Travel can be affordable.

Finances often are the main thing that keeps us from travelling. The truth is that you do not need to be rich to travel, you just need to have the desire to go.

Travel isn’t just about saving the money, there is a lot to do in planning, and finding the right price. Before thinking of all that, the biggest hurdle to tackle is finances. For the longest time I told myself that when I had the money I would travel, but the truth is that we will always have bills to pay. Car Payments, Student Loans, Rent. They are a part of life, but they don’t have to keep you from travelling. I don’t advise putting travel onto a credit card unless you are able to pay it off immediately.

Last year I came across a savings plan on Pinterest that has allowed me to travel, it was very simple. The first week you start you put $1 aside, the second week $2, the third week $3 and so on. I attached a chart that will get you through the year. I found that listing out each week of the year and crossing it off as you go is helpful, if I had extra money one week I would cross off a larger week. After a year you will find that you’ve saved 1,378.00. My upcoming trip with hotel and airfare has cost me 1600.00. What I did was I started this savings plan in October and than a second separate in January. Throughout the year there is always temptation to take money out of your travel funds, but if it’s something you really want to do you will let it be until you are ready to travel.

There is no need to do two savings plans through the year, I found it beneficial because it has also allowed me to have spending money. It is also possible to find trips for less. Travel takes planning, it may mean waiting a year until you save up the money, but in the end it is worth the wait. And when you return you can start all over again!

Savings Plan

 

Elle

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Flying Solo

I’ve always had big dreams to travel, it may have started in high school with my first out of state road trip to Baltimore, Maryland with my best friends and no parents (This one’s for you Erin!). However, I’m almost positive my need to travel started long before that trip. I was always dreaming of the places in the world I would someday see, of the people I would meet and the paths I would follow. I had a list a mile long of where I would go. Time passed, I traveled throughout the United States and than I turned 28 and I realized something.

I had not even begun to travel. Sure I had explored a good portion of the United States, but those were never my dream. By this point I had been to the majority of the Caribbean and Mexico, all of which are places my mom loves (she has this thing about the ocean and palm trees). When I turned 28, after being challenged to create a list of 100 Dreams, I realized I hadn’t crossed off any of the places I wanted to see.

The trips I was taking were the dreams of others. We booked a cruise leaving from San Juan, it was something my mom always wanted to do, she loved San Juan, after numerous talks I finally had to tell her that San Juan was her dream and not mine. In fact most of our vacations were the things she dreamed of seeing, I never regret the trips I’ve taken with my mom, and I will continue to take them but I realized that in choosing vacations I was going on her dream trips and not my own.

So what did I do? I started with the place I dreamed of going since as long as I could remember and began to scour the internet in search of a deal to get to the United Kingdom. I asked various friends to join me on my first adventure across the pond and after half-hearted commitments and people willing to talk about going but not willing to save for the adventure I realized that if I kept waiting for other people, or joining others on their vacations I would never make it to the places I dreamed of.

For a few months, I researched and planned and looked at schedules and finally with the help of Travelocity, I booked the trip. Out of that desire to travel and explore the world and talking to friends who also decided to no longer wait for others to travel was where this blog was born from.

Each time I mention travelling alone, the majority of responses are ‘That’s Brave” “I could never do that” “Shouldn’t you wait until you have someone to go with?”

The truth is I’m no longer willing to wait. If I wait any longer I fear I won’t see all the places I dreamed of, if one day someone decides to join me in my exploration, I won’t say no. But for now I will explore the world by Flying Solo.

-Elle

Flying Solo: 10 Reasons to Travel Alone

In less than two months I will be in Wales. The trip is only a brief visit that will hopefully lead to many more travels in the future. Visiting the United Kingdom has always been a dream of mine. Ever since I could remember I have had a heart to travel to see the world. In all my excitement and preparation for heading to Wales I hoped that others would be excited for me, and while the people that really know me were ecstatic others chose to question my decision and ask if it was safe, if my mom was ok with it (I’m 28! Really?!) and telling me that I should wait until I have a friend to go with me.

As a start to this blog here is my list of reasons you should travel alone at least once in your life.

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10. You are not bound by schedules: Unless you make them yourself

9. Drama Free: No need to negotiate with family and friends on where to go and not to go, where to eat or shop.

8. Enjoy being yourself.

7. You can go wherever you want, whenever you want

6. Cross things off the Bucket Lists: New Years in Australia, Lantern Festivals, Doctor Who Museums,The Globe, the entire world is there for you to explore.

5. Meet new people and learn about a culture different than your own.

4. Escape from life for a little while: Turn off the cellphone, leave the computer behind and truly embrace being in a new place.

3. An opportunity for discovery: culture, history, people, yourself.

2. It pushes you out of your comfort zone: Traveling alone takes you out of your comfort zone, placing yourself in a new place can be exciting and scary, it pushes you to try new things and see places with a new perspective.

1. Traveling alone is a confidence booster: You’ll try new foods, embrace new people and places, and do things you never thought you would.

 

-Elle