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Achieve your travel goals this year in 8 steps

Achieve your travel goals this year in 8 steps

In the blink of an eye, we entered the New Year, probably with a long list of goals to achieve. And among the most important goals we set up for 2020, are travel goals. Being short or not, trips are the things that mark the year for us and create wonderful memories of that particular year.

Besides, at the end of the year, we make resolutions and wish to travel to our dream destination next year. You must have fulfilled some travel goals last year, but how to actually achieve main travel goals this year? Even if your travel goals seem unrealistic, they are possible to achieve with some useful tips and a good plan!

In order to achieve your travel goals, you have to understand that money isn’t an excuse and that there’s no such thing as the right moment. As you already know, life is short and now is the right time to fulfill your travel goals! Let us help you to achieve them with our 8 useful tips. Good luck!

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1. Make a plan

2. Set up your budget

3. Do your research

4. Find your travel buddy

5. Travel on budget

6. Get a world scratch off map

7. Sell stuff you don’t need and earn some pocket money

8. Stop making excuses

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1. Make a plan

How to achieve your travel goals in 2020 if you don’t have a plan? Just a simple plan can help you to define your goals, set up a budget, research destinations and create small steps to achieve them. Plans, being written by a pen or typed on your laptop, help you solidify how you will achieve your dreams. Having a travel plan, you’ll be able to see what is affordable for you and find ways to achieve travel goals. What’s more, plans let you to track the progress for achieving travel goals. Besides, a surprise trip can be the best gift idea for a husband or best anniversary gift idea! In that case, make sure to create a good plan.

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2. Set up your budget.

Now that you've made a plan to make your dream journey come, it's time to set up your budget. No lies, money is important when it comes to trips and vacations. But money shouldn’t be an excuse for not achieving your travel goals, because there are many ways you can reach your favorite destination. Once you decide where you want to travel, think about how much do you need and by when. Your first challenge is to set up a traveling budget and find ways to start budgeting/saving money. Although that’s not easy, you can at least check the prices for flights and accommodation, transportation and food. Once you’ve got your number, start balancing. And don’t forget to set aside weekly or monthly for your goals. You can start with just $1 and add to it whenever you can.

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3. Do your research.

To get an accurate number of the fund you’ll need for traveling this year, you have to do some research first. Why? Well, some of the information might change the way you approach your goals or even the goals entirely. You can compare destinations and prices by using momondo’s Anywhere Search, but also TripAdvisor to find restaurants and places for entertainment that is affordable for your budget. Choose a map view for a geographical overview. Use and look up the place you want. Zoom in and take a look at the street names. “See” yourself walking down these streets. Take time to go on YouTube and look at videos of your chosen destination. With just a few clicks on the Internet, you can find all the information you need, but also read experiences from other travelers. And with our subscription box, you can get some of the best gadgets that will take your travel experience to the next level.

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4. Find your travel buddy!

Some exotic destinations tend to be overpriced and very expensive. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reach them this year! The best solution for achieving expensive travel goals is through joining forces. This means, you need to find your travel buddy! You can ask your family members, your boyfriend/girlfriend, or your BFF to join you on your next trip. If they are unable to come, don’t worry. There must be someone who shares your interests and want to accompany you. You and your buddy can share the costs and also, achieve travel goal much easier and faster. For example, you can ask your Facebook/Instagram friends if they would like to visit the same destination as you.

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5. Travel on budget.

Even the most exclusive destinations have accommodation on budget. And with many low-cost airlines today, people find it much easier to travel to their dream destination. For example, just 40 years ago, a trip to Hawaii, Bali, India, Brazil or Thailand was enormously expensive for ordinary people. But today, that’s affordable to many people. There are many ways to travel on a budget. Don’t fly first class. Don’t sleep at five-star hotels or ear at the most expensive restaurants. There are many nice hotels and restaurants where you can enjoy your trip. Besides, when planning your trip, look for free activities. Just do a simple search on Google: amazing free activities in New York?! And you’ll be surprised how many things you can see and do for free. As for flights, it’s usually cheaper to fly mid-week, and even cheaper if it’s in the evening.  And if you buy a ticket a few months before, you’ll be able to save much more.

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6. Get a world scratch off map!

With this beautiful and informative travel product, you’ll enjoy your trips more this year. Get a world scratch off map and scratch all countries and places you have visited before. Hang it on your wall and track your travels with this unique product. This map has accurate cartographic details, country flags, and landmarks. It’s made of high-quality paper and protected with laminated finishing. This can be the perfect gift for travelers! Each year you can set up your travel goals and scratch places on the map. Find places of your interest on the map and visit the world in a few years!

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7. Sell stuff you don’t need and earn some pocket money

Setting up a budget for accommodation, transportation, flight tickets and food is usually not hard, but deciding how much money you should have in your pocket might be tricky. No matter how much money we take on our trip, we always need more. Unless you’re a billionaire. You may be able to make some savings, but try to find more ways to earn extra money for your trip. For example, you can sell stuff you don’t need. Books, gadgets, clothes, shoes or some sports equipment can bring you a lot of money. Put their photos on Ebay or Craigslist and earn money for your travels. Pick our subscription box and get amazing products and gadgets you can use on your next trip at amazing prices!

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8. Stop making excuses

One of the biggest excuses for not being able to achieve travel goals is – money. “I don’t have the money” is one of the most common excuses that people make in order to explain why they don’t travel more. The truth is, myths like travel is expensive are sooo last decade. It’s not just about money, it’s about prioritizing your goals. If the trip to Los Angeles is your priority this year, don’t buy expensive clothes and tons of unnecessary gadgets. Stick to your goal. Find ways to earn extra money and also save money for the trip. Besides, you can apply for volunteer work on your dream destination or take a summer job there. Possibilities are endless. And also, stay away from energy vampires. You don’t need to need negative people around you telling you that it is impossible to achieve your travel goals. Dare to dream and fulfill your dreams.

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