I can’t recall where this quote originated from, but it has one that has continually stuck with me through the years. It has pretty much become the official slogan of my travel hopes and dreams.
For most of my life, I have absolutely loved to travel, particularly by plane. Where most people detest the hustle and bustle of airports, dealing with security lines, and all of the other components of air travel, I can’t get enough. To me, knowing that I can walk into an airport and be whisked off to nearly any destination I could think of is so intoxicating to think about. You guys, I was born with some major wanderlust.
A few months ago, it randomly dawned on me that right now, these current months and years of my life, is really the perfect time for me to travel to many of the destinations on my list.
(Quick side story)
In case you didn’t know, I am a teacher and of course, teachers are blessed with summers off. A small blessing for the insanity we encounter from August-June, let me tell you. However, I actually do not plan to stay in the teaching profession for the rest of my life. I’m always a little hesitant to tell people that, and it’s not that I despise teaching. I have just discovered that while I do enjoy it, I’ve also come to realize that this isn’t what God has planned for me long-term. I have many other passions and one of those is communications/social media/blogging. I am currently working towards a master’s degree in mass communication with a specialization in social media through the University of Florida and in 2-3 years, I hope to make the career shift to something in one of those related fields.
Now, back to the topic at hand. Knowing that I will be making a shift to a career that does not give you large chunks of “free” time is really making me realize that now is the best time for me to explore and find new adventures. Lisamarie at Paper and Glam makes monthly life lists and also has an awesome system for making her New Year’s resolutions. One of them for 2015 is to travel to two places she has never been and I LOVE that idea! What I like about it is that it doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you have to travel to the opposite end of the country. There are plenty of places here in the South that I’ve never visited.
So, starting recently, I’ve kind of begun to take on Lisamarie’s travel mentality and take the steps in order to make these travel dreams a reality. I know that having all this time to discover new places means nothing if I don’t have the financial means to do so. So I have begun taking small steps to get my budget under control and creating a system that allows me to save money in a tangible way. I’m doing this with my cash money. It seems like it’s pretty uncommon, but I almost always have cash on me for random, miscellaneous purchases. And when it comes to saving money, I like to have things be tangible and something I can actually hold on to. Therefore, I have begun to give myself an “allowance” of a certain dollar amount in cash each week (Monday-Sunday). Whatever money I have left on Sunday evening, goes into an envelope that has become my travel fund.
So far in 2015, I’ve yet to travel further outside of North Carolina but I am very excited that in June I will be flying to Detroit, Michigan to visit one of my best friends and her precious boy. I’ve never been to Michigan so that makes it all the more exciting! There’s also a small chance that I might have the chance to take a road trip up to Maine in August so lots of prayers that this happens!