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28

Making Travel a Regular Part of Your Life

By Bob Levin on March 28th, 2012

Categories: The Travel Debunker

How do you think about travel? Do you think travel is something you perform once a year when you have enough vacation time stored up to spend two weeks in an exotic destination? Do you believe travel is something you will get to someday, but which you don’t have time for right now? Or do you believe travel is an important and integral part of your life, an activity you’ll explore and engage as frequently and as deeply as possible?
If you’re like most people you probably think about travel in one of the first two ways, a nice respite you receive once a year and something you might like to perform in a more serious matter later in life. Yet if you’re like most people there is a part of you that yearns for the third attitude towards travel mentioned above – reoccurring travel as a regular part of your life. While many people want to travel more over the course of each year, the average person just doesn’t believe it’s possible. If you are one of these people then I have good news for you – regular reoccurring travel is possible, as long as you make it a priority in your life.

There are two main reasons most people feel they’re unable to travel regularly throughout their whole life. The first is time, and the second is money.

As far as time goes, most people feel they are at the mercy of the standard two weeks of vacation time their position allots to them. While there are alternative jobs that provide greater time freedom, you can work a standard 9-5 and still travel as often as you’d like. Doing so simply requires either applying your vacation days in an unconventional manner, or negotiating a work arrangement that provides you with greater control over your time. Applying your two weeks of vacation time in smaller bursts instead of a single long stretch can easily allow for 2-3 substantial trips a year instead of one long vacation. Negotiating unique work arrangements is also increasingly possible these days. More and more workplaces are allowing their employees to perform their duties remotely, and more and more workplaces are open to an employee adjusting their schedule, such as working a couple extra weekends, in order to make room for experiences such as traveling.

Money is the second factor convincing many people they’re incapable of traveling with greater regularity. But freeing up extra money for extra trips is often as simple as re-evaluating the way you spend money. Many people find ordering half as many drinks and going out to eat half as often every week frees up enough spare cash to make a couple extra trips a year possible.

Regular travel reoccurring throughout your life is absolutely possible. All you need to do is muster a little extra courage to ask for what you want and to give yourself permission to pursue your desires.

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Mar

21

Two Ways to Travel, Which Will You Choose?

By Bob Levin on March 21st, 2012

Categories: The Travel Debunker

If you told the average person you were planning on traveling they would invariably formulate a very clear and precise mental image of what you were planning on doing. That’s because we all tend to define traveling in a single way. For most of us traveling means first flying or driving to a city or a remote location, and then going to all the attraction located in and around that location.

So if you told the average person you were traveling to New York City they would assume you meant you were going to stay in a hotel in mid-town Manhattan for a few days, and while you were there you would check out all the museums and tourist attractions like the Empire State Building and 5th avenue, and that you would take a bus tour or a walking tour, and might go to a few famous restaurants before heading home. This is the general idea of what we mean when we say we’re visiting New York City specifically, and what we mean when we say we’re traveling in general.

Nearly every location, whether that location is a city or a natural attraction (such as Yellowstone National Park) has its share of notable sights that are famous throughout the country, if not the world, and that are commonly known as “tourist” destinations. There’s nothing wrong with this form of traveling, but there is another way to see the world that is equally valid and which offers a different approach to visiting new locations.

The second form of traveling is simpler than the first, and essentially involves doing your best to get a feel for the way residents of that location understand the world and live their lives. Instead of visiting all of the landmarks, attractions, and famous restaurants a location has to offer, spend your time seeking out and enjoying the haunts the locals prefer to frequent. This second form of traveling is slower and less focused than the more commonly practiced form of traveling. It provides a unique way of exploring the world.

Both of these forms of travel are rewarding and enriching. The form you choose to undertake will largely depend on the amount of time you have to travel and your personal inclination.

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Mar

16

How to Pack For Your Upcoming Trip!

By Bob Levin on March 16th, 2012

Categories: The Travel Debunker

Traveling is always an exciting experience, but that doesn’t mean the lead-up to your trip is going to be nothing but sunshine and roses. In fact, there are plenty of people who fail to travel as often as they’d like to because they quite simply dread the process of making plans and preparing their things for their trip.  We make it easy to plan out your trip, and we’re happy to help you set all the details in place for your adventure, but we unfortunately won’t be able to help pack your bags for you! Instead, we offer this short and simple guide to making packing easy and efficient.

While there are a million and one little tricks and tips you can utilize to make better use of the luggage you bring with you, we suggest a different approach altogether. You see, there’s an alternative to perfecting your space management techniques, an alternative that will not only make getting ready for your trip easier, it will actually improve the quality of your travels automatically.

Instead of trying to figure out how to bring as much as possible, you should aim to bring as little as possible whenever you travel.

Instead of bringing 17 changes of clothes for a weekend trip out of town, consider bringing 2 changes of clothes, just enough to cover the days you will be gone. Instead of dragging around a 5-piece luggage set when you plan on traveling for a month, consider bringing a maximum of a week’s worth of clothing, and then simply do laundry on the road.  Instead of loading down your carry-on bag with toiletries, think about buying what you need when you arrive at your destination.

There’s an old saying among long-term world travelers, and that’s to pack half as many things and twice as much money! The spirit of this statement rings true even when you don’t have a lot of money to spend, and even when your travels are perhaps a little less ambitious than world travel. Rather than covering every possible contingency that might come up as you travel, simply pack for what you know you will encounter, and then improvise as you go along.

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Mar

6

The Internet Opens Travel Up For EVERYONE!

By Bob Levin on March 6th, 2012

Categories: The Travel Debunker

We have a lot of misconceptions about travel these days. Some people believe travel isn’t safe. Some people believe travel is difficult to plan and accomplish. And the vast majority of the population seems to believe only certain small groups of people are able to travel, and that everyone else has to stick as close to home as possible for the majority of their lives. While all of these notions are totally wrong, it’s this last misconception, the idea that only a few people will be able to travel during their lives, that is the most debilitating.

The funny thing about this misguided idea is the fact everyone has a different opinion about who makes up this lucky minority. Less wealthy people believe only rich people have the money to travel throughout their lives. Wealthy people often think only less wealthy people have the time to travel often. Young people think they’ll only be able to travel when they’re retired, and retired people often believe traveling is something only young people can take full advantage of. Everyone you talk to will have a different idea about what type of person should travel, and most people you talk to don’t believe they belong to a privileged and travel-worthy group.

The truth of the matter is ANYONE who wants to travel can do so. Whether you’re old or young, rich or poor, the main barrier preventing you from traveling is your own belief that regular travel is something for other people and not yourself. The rise of the Internet and websites like ours has made traveling not only incredibly simple, easy and convenient to plan, it’s also made every aspect of traveling, from your transportation to your lodging, considerably less expensive than it was just a decade or two ago.

It may be difficult to give yourself permission to start traveling now, but as soon as you get home from your first trip you will immediately start planning your next!

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