Seeing new places and experiencing new cultures is one of the great joys in life: it makes us feel alive, brings joy to our hearts, and leaves us with memories we will never forget.
All of which begs the question – who wouldn’t want to travel more? Travel is a £4 trillion industry and the younger generations, in particular, are no longer willing to accept travelling occasionally; they want it to become a regular part of their life. In fact, some 39% of millennials and Generation Z workerssay they wouldn’t take a job unless it offered them the option to travel.
What can you do to make it happen for you? Here are three key tips to keep in mind.
1. Collect miles/points via credit cards
There are a wide variety of credit cards and loyalty schemes on the market now that allow you to collect points as you spend and then convert them into hotel nights and plane tickets once you’ve collected enough. It doesn’t require you to change your spending habits, but if you do use these cards to pay for your household shopping, bills and holidays, you can very quickly build up enough points and miles to travel. For some, this has actually become a way of life and a profession. A host of websites have sprung up in recent years, showing you how to make the most of these schemes and credit cards to maximise your opportunity to travel. The Points Guyis a great example, and it will give you all the secrets you need to make it work for you.
2. Work remotely or get a job that involves travel
Easier said than done, you might say, but more and more companies are allowing their staff to work remotely either part-time or full-time – with one study suggesting that 70% of workersnow work remotely at least once a week. There are many jobs that don’t require a fixed geographical location (such as writing, designing, consulting, and many more), freeing you up to travel. Many remote workers are now selling their homes and using the equity to rent Airbnbs and the like as they travel from place to place. Paris this week, Barcelona next. How does that sound?
3. Write your travel plans down
The power of writing your plans and your dreams down on paper focuses the mind in a way we can’t possibly imagine. If you have places you want to visit or trips you want to take, the simple act of writing them down and making them real is a fantastic way to bring them into reality. It is often said that our brain will work out how to make our dreams happen if we give it a chance, and there is a truth in that. The alternative is not writing your travel plans and hopes down, of course, but this runs the risk of forgetting them altogether!