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So you’ve decided to make travel a priority. You’ve picked the dates, chosen a destination, and now you’re ready to start planning. So now what? Looking at the entire process of planning a trip can make you hyperventilate. Especially if you’ve never planned a trip before. Relax. Take it one step at a time. Let’s just start from the beginning. The first step in planning a trip is setting a budget (unless you’re a baller then go on with your bad self). And I’m going to show you exactly how to do it. Plus, there’s a free travel budget planning workbook that you can download right here. Step 1: Pick your total budget number The first rule of thumb with setting a budget is to pick a number that you are okay going over. Things happen. You miss a bus and have to pay for another ticket. Or you absolutely…

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…

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “How do you travel so much with a full-time job?” I would be filthy rich. In fact, I would be kicking up my feet at some luxury resort and drinking a tropical drink by the poolside. People are always dumfounded that it’s possible to work full time AND travel a good amount. Lucky for you, I am about to divulge all my secrets in this post. Of course, there are a few stipulations. First of all, if you have a job that doesn’t give you any vacation days, well then I can’t help you. But you should also probably quit because no one likes working for Satan. Second of all, you have to be okay with taking shorter trips sometimes. Third of all, you have to get creative (don’t worry…not artistic levels of creative. Just basic creativity) I get…

Without a doubt, one of the most inhibitive parts of traveling is the cost of the flight. As a lover of travel but also a lover of staying on a budget, I have figured out some great ways to find cheap flights. Plus, who doesn’t love a good deal? Follow the below tips to find a budget friendly flight Fly off season Google is your best friend when it comes to budget traveling and cheap flights. Search the peak season dates for the country/city you are traveling to and avoid them. Search for weather and as long as the monthly average/rainfall suits your taste then you are good to go and for much cheaper. Success story I wanted to visit Dublin from London and the ticket prices were outrageous due to St. Patrick’s day so I booked my flight for the day after for 20 bucks Be flexible with your…