So often our busy lives get the best of us. We long for that fantasy weekend in Paris, that ruggedly beautiful hiking trip through British Columbia, that extended hiatus to the Seychelles.
Do we not?
The challenge is finding the time to travel how we want. This is where some of us need to get a little creative and think outside the proverbial box. Break out of your daily routine and dare to dream BIG. To take that trip means not only do you get to explore new territory, you will recharge your batteries, learn to relax, and return to real life refreshed and more productive in your work life.
Here are some ways to take that oh-so-needed holiday.
Ask yourself what your travel goals are
Do you want to take that two-week trip, a simple extended weekend, or both? (You can have both, you know.) Make a ‘dream list’ of places you want to go, and formulate a five or ten-year plan to achieve them. Stick to it as much as possible, but as time goes by, your list will surely evolve. Travel is as fluid as time itself.
To make time for travel, you really have to WANT it
This means making the necessary sacrifices in life. Forego that daily coffee down the street, which will save you a few dollars to put in the vacation fund. Bow out of non-essential family obligations to take time for YOURSELF. Aunt Bertha can find someone else to help paint her house next month.
Take advantage of down time over the Christmas season
Skip any vacation time over the summer months to accumulate enough hours to take an extended winter break. Or reverse that and work through the holidays to take a longer warm-weather sojourn another time of the year.
If you find that the schedule of your travel companions does not align with yours, don’t be afraid to take that solo trip! It can be quite liberating, and you will find things out about yourself you never would have when traveling with others. Solo travel is on the rise, and even when you strike out on the road alone, you are truly never alone.
How about a staycation?
Be a tourist in your own town and stay at a fancy hotel for a night or two. Indulge yourself with room service and a massage. Go to neighborhoods that you wouldn’t normally frequent, or have ever been. You’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know about your own city.
Do you take business trips?
Take an extra few days before or after your trip to do some sightseeing. Take advantage of the free flight and/or car rental and get out and explore when the meetings are done.
Ever hear of a gap year? Many employers will let you do this, even if they don’t advertise it in the employee handbook. It never hurts to ask. Yes, it is a financial endeavor, as you will not be paid, but this is where the digital nomad shines. There is a dizzying array of ways to make money online these days with a laptop while you travel.
If you really want to travel more, it IS possible. Make a commitment to see more of the world and you will thank yourself.