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Realizing Your Travel Dreams. Put together by Alex, Crystal, & Darren. Quick Overview. Why Travel? Terrible Excuses Getting Started Super Money Saving Tips Trip Planning Just Go For It. Why is traveling so awesome?. What makes traveling so awesome?. Truth!. I’d LOVE to travel more,

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realizing your travel dreams
Realizing Your Travel Dreams

Put together by Alex, Crystal, & Darren

quick overview
Quick Overview
  • Why Travel?
  • Terrible Excuses
  • Getting Started
  • Super Money Saving Tips
  • Trip Planning
  • Just Go For It
what makes traveling so awesome

Why is traveling so awesome?

What makes traveling so awesome?

i d love to travel more but
I’d LOVE to travel more,

but _______________________.

top 15 justifications for staying home
Top 15 Justifications for Staying Home

1. I don’t have time off

2. I don’t have the money

3. I’ll do it later when _______.

4. I can’t leave my job/career

5. I’m starting a business???

6. What will I do when I get back?

7. I have kids/I have a pet

8. It’s not safe/People in other cultures don’t like Americans

9. I don’t have anyone to travel with/I’m waiting till I’m in a relationship

10. I don’t know how to plan all the details

11. I’m afraid of not knowing how to get around

12. I’m too old for that/its too late

13. My family/friends need me

14. People tell me it’s a dumb idea

google it
  • Thousands and thousands of people are traveling long-term RIGHT NOW from all different walks of life and situations.
  • These people are traveling to exotic and incredible places very inexpensively.
  • Rely on these people/websites/bloggers who have done it to address your concerns and answer your questions.
  • Instead of waiting for the stars to align, make them align. Decide what you need to do to see the world.
how do i plan the trip that s right for me
How do I plan the trip that’s right for me?
  • What do you want your travel experience to be like?
  • What luxuries are you willing to give up, both before your trip and during your trip?
  • How long do you think you can enjoy being on the road?
  • How soon can you make your budget/life situation accommodate your trip?
  • What places do you want to see the most? Are any of them somewhat geographically close to each other?
saving money

Saving Money

Either start spending less or start making more!


Money Saving Tips Before Your Trip (Crystals Large Items 12 Mo)“Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship” –Benjamin Franklin


  • Rewards Credit Card
  • Started a business on the side
  • Took on side projects/gigs/jobs
  • Asked for a raise
  • Increase sales commission


  • Cable/Satelite/HBO
  • Netflix/Spotify/Newspapers
  • Cell Phone/Insurance
  • Concerts/Events
  • Gifts for others
  • Electronics
other budgeting items
Other Budgeting Items
  • Administrative Costs
  • Gear/technical equipment
  • Airport Departure taxes
  • Passport/Extra passport pages/Visa’s
  • Travel Insurance
  • Foreign Transaction Fee’s/Debit card fee’s
  • Gringo Fee’s
  • Costs Back Home
  • Rent or mortgage
  • Credit card payments
  • Student loans
  • Phone, utilities, tv/internet
  • Emergency Fund for Travel (theft, extending travel, last minute changes)
  • Money reserves if you are quitting your job to travel
taking the leap

Taking the Leap

Sometimes you just have to go for it!

buy a one way ticket
Buy a One-Way Ticket

When deciding when to leave.

1. Length of time before you will have enough saved up.

2. How long do you need to make all the arrangements you need to.

3. Weather patterns of your destination.

4. Any festivals/major events you would like to see.

5. Different costs for low season vs. high season.

When buying your ticket:

  • Browsers will remember your search cookies for flights.
  • Find the cheapest flights by searching flights to all the airports in the region you are going to.
  • Buy flights way in advance for the best price, and commit to being on that plane.
  • Pay attention to total travel time and arrival times.
  • Research smaller flight with independent budget airlines.
money saving tips on your trip
Money Saving Tips On Your Trip
  • How far will you go to save a few dollars? What type of traveler are you?
  • Avoid expensive countries
  • Moving overland is usually cheap and a good experience
  • Try hostels and couch surfing
  • Alcohol and going out! No quicker way to burn through your budget!
  • Street food is deliciously cheap!
  • Extras: Bungee, rafting, scuba diving, etc.
  • Travel Light: Pack light in a backpack that will fit as a carry on.
  • Research currency exchange rates and local scams.
  • Get a student ID card to save on entrance fees to sites and museums
  • Bargain for services
  • No souvenirs. Make your family and friends join you and come buy their own souvenirs!
staying motivated
Staying Motivated
  • Doubters and Nay-Sayers
  • Any decision that you make outside the status quo will usually always receive resistance and hesitation.
  • Don’t get high and mighty. Our decision is just different, not better.
  • Hater’s are gonna hate!
  • What’s in it for me?
  • Makes us wiser and smarter. Feel alive.
  • Constant new experiences and challenges shape me!
  • For me, it grounds me and makes me a better person.
  • Perspective, love, understanding.