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.
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    • 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

    • March 15, 2016 / 5:41 am

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

    • March 14, 2016 / 7:53 am

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

    • March 14, 2016 / 7:52 am

      My kind of woman and thanks for sharing this Mimi

  4. 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

  5. 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?
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    • March 14, 2016 / 7:50 am

      Thanks Ana, I work for a pharma company in safety

  6. March 13, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I love this post, such great reasons for travelling x

    • March 13, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thanks

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

    • March 12, 2016 / 7:51 pm

      So so true and good wishes to you

  10. 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

  11. 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

    • March 12, 2016 / 11:32 am

      And I wish that you get both soon

  12. 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

    • 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

    • March 12, 2016 / 6:18 am

      So true and good luck to you

  13. 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
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    • 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

    • March 11, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      So true

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