How to Prioritize Travel
If you’ve already been on a mission trip, then it’s likely that travel and seeing new places is something that you enjoy. However, when you have a job or other commitments, it can often seem like a far off dream. Or, maybe you have the time, but traveling seems to be out of your budget right now. Either way, here are a few trips to help you make travel part of your life, regardless of your situation.
1. Be Intentional When Choosing a Date
When you’re planning a trip, time of year is really important. If you have a job where you have some flexibility in when you can travel, this is great news for you! For example, if you really want to head to Europe but can’t seem to afford it, try visiting in September or October rather than the touristy summer season. Or, try trips leaving in late March or Early April rather than the busy June, July, August season.
When traveling, date and season can really impact the overall price of your trip, so being flexible or willing to travel during the off season can really play to your advantage.
2. Plan Far in Advance
By planning far in advance, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to buy all of your tickets or make all of your arrangements. However, this does mean that you should come up with a general time frame, then, start doing your research. For example, start tracking flights so that when prices start to decrease, you can book at the optimal time. This obviously varies based on whether you’re traveling in the country or internationally.
I try to start planning most of my trips at the beginning of the year. One of the reasons why I love this is because it brings me a lot of joy even before the trip itself as I make plans and think about it throughout the year.
This is also helpful because when you plan ahead you can spread out your travels and experiences throughout the year.
3. Create a Travel Fund
Budgeting is probably one of the most stressful parts of trip planning. You might have grand plans to spend 2 weeks in SE Asia or maybe you want to visit at least 2-3 countries in Western Europe. However, without the necessary money, it won’t happen.
If travel is something that is important for you, make sure that budgeting and saving is equally important for you. I like to create a travel budget for each year and that way I know that I can take at least one trip each year.
It doesn’t have to be huge or extravagant, just make it a priority. To get started, make an intention to put aside a specific amount of money each month for travel, for instance, $50, $100, $200, etc. whatever you can afford and feel comfortable with.
You can also put this money in a separate bank account for travel so that you’re not tempted to spend it on other things.
If enjoyed this blog post, you won’t want to miss this weeks podcast episode on the Great Return. Nikki and Betsy will be talking about travel and they will show you some easy ways to stay healthy when you’re traveling.