“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.” ~ Pablo Coehlo
Change Your Travel Mind Set
I love traveling and make sure to travel abroad at least once a year. Every time I say this the responses I get are, “Yeah, me too. But it’s too expensive.” Or the most common one is, “I can’t afford it.” Huh! That’s exactly what I thought. I wasn’t going to settle for that though. “Money can never be an issue for your travels,” I said to myself and it wasn’t!
Doubts We Face
I understand why some are skeptical and doubt the ease of being rewarded with such a wonderful opportunity. Let’s face it, you need to book a stay and hotels can be expensive. You need to save for meals and activities abroad. You need to make sure you’re financially secure in case of an emergency. And the biggest expense of all? You need to book a flight! Well, there goes your measly budget.
Seek and You Will Find It
The more I thought about it, the more intrigued I became. Therefore, I began to research possible ways to travel abroad without breaking the bank. You don’t have to prepay the entire trip when booking. With a little research, you will find that there are a few agencies and/or airlines that offer vacation packages within a budget and you can book them with little money down and pay within a certain amount of time – kind of like a layaway plan. So, when I decided on the destination, hotels, and airlines it was now time to book it.
Managing Your Budget
Here’s the problem, where would I get the money to pay for this trip? I could add-on a part-time job to my already hectic schedule! Nope, not happening. I’m not going to bust myself working just to get a week’s vacation abroad. Maybe I’ll dig into my savings – not a good idea.
Nothing Was Going to Stop Me
I recall setting a challenge for myself. I used to spend an average of $5.00 per day on a cup of coffee from a famous coffee-house. It wasn’t that I needed it. I just liked the coffee. So my challenge was that every time I forewent my coffee, I’d put those $5.00 in my traveling fund. And it worked! Seeing my traveling account grow weekly encouraged me to look closely at my finances. This allowed me to readjust my budget which, in turn, helped me to fund my travels.
Believing In the Possibility
I don’t attribute it all to my financial outcome. I am a big believer in manifesting – what you put out into the universe you get back. Therefore, I made sure that I had chosen a destination for my travels. I used all the right words, positive affirmations and reprogrammed my subconscious mind to think positively. And most important of all, I never doubted myself. I had all the tools necessary to dream away about where I wanted to travel to. No one would stop me now. So tell me, where do you want to go?