Do you get to travel as much as you want to? Take advantage of a few simple resources and maximize your travel plans this year. Check these out and adventure on!
Did you travel as much as you wanted to this past year? If your answer is yes, good on ya! Not many people can say that. If your answer is no, you’re more like the rest of us. Many of us want to travel as much as possible, but sometimes life gets in the way. Work, weddings, relationships, finances, and kids: They can all make traveling a bit more difficult.
But rather than dwell on the missed opportunities of 2015, focus on the possibilities of 2016. After all, there’s no time like the present! If you made a New Year’s resolution to travel more, here are some great ways to stick to it:
1. Plan one big trip well in advance.
Sit down and map out at least one big trip you’ll take this year. Use the resources you have right now, like your current financial and job situation, to make the plans. Look up flights and accommodations, and finalize as soon as possible. That way, you’ll have something to look forward to and if, in the worst case scenario, you don’t do any more traveling, you’ll still have one awesome trip that’s already 100 percent taken care of.
2. Take short weekend trips.
Maximize your weekends and do some exploring near where you live by taking short road trips. You’ll be amazed at how far you can get in a few hours, and just because you’re not leaving the country or getting on a plane doesn’t mean you’re not traveling. Hop in a car for a few hours, and you could stumble upon a great little museum or your new favorite bed and breakfast. You’re bound to feel refreshed after a weekend away, and you never know what you might discover in your own backyard.
3. Watch airline sales.
If you’re the spontaneous type, take advantage of airline sales by signing up for email notifications. Airlines like Southwest often have big sales where they practically give flights away. The sales may be for last-minute flights, but don’t be fooled into thinking that every trip needs to be planned way in advance. If you have a free weekend or some extra vacation days, just throw your stuff in a carry-on and in a few hours, you could be at the beach or on the slopes.
4. Start a travel fund.
If saving for travel isn’t a priority, it’ll never happen. Set up an account specifically for travel and automatically transfer money into it, even if it’s just a small amount each week or month. With an automatic transfer, you can just set it up and forget about it. When you’re ready to make a withdrawal, you might be pleasantly surprised by how far you can go with how much you’ve saved up.
5. Sign up for a travel credit card.
You’re buying stuff anyway; why not earn travel points while you do it? There are some great travel cards out there that offer rewards on everything from gas to groceries. If you rack up enough points, your next trip could be free. Only go this method if you can afford to pay off your balance in full every month though, or your credit could suffer.
6. Use an app to score travel deals.
Daily deal apps offer incredible steals on everything from weekend getaways to full-blown island escapes. Not only is the money saving potential high, but you could also get a great idea to visit somewhere you never thought you’d go from perusing the deals. There are usually blackout dates, though, so the trips often require a bit more planning than simply purchasing a ticket.
Don’t let another year go by without traveling as much as you want. No matter what your circumstances, there are little steps you can take and resources you can take advantage of to make sure you keep your New Year’s resolution to travel more.
Alexa is a native New Yorker and citizen of the world. She loves adventure, drinks a lot of coffee, and is always seeking the next spot for an epic sunset. Chasing the elusive dream of endless travel, Alexa is a full time writer, traveler and wild child. Follow her mischief at She Tells Travel Tales or on Instagram