Lately, I’ve been bit by the travel bug.
Unfortunately, I get carried away at times.
I become stir-crazy, crazy-eyed and click-happy. I Google flights and Airbnb’s and the whole sha-bang, only to find my bank account lacking a couple hundred dollars a few hours into my search.
Certainly there’s a much more sane, responsible and methodical way. Yes? Let’s talk through it.
When you want to get away:
- Consider your budget. This is key. You may want to only spend $100, including food and travel and stay. You may want to spend $1,000. This will determine where you can go, for how long, and what you can do.
- Consider your resources. Do you have friends who live in your dream location? Or even a friend-of-a-friend? It’s always nice to bunk somewhere for free. Search and seek out the best bangs for your buck in the area.
- Play the field. Don’t settle on the first location. Just open your eyes to new and old places. Do your research. This includes flight prices, times and availability. Which work the best for you? Which are you willing to sacrifice?
- Don’t settle. If you don’t find the perfect time or place at first, you still can later. I love to use apps like Sky Scanner and Hopper to keep an eye on flights. Be patient and diligent and trust you will make yourself the perfect getaway.
- Double check. Are you sure you have the finances and personal days for this? Are you 105% all-in to literally fly away from your worries and obligations? Then…
- Just do it. IMO, the adventure is always worth the risk. Pay a bit, play a bit, live a lot. It’s worth saving for and spending a little.
I love to getaway.
It’s easy for me to feel trapped and overwhelmed. Or even complacent and lame. But when I travel, I come to life. I meet a new version of myself every time I roam.
There’s a lot of land to explore and a lot to learn. Tell me about your next getaway in the comments below!