- You’re Here
If you’re reading this, it means you’re interested in traveling enough to search for travel blogs and that’s a great start! We’re not experts by any means, but we’re learning along the way and we’ll teach you whatever we can. Here are a few important steps to take in order to start planning your trip:
- Figure Out What You Want
Ask yourself the following questions: Where do you want to go? What do you want to do and see? Why do you want to do and see each of these things? Do you want to travel solo? What can you afford? When can you leave? Write down the questions and answers and refer back to them during planning. Your answers will begin your long, exciting research process.
- Save $$$
As soon as you decide that you want to travel, you should try to cut excess shopping, going out, drinking, what have you, and save all of that extra cash for your trip. We try to remind ourselves that the money we spend on a beer in Syracuse could buy us a beer in London. It’s our money-saving mantra.
I used a literal piggy bank to save up my money for a while and at one point had over $1000 crammed into it. Paul cashed each of his paychecks so he could split up his travel money, gas money, spending money etc. Do whatever it takes to get the cash out of your hand and into your travel fund.
- Research, Research, Research
We went to the library (fortunately I was working part-time at a library in Syracuse so we had easy access) and rented dozens of travel guides. These really are your best friends when you want to learn about a new culture, budgeting tips, and what to see or what not to see. We rented guides for countries that we might not even go to, but there’s no harm in learning what you can when you have free resources at your fingertips.
We’ve also spent countless hours reading blogs by other travelers like us. Many are relatively new to travel, but some have been on the road for years. Blogs give you a great sense of what it’s actually like to be a new explorer from a relatable and reliable source. Travel blogs are also where we read about which gear to use for our trip – this is a crucial part of the research process.
This is the hardest step. You know that you want to travel, but now you need to actually do it.Buy your tickets. Our first conversation about our trip was December 28, 2015 in our church parking lot and we bought our tickets just a few weeks later. We decided that this was the perfect time for us, so we found a super cheap flight and went for it.
You can do this. You just have to come to terms with leaving your job, family, friends, and comfy home life in exchange for the experience of a lifetime. It’s not easy, but all the stress you feel now will disappear when you hit the road. Go for it!