to spend that money on your holiday instead.

 

Changing your mindset

This is probably the most important one. Making travel a top priority in your life all comes down to changing your thinking. Many of us, including myself for a few years, are waiting until the perfect time to travel. But the thing is, there is no perfect time. You are always going to want to have more money, or have more time to plan. Changing that mindset will allow you to make travel a higher priority. There are always going to be obligations and unexpected things popping up that will prevent the time from being perfect.

I truly believe that the only person who is holding you back from being able to travel is you. Only you can change your mindset and thinking and put travel at the top of your list of priorities. If you really want to do it, you need to make that decision and take the actions to make it a reality.

 

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Travelling is not a distraction, it is a passion

Travelling is often seen as a distraction, something we do to escape our everyday lives and the jobs we hate. But for me, travelling is a passion and one of my favourite hobbies. Whenever I am not travelling I’m thinking about it and planning the next adventure. It’s not always a vacation, it’s a way of learning about other cultures, meeting new people, trying new foods and immersing myself. The passion goes far beyond just travelling, it’s an opportunity to take photos for my portfolio, creating videos for the Wanderwalkers YouTube channel and writing content for this blog which educates, inspires and adds value to the lives of others. To travel is to create long-lasting memories and stories to tell others. I haven’t flown to far-flung places to escape, I have done it to enhance my life and make me a better person.

 

How to make travel a priority

Thanks for reading this article about how to make travel a priority. If you really want to travel it’s time to start making it a priority. Let me know in the comments below what you think and how you make time to travel.

 

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Daniel Walker - Author

Daniel Walker is an Australian landscape photographer, blogger, outdoor enthusiast and travel addict originally from western Sydney, now residing in Melbourne, Victoria.

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