7 Travel Related Things To Do This Year
Can you believe we are more than halfway through March?! But wasn’t it JUST January 1? So pretty much the year is almost over (lol), right? Well before it’s a wrap on 2017, here are 7 travel related things you should be doing before it comes to a close.
Renew or apply for your passport
Did you know that while your passport has an expiration date, many countries will not allow entrance without at least 6 valid months available before the expiration date. For example, if you are planning to go to France in September 2017, your passport must not expire before March 2018. The U.S. passport does last a pretty long time (10 years), so it’s very easy to not remember or pay attention to your expiration date. Take a look at it some point this year to be sure you are good for at least another year, and start the renewal process ASAP. If you do not yet have a passport, what are you waiting for?! With the current political climate in the U.S., it is imperative that you apply for a passport as soon as possible, and before this year ends. This impeachment situation is taking a little longer than we all hoped, so you never know when you need to leave the country in a hurry.
Take a road trip
As the spring and summer months approach and the weather gets warmer, road trip season is upon us. Nothing like driving on an open highway with the windows down, and the wind in your hair. Map out a mini weekend road trip or take advantage of the upcoming holidays and just get away. Grab your camera and a friend, pack up the car and just enjoy yourself. Plan out some stops along the way for shopping, food, and photo ops.
Start your travel bucket list/vision board
Write down where you want to go or if you collect magazines, create a vision board. Be as specific as you wish to be. A good idea would be to start with a main theme, i.e. beach, nature, culture, desert. This can be helpful in narrowing down your choices of where you should visit. It's easy to simply sit at work and daydream about the places you wish to go and would rather be. Trust me. I do it often. I visualize new places I wish to travel to and places I want to see. Then I start to do the work and research of figuring how to get there and how much it's going to cost me. Eventually I end up with a (long) list, ready to check places off. If you create a yearly vision board for your overall life, consider making one strictly for travel. Remember, write the vision and make it plain. Work on creating the visuals for the type of travel experiences you wish to have this year.
Start planning your dream vacation
I mean, why not?! You never know when you will hit that mega millions, right? Begin thinking about your once in a lifetime destination. Then begin planning for it. Do your research on this place, start looking at hotels, and begin pricing. You may actually come to find out you don't need to hit the lotto to take your dream trip. Just some strategic planning and budgeting, which brings me to my next point.
Open a travel only bank account
Now that I think of it, wouldn't hurt to open up two travel accounts. One for your yearly travels, and one for your dream trip. The key is to start. You decide the best route for your budget and income, and come up with a strategy for putting money into your bank account. Challenge yourself to not touch the money until its time to actually purchase transportation (flight, train ticket etc.) and lodging (hotel, motel, Holiday Inn). Label your account accordingly so when you deposit money into it, you are reminded of the end goal, i.e. "30th Birthday Trip to Australia". Doesn't that sound so enticing! Cater to your travel saving goals. If it's important enough for you, then make it happen.
Make a travel supplies wishlist
Head over to amazon.com and load up on your travel supplies wishlist. Make it public so when your birthday or holidays come around and family and friends are reaching out to give gifts, you already have a list to share. Planning to go on a hiking trip? Create a wishlist for those hiking boots, backpack, and fancy water bottle within your budget and save them to your list. Do the same for luggage, neck pillows, headphones, etc., anything that you believe will enhance your travel experience. Amazon.com is a major key for life in general, so rest assured they cater to all your travel supply needs.
Yes, I saved the best for last! If you know me, or have been following this blog, you already know that I’m #teamtravelsolo. While I understand it may not be for everyone, I just want to encourage those who are thinking about it or have been thinking about it for far too long, to take the leap. Carve out some time this year to take at least one solo adventure. Whether it be a staycation, roadtrip, relaxing beach weekend, or international trip, go for it!
There are many other things you can do in the new year to get started on your travel journey, but these 7 things will help you begin and can be even be reused and replenished from year to year. So which one do you plan on doing this year?