I took my first big trip when I was 11, going overseas to England with a school group. Just a small-town girl from Banks, traveling to England opened my eyes to the world. I've never looked back. I always loved flying, loved hotels. Not scared for one second. I loved the adventure of it all. I even dated a guy who lived in Norway and spent a few months there. Had a next-door neighbor who ended up stationed on the naval base in Sicily and so my brother and I visited him there and had an amazing time! That same trip, we visited London and Dublin.
For a long time I told myself I "couldn't afford" to travel again, and that was partially true. As I started to look at my life and design it over these last few years, I realized traveling was very important to me. I made a vision board of the places I wanted to go and bought a carry-on suitcase patterned with a map. Instead of feeling constricted about it, and not looking at places I wanted to visit, I opened myself up to the possibility. If I needed a break from the mundane, I went on Airbnb dreaming about all the cities I would visit.
In January I took a month-long trip to Ireland. It was the first international trip in 10 years, and a dream come true. A month in a rural Irish cottage? Yes please! I've been been to San Francisco multiple times, Napa Valley and the Palm Springs area, not to mention road trips through Idaho and Montana, in the last year. I've been asked many, many times how I'm doing it. It's easy. I made traveling a priority. Well, maybe not that easy. Traveling does take money, it's true. I had a little help with that in the way of an extraordinary job opportunity last year which made these trips possible.
I saw this photo on Facebook the other day, and I've been thinking about it ever since. I do not view travel as a luxury, but as a necessity. Last night for dinner I made some gluten-free pasta, with a pork cutlet and fresh veggies and squash. You know what that cost me? $3.00. No joke. So, think about it. If you want to travel, start looking at the areas in your life you can cut back. And start eating at home more often, if you don't already .When you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. It is no different with traveling. If you want it bad enough, you'll figure out how to make it happen.