Many of you are probably asking yourselves how this can be possible? The answer is simple; anything is possible if you make it possible, isn’t it?
In my opinion, traveling should be an imperative. This is perhaps easier said than done but there are ways of making it happen. Just as we decide to incorporate certain things and make them an essential part of our lives, we can also incorporate travelling into our lifestyle. Our personal circumstances might not always make this possible. The exigencies of work, our financial and family commitments etc. all these may stand in the way. But I would still insist that travelling is nonetheless possible.
I am sure most of us can’t do without certain things in our lives, a TV perhaps a mobile phone, let alone the Internet that opens the door for us to the whole world. Now, all these ofcourse cost us money. We have prioritized them and made them indispensable. We have reached a point where it would almost be a crime if we didn’t stay connected, in some shape or form be it through updating our Facebook at least once a week, scrolling through to check what is happening with friends or even tweet about the latest news or gossip somewhere.
We’re, in a sense, being victims of technological advancement.
Why can’t we give up some of these and go in for some form of travelling instead? I ask myself that question?
If you’re like many out there, you probably find yourself imagining what it would be like to travel, just for fun. However, if you’re like some, you find grappling with the daily responsibilities, the demands of one’s job, children, a partner etc., all these get in the way.
It is however important to understand that travelling is trully a gift to mankind. It is vital. You can grow richer by travelling more and more. Most importantly, travelling keeps you young by simply putting you in situations where you become a child again. You learn to discover new things, new people and even a new world - things that you didn’t know existed.
Now, going back to our question, how does one incorporate travelling into their life? Here are some of my best-kept secrets and ways I have lived by over the years, ensuring that travelling becomes possible even if I earned as little a day as one could possibly imagine.
1. Make travelling a “MUST” – a priority in your life just like eating and sleeping.
2. Make an effort to have a travel savings account or a piggy bank for your travels.
3. Cut down on some of your ingrained habits – e.g. shopping spree, eating out etc.
4. If travelling long-haul is beyond you then plump for the short-haul travelling, cutting your coat according to your cloth. Move around in however restricted a fashion. The bottom line is to get moving.
5. Understand travelling as a need not a want – it doesn’t have to be “a luxury holiday” even visiting friends or family in a nearby town or country serves the purpose.
6. Plan your travels in advance especially if you have a family – even a year or two ahead.
7. Most importantly, believe that it is possible and focus on that!
A positive commitment to travelling is a fundamental key to making it possible. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to travel and explore this profound gift given to mankind.
With the New Year just started, I’m sure some of you out there have your New Year resolutions that involve travelling. So, if you are looking to expand your horizons or wanting to know more about how you can take that next step into planning your travels, look no further than www.grassroots-traveller.com, as I would be happy to assist.