4 Things To Do Before You Let Your Dreams Dictate Where You Ought To Go

4 Things To Do Before You Let Your Dreams Dictate Where You Ought To Go

Ask most people what they’d like to do if they had the money, time, and the situational advantage of being able to do “whatever they wanted to do” and they’d say: travel.

It’s no joke that about 58% of the 1100 British enthusiasts surveyed by the OnDevice Group want to travel this summer. To put that in perspective, 9 out of 10 English folks want to travel.

To travel is a dream. This wanderlust isn’t new; in fact, it’s one of the oldest habits that mankind developed — to see new peoples, to arrive at far, distant lands, to set foot into a new culture, experience new phenomena, and to meet different people.

But before that dream comes to reality, there are tons of things you’d have to do.

Why, you ask?

It’s one thing to save up for vacation and to one or more places for a couple of weeks. To travel regularly, to trail off into the urban wilderness for a long time, to engage in Staycations, and to live the life of a nomad is something else completely.

Here’s what you should do (whether you want to travel long or short, all by yourself or with your family) before your dreams dictate the undulating enthusiasm of your wanderlust:

4 Things To Do Before You Let Your Dreams Dictate Where You Ought To Go

Watch your dreams

The troubles with dreams are that they take you too far into the unknown. In a way, it’s awesome. In many ways, however, it’s unreal. The whole “I want to be location independent, and travel all over the world, forever and ever” thing is a reality. But that reality isn’t for everyone.

4 Things To Do Before You Let Your Dreams Dictate Where You Ought To Go

Most long-term travelers sacrifice many things that normal folks won’t. For instance, long-term travelers don’t care so much about full-fledged family life. Forget family, they barely keep relationships alive (partly due to the fact that they are in perpetual motion). Everything long-term travelers need, they find it on the road.

Further, they usually quit their jobs in the name of travel. Some people go to the extreme of actually selling everything they’ve got. On top of it, they won’t save enough to keep assets like a home and other things people usually need. They just save enough (or make enough) to keep traveling.

When they come back from travels, they want to travel even more. Again, there’s no willingness to stay put and to live a “normal” life.

It’s not that “normal” is good or bad. It’s just a matter of a lifestyle choice. Before excitement, there’s usually a reality check. Just be sure to go through that.

Get your bearings

What do you do for a living? Are you single or do you have a family? How “location independent” is your job? If you have to travel long, is that a possibility? What’s your financial situation like? What are some of those things that tie you up to your roots, wherever you are?

If you are like most people, you probably have a job that plugs you straight into a cubicle. Or you have a business that you can’t leave for a single day. If you have family, that’s a heavy responsibility you carry. You could be like one of those families that travel around the world, kids in tow.

But just because there are individuals or families that do it for years on end, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best path for you.

Find out if travel really means so much for you. Long term, worldwide travel for years could mean roughing it out – with or without the money.

Get your bearings. Find out what it takes to achieve what you want and see what you need to get there or whether getting there is that important in the first place.

Check your responsibilities

Sometimes, no matter how much you dream this travel thing up, you just can’t travel in certain familial circumstances. Maybe you have too many mouths to feed to trying circumstances, living paycheck-to-paycheck, and just too many responsibilities to sort through.

It could be that someone in your family isn’t feeling well. Maybe the time for you to travel long-term isn’t right.

None of that should mean that you couldn’t travel; it only means that you’d have to work “travel” well within your circumstances. Maybe weekend getaways are still possible. Perhaps, you could choose to be a tourist in your own city. You might just want to do visceral travel or arm chair traveling.

You just have to dig through your responsibilities to see which of those you could unload, solve, or just stick to.

Sort your finances

If you are traveling short term, it’s advisable that you save up enough cash for your travel. No credit cards. No borrowing money from friends, spouse, or family. No loans just because banks chase your wallet and tempt you (personal loans and bank overdrafts can kill).

Apply that – on the double (or on the multiple) to long-term travel too. If you are going to travel alone or with someone else, save up enough cash to ensure that you don’t need to work for at least a year. Even if you do save up, find a way to fund your travels while you are on the move.

In short, you should save enough (or make enough) to cover your travel expenses plus the dry phase that’s likely to occur after you are back.

Contrary to what most people think, a big gap in your resume that happened because you were away globetrotting (for no particular reason but travel) isn’t going to look that good on your professional resume. For the same reason that not everyone is enamored by the idea of traveling for the sake of traveling for a long time.

Living expenses while traveling = comes from whatever assets you built up

All those savings = emergency cash or show it off to immigration officials (if they ask).

How do you manage to keep your travel dreams in check? Do you do your due diligence before you jump ship? What’s your take on long-term travel and the blinding temptation that location-independent or permanent travel is?

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