Stop. Remember back to the last few weeks of school when everyone was talking about traveling the world after graduation. Your plans to explore the unknown, one couch at a time were the only things keeping you sane during finals week. Then graduation happened and society convinced you to put your travel itinerary on hold, while you started a career.
With every passing year, the possibility to visit another country grows more difficult. Not only does your job offer limited paid vacation but there are always a slew of excuses that make you say: "I'll travel abroad next year."
Trust me. I get it. Adulting is tough. But we owe it to ourselves to make travel a priority...
So when you're hit with a barrage of "life issues" that seem to keep you from exploring our beautiful world, here are a few tips to consider.
1. Not enough time.
When you're coming up with those New Years Resolutions, you should also decide if your vacations this year will be DOMESTIC or INTERNATIONAL. Its hard to squeeze in a trip to Paris, then a vacay at Hilton Head and your family reunion all in one year. Making that decision and sticking to it will help you plan and budget for the limited vacation time you have.
2. I can't afford it.
Traveling is expensive. I won't lie to you. But so is a cup of coffee at Starbucks and somehow the average American spends $20 a week on coffee. That's $1,120 a year - the same price of my flight to Prague on New Years Eve.
Its all about prioritizing and giving yourself structure in the months before your trip. Cut back on the skinny vanilla lattes and the Taco Tuesdays with your friends. Instead brew fresh coffee from home or invite everyone over for tacos + tequila at your place. These are easy savings measures you can implement to make traveling abroad more accessible.
I also make sure to research my trip and create a financial plan that ensures each leg of the trip is saved for and paid off before my departure date.
3. Your best friend from preschool is getting married this year.
Be honest. Is this person really your best friend or do you just feel obligated to attend the wedding because you received an invitation? Ask yourself this: would you call this person to bail you out of jail or rescue you from a blind date gone wrong? If the answer is no, they are not your best friend and you don't need to attend the wedding. Send them a nice card, maybe a gift and change your facebook status to Bon Voyage!