Traveling always makes me excited as hell. I think it mostly has to do with the opportunity to be able to get away and see new and old places. My dream is to one day be able to travel for months at a time out of the year and not have to worry about money along the way.
This weekend, I’ll be headed to Miami with my frat brothers for our annual retreat. Next week, I have to be in Savannah for a work conference. Additionally, I’ll be in D.C. mid-June for a business development workshop. This may not seem like a lot of traveling for people who stay on the go, but it is enough to make me anxious. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate Columbia (South Carolina) a lot – enough to buy a house here – but there’s not much to do here for young professionals. That’s why I try to get away to Charlotte (North Carolina) any chance that I get since it’s only a little over an hour away.
I want to be more proactive about my traveling. Something that I think would help is to create a travel savings account. I read on my friend’s blog that she’s putting over 30% of her income in an account reserved exclusively for savings. Mind blown. I don’t know if I can manage 30% just yet, but I know I can definitely start somewhere.
There are a couple trips that I already know I want save towards, although this will probably have to be done one at a time. I know for sure that I want to go to the World Cup in Russia in 2018. This gives me a full two years to put this trip together. I also would like to go to either Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic with my group of friends next year. I don’t expect this trip to break the bank like the World Cup trip (hopefully less than $2000) so I think I’ll work on saving towards this one first.
I also have to figure out how I’m going to bring in passive income. Once I do this, traveling for months at a time won’t seem like such a distant goal. I’m still going to get my travel fix in along the way, with a trip here and there every year, but the long term goal is to have control to make my trips last as long as I want.
So, don’t be surprised if a year from now I am writing from some small hotel room in Italy or a random coffee shop in France. In fact, let’s hope that I am and that you’re somewhere traveling as well.