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  1. 5 ways to design your travel lifestyle

    posted by Guest Blogger - Lindy Coops | 0 Comments

    Sep122013

    Lindy Coops from bewicked is our latest guest blogger whose vision is “You should be able to go out more, do what you love and be the awesome version of you.” In her guest she provides five simple guidelines for you to be able to design a travel plan to suit your lifestyle. You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

    The concept of a ‘Travel Lifestyle’ can be quite broad. And it should be - you deserve to fill in the blanks here and you deserve to create a lifestyle around your travel passion! In extreme cases, travellers sell everything they own, pack their bags and leave what they used to call home indefinitely. But what if you’re not this kind of person? Not to worry, there’s many more options to change your lifestyle and become more of the traveller you want to be!

    “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” - Henry David Thoreau

    Whatever you do, realize that all those hours spent working to buy stuff you don’t really need is a price paid for wanting to live the lifestyle you chose. With these 5 tips you should be able to create YOUR ‘Travel Lifestyle’:


    1. Define your necessities

    Go through your stuff and determine what you need to be a happy person. How many clothes do you have? Do you need more or do you think this is enough for now? Does your computer serve its purpose? How about your TV set and your mobile phone? Only when you know that what you have is enough, you’ll be able to realize you don’t need to buy more, bigger and better.

    If travel is the thing you love to do, focus on being able to travel. Knowing you’re going do the one thing you REALLY want makes it so much easier to say ‘no’ to all the small things you spend your money on a daily basis.


    2. Save up for travel

    To really be able to save money you should start by creating a document containing all your expenses: rent or mortgage, electrical bills, insurance, subscriptions, groceries, basically everything you spend on a monthly basis.

    Now you know where your money goes, see whether you can save on something. Notice only 75% of your income is needed to live your life? Then where’s the other 25% going? Track down those spendings and minimize them. Set aside the amount of money you won’t be needing this month right after you receive your paycheck, and make this into a habit every month. If it’s not in your account, you can’t spend it!


    3. Cut work hours

    If your financial situation allows you to do this, consider working less. And of course spend the time you just earned well! You might be able to keep working your regular hours and save up the hours you’re working but not getting paid for. Then once (or twice, or three times) a year, take a couple weeks off and travel.

    If you’re able to cut your work hours, but your boss won’t allow for saving up those days, consider extending your weekend (by not working Mondays or Fridays) and travel locally during those weekends. Go surfing, mountain biking, hiking, road tripping, you name it!


    4. Realize life doesn’t stop when working life starts

    After thinking about cutting work hours, please also realise once your working life starts, it’s not too late to travel.

    Many are taught life is supposed to happen in a specific order, and traveling seems to fit in somewhere after high school or college, before building a career. In my opinion, the whole growing up and building career thing is highly overestimated, but that’s another discussion.

    What it comes down to is if you wish to travel, you should allow yourself to travel. Maybe you can think of ways to finance your travels by working on the road such as teaching English, picking fruit, become a diving instructor; there’s many ways to earn some money to support yourself. Maybe you can think of a way to generate an income online, so whenever you have your laptop and an internet connection, you’ll be able to work by building websites or becoming a travel writer. The possibilities are limitless!


    5. Find your travel priorities

    Do you travel alone, with a partner or with friends? Do you like adventure, do you want to meet new people, are you ready to step out of your comfort zone? Do you even know the edges of your comfort zone?

    By knowing your personal travel priorities and no-go’s, planning that next trip becomes much easier. If you’re eager to meet other travelers, look for popular travel countries. If you don’t mind stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time, it’s easier to book that flight and see where your travels take you. If you wish to travel cheap, finding a non-western country to travel to pays off.

    Just start by thinking of what your travels should look like, and you will know what to do and where to go in no time!

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