If you're anything like me, you made your list of New Year's Resolutions on the 2nd and vowed to start sticking to them on the 3rd (hey... a couple of days late never hurt anyone). I am an organization freak so each of my resolutions fits perfectly into a category and yes, I made a spreadsheet to help me track progress/completion (which you can totally download if you want it. Just click here). One category that is always on my list of resolutions/goals is to travel more. And it should be on yours too. If it's not, go ahead and add it. It's not too late. It's still January!

So why should travel be on your list? Well first of all, you wouldn't be reading this if you weren't interested in making travel a priority. Second of all, travel helps maintain your work/life balance. It keeps you sane, helps you grow as a person, and serves as a stress reliever. I could keep adding to that list but I won't keep you here all day so we'll move on to the last reason. Third of all, if you start now in January and put pen to paper for your travel goals, you'll find it much easier to make them a reality. Do you really want it to be December and then you realize that you didn't take a single trip? The horror.

So how do you do it? How do you truly travel more?

Make 2018 your year of travel! No more excuses! Click through to read how to travel more in 2018. I help you make it happen step by step. There's also a FREE resolution tracker that you can download to help you with all of your New Year's Resolutions

Step 1: Set a Realistic Goal

Come on, you know just as well as I do what happens when people make outrageous New Year's resolutions. They fail. Epically. If you have never worked out in your life, you wouldn't put "workout six days a week" as a resolution. Baby steps. The same applies here. Trust me, I want all of you to be able to travel more but I am happy (and you should be too) if you manage to take even one extra trip this year.

I usually break my goal into two: international and domestic. I can make my domestic trips happen over a weekend so it's easier to do more of those. So instead of putting the overall domestic trips I want to take in 2018, I made my goal even more specific and said I would like to travel to four new cities this year. That goal works for me since I know that there are going to be domestic trips to cities I've been to before and I want to be able to change it up a bit.

Still not sure? That's okay, just keep going through the steps because it'll all make sense.

Make 2018 your year of travel! No more excuses! Click through to read how to travel more in 2018. I help you make it happen step by step. There's also a FREE resolution tracker that you can download to help you with all of your New Year's Resolutions

Step 2: Make a Tentative Year Plan

This is helpful for a few reasons:

It'll help you maintain a level of organization

There's not much to say here…who doesn't love organization?

You'll be able to see if your goals are actually realistic

Do you actually have enough vacation days to make the travel happen? Can you really add in more trips? Does it conflict with other plans?

It'll help hold you accountable

If you pencil a trip in March then damn it, make it happen.

It helps you space out everything appropriately

Want to travel four times? How about once a quarter then?

Make 2018 your year of travel! No more excuses! Click through to read how to travel more in 2018. I help you make it happen step by step. There's also a FREE resolution tracker that you can download to help you with all of your New Year's Resolutions

Step 3: Save Money (skip, if you're loaded but also donate to me)

I get a lot of questions about how to afford trips. There are ways to cut corners like looking for cheap flights (read how to here) or staying in a hostel (read my guide here) but you'll probably still need to save some money for the rest of the trip.

Here's the truth of it, if you're living paycheck to paycheck but still want to travel more, then maybe stick to a road trip or day trips to nearby cities. Be realistic with what you are able to afford. Traveling isn't supposed to bankrupt you. I don't believe in any of those services that lend you the money for a trip and then you have to pay back at a high interest rate. You don't need to take out a loan to travel. You may just need to be creative but it is possible to make it happen!

You're making travel a priority, remember? So make it a financial one too. Again, not outside of your capabilities and not ahead of things like rent, food, basic life. But put it ahead of some of the other stuff. Do you treat yourself to a shopping spree every weekend? Well, maybe cut back on a few of those. How about a bar tab? Or eating out a ton? If you're serious about travel, this will just make sense to you. Have a separate account for just your traveling and put a portion of your paycheck into it or the money you would have spent eating out/shopping into it.

Set a travel fund goal and make it happen! P.S. if you're not already subscribed to this blog, I'd highly recommend doing that before you leave this page because I will be sharing how to budget like a boss for your trips and other hacks to help you travel more for less.

Make 2018 your year of travel! No more excuses! Click through to read how to travel more in 2018. I help you make it happen step by step. There's also a FREE resolution tracker that you can download to help you with all of your New Year's Resolutions

Step 4: Stick to the plan

You made the goal, you mapped it out, and you saved for it. So now execute. It's buying all the groceries, choosing the recipe, setting the table and then just not cooking the food. How could you? Yes, things happen and you may have to course correct along the way. But, to the best of your ability, stick to the plan and travel!

I hope you're just as jazzed as I am. I'm psyched for some more travel! Tell me the destinations on your bucket list for 2018 below.

Make 2018 your year of travel! No more excuses! Click through to read how to travel more in 2018. I help you make it happen step by step. There's also a FREE resolution tracker that you can download to help you with all of your New Year's Resolutions

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36 Comments

  1. I almost had a laugh with your step to donate to you! Lol, it’s a lovely post though btw.

  2. This post is basically my life since I am planning 3 trips as of this moment. Big bucket list for me is heading to Hong Kong and Japan in less than 2 months!

    • Priyanka Reply

      Ahh I’m so jealous!! Hong Kong and Japan are high on my list!

  3. I have a few goals this year. One giving up pop, I haven’t had one in over a month ( I started on that one early) 2. Be the best mom and wife I can be 3. Have my studio make a good profit. (Just started my own photography studio this year. I have always done it outside for the most part.) Im super nervous about that last one.

    • Priyanka Reply

      These sound like such wonderful goals 🙂 Good luck with them all!

  4. Oooh I love this and had a good chuckle at your point number 3! 😀 Off to pin your post now and here’s to more travels in 2018!

  5. What a great post. I love to travel but somehow the year gets away from me and the next thing I know it is another year gone and no trips taken. I love your tip for planning out the year. I think this would really help me save and plan a trip so I could actually take it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Priyanka Reply

      So glad to hear you found it helpful! The key is definitely trying to map it out in the beginning of the year so you can avoid the year getting away from you! Good luck 🙂

  6. I have such a travel bug. I try to take one big trip a year (this year we have two planned, one in spring and one in fall) and then I take weekend trips (less than 6 hour drive) every other month. My husband and I started doing this for us several years ago because we realized that on our “big” family vacation, we really never got to go where we wanted because it was always centered around the kids so the weekend trips are just for us!!

    • Priyanka Reply

      That’s the perfect way to do it! I love how you have it all mapped out 🙂 Happy travels!

  7. This is one of my favorite posts!! I love your humor in this one! haha and I can relate to this all very well!

  8. This was a fun read and I couldn’t stop laughing when you added the you can donate to me line! I would slip that any way that I could haha.

  9. Wise remark to loaded people out there! If you find them through this blog, can you also direct them to the family with goals to travel to 100 countries (66 to go!) Yes, to setting realistic goals. We don’t sent goals per year but more like a decade and track every year. We are off to explore more of North America and Northern Europe this year! ❤️ Safe travels!

    We are

    • Priyanka Reply

      That sounds so incredibly wonderful! Glad you have a goal to travel to 100 🙂 I have 60 to go myself!

    • Priyanka Reply

      Yes! It sounds so simple but you’d be surprised how many people just don’t stick to the plan!

  10. Wonderful tips! As a mom, it is a bit harder for me to travel these days…not because I can’t but because I miss my daughter so much! Love traveling though and do want to make it happen more in 2018.

  11. Such good advice! Im trying to plan smallish weekend getaways about once a month this year – we’re trying to see everything around us before we move in 2019!

    • Priyanka Reply

      That sounds like a wonderful idea! Happy travels!

  12. Step 3 made me laugh! It’s so hard to make saving for vacations a priority. Thanks for the tips!

  13. These are some good tips! I’m hoping to go to Italy later this year.

  14. I love the idea of making an actual plan to travel whereas mine has always been a bit last minute or only booked a few months ahead. It would be a great incentive to save money for it if you had an actual plan so I love that.

  15. Rachael Burow Reply

    Loved this post and the photos along with it! Very insightful with great info. I’ll be holding on to these tips because I deff want to travel more!

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