Hi friends! It's been a while since my last post, but that's because I like to post when I actually have something I want to write about instead of feeling forced to post something. So today's post is going to be about my tips of how to travel more. I really became obsessed with traveling this year. Prior to 2015, my trips consisted of Hawaii, Seattle, different road trips in California, a few occasions to Tijuana (used to be a pretty common thing for us Californians BACK IN THE DAY), and of course my road trip across the US after I graduated from nursing school. If you're like me and stalk Instagrammers who travel all the time or LOOK like they travel all the time then you're not alone. I too, can get stuck on Instagram for HOURS on end just daydreaming about all the places I want to go. It's pretty nerve racking sometimes. Especially when they're travel videos on YouTube. Anyway, I finally made it a point to travel abroad to South America in April and have gone on other small trips around the U.S. since then and am going on another big trip this coming November to South East Asia! I am super excited and wanted to share with you all how you can travel too!
First and foremost, the most important thing you can do is make traveling a PRIORITY in your life. An awesome person I met once told me this and it totally clicked in my brain. Since then, I've basically focused all my attention on traveling whenever I can. What I mean by making traveling a priority is to really pay attention to where and what you're spending your resources on. Are you shopping every weekend or going out with friends and spending loads of money on partying and drinking every chance you can get? I mean, don't get me wrong, I too have spent way too much at Target or become extra friendly and buy people drinks when I go out, but this is not on a regular occasion. By really making traveling a priority in my life, I'm able to think twice about spending money on miscellaneous things. There are multiple quotes out there about being rich in experiences instead of things and I'm too lazy to go find one, but you get the idea right? Just stop and think the next time you decide to buy another outfit that you may look cute in a few times or a new gadget that may lose your interest after a few uses or would you rather go on that bucket list trip you've been dreaming of?
Second, save your money! This kind of ties in with what I was saying about making travel a priority, but I also mean, put away a set amount from your paycheck to a savings just for travel! You don't have to have a separate savings account, but it definitely does help so that you don't touch the money in there. I have a Charles Schwab checking account (it's free online) that I use that I put away a set amount from each paycheck to. This account is actually the perfect account for travelers too because it's free AND there are no ATM withdrawal fees WORLDWIDE or foreign transaction fees when you use your debit card for purchases. How amazing, right? Seriously, I'm not getting paid to tell you this. It's an awesome account that every traveler should have.
Third, get yourself a frequent flyer credit card! If you're not into credit cards, then skip this, but make sure you're signed up for frequent flyer miles with your airline of choice. I use the AAdvantage Aviator Red MasterCard, but I originally signed up with US Airways before they merged. I didn't pick this card because these were my airlines of choice, but it was because the initial bonus miles I got was 40,000 miles when I first signed up. And an annual fee of $89. The annual fee paid itself off because I've already flown to California a couple times, once to Utah, and still have enough miles for one more one-way trip I believe. Now, if you're not a fan of paying for annual fees, there are tons of other options out there. Just do your research and see which card will fit you best. I plan to call my credit card before the next annual fee is due to see if they can switch me to a non-annual fee card.
And finally, find a job that will allow you to travel! Now I know this is not the easiest option for a lot of people, but it can apply to others. If you're in school right now and still don't know what you want to do, look into jobs that allow a lot of travel, such as being a flight attendant, travel nurse (Yay for nurses!), photographer, any job that allows you to work from home, etc. As a nurse, I can tell you that working 3 days a week is pretty darn awesome. Mind you, the hours can be very hard and the job itself can be emotionally draining, but it's still a great profession and has so much flexibility. If you'd like to know more about being a nurse feel free to pick my brain! I know I had a lot of questions before I actually committed to changing my career to this route.
I hope this post helps or inspires you to start planning your next trip! Feel free to comment below and add any tips you may have so we can all learn and enjoy this amazing thing called travel. Also, if any of you have any tips to share for traveling in South East Asia please share!
Hope everyone is having a great week!