Hey, loves. Like many millennials, I too suffer from wanderlust. I can blame it on my parents for prioritizing travel, but I do honestly believe that a large part of it is our generation. I was thinking about beginning a new kind of travel series on this blog which includes this post, “Planning your next adventure”, some of my life changing trips, my recommendations of where to go, and any general travel tips and tricks. Definitely let me know if you have any suggestions for posts.
I want to structure this post as me going through planning my next adventure (I’m just going to pick one possibility out of many). So let’s get into to planning your next adventure!
Where do you want to go?
In an earlier post about my bucket list, I listed a whole lot of places I either want to revisit or go to for the first time. One place I really hope to go back to soon is Italy. Two of my best friends and I have always talked about going to Europe together, and it would honestly be the most amazing trip ever. One of those friends is currently spending the semester in Spain, so we’ve been talking about for sure hitting Spain, Italy, and Germany (we all took German in high school). I was lucky enough to go to both Italy and Spain with my parents over the years, and now that I’m older, I want to re-explore the countries with new eyes and without the constant presence of family (not that I don’t love them and love spending time with them but you know what I mean).
As for you, where have you always dreamed of going? Maybe you want to go to South Africa or Egypt or you’ve always dreamed of seeing the Great Wall and the Imperial City. Maybe you want nothing more than to lay on the beach of some small, secluded island in the middle of nowhere. The world is your oyster, and the sky is the limit.
When do you want to go?
This is a wayyy more difficult step. Honestly, I don’t know when we’ll go to Europe because it depends on money, college, jobs, etc., etc. BUT I know that it’ll be in the next few years.
You may be able to set a concrete date like Summer 2018 or Spring Break 2019. It’s all highly dependent on your unique situation.
How are you going to pay?
Money is always a huge limiting factor in traveling. Plane tickets are always ridiculously expensive. I was thinking about trying to go to the east coast for spring break to visit a friend, and the tickets are around $600-$1000. Crazy, right? You also have to consider transportation in the country or the place you’re visiting and lodging costs. Plus, don’t forget food, entertainment, shopping, and all of that.
A lot of my trip depends on my friends’ financial situation, but you’ll still need to layout a kind of budget. This also means you will most likely need to save money. Look at how much it’s going to cost approximately, when you want to go, and how much you can save each month. Unfortunately, this may mean postponing your trip for a year or cutting out $5 lattes (so guilty of this).
Just don’t let money get in the way of your hopes and dreams!
So I can’t speak much to this yet for my Europe trip, but I do want to highlight this step. As you’re planning your next adventure, and everything becomes more concrete, you can begin to finalize all the small details. This includes flights, other transportation, bookings for hotels, potential places to eat, stuff to do, and so on.
However, it’s really important to not try to plan out every minute of your trip. Allow for some spontaneity! It’s okay to deviate from your plan. In fact, that makes your trip even better. It’s often the unexpected experiences that make the history books.
I hope this helps give you a rough idea for planning your next adventure! I will have more travel posts coming in the next few weeks/months. Let me know if you have any suggestions for posts or any tips that I didn’t mention!
Love you all lots,