3 Steps That Will Take You Closer to Your Dream Vacation
I’ve ALWAYS been a jet setter. I LOVE to travel, and for me, it’s a priority. Plain and simple.
Throughout my 20’s I have continuously looked for people to travel with. I always ask around to friends and I have noticed a common theme.
One of the following things are said:
- “I’d love to, but I can’t.”
- “I don’t have vacation time.”
- “I don’t have the money.”
- “I don’t have the time.”
- “Yes I can, I’m in!” To find out later that they never intended on going, or back out.
When I’m interviewing people, or coaching with clients, I tend to ask, “What is your ideal dream life?” It almost never fails that somewhere included in the answer is ‘traveling more.’ But when presented opportunities in the NOW, they fail to capitalize on them! I’m here to tell you. If you have said one of the above 5 things, then I have a solution for you.
1. “Talk the talk and walk the walk”
If you are the type of person who is constantly talking about how you wish you could travel more and take more vacations, start implementing action towards your words! The absolute worst thing you can do is spend your time complaining and wishing that, “One day, I’m going to travel the world. It is my dream to travel all over!” If this is truly what you want, then let’s start taking action towards it? Deal? Good.
Oh yea…. One more thing…..When you do commit to taking a vacation, make that decision throughout all aspects of your life. When you are faced with the decision to make an unnecessary purchase (women- designer purses, clothes, accessories, etc…. and guys- electronics, toys, cars, etc), you have to be willing to say no and pass on the additional purchase. That $100-$500+ could be saved for your vacation. If you find yourself continuously wanting vacations and not getting them, then take a serious look at some of your spending habits, and find out where you could abstain from spending so you can set aside the proper funds to go! You can do this!
Real Life Question ——> Are you willing to commit?
2. Set Realistic Expectations
If you only get one week of vacation at work, then don’t plan a two week vacation and risk getting fired. But what you can do is plan 3-5 long weekend vacation experiences for yourself. Look for last minute deals, and explore road trips that are 5 hours or less from your home.
If you want to take a month vacation to Europe, but hardly can pay your bills at home, then maybe it’s time to change your situation. Sit down and budget your expenses to find additional disposable income. If that doesn’t work, then maybe it’s time to step up your skill sets and knowledge and find a advancement in your career which will allow for more opportunities!
Real Life Question ——> Is taking vacations a priority and important to you?
3. Go Hunting
I’m not talking about taking a hunting vacation! (Unless that is what you really like to do…!) What I am referring to is hunting for deals. Look for last minute specials, flight sales, all inclusive vacation offerings, and hotel deals. You can use living social and groupon to shop for deals that peak your interest. What about choosing locations where you can visit friends and family? That will save on the hotel portion (always offer to pitch in regardless, pay groceries, clean up after yourself, etc). You CAN and WILL find something that fits int your interests and budget.
Real Life Question ——> Will you be a vacations deal hunter?
I promise that if you take these 3 things seriously, that you will be on your way to your dream vacation. Your dream vacation is up to you to build out! Stop allowing other people and things stand in your way.
Email me and let me know how it goes & what vacation you are planning! Come back and update me with pics and stories after you have traveled!