In a Facebook group, I was recently ask how I take 12 trips in 12 months. I figure I would explain my “secret” of how I can manage to take monthly trips for 26 months straight. It’s really no secret. It’s really easy to take a trip every month in a single year.
I have always dream about seeing Acropolis, the Colosseo, the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, and sitting on the Giza Pyramids. I have a lot of Type A personality traits like being impatient, aggressiveness, ambitious, and time management awareness. It kills me when I’m not pursuing or achieving a goal I’ve set for myself. In addition, I’m not a type of person to sit around and wait for things to happened to me.
In Oct 2014, I woke up one day and realize I have yet to fulfill one of my biggest goals in life — travel. It bugged the shit out of me. I was in a pissy mood for a week until I formulated a plan to achieve this goal. After my morning coffee, I sat down and made list of my the places I wanted to visit. It’s February 2018 now. I’m half way through my original list. For some reason, the list keeps growing and growing.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Self Reflection
How is self reflection relevant? Easy. It help me realize what I wasn’t achieving in life. It’s an awakening per se. You have to be able to be honest with yourself and completely cut out the bullshit. Plain and simple. It’ll hurt your ego. However, you need self-reflection to hurt your ego, so you can do something about it. It’s one thing to bullshit people (i.e., fake it until you make it), but it’s another thing to start believing your own bullshit. The worst thing we can do is lie to ourselves.
During my self-reflection, I realized I wasn’t achieving one of my most important life goals, which is to travel the world. It pissed me off. However, it was a motivating factor for me to achieve my goal of traveling the world. It help me layout a plan. I created a list of places I wanted to visit and what year I wanted to visit it.
We all have conflicting priorities whether it’s spending time with friends, lovers, and family. We need to prioritize what’s important to us, so we can achieve our goals. We do it on a daily basis and we don’t even realize it. We prioritize our weekend events. We prioritize our work schedule. I started to prioritize my travels. I moved my travels to the top of my goals. I put everything else behind it. That included going out with friends or even dating.
A budget is very important for anyone who wants to travel. Let’s face it. We’re not 1%ers. We don’t have endless money at our disposal, so we need to budget our money. This is a very important. I have friends who think I’m rich cause I travel so often. The truth is I’m far from rich. I have two parents who can barely afford their expenses with their social security money. I have to support them too.
The truth is a lot of my friends make a lot more money than me. However, they spend their money on frivolous shit like weekend parties, clothes, clubs, expensive leather goods, new cars, and maintaining a certain lifestyle. I don’t have any of those expenses. I’ve been called cheap for not wanting to go to dinner or out to the weekend parties. I’m still wearing clothes I bought 5-6 years ago.
To be honest, I don’t give a shit about material things like clothes, new cars, and weekend parties. Those things are no longer priorities to me. Traveling is my top priority now. This goes back to #2. The thing is a lot people spend their money without thinking about where it’s going. I’ve been more conscious about my spending. I was able to re-prioritize my spending.
I started to research how much it would cost me to travel to destination A, B, C, and so forth. My research included hotel, food, plane tickets, tours, and so forth. I would come up with a trip total then I would return to my expenses and then started to eliminate things I didn’t need. It could include going out to lunch everyday, gym memberships, going out on the weekend, or whatever I didn’t need.
Moral of the story? It’s not about how much you make. It’s about how much you stop yourself from spending your money on frivolous shit.
4. New Job
I was able to cut out 75% of my expenses after completing my new budget. However, I realize I needed a little more money to be able to travel every month. I started to look for a new job to make up the difference I needed to be able to travel every month. I got offered a job. During the hiring process, I was able to negotiate the increase in salary I needed to travel every month. Fortunate? No. Proactively taking the necessary steps to complete my goal? Yes.
5. Do it
Lastly, like the Nike slogan, just do it. Actually, just fucking do it. Don’t set yourself up for failure by putting doubts in your mind like what if I lose my job, I’m spending all this money, etc. Throw caution to the wind, say fuck it, and just fucking do it. Money can be made back. However, experience is priceless.
Now, you’re probably thinking what the fuck. That’s his secret formula? That’s how he gets to travel every month? That’s the stupid shit I’ve ever heard. That shit doesn’t work. Well, to be honest, it worked for me. It’s that simple. It’s not rocket science. Now, whether it’ll work for you is completely up to you. I don’t control what you do or how you view the world. I don’t control how you solve your own problems or how proactive you are at achieving your goals. So whether it’ll work for you is completely up to you. Safe travels.