More Travel This Year
Is more travel one of your New Year’s Resolutions for this year? For a lot of people, the answer to that question is a resounding YES!
If you’re like a lot of people, you may have made the same resolution last year (or the year before that …). So how you you avoid the same fate next year? You CAN achieve your goal of more travel with a few simple steps; and I’m here to help!
How to Set Goals
Achieving your goal of more travel is not all that different than the process for achieving any other goal. The first step is setting your goals properly, and to do that you’ll need to follow this simple formula:
Step 1: What do you want?
You need to become clear on exactly what you want and where you will get it from. We need to be as specific as possible here – something like “I want to travel more” is a nice wish, but it will simply not get the job done. Similarly, “I will check off 4 items from my bucket list this year” is getting closer to something tangible, but is still too vague.
What does traveling more look like to you? What kind of travel? Where do you want to go? When do you want to go? Whether you are going around the corner or around the world, you won’t get there if you aren’t clear about it.
Example: “By May 31 I will take 1 week of vacation to experience an all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica”
Step 2: What will you give up?
There are some things in your life that are holding you back from achieving this goal, and you need to make yourself aware of them before you can achieve your goal. What’s distracting you? Where can you find some money you can set aside or reallocate for your travel fund? That $10 burrito in Toronto today could buy you 2 happy hour meals in Las Vegas tomorrow. A $100 night on the town tonight might translate into flight and hotel “convenience charges” next month. You need to sow now so you can reap later!
Example: “I will not use my vacation days to complete my Netflix marathon, and I will decline invitations from friends/family for any offers where my money would be better spent working toward achieving my goal. I will sacrifice television and other distractions so I can plan every aspect of my upcoming trip.”
Step 3: What’s your action plan?
You action plan needs to be a set of specific daily activities. You may need to reverse-engineer your goal to find out what those activities should be (especially if you haven’t traveled much in the past).
Example: “I will spend 1 day this week on each of the following tasks: researching best times-of-year to go to my destination, researching best places to stay, researching best flight times and locations, researching things-to-do at my destination, checking travel review sites related to my destination”
How to Achieve Your Goals
Now that we have our goals defined, how do we go about achieving them?
Always write your goals down. I know you’ll remember them in your head, but writing them down activates another level of your consciousness. Having written goals also allows you to post copies around the house or in your wallet as constant reminders of what you want to accomplish. Read your goal several times each day, especially first thing in the morning and right before going to sleep.
Follow your daily action plan, and don’t let distractions creep in. Stay focused.
If you have a job, dedicate yourself to taking all of your vacation days this year. Many people let these days slip away at the end of the year, or (worse) build up over time in the hopes that they’ll use them all later. You’ve earned that time off, so make sure you take it! Taking time off is a vital part of a healthy work-lifestyle balance. Whatever balance suits you, make sure you are taking advantage of it (and working while on holiday doesn’t count!).
If one of your travel goals involves experiencing a place where they speak a different language, make a point of learning a few new words each day. Not only will this become invaluable when you get there, but it will help add to your excitement and increase the likelihood of achieving this goal.
Make achieving your goal your passion! Attach some emotion to the achievment. What would it feel like to accomplish it? How would it change you? Know that you deserve it!
Follow these simple steps and you’ll be achieving your goal of more travel in no time!
I’d love to know how this has helped you. Please comment below and let me know what travel goals you will be setting (and achieving) this year … and come back and celebrate when you accomplish them!
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