My dad likes to golf. My friend likes to buy jewelry (nice, blingy jewelry.) My other friend likes her three-Starbucks-a-day habit.
People always ask me how I can afford to travel so often. I just make it a priority, like golf, jewelry, Starbucks or anything else you spend your money on.
I know money is tight. I know travel seems like it’s a pipe dream. But really, it isn’t. Here’s how you can make it a priority.
- The power of one: It costs more for a whole family to travel than just one person. But what’s wrong with a girlfriend getaway? Call up your friends. Head to Vegas. Have some “you” time.
- The power of two: Take the kids to the grandparents’ house for a week. Marriages could do with a little more romantic time. A getaway – even for the weekend – can do wonders for a relationship.
- Take the kids: Okay, if you just can’t bear to get away, take the kids along. Many resorts discount for children under a certain age, and in some cases, they are free! Ask when you call a resort/hotel for any discounts.
- Plan ahead: If you gave up that Starbucks coffee each morning (at nearly $4 a pop) for three months, that’s enough money for a plane ticket. Add three more months, and you’ve got a weekend at a hotel. You get the point. It doesn’t have to cut into your Starbucks craving. It could mean eating at home instead of eating out. Quitting your smoking habit (it’s bad for you anyway). Cutting out McD’s at lunch.
- Travel locally: Travel doesn’t have to mean an exotic destination. Consider a short trip to a resort one state over, or two states away.
- Get a deal: In my last post, I wrote about how to get the best deal. With a little resourcefulness, you can travel for less than you ever thought possible. For example, know your destination’s “high” season (for example, in winter, everyone flocks to the Caribbean.) Consider a “shoulder” season, when the rates drop, or the “low” season, when the rates drop even more.
- Make the resolution, and keep it: What resolutions did you make for the new year? If you want to travel, you need to resolve to do it. “Resolve” implies a tenacity, a stick-to-it-ness. Set a goal, reward yourself along the way, and then head off into the wild blue yonder.
Happy travels in 2011!