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by Erin Weavery

2017 was an intense year for the world, and we’re all scrabbling to pull the scraps together and make 2018 a better one. If 2017 was the year of hibernating and trying to understand the big changes happening, then 2018 is all about getting out there and facing the world with confidence. More than anything, it’s time to explore. This is the year to start making your travel dreams a reality, so get out there and start exploring. Here’s how you can make 2018 your year of travel.

Make A List

Get a pen and paper and start listing the places you want to go, the things you want to do, and how important they are. Think big and small. You might find that your main dream trip is an overnighter to a nearby city, or that your heart is set on a months-long jaunt around a different continent. Figuring out your travel priorities will help you decide what kind of budget and timeframe you’re looking at.

Figure Out What You Want

Do you want to travel alone, go with your partner, or explore with a group of friends? Do you want relaxing hotel accommodation or budget hostel dorms? Will you plan a day-to-day itinerary ahead of time or fly by the seat of your pants? You can’t start planning until you know what kind of trip you really want, so figure it out.

Do Your Research

Next, it’s time to take to the internet and do your research. How much will flights to your destination cost? If you did a road-trip, where would you stop along the way? What’s an average daily spend in your destination? Do you need to organize visas or foreign currency before you go? Find these things out so you can start planning the solid realities of your dream trip.

Start Budgeting

Unless you’re pretty lucky, you’re probably going to have to do some budgeting to make travel a reality. Take a look at your finances and figure out how much money you could put aside every month, and how that might translate into travel. Hold yourself accountable when it comes to saving this money and weigh up other purchases against your potential travel plans.

Just Go For It

When you’ve got your plan and your finances ready, it’s time to do it. Taking the plunge can be scary even if you’ve planned ahead and saved for months to make your trip happen. Remember all the reasons why you want to travel and turn them into your reality.

It’s time to start broadening our understanding of the world, and there’s no better way to do that than travel. Get outside, explore, and take 2018 by the horns.

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