I would like to introduce people who have inspired me travel more. There are many such people over the course of my life, and because of internet i can now introduce them to you all.
Meet Amanda Williams
This is the quote she has as a template for her travel
“It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
Cool isn’t it?
Since 2005, she has visited 20 countries on 4 continents, and is always on the lookout for her next big adventure, be it on the other side of the world, or just around the corner.
One of the main reasons that i am inspired by Amanda is what she says about traveling – Let me quote her – “I’m not a professional traveler. I do not make a living from this blog or the travel associated with it. I am (unfortunately) not location-independent.”
Her Motto is “Life is short, travel now”, “Getting lost during travel is sometimes good.”
Since she loves to travel solo also, I like this post for women travelers. It is a sweet post: Dear Dad: Please Don’t Worry (A Treatise on Solo Female Travel).
She goes on to say
We psyche ourselves out and buy into a lot of misconceptions about living a life full of travel. We begin to believe things like:
- You must be rich to travel.
- You must be single to travel.
- You must be brave and outgoing to travel.
- You must be free from responsibility to travel.
these are some of the tips that she gives
Here are some tips for how you, too, can fit travel into your ordinary life:
- Start saving now. It’s never too early to start saving for a trip. Even just setting aside $20 per week can go a long way quickly.
- Plan your dream vacation. Even if you won’t be able to take it right away, planning a vacation can keep you upbeat about traveling and give you something to look forward to. I start planning some of my big trips up to a year ahead of time.
- Keep an eye on travel deals. Especially if you start planning and saving for a big trip early, you can keep an eye on things like airline and hotel deals. You never know when the perfect one will come along! Signing up for mailing lists from specific airlines, or from travel aggregators like TravelZoo, is a great idea, too, and can alert you to big savings opportunities.
- Make the most of vacation time and holidays. We Americans get a raw deal in my opinion when it comes to vacation time. If your employer isn’t cool about letting you work overtime or giving you unpaid days off, you’ll have to get creative in order to make the most of the vacation time you have. You can stretch your 2 weeks much further if you plan travel around paid holidays, or if you can elect to work your holidays and save them up for later.
- Don’t wait for someone to travel with. Especially if you’re working full-time and have friends and family members who are also working full-time, it might be difficult to coordinate a vacation. But that doesn’t mean you should forego travel. It just means you may need to consider adding “solo travel” to your vocabulary.
- Pick up new hobbies. For me, starting a travel blog has opened many doors in terms of travel. I’ve made a lot of contacts, and even picked up some freelance gigs here and there that have helped feed my travel addiction (and my travel fund). But if starting a blog isn’t right for you, consider other hobbies that might allow you to get closer to your travel goals. Perhaps volunteering or joining a club could be an option for you.
- Take advantage of all opportunities. Right along with picking up new hobbies, be sure to take advantage of any travel opportunities that those hobbies might afford you. For example, I traveled a lot during college because I joined the marching band. We went to places like Italy and China on performance tours at prices that a college student could afford.
And, at the end of the day…
- Don’t make excuses. Any excuse you can make about why you can’t/don’t travel can be overcome. If you truly want to travel more without giving up your current lifestyle, the first step is setting aside the misconceptions and excuses and going after what you want in any way that you can.