You’ve had the dream forever.
What’s holding you back from making it a reality?
I mentioned in our last post, ‘Why You Need To Pursue Your Dreams Now‘, how I used to tell people about my dream to travel the world. It had remained a dream because I was full of shit. I had embraced the easy instead of working for something that I had wanted for my entire life.
Life can sometimes get in the way of dreams.
One day you wake up feeling stuck, or worse, trapped. In my former life I found that I had prioritised my job over the needs of my daughter. That’s a hard thing to admit. I mean, what kind of example am I setting for HER?! “Work is more important than family?” I don’t think so. I want her to see that life does not have to be lived between the lines. I want to show her that living your dream is the only way to live.
What’s that old saying? When you are on your deathbed, you’re not going to say: “Gee, I wish I worked more.” I used to say that to my team when I was a manager. I finally listened to my own advice. I’m seeing more and more people working towards living their dreams. If you are reading this, then you may be too. We want to help you get there.
While many thought I’d come home to Sydney to settle, it’s actually the first stepping-stone to a long-term travel plan.
That’s right. I’m not here to stay. Sydney, for one, is too damn expensive. I have DREAMS to fulfill before I think of staying in one place. Dreams, of traveling the world full-time and sharing that dream, so others can do it too.
Long term travel sounds like a lovely plan, doesn’t it?
But so many people ask me: How does that actually work?
It starts with a GOAL.
For me, one of my goals is to be on the road, traveling full time, for at least two years initially.
We will start by taking a massive road trip around Australia once my daughter graduates in 2017. After that, we will start on the round the world trip. Sounds huge, but it can be done.
The next step is to make a COMMITMENT.
I sought buy in from my husband years ago. He knows how important this dream is to me, and he’s just as committed to making this happen as I am.
Once you’ve committed, start looking at ways to create small wins that lead you toward the goal in mind. Money is usually the primary the concern with a dream like this, so we looked at ways to save towards the trip. Initially we cut out cable television. We tightened our food budget, eating out less often. We paid off our cars, and then sold them.
With the $20 a week you spend buying coffee, for example, put that cash into the travel fund instead. Make a game of it with your travel family. Who can put the most money in each week? There are ways to save and everyone is different in what they can live with, or without in this case. In order to realize your dream, it takes commitment to make it happen.
Then, a PLAN.
After all, it’s a big world out there, and to travel the world will take a lot of planning just to figure out what is realistic for the time frame. So, the first thing we have to do is determine where we’re headed.
To accomplish this, I use what call my Dream Tools:
Get inspired with Trover. Fellow travelers post pictures from locations around the globe. Make a list of your favourites to create your bucket list. You can find travel ideas from the most exotic locations, to places in your own back yard. (Check out our Trover page for inspiration.)
Narrow down your options to agreed-upon destinations. Find ways you can save money with your travels. Create custom boards in Pinterest and share it with your travel family. There are so many ideas on Pinterest when it comes to dreaming and planning. It’s a great way to share ideas and interests. And yep, we have a Pinterest page too, to help you further.
Getting down to the nitty gritty: Where to stay? Where to eat? How to get there? If we haven’t touched on a destination you’re looking at, TripAdvisor is a great resource. I’ve discovered some great finds on TripAdvisor, including this gem in Florence. It’s one of the best places I’ve stayed! TripAdvisor provides information from people who have stayed in the hotels, eaten at the restaurants, and walked the cities.
All these tools help us formulate our plan. I’ve already used these dream tools to plan trips to Melbourne, greater Victoria, Tasmania, and am using them for our next adventure to New Zealand.
And best of all, my family is in on it, not only dreaming, but also planning along with me.