If you’re motivated, you can do just about anything you want. But staying motivated to travel while negotiating the difficulties of working and living your day-to-day life can be challenging. If you love to travel but are struggling with the motivation to book that next trip or carry on if you’re already on the road, read on for some tips on how to get your mojo back.
1. Realize that you only have one life to live
It is often said that people on their deathbeds regret what they didn’t do rather than what they did do. You’ve only got one life to live, and you’re the only one who can live it. If you get to grips with this fact, it’s pretty sobering to realize the responsibility you have for living the best life that you possibly can.
What’s holding you up? What’s stopping you from booking that trip you’ve always wanted to take? The sad thing is that it might be too late one day. You might not have the strength or good health to go traveling. That’s why ‘carpe diem’ should be your motto: Seize the day! Get that trip organized ASAP.
2. Do the research
There’s nothing like reading about all the incredible places there are to see around the world to stimulate your ‘travel tastebuds.’ If you keep reading about somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, you’re more likely to get there. Through all the chaos of your day, keep travel on your mind. Research possible destinations online and stay abreast of news from other countries.
Research flights and other transport matters and read blogs that interest you. You need to make travel one of your top priorities, keeping it in mind so that you stay motivated to keep traveling. With research, you’ll find out just how many incredible places there are to visit and you’ll want to book a flight immediately. After all, there’s no time to waste.
3. Learn a new language
To immerse yourself in another place and culture, why not learn a new language that might make it easier to travel there?
You could join a class and meet others interested in the language and culture, or you could consider using an app such as Duolingo or Babbel to learn a language. Once you’ve mastered at least the basics, the obvious next step will be to travel where people speak the language so that you can use your new skill.
4. Accept accountability
To stay focused, you need to hold yourself accountable — both to yourself and others. Other people will help you stay focused on your goals. If you tell others that you intend to travel to a particular place, social pressure will more than likely play a role in keeping you motivated and focused on the main prize.
Accountability strongly encourages you to follow through on your plans when you might not have the energy to do so otherwise.
5. Allocate time
It’s all too easy to say you’ll visit your dream destination in a particular month only to find that the month rolls by and you haven’t even booked a flight. Things always get in the way, but if you allocate time to planning and researching your travels, you will stay motivated when stuff happens.
So instead of spending downtime on social media, use this time to plan your trip. Consistently allocate time to planning your travels so that they stay at the top of your agenda. The idea is to make it a habit and not a chore — just something you do automatically, like brushing your teeth. For example, you could set aside 30 minutes a day to focus on travel. Work it into your everyday routine and your plan will take shape in no time.
6. Read travel blogs
To find out what other travelers have done, read as many travel blogs as you can. There’s no better guide to a place than someone who’s been there and can tell you what’s great about the place and give you hot tips on how to get the best out of your trip.