Updated: Sep 18, 2019
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I'm excited to bring you yet another #Top10Tuesday. This week we're covering ways to get you travelling more in 2020. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it!
1. Book in advance
If you want to travel more in 2020, then I urge you to start planning now.
I think that it's a rule of thumb in the travel world, that if you want to make some savings when it comes to travel, then you should either book super early or super late.
I always recommend booking as early as you can. This way, you're able to plan your trips in detail and fit as much travel into one year as possible.
Tip: This is also handy if you have a job that requires you to give notice about your trips.
2. Make travel a priority
If you want to travel more, like really want to travel more. Then you need to get serious about it. Start making travel your top priority.
How do you do this?
First of all, you have to decide that you ARE going to travel no matter what. Next, you have to start adjusting the things in your life to make sure that you're doing all you can to support this vision
For example, if you are in a job that doesn't let you travel at all for whatever reason, then start thinking of getting a new job that does.
If you're in a controlling relationship or in a strict household, then think about being a little rebellious and separating yourself. This will put you in a position to travel regardless of how anyone else feels.
I can talk about this particular point for ages, but my point is - don't let anything or anyone stop you from travelling and most importantly don't stop yourself with your uncontrollable spending habits.
3. Manifest trips
I think this is a very important way to start travelling more.
As corny as it sounds, it has worked for me and it can definitely work for you.
By manifesting trips, I mean speaking trips into existence. There is power in the tongue whether you believe it or not and once you start speaking destinations into existence, it won't be long before you find yourself in that exact destination. Be very specific with where you want to go, when and any other details you deem important.
I remember in 2018 I decided that no matter what, I was going to visit Bali Indonesia at some point in 2019. I spoke it into existence, believed in it and then started working towards it. I'll be honest I didn't even work that hard, but it was constantly in the back of my mind.
Before you know it, I was on my way to Indonesia in August of 2019 for three whole weeks, solo! I seriously urge you guys to try it because it works.
4. Secure the bag!
Without money, it's impossible to travel. It's one of the most expensive hobbies to have in this lifetime, but also one of the most rewarding too.
It's important to look at your income(s) and make sure you are earning more than enough to travel.
If you're not? then no biggie, find a way to increase your disposable income. Whether that means starting a little side hustle to get your money up, or even change your job to a better paying one. Just do whatever you got to do... legitimately to get yourself inside a plane. Remember, no excuses.
Example: I remember in my year out of University, I initially wanted to go for a banking job because, not only was it impressive to tell other people that I worked in a bank... but it would also be related to my degree (Economics). However, when I researched the pay of working in the bank, it actually wasn't all that great at all.
So instead, I worked as a sales consultant for a skincare company (something I had never tried before) and ended up making WAY more than I could ever imagine on a monthly basis, which allowed me to better afford my travels.
Of course, it helped that I was good at sales. But, my point is... don't just do what is popular or what sounds good. Do what actually makes sense financially so that you're able to travel. You're young. You have plenty of time to try new things.. so do that.
Tip : There are so many unique opportunities like this, especially in London.
5. STOP the excuses
Guys, this one is so important. If I had a penny for every time I heard a lame excuse as to why someone can't travel... I'd be a rich lady!
I've heard every excuse under the sun. From 'I need some time to plan myself', to 'I don't have any money', to 'I just don't have the time' and so many more.
Sorry to be harsh, but all of those excuses just tell me that you're not serious about travelling at all.
Please start speaking positively over your travel life. Speak good things into your travel life and then watch good thing actuallly happen in your travel life.
Remember I said that the tongue is very powerful. So whatever you confess with your mouth is what is bound to appear in your life. For example, 'I don't have any money'..... well you're right and with that attitude, you won't have any money anytime soon either.
If you say things like 'I am working towards travelling more and I already have the money to travel, it's just not in my account yet', ' then this is very different from the 'no money' excuse and makes a big difference. This links quite closely with manifesting trips and with a more positive attitude, youre bound to see better results with your travel life.
6. Get a job that allows you to travel
Not all serial travellers that always seem to be out of the country are unemployed. There are in fact some jobs out there that let you travel without the “keep it short, or get fired” worry.
Check this blog post out that covers all of the best career choices to make, for you to not only make some cool cash, but also that allows you to travel more.
7. Cut your overheads
Travelling often requires disposable income and a lot of it. So, one way of increasing your disposable income is by cutting your overheads.
What do I mean by this?
Basically, cut down on any unnecessary bills that you don't actually need. Whether that means not renewing your phone contract and getting a cheap sim-only contract instead, or even removing any subscriptions that you pay for that you aren't utilising.
Money saved is money earned, so save as much as you can by cutting out uneccessary expenditure that could be better spent towards creating memories that last a lifetime. i.e. travel.
8. *Don't wait for a soul!*
This is single-handedly the most important piece of advice that I'm going to give you on this post.
In order to travel as much as you want to in 2020, then you need to get comfortable with doing it alone.
One of the most common reasons that people fail to travel as much as they want to, is because they are constantly waiting for others to be available to travel with them.
Once upon a time, this was me too. I'd get all the excuses under the sun from the people that I wanted to travel with, to the point that I just didn't end up travelling myself.
Then for my 22nd birthday, I decided to draw the line under waiting around for people. This was the best decision I ever made in my life and I haven't looked back since.
My new attitude is: whether you're coming or you're staying, that's OK! because regardless, I'm going to be on that plane! With this, I've been able to travel a lot more than I usually would.
Tip : If you need some inspiration as to why you should be travelling solo then read here.
9. Short stays are better than no stays
You have to start somewhere when it comes to travelling.
Don't be discouraged by all the travellers on Instagram that always seem to be flying to Timbuktu.
Even visiting a destination that is nearby for a short stay, is still better than not visiting anywhere at all. So, make sure you take advantage of the places around you.
Even if that means getting down to the countryside for a weekend to explore a region of your country that you've never experienced before.
10. Find cheap travel deals!
As technology has advanced, this has meant that it's even easier for travellers to not only book flights, but to find fantastic deals.
There are always some cheap travel deals and flights going if you are actively looking and can catch them. Some of the most popular and most talked about travel deals that I've seen recently, include: Wowcher who offer a £99 holiday to any destination and even Groupon for short getaway deals.