3 Steps To Prepare for Spontaneous Travel
This travel list may be a paradox but there are some things to look at when you’re pondering, “Should I go or shouldn’t I go”. The clear answer is Yes, you should! Though with spontaneity there’s another side that should be factored in, i.e., your life, work, family and friends…all those boring things. Hopefully you will find some validity in this preparation list to make spontaneous travel a less burdensome act.
Work, how to deal with it…
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The toil that burdens most of us: work. It’s a commitment that shouldn’t be taken likely – this is your source of food, clothing and those peculiars one needs to live a normal life. You will have to quickly think back to when your last vacation time was. Or how much time you have for the next one. Is your boss going to need you most at a certain time of year? Is your work flexible enough to allow time-off? Do you really love this job? Is it possible to ask/beg for time-off? These questions should be considered when you’re about to click on ‘submit payment’.
There is nothing worse than being tied down to something that you’re not passionate about. If you don’t love your job and there are other jobs like this one that can be quickly obtained, then it’s imperative that you book that trip. Life-changing opportunities don’t come often, they should be abused and taken advantage of – forget that job – you live once.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – mark twain
Keep an Open Mind
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So you’ve stumbled on a great deal somewhere in South America! You’ve been dreaming about going somewhere, though never thought it would be to South America. You were planning your big trip to be to the Caribbean or Europe. But the price is just right for a round trip ticket! You know little about the country and squat about the language. But this is a different world, something you have no idea about and how cool would it be to Facebook: I just booked my ticket to (fill in the blank). How adventurous will you feel?
Keeping an open mind when traveling is an unfettering characteristic. It allows you the freedom to explore without prejudice – stripped away from any predilection or apprehension. You are succumbing to “fate”, “destiny” or “chance”, and you’re taking the first step to a life-altering opportunity. Godspeed…
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What plagues most travelers are the funds, or rather, lack of them to pursue this hobby. I am in no means rich but I save. I save 40 to 50 bucks a week then let several months pass before I start jumping on airline websites to tease myself (I’ve found a 400 USD round trip from Miami to Prague and a 500 dollar to Japan, so deals are out there!). Don’t discourage yourself by seeing specials that aren’t attainable, be realistic and know your financial limits. Save up, and when you think you have enough, go crazy looking for those deals. Also, when you do have those nuts piled up be sure to discover the currency rates for the country you’re about to book for – traveling isn’t fun when you find yourself starving because your money is weaker than the country’s currency. Don’t jump wholeheartedly because the air fare is spectacular…do your due diligence.
After all these things are considered and pondered upon, then buy that ticket, set forth, and wait to be blown away by what the world has to offer. And know everything you can about the destination: where to stay, where to eat, how to see the city, the places you want to visit, the basic words in their language, etc. etc.
As always, if you have any to add, please comment away.