Travel is, understandably, a huge part of our life and one of our favourite things to do at the end of each year is to look ahead and plan the coming year. For us it’s about getting excited about up and coming destinations and budgeting both our pennies and precious time to make sure we can fit it all in.
People often say to us, “Oh I would love to do travel more”, but anyone can do it, it’s all about making it a priority. Sometimes I get the impression people think we’ve found a magic tree to pay for our trips away but actually it all just comes down to being really strict with our budget. I rarely buy new clothes for myself, we’re not big drinkers, we don’t have the latest car or greatest gadgets – our finances are all directed towards our travels. This is our priority.
As part of our financial plans we put aside money each month specifically for trips, we try to keep this as a set amount but some months we have to be more flexible with it.
It helps to have a separate account for these finances and we’ve found that out of sight means we’re less likely to dip in to them if we’re tempted by anything else. In order to plan for the year ahead it’s important to have a plan and stick to it.
As well as having a separate bank account we were also pleased to find out recently about FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme) the people who protect your savings if anything happens to your bank or building society, so we know the money we’re squirreling away is safe.
And then we spend time planning our travels. Some of this is based on places we really want to visit – I knew I wanted to go to Malaysia last year and Vietnam seemed a great place for a family trip this year. Some of it is based on places that seem to be developing and opening to family travel – both Jordan and Latvia are looking really interesting at the moment.
Travel journalist Helen Ochyra has made this video about three Travel Trends in 2017 which is a great place to start looking for inspiration.:
Most of all I would say just start making those plans. The opportunity to get out there and see the world is there for the taking, with a little bit of planning and preparation, the only hard decision will be where to travel to.
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