Over the past decade, I’ve come to a very specific realization. That realization is that I want to travel the world. I want to see everything this planet has to offer. I don’t discriminate where I want to go. I want to see it all. Not everyone may be as passionate about travel as I am, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make it a priority! There are so many reasons to save for travel and actually get out there and see what the world has to offer. I’m sharing 5 reasons to save for travel, and why you should make it a priority at some point in your life.

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5 Reasons to Save for Travel

#1 You shouldn’t have to worry about money when traveling

Considering the fact that I have been the girl who has traveled when she couldn’t afford it, and the girl who has traveled when she could afford it…there is a big difference between the two. The thing about traveling when you can’t afford to is you don’t get to fully enjoy the experience – before, during and after.

Before the trip, you’re struggling to find the money to pay for it and normal bills. During the trip, you are limited in how much you can spend while you’re there. This takes the focus off of enjoying the experience. After the trip, you are wondering how you’re going to pay for the things that you need to pay for. That’s no way to travel.

Instead, saving for your trip ahead of time takes the pressure off. You can afford to pay for the trip before you go. You can afford to spend money while you’re there. Lastly, you can come back and pick right back up where you left off.

#2 Having your trip paid for before you go enhances the experience

I touched on this above, but when your trip is planned and saved for in advance, you don’t let money (or worrying about money) impact your experience. You get to go on your trip and truly enjoy your time there. It’s no fun to count pennies when you’re on vacation. You end up robbing yourself of all of the experiences you can have.

#3 Travel should be planned for and thought through

Not only does planning and saving for your trip ahead of time enhance your experience, but it gives you time to think through what you want to do. Planning ahead means that you can make the most of your time there. Winging it and figuring out what to do when you get there wastes time and money. You didn’t do your research ahead of time, and now you’re scrambling trying to figure out what to do and how much it’s going to cost.

Saving for your trip ahead of time means that you plan for it early. You start researching things you want to do while you’re on your trip, so that you know how much it’s going to cost. This means that you get to your vacation destination with a game plan in place. No confusion on what to do and when. This also helps enhance the experience!

#4 Travel shows you to appreciate what you have, and keep striving for more

If you’re going to travel the right way, then you need to save for it. This allows you to make the most of your experience – and trust me, you want to travel. The more places you see and experience, the more cultured you become. You see how people live in completely different places, and that allows you to practice more gratitude for where you come from.

Not only do you appreciate what you have more when you see how other people live, but you are inspired and motivated to keep striving for more. There is no limit to what we can have, do, and experience, and the more you travel, the more you feel that.

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#5 The more you travel, the more you want to travel

The more you travel, the more you want to travel – this has definitely been my experience. I started with a craving to see what the world had to offer, and I’ve ended with a craving to see all that I can in my lifetime. When you travel, you open your mind to all sorts of possibilities. Because of that, your mind wants to know what else is out there.

Since traveling makes you want to travel more, you have an even bigger reason to save for travels. At this point, you’ll want to set up a travel savings account. Even if you don’t have a trip planned, you know one is coming. Be prepared so you don’t have to get prepared. The more money you have, the farther you can go and the more you can see.

Need some ideas on where to travel to? Check out the articles below:

10 Great Places to Travel on a Budget
9 Amazing Island Destinations
Natural Wonders Everyone Should See
7 Amazing Hotels to Experience at Least Once

How you can start saving for travel now

To start, you’ll want to make sure you have a budget in place. You need to know that your responsibilities are taken care of, and what amount you have left over that can be saved for travel. From there, you can create a specific savings account dedicated to traveling.

After reviewing your budget, determine a specific amount to be saved for travel each month. Have that amount set up to automatically be transferred into your travel savings account. Make it fun by naming your account! You can keep it broad by calling it “My Travel Fund”. Or, you can get specific and name it after the next place you plan to visit: “Jamaica Vacation Fund”.

Pro Tip: If you’re debt free, use a travel rewards credit card for normal spending. This will allow you to rack up rewards or flight miles that can be used for future trips. It helps you save even more money. Not to mention, you’re doing it with spending you would have done anyways (because it’s budgeted for). That’s exactly how it should be done!

If you’re struggling to allocate your income properly, schedule a free consultation with me now and let’s work through it together!

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Related: 6 Ways to Be a Successful Solo Traveler

Traveling can be such an enlightening experience. I know that when I travel, my mind opens up to just how much this world has to offer. I don’t think traveling is cheap, so you have to be financially wise about it, but that’s just another reason to save for it ahead of time! Are you a fan of traveling? How do you budget and save for travel? Drop a comment below and share with me!

-Raya
The CGS Team

Raya ReavesFounder; Financial Consultant