This is one of the many questions I get asked every time I share a weekend getaway post. I never used to travel as much as I am traveling now, I made a decision at the beginning of 2015 to get my life together and embark on the traveling path. I got my British citizenship last year which opened up so many opportunities for me to travel across Europe and many other countries without the need of a visa, this alone removed about 85% of the barrier that stopped me from traveling when I wanted and the other was my debt. I have spoken about my debt journey on my other blog The Myrabev Life, I have spent the best part of 2014 into 2015 paying off my debt and I am almost there. I made a decision NOT to live my life just paying off debt but to also enjoy the life I had been afforded.
With that being said, I decided to visit as many places as I could last year (2015), I managed to see South Korea (twice), Belgium, Germany (layover), Netherlands (layover), Lithuania (twice), Slovenia and a summer cross countries drive through Europe (UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland and finally Lithuania).
How I manage to travel so often?
To honestly answer this question I would say conscious effort, determination and positivity has helped me achieve a lot. Yes of course money has made all the difference, I have a good 9-5 job plus I also make some money from my blogging. Another answer is I comprise and are willing to budget travel on top of that I embraced the idea of solo travel. Not many people can just spontaneously make a decision to go to a foreign land, where you know no one, can’t speak a word of the native language nor even begin to understand the culture but to live is to test the boundaries. Living in our ‘comfortable bubble’ is not always the best solution.
Another answer is that, in December 2015 I stumbled upon the #take12trips travel challenge which requires you to travel at least once a month. I took this challenge very seriously, so much that I was not going to wait until January 2016 to start my travels, I started the travel challenge in December itself with the trips to Slovenia and Lithuania. Over the last 3 months I have learned how spontaneous I am, how far I am willing to comprise and what I won’t comprise on. I have also learned how to stand on my own two feet, yes I could do this before but now I am doing it with more confidence.
So you ask how I manage to travel so often? Well the answer is simple, I live for now for tomorrow is not promised me. Waiting for your kids to grow up, waiting till you have a lot of money or waiting on someone are not good enough reasons for not being able to travel, you’re not the first to be in those situations and I promise you won’t be the last so think of those “obstacles” as opportunities to try something new, take them as a challenge! one that you must complete. Not everyone is spontaneous like me, not everyone has the same opportunities as me but there is one thing we all carry and that is courage to make a difference in our own lives. If you can not travel abroad because of your kids then just do a staycation, a visit to the park, to the local zoo anything that will get you and the kids outside for one weekend a month. Waiting till you have money? well how about you become a tourist in your local town and do lots of FREE things? Waiting on someone, Hun you will be waiting a while and in the mean time the grey hair is setting in so get a move on.
Make a change today and don’t wait until the stars align, align them yourself and go for it. Miranda