Your Travelling Dream
My greatest dream was to travel Europe. To step on cobblestone streets. To see ancient ruins where history runs through the veins of brick and mortar, and explore every crevice that whispered of days long ago. I wanted to linger within the walls of ancient castles, cathedrals and homely B&B’s. I could not wait to stand on the ground of my ancestors.
How did my years of longing bring me to the conclusion that you are in control of your own life? The destiny you wish to reach is in your mind. It is a thought ready to move into action. If only you dare to take the plunge.
Overcoming Fear to Reach the Travel Dream
The greatest threat you’ll succumb to is fear when you think of doing something different. That fear that touches you with icy fingers when just contemplating, stepping out of your comfort zone. The feeling of elation when you finally do is amazing. You feel stronger, so much more confident and so very glad that you did.
The first thing you have to realise is that you can do and achieve anything you set your mind to. Thoughts are so powerful. If you tell yourself you ‘can’t’ then you won’t. Tell yourself you ‘can’ and miraculous things happen. You will wonder what took you so long discovering this.
My realisation was that to fulfil my dream of travelling to Europe, I was going to have to make it happen. No one else was going to do it for me. It sounds scary but it really wasn’t. I had set the wheel in motion.
Setting the Travel Dream in Motion
1. I started with a bank account, purely for saving for my dream holiday. I kept this to myself for a while, so no outer influences could make me doubt myself. I have found that sometimes people will cloud your enthusiasm and it’s important not to let negativity deflate you. Sure take some well meaning advice, because people like to offer it, but do not let your guard down. Some people are afraid to step up themselves, and unfortunately don’t like to see others achieve.
On the bright side you will have people overjoyed by your decision. They will give you heaps of worthy information about where to go, what to see and give you amazing accounts of their own travels. These people keep your spirits high and get your juices of excitement flowing. These are the types of people to invoke into your life.
2. Secondly I made myself a motivational board so I could pin words that would keep me motivated. Have your board where you see it all the time. I cut out pictures of where I was going, and any other pictures relevant to where I was heading in my life. Pin anything that relates to you and your dream and how you will reach it. Talk like you are already there. Use the word when I am in Italy rather than if I ever get to Italy. Remember the power of your thoughts.
The funny thing is when you start using this process, everything falls into place. For me I was on my way much sooner than expected. I am always grateful for what I have now and hold in my heart what I want to achieve, knowing that I deserve more. You still need to put energy into what you want, the more you put in the better the results. I worked really hard, the more hours I put in at work the more money I earned.
Listening to your Inner Voice when Travel Planning
Always listen to your inner voice (your intuition) to guide you. Don’t mistake your ego with your inner guidance. The ego likes to escalate negative thoughts and feelings of doubt. The intuitive feelings are in your gut. You know when you say I had a gut feeling.
I woke up one morning with a strong message – if you don’t go next year you never will. I acted on it straight away. I told my husband (he didn’t want to go) and I called mum to see if she wanted to go with me. She was 69 and had never travelled overseas in her life.
Watch your Savings Grow into Travel
As you watch your savings grow, your determination flourishes. You are prepared to give up more, like not buying a muffin with your coffee sometimes. Don’t buy the gorgeous high heels because you simply don’t need them. Put your change into a money box and only cut it open when you are close to leaving, and want to get a travel card or exchange your money so you can carry some cash. You have to make sacrifices, but it’s worth it.
Weigh up pros and cons when giving something up. I made the mistake of giving up Yoga because $15 a week was a great saving but after 2 years my body felt very sorry. So consider carefully.
Planning a Real Travel Adventure
The real thrill starts when you are planning. Pick up travel brochures from your travel agent with the knowledge that you are really going to reach some exquisite locations. Not just dreaming….it is reality. Your dreams have come to fruition. It can be overwhelming. There are so many tours, locations, airlines. I already had a current passport, but if you don’t, apply for one and keep visas in mind.
1. Where you would like to go
2. When you would like to go (considering cost and weather)
3. How long you would like to go for (how long can I take off work)
4. Choose a tour or two (consider what’s included in the cost)
5. Speak to a travel consultant (they are helpful and knowledgeable)
6. Choose an airline (cost or comfort may influence you decision)
Planning is fun. We used our Flight Centre travel agent to book our flights. We wanted to fly Qantas to build frequent flyer points. We chose a 2 week guided tour “Italian Escapade” with Insight Tours. It went to all the locations I wanted to see in Italy and included everything except lunch and some dinners. Pay early to receive a discount. Kira made planning easier.
Once these bookings were finalised it was a true reality. The overwhelming high was exuberating. You have a base to work on.
7. Will you need to hire a car or travel by train
8. Do you want to pre book sights or local tours
9. Do you want to pre book accommodation
10. Search the internet
I booked train travel and car hire through my agent, but did my research and got the prices reduced. I booked Milan, Paris and London Hotels online and gained great enjoyment in the process. I was so proud of my hotel choices. You will find great hotel specials on Booking.com. I booked a show at the Moulin Rouge online. What better way to celebrate Mum’s 70th birthday. Perfect timing!
We picked up our hire car from Gatwick Airport, after our London stay, to drive around the UK for 3 weeks and decided to take it as it comes. We had no set course, we only knew we were going to travel through Wales, England, Scotland and across to Ireland. We were going on an adventure.
Packing as lightly as possible and rolling your clothes takes up less room. Only carry essentials. Choose what you are taking, then reassess a couple of times. Bags packed and you have all your documents in order. Tick off your check list.
AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT YOU ARE AT YOUR DESTINATION – CONGRATULATIONS
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