Travel or Retirement Savings?

This post is a little bit different. I want to talk about saving money. Yes, the taboo topic of money. Recently I have been seeing many posts on social media about financial stability vs. traveling. I believe i have been transparent about the realities of traveling. So, I think we should discuss talking about if financial stability is possible along with traveling. My answer is yes because I am currently doing it. Now full disclaimer I know that my situation is a lot different than many, so what I do may not work for others. Currently, I have a full-time job and I have made it a priority to try to save for the things that are important to me at this stage in my life. Currently, I save for travel, emergencies, retirement and living expenses. I pay my bills and try to do low cost activities around the city I’m in. Retirement for me although is technically years away, however I have been told by many adults that I should invest in a 401K or other retirement options in my younger years, so it has time to gain compound interest. Even though, I honestly would like to spend the money, I honestly don’t want to look back at my early twenties and wish I had put more money. However, just because I am aiming for financial stability and saving for retirement, that will not stop me from living in the now. Every day we run the risk of it being our last days. So still make a financial plan for your future, however don’t forget to live your life to the fullest.

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Tip for the week: Try to save anything for retirement, savings and travel the little bits add up.

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Travel Shamers Part II

A month or so ago I wrote a blog post titled Travel Shamers. I wanted to write about this topic again because recently I saw a post on Facebook, which I have posted to below, about people judging others about taking low budget means of transportation. I just wanted to say in response to this is who cares how someone chooses to travel. You do not need to spend over a thousand dollars for a flight then do some but do not shame someone for choosing a discounted ticket. Travel is more than just booking a ticket, one must be concerned about accommodations, food and activities. Traveling should not only be limited to those who have thousands of dollars. Rather for those who have the desire to see new cultures or another part of their country. It should not matter how we travel, rather the experience we get. As long as, you get the best possible experience, that’s all that matters. It does not matter your mode of transportation as long as you get there and experience the place the best way you can is all that matters. Don’t let travel shamers, make you think any differently.

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Travel Tip: Travel any way that makes the best fiscal and experience for you.

Traveling for Any Reason?

Recently I saw a meme on social media about traveling when your happy or sad or even to celebrate. It made me think about how sometimes I wanted to travel to escape. Nothing bad would be going on. I would just want a change in scenery or I needed to escape from some people Traveling has always afforded me and many others that opportunity. However, the unfortunate thing about this we cannot always travel for any reason. We may have achieved something great in our careers, however deciding last minute that you want to go to Thailand may not work out with your work schedule. Don’t get me wrong, I am a firm believer in experiencing things over money (as long as responsibilities are taken care of) because we can always make the money back, however the time we cannot get back. Sometimes our supervisors may get on our last nerves and we are ready to go to Belize. I want to encourage any one reading this, if you can travel for any reason, then do so. I have been operating in the mindset of if I know I will look back on the trip and regret not doing it, then I should probably do it and smile.

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Travel tip: When deciding on a trip think: if I do not go will I regret it.

Road Trips

Sometimes people believe that the only way to travel is on a plane. I have heard people say that. However, I firmly believe that that is not true. From my previous post, I sure you can see that I never believed that. I want to try to do a cross country road trip. I was close to taking greyhound from Philadelphia to Los Angles. It was going to be a long trip, but a part of me wanted to do it just because. (I love getting those just because feelings). The only reason I didn’t take it was because I started graduates school. However, I want to encourage anyone reading this to hit the road.

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Honestly riding along the high way, you can see some beautiful scenery of greenery and lakes. A bonus if you’re not driving, you get take photos of it. I have hundreds of photos of my family trips along the eastern seaboard. Plus being on the road offers you a great deal of freedom that planes do not offer. Some of that includes not having a bag restriction and you can have as many stops as you want. If someone tries to tell you that road trips can’t fill the soul, they lied.

Travel Tip: Hop in the car and go to the unknown

Notes From Other Countries

Recently, I received a post card from myself. I know this sounds weird, however when I was in Iceland I had the opportunity to send myself a post card and I figured, why not. I had never done it before and thought it would be cool to do. This week I received that post card. I told my future self that I was proud of her and to keep being brave as a lot of people have told her on this trip. Honestly, I smiled when I got this post card because it honestly just lit my adventurous spirit back up again and had me ready to book a trip. But I have several other things coming up in a few weeks that need my focus. But I want to encourage anyone reading this to always send yourself a message. You don’t have to leave the country to send your self a note. You could simply take a piece of paper and write a note yourself and hide it. I find that when you least expect it and when you need the note the most, it shows up. I honestly needed a reminder of how far I came and that I have more to explore. 

Travel Tip: Try to send yourself a note from another country or hide a note to yourself in your home and let fate help you receive it when the time is right.

Traveling is Not Always Pretty

I am here to burst a lot of people’s bubble and say traveling is not always pretty. You will have moments where things will go wrong to the point of you crying. I have heard many stories of how people have unfortunately been picked pocketed or have been scammed out of their money from tour companies. Or even the tour company bus drivers going on strike in the middle of the night completely changing your airport shuttle plans (yes this happened to me). Note: this post is not to discourage anyone from traveling. Its more to let people know that traveling is more than the photos we see online. There are many tears in those photos.

                Traveling is more than a nice photo or going on a “life changing voyage to the depths of your soul”. Traveling will test you beyond your limits and help you to learn lessons that you will apply to things latter in life.  The journey will also help you to uncover things about people that you could possibly have not fathom. My most recent trip to Paris and Iceland has taught me that although unexpected changes happen, and your suitcase may break, you must find a way to laugh and continue on with your trip. When you stay in the mindset of things not being pretty, it prevents you from fully enjoying your trip. So, no matter the hiccups in the path, always try to enjoy your trip.

Travel is good for the soul. But everything that is good is tested.
Travel is good for the soul. But everything that is good is tested.
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Travel Tip: Find the positive and trust it will get better.  

Another Travel Tip: Traveling is not always pretty and that’s ok.

Is Travel the Only way to Live life?

Sometimes when I am on social media and I see travel post about travel being the only way to truly live. This idea made me think because I honestly had not thought about this. As I looked through my travel photos, I stumbled across a picture of the sky line in my home town and realized that one does not have to travel to truly live life. Just simply waking up and taking advantage of a new day is truly living life. I sometimes blame social media for having people think that they must go far to truly experience the joys of life, when honestly the simplest form of truly living life is to enjoy the day and seeing the beauty in it. I will admit that while traveling one can see one of the many fortunes of life is to be able to travel freely as many people do not get the chance to. But please know that having the chance to just wake up and breathe is truly the best way to live life because many people don’t get that chance. So see the beauty in the new day, live and smile.

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Travel Tip for the week: the only way to truly live life is to wake up and breathe.