Besides the obvious budget/trip planning, there’s a big step to cross in order to make your dream adventures happen, and it’s to actually stop visualizing it as a dream, and consider the reality of it. At least that how it works for me. And here’s how I do it:
- Tell everybody that you’re leaving. Even set a date. When they see you again, they’ll ask about it and there’s no bigger push than to have someone expect you to do something. Even tell strangers—you might fall on someone who’s already been to your dream destination and who can give you a few advices, as well as a bigger crave to leave.
- Meditate. Repeating a mantra while focussing on your breathing can do magic on the mind. It’s like a brain massage, plus it takes away the doubts and fears and switch your default setting from I So Badly Want To Go, to OMG, I’m Really Doing This? Okay, Let Me Get My Shit Together And I’m Ready To Go.
- Every time you want to eat out (or even just have a coffee) tell yourself you’ll pay for that meal (or coffee) abroad. Undoubtedly my only way to resist temptation. Really.
- Buy a photo album, picture frames, and a new travel journal. The itch to fill those little darlings will make you look at your dream straight in the eye and do something about it.
- Work somewhere related to travel (airport, tourism, travel agency). Yes! I’m talking about pure self-torture, here. But it’s effective, and isn’t this post about getting results? (It is.) Plus you’ll definitely learn some travel tips.
- Plan to go with someone else. You’ll motivate each other, and having a travel buddy happens to remove a crapload of unnecessary fears. But if your TB bails at the last minute, DON’T change your mind. Thank him for making the planning easier, and show him how you make things happen. 😉