How I manage to travel so often?

 

Bali

Bali

 

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. 

 

New york grand central park

New york grand central park

 

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? 

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

 

Brno, Czech Republic

Brno, Czech Republic

 

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.

 

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

 

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.

 

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia

 

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

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  1. March 19, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    I used to travel a lot. Like a lot. But I don’t do it nowadays and I can definitely feel the cravings. My biggest issue is that I’d love to travel alone, but not sure how safe it is. (I know it isn’t)

    • March 19, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Hahahaha, I love traveling alone too and though it’s not safe you can take precautions

  2. March 15, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    I love to travel and often! I try to save and use rewards points to my advantage. Even if I cannot do a long haul overseas, I try to travel regionally or off the beaten path areas.

    • March 16, 2016 / 5:07 am

      That’s what I love to hear, thanks for sharing and motivating us all

  3. March 15, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Girl I am so with you! I have so many friends who spend unnecessary money and when its time to travel they dont have the money. I make my budget priorities around travel expenses I will save to make sure I travel its simple. More people will have the money if they make it more of a priority and not a sideline option for later in the year.

    • March 15, 2016 / 7:54 am

      My thoughts exactly, it’s easy to spend on unnecessary things and then complain not to have money for travels. I too prioritise, if it’s traveling I want to do then I make time and save money for it if it’s something else I do the same

  4. March 15, 2016 / 1:44 am

    Wow your post has certainly inspired me to travel on my own. I love going away and exploring other countries xxx

    • March 15, 2016 / 5:41 am

      I am glad to hear that. I have been loving going out and seeing the world especially alone

  5. March 14, 2016 / 7:32 am

    I wish I could get to travel, you are very lucky, but I am sure after reading this you already know that x

    • March 14, 2016 / 7:53 am

      Hahahaha thanks Becky, I am taking life by the horn until I can’t no more

  6. March 14, 2016 / 3:45 am

    Really dope, I love to travel. I have a 9 to 5 and two kids so I don’t travel as often as I would like. I’m all about paying off debt and living life on your own terms.

    • March 14, 2016 / 7:52 am

      My kind of woman and thanks for sharing this Mimi

  7. Michele D
    March 14, 2016 / 1:27 am

    I would love to travel often although having four children, school and activities, I stay close to home.

    • March 14, 2016 / 7:51 am

      I think that is still travel regardless of wheat her it’s home or abroad

  8. March 13, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    This is a philosophy we can all learn from I think it is important to embrace the now and live in the present because you never know where life my take you. What do you work as?

    • March 14, 2016 / 7:50 am

      Thanks Ana, I work for a pharma company in safety

  9. March 13, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I love this post, such great reasons for travelling x

    • March 13, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks

  10. March 13, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I absolutely love your reasons for travelling! I was lucky enough to go to St Lucia and Poland last year, and want to continue travelling more this year!

    • March 13, 2016 / 4:44 pm

      Thanks, wishing you many travels this year

  11. March 13, 2016 / 7:32 am

    A great mindset! Keep traveling and more safe travels for you! 🙂

    • March 13, 2016 / 7:42 am

      Thanks Jessica

  12. March 12, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    I love traveling, and we’ve done pretty good considering we have three kids. But the flight across the ocean from the US is usually the most expensive part of the trip! I couldn’t do 12 vacactions a year, but we do travel by car a lot.

    • March 13, 2016 / 7:18 am

      That’s the kind of thinking I love, travel within the states is considered traveling too lol

    • March 12, 2016 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks so much VaiChin

  13. March 12, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    You definitely get to see some truly amazing places. I am hoping that the next couple of years see my opportunities increase significantly. It’s definitely so important to experience ‘other’ cultures

    • March 12, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      So so true and good wishes to you

  14. March 12, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    I like your ideas about traveling more. I’ve got to get away more since becoming a travel blogger and things continue to move in the right direction. Maybe I’ll become a citizen of several countries.

    • March 12, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      And I wish you all the best and hope you do become citizen of several countries

  15. March 12, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    I would really love to have a British Citizenship! I sounds to be a very powerful tool to travel within Europe!

    • March 12, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      It’s really is and opened so many doors for me in terms of travel

  16. March 12, 2016 / 11:25 am

    I would love the money to travel more and the health to be able to. Enjoy your travels and I’ll continue to enjoy reading about them 🙂

    • March 12, 2016 / 11:32 am

      And I wish that you get both soon

  17. March 12, 2016 / 8:32 am

    Great pictures of your travels and an inspiring post to just get out and travel. Visiting other countries and experiencing different cultures is so interesting.

    • March 12, 2016 / 11:31 am

      Thanks so much

  18. March 12, 2016 / 7:17 am

    I think it helps living on the mainland too. Flights from my remote island would add another £300 or more to the cost of a trip. So prohibitively expensive!

    • March 12, 2016 / 7:21 am

      That could be the case but I think again it’s about budgeting. Maybe I could help or you could use skyscanner and check for flights

  19. March 12, 2016 / 4:34 am

    When you are passionate enough about something you make it possible. I need to travel again and set my goals on where and when I want it to happen.

    • March 12, 2016 / 6:18 am

      So true and good luck to you

  20. March 11, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    I LOVE this post! I’ve been a big traveler my whole life but in 2014, I decided to take it a step further! For me, it’s a mix of budgeting and saving. While some people would choose to spend $400 on clothing, I’d rather spend that on a weekend getaway. It’s all about your priorities <3

    • March 12, 2016 / 6:17 am

      So true, its priorities and my priority is to travel as much as I can before I have kids and other responsibilities

  21. March 11, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Miranda, you nailed it. We travel a lot and go everywhere. Like you say tomorrow is not guaranteed. Lovely and positive post! xx

    • March 12, 2016 / 6:16 am

      Thanks so much Papatia I appreciate that

  22. March 11, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    I ‘m totally with you on this. I travelled as often as I could as a single mum before I got unwell. People did not understand how I could afford it and the reality is, I saved like crazy and budgeted and sacrificed to have opportunities which now I’m sick and my child is in school, I do not regret doing.

    • March 12, 2016 / 6:09 am

      I am glad to hear that you never regretted it, that is what I hope to achieve in my life “no regrets” and sorry about your illness

  23. March 11, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I think a huge part is defo courage, there are not many people who would dare go and travel alone x

    • March 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      So true

  24. March 11, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    I love travelling and would love to do more. I love reading about your travels – your photos are fab! Kaz x

    • March 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks so much Kaz

  25. March 11, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    I wish I could travel more than I do but with 6 kids its very difficult

    • March 11, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Awww bless can’t even begin to imagine

  26. suchi
    March 11, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Totally agree!! i am a travel addict myself! the things you learn & experience through your travels is something amazinG!

    • March 11, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      So true and thanks

  27. March 11, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Very inspiring! My husband and I have started focusing more on doing things now instead of saying “some day…” We plan weekend trips and cut corners to make it affordable. We just put effort into it, and we have seen so many great places.

    • March 11, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      Thanks, that’s exactly what I am conveying, live for now not for “some day”

  28. March 11, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    What a great post! I loved reading how and why you travel. It’s been a choice for us to travel more. Last year alone I went on 6 trips which is a lot for me! I hope to take just as many this year.

    • March 11, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Thanks Dina, I did 6-7 trips and hoping to do over 12 this year

  29. March 11, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Europe is such an amazing place with so many wonderful destinations. Good for you for vowing to see it all.

    • March 11, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Thanks Heather it sure is

  30. Pam
    March 11, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I always wanted to travel, but I kept putting it off. Now that the kids are grown, I have been seizing my dreams and going lots of different places. Now I just wonder why I put it off so long. There were plenty of places we could have gone as a family!

    • March 11, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Well it’s never too late to start again

  31. March 11, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    I would love to travel more – just take off and see the world, sadly don’t think my body would cope with it however.

    • March 11, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Awww bless I can’t even imagine

  32. March 11, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I am a travel freak. And, I love exploring new places a lot. Wonderful post.

    • March 11, 2016 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks, you and me both

    • March 11, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      You’re welcome

  33. March 11, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    I love this post. All of my dream trips are across the Atlantic which makes it a lot harder to just up and go b/c flights can easily be several hundred thousand dollars.Despite this, I agree that it’s important to live for today so we will be starting a travel fund soon so that we are able to take spontaneous trips!

    • March 11, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      I can appreciate that, I think travel fund is a great idea and good luck

  34. March 11, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    People are always ‘waiting’ for other pieces of life to get out of the way but you’re right – live for today! I don’t currently have the money to travel very often but I’m hoping to have a big blowout summer this year after working in France for a year 🙂

    • March 11, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      It must have been awesome working in France. I hope you get some travel in this year

  35. March 11, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Ugh these are time when I wish I lived in Europe where they have cheap airlines like EasyJet! I remember paying 30euros to fly from Paris to Amsterdam and I was so amazed by how cheap it was! I’d make weekend travel plans all the time. 🙂 There’s no such luxury here in the US but I’m on my way to (like you) paying off debt, and saving for a house then make a point to travel.

    • March 11, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      We are definitely at an advantage here in Europe but don’t let that stop you be a tourist in your own city and country.

  36. Elizabeth O
    March 11, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    We make choices in life about how we want to spend our time and, for those of us bitten by the travel bug, our passion is travel.
    One of the joys of living in Europe is that you can visit so many different countries and cultures in a shorter time span than someone in a far flung country.
    But, it takes commitment and the love of seeing the world. I’m with you on that and have traveled to many parts of the world and hope to pick it up again in the coming year. Travel is truly a great teacher! 💖

    • March 11, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth, it is a commitment, it is a choice and it is the passion for travel and us wanderlusts are always on the ready for our next adventure

  37. March 11, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Beautiful images! I’m jealous of all your travels. With two little ones at home, we don’t get to go many places these days. I am already pestering my husband about a big trip without the kids in 2017. Maybe Australia!

    • March 11, 2016 / 12:13 pm

      Oh wow Australia would be awesome. I think with kid try staycations I am told they are super nice

  38. March 11, 2016 / 11:57 am

    You sure have visited some great places and the memories are priceless! I love to travel and look forward to traveling more often. Love your photos!

    • March 11, 2016 / 12:13 pm

      Thanks Alli, I am pleased about where I have managed to go and excited about the future

  39. dadofdivas
    March 11, 2016 / 10:58 am

    I truly appreciate you sharing this. Your beautiful images share with me how little I have traveled and how much I want to travel more. Something always seems to get in the way, especially with kids, but this is an excuse that I want to get past!

    • March 11, 2016 / 10:59 am

      And I hope you do, thanks so much for saying that

  40. Kita
    March 11, 2016 / 10:11 am

    First off, your pictures are beautiful. Second, I commend you on traveling while paying off debt. Most people wait but your outlook on living while working on your debt is just what more people (like me) need to do. Thanks for that.

    • March 11, 2016 / 10:13 am

      You welcome and I am happy to hear that

  41. March 11, 2016 / 10:06 am

    I totally agree with you about willing to make sacrifices. I am happy to travel really early or stay in private room hostels rather than hotels to save money and be able to travel so much. I am doing a challenge I set myself to get out of the country every single month and I can’t believe how much I’ve already done/ have planned. I don’t think i’ll be doing as much next year as I have two larger trips planned and for me it’s more holiday from work! Good luck with your challenge x

    • March 11, 2016 / 10:08 am

      Thanks so much Rhian and I agree I probably won’t be doing the same next year but let’s finish this year and then see

  42. March 11, 2016 / 9:52 am

    For me it comes down to priorities. Travelling is a priority of mine, so I spend all my money on it rather than saving it.

    • March 11, 2016 / 10:07 am

      I am with you girl

  43. March 11, 2016 / 9:38 am

    Great advice and great outlook on life. I always say we have no money to travel, but you idea of doing a ‘staycation’ is fantastic and definitely something I will try!

    • March 11, 2016 / 9:43 am

      Thanks Elanor and I hope you do staycations with family to make the most out of time

  44. March 11, 2016 / 7:54 am

    You are definitely a woman after my own heart. I decided to do the same thing myself. This year is my year of travel and so far we’ve been to NY and now we’re in London with a spontaneous booking for France to celebrate my daughters’ 4th birthday in Disneyland Paris. I’m not letting anything stop me because as you said, tomorrow isn’t promised to me so I’m living in the now.

    • March 11, 2016 / 7:56 am

      Thanks you so much Amanda and glad to hear you and your family are living in the now

  45. March 11, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Ululating standing ovation in my native African style. I wish I could catapult this post to the moon and back aishhhh gal you said it. The moment we got our papers that was the day we promised not to waste the blessing. We searched for other ways to travel the world without having to go ymca or compromise on the quality of accommodation. We found it and never looked back. Funny thing is We never thought to blog and share till 2yrs ago and we launched the official travel blog only last year. Life is meant to be lived and you lady grabbed it by the horns. Bravo and so proud ebpven if we never met 😊👏🏽💕 we can all See, Do and Be more….

    • March 11, 2016 / 5:37 am

      Thank you so much Julie, I felt the same as you guys not to waste the blessing now that many doors have opened I should make use of it as God intended

  46. March 10, 2016 / 11:01 pm

    What an incredible post! Being a travel blogger, standing ovation to you!
    The way you have crafted this post, I am sure it’s going to inspire many people to come out of their comfort zone and explore the world and expand their horizon.

    • March 11, 2016 / 5:35 am

      Awww thanks so much Ana, hope to reach your level one day

  47. March 10, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Travel when you can! They say it’s the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer and I couldn”t agree more!

    • March 10, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      That is so true and I couldn’t agree more

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