How I plan to fund my 2017 adventures!

As 2017 get’s off to a flying start (really, how is it March this week already?!), I’ve already managed to cram in a week in Mexico, and let me tell you, it was an excellent start. Aside from that, my current travel plans for this year will hopefully feature all or most of the following:

  • A weekend in Dubrovnik, Croatia with my Mum (booked for May)
  • A long-weekend in Lisbon, Portugal in early July with a friend who is visiting from Australia
  • A week on the beach (anywhere) with my bestie this summer
  • A week in Malawi visiting friends
  • Two weeks somewhere I have never been before on an adventure (current contenders for this are Peru, India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines)

I read a lot of things online where people are questioning how on earth anyone affords to spend every vacation day they have travelling overseas, but that’s pretty much my aim, and I get a good number of vacation days!! Here are a few of the things I am doing to achieve it:

  • I don’t have a car, and walk to work and around town all the time, so I save £200-300 a month, and I’m much healthier
  • I shop in low-cost supermarkets rather than buying brands (for most things)
  • I limit my personal shopping and treats like clothes and haircuts to what I really need and only a couple of things in a month
  • I make my lunch and take it with me to work rather than buying ready made food every day
  • I book flights on a credit card so that I can spread the cost over a couple of months salary, but I pay it off within 2 months so that I don’t pay  interest
  • I try not to waste things, I freeze extra food and make salads or pasta dishes with the veggies that need to be used from my fridge

It isn’t anything huge or life changing, I am not living on instant noodles or restricting my life completely. I don’t work five jobs or do any crazy gambling…I just look at what I have, and choose to prioritise travelling, and then I figure out how to cut down on what I spend. I’m always happier with a plane ticket waiting in my inbox after all!!

Vitamin Sea: Same beach, fresh perspective

After three months on the rollercoaster that is UK ‘adult’ life, it was time to get off and take a break (aka I had some vacation days to use by the end of March and I wasn’t planning to waste them). During my years abroad, I always tried to plan holidays to allow for time with family and friends, and to explore new places. This holiday presented a new type of opportunity, a chance to go back to one of my favourite places, hang out with old friends, and return to some of my favourite spots. The sceptical side of me questioned whether it is ever right to go back to something you loved so much at the time, but the logical part was drawn to such an obvious choice, to return to my old home in Playa del Carmen, Mexico whilst one of my best friends was still there.

It might not have been an opportunity for a new passport stamp, but this trip came , without predetermined pressures or goals. I did not spend the week trying to see as many new things as I could, pouring over a Lonely Planet and dashing from one activity to the next. Instead, I spent it catching up with as many old friends as time allowed. revisiting my favourite spots and, importantly, relaxing, something I didn’t do enough of the first time around.

It seems that I’ve found a place in my life for return vacations, serving a different purpose to new explorations. The same beach gave me a fresh perspective on where I was in my life, how much I had grown since I left that version of paradise, and what I was moving towards. Ideal at this stage of my ‘return to real adulthood’!

Vitamin sea is always good for the soul.

10 Travel Quotes to live by

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

Life lesson: Don’t become so focused on where you are going that you forget to enjoy the stages you took to get there. 

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Be proud of where you have been and what you have overcome.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

Quality over quantity – always.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey.” – Babs Hoffman

Don’t be perturbed by what might happen, it just as well may not.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Carpe diem.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

But actually, if you don’t try, you’ll never know.

“I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” – Caskie Stinnett

There is so much beauty in the indecision of freedom.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

GO FOR IT – YES is usually the right answer.

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

It doesn’t matter how you got here – your next move is what is important.