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Why You Don't Have to Be Rich to Travel

Updated on July 5, 2014

Traveling Is Not Just for the Rich!

Traveling can be expensive. And, after seeing that car payment, alongside a house payment and a stack of credit card bills, it really does not seem attainable. It really is a luxury many people can't afford, and should be left to the rich to enjoy... Not at all! Whether it is procrastination, simply a "lack of financial resources", or a lack of knowledge, there is a reason YOU are the thing that is holding YOU back from traveling. Everyone can travel if they want to, they must simply realize why they are not doing it, then make a change!


Did You Know?

People tend to be happier when they spend money on experiences, such as traveling, instead of on material objects.


Priorities and Procrastination

If you really want something to be accomplished, you must make it a priority. Otherwise, it will never get done. For example, do you need to get around to those car repairs but keep putting them off? How about those house renovations you have been talking about for the last 2 years? 3 years? 4 years? 10 years? That pile of papers at work, however big it may be, is not going to finish itself. We, as human beings, have a nature of procrastinating. Even though we may have goals or things we want, the longer we wait, the more these things are pushed off to the side and forgotten. Once seen as reality, the longer these things are pushed back the more they become fuzzy, idealistic dreams that we like to talk about, all the while full and well knowing in our subconscious that we are not going to do anything about them today, tomorrow, or possibly even ever!

The same goes for traveling. How many times have you heard someone say, "I have always wanted to go to Paris, but I just don't have the money." Or maybe, "I have always wanted to go to Rome, but I just don't have the time!". Fast forward 20 years and these people still have not gone to these places, and what is worse is that they are still using the same excuses! What is one big reason people do not travel? Because they do not make it a priority! Sure, traveling can be expensive. And, yes, it is much easier to travel if you are wealthy. Nonetheless, it is an attainable goal for everyone. The first thing you must do is make it a greater priority. If it really is something you want, do it! The first thing you must do is find a way to fit it into your budget.

Budgeting for Travel

Budgeting for travel may be simpler than you realize. As stated before, the most important thing to do is make it a priority.

One idea is to put aside some money every month; whether it be $10 or $500, it does not matter. The fact of the matter is that you are creating the habit of stowing away some hard earned cash to fund your future travels.

Another idea is to take money from everyday spending activities and put it towards travel instead. For example, every time you are going to purchase a coffee at Starbucks, put the money in a savings account towards travel instead.

Also, if you are serious about traveling you may want to look into getting a travel rewards credit card. Here is a great site to get information travel cards and points accumulation for traveling:

In summary, get creative. Even if it may seem like you have no spare change to put towards travel, the reality is that you may not be prioritizing your spending in an efficient manner. Cut out extra costs that are not so important and put that money towards your future travels!

A Few Tips

Always keep valuables locked away in safes if you are in a hotel room. Furthermore, when carrying valuables with you, make sure to keep them hidden away and always be aware of your surroundings; when traveling it is not uncommon to come across pickpocketers and scam artists, and do not be afraid to say no. If you are uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation.

Furthermore, try to leave an updated itinerary inside of your suitcase if it were to be lost, and also with relatives back home just in case.

Do Your Homework!

A lack of knowledge about the place you want to travel to can be detrimental. This can create a feeling of uneasiness that may prevent many people from wanting to travel to an unfamiliar destination. For others it may result in wasted money and time as they arrived unprepared.

Take advantage of the internet and its vast array of knowledge. Utilize websites such as trip advisor, and do not be afraid to create your own account and post questions; people will answer and help you out!

Read books on the country of your destination, and if possible talk to other people who may have traveled to that specific city, country, or continent! Information is power, and personal experiences can be some of the most important sources of information and advice.

Finally, do not arrive with set expectations. Be prepared for the unexpected, always have a back up plan and some extra cash, and try to have an open mind. Any experience, however amazing it may be, can always be ruined by stress! Try to relax and make the most out of every day while traveling because memories will be just as important as being there when you get back home!


Making a Change

Many times the hardest part can simply be making the decision to finally go on the trip. Once you have your savings plan in place and on track, book your travel! Do not hesitate or make any further excuses, but simply do it! Do your homework: scour the internet daily for the best airline ticket prices, hotel prices, etc. Once you have everything figured out, book your travel and then continue to plan your trip. You do not have to know everything about where you are going before you book your travel! You can always continue to research your target destination (which is very important!) up until the day you leave; plus, it will feel good to finally make the bookings!


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