Some resolutions are about reforming yourself: quitting smoking, cutting out Netflix binges, etc. But other resolutions are less about things you can’t do and more about things you CAN do. In this second part of my New Year’s post, I’m sharing some resolution ideas to do more in 2020 and suggestions to help get you there.
New year’s resolution: Travel more without breaking the bank
In my last post, I mentioned how I plan to travel less this year so I can offset the carbon emissions of my 2019 travels. However, you don’t have to fly around the world to get out of your comfort zone and feel like you’ve travelled. You don’t even need to spend a lot of money. If money is a concern for you, here are a few tips to save.
Quick money-saving tips to build up your travel fund:
- Automate deposits into a savings account dedicated to travel. There are also apps that will round up your transactions and save the difference. A savings jar in your kitchen helps too.
- Review your budget and cut out extra expenses like restaurants and unused subscriptions.
- Borrow, rent, and buy second hand to save money here and there.
- Pick up some freelance gigs like writing, house-sitting, dog-walking, and more.
- Sell off your clutter at garage sales or online.
Ways to save money on travel costs:
- Travel in a low or off season.
- Use apps like Hopper to monitor airline prices to get the best deals.
- Do a HomeExchange instead of booking hotels and AirBnb.
- Stay close to home so you can drive or take a bus.
- Travel on a shoe-string budget: make lunches, pre-book activities, and sightsee on the cheap.
- If it’s feasible for your situation, find travel and work opportunities where you get paid to work in a different place. Or, extend a work trip into a sightseeing trip to save on costs.
New year’s resolution: Broaden my horizons
Travel is a great way to see different ways to live, different perspectives, and become more humble and grateful about your own reality. There are many ways to complement that experience even at home:
- Learn a new language
- Read more books from non-Western perspectives (and put them on a travel-friendly device)
- Subscribe to a varied diet of news sources
- Watch more foreign films or travel documentaries
- Volunteer at places that serve new immigrants. You’ll have unreal opportunities to chat with people from around the world.
- Try restaurants in your city with authentic food from different places to get a taste of that cuisine.
New year’s resolution: Be braver
You can do it. Whatever is on your bucket list this year, find ways to make it happen. Afraid of travelling solo? Look into what it takes or join group trips instead! Whatever it is, with some careful planning and courage, you can take it on.
Happy Travels xox