As with anything in life, you need to be intentional about your travel goals if you intend to achieve them. Many people don’t travel because they think it’s too expensive, or they don’t have enough time. But if you set travel goals, and work towards achieving them, you’ll be smiling at the end of the year when you’ve actually achieved them. Let’s get straight to it.
1. Choose a destination
You can’t take the first step until you know where you’re going. Now, most people have a list of dream destinations, formed either from seeing friend’s posts on social media or from movies. You could start there to see where would be the ideal destination
We all have that one place we’d love to go to at least once in our lives. Depending on your budget, which we’ll discuss next, you might be able to do more than one in a year. But please, be sure to look at African countries. While the notion exists that Africa is expensive, it doesn’t have to be, especially if you plan well in advance.
There are many gems around you, so don’t be worried if you can’t afford an international flight. A few hours’ drive or bus ride could see you exploring breathtaking views in your own back yard. Local destinations are easier to plan and are more affordable too. You can also squeeze them in over a much short time frame such as a weekend.
2. Do some research to gauge how much it will cost
Will you be using air or road transport. If you’re going by road, are you using your own car, hiring one, or taking a bus? While flights are the fastest, they are also the most expensive. A good tip is to start a search in advance. Have a look at pages like Skyscanner that allow you to run searches by month, so you can see which is the cheapest month to fly in, before drilling down into exact dates. For buses and self-drive, the cost is much less. However, you will spend more time to get to your destination. Self-drive is obviously the best and most fun if it is a local destination with friends. It’s also cheaper because you can split the cost of petrol. Look online for fuel calculators that will tell you how much fuel you might need based on your vehicle type and journey length.
This is only applicable for international trips, but be sure to check visa requirements as the cost can be quite significant depending on where you’re going. Apply for these in good time as well, so that you don’t create the risk of missing flights because your visa was delayed.
This depends entirely on the type of traveller you are. you can go budget and sleep in hostels, or you can stay in the finest luxury lodges. Alternatively, there are numerous mid-range hotels and lodges you can choose from. This is entirely up to your personal preference.
Food and activities
Experiences are the best part of the trip. But you can easily get caught up in the moment and spend too much! Try and plan your activities in advance so you know what you’ll spend each day. Then as for food, you can make your choices on the ground.But just set a budget for yourself.
3. Look at your leave calendar and public holidays
When are these goals actually going to be fulfilled? You need to be specific and realistic. Can you really take two weeks off? Public holidays are an obvious choice, but be sure that when you do opt for these, you’ve planned ahead, as this will be a busy time and most places will be booked out quite early. Look to see when if the best time to visit the destination you want to go as well. Peak time might be the most beautiful but it might be crowded and expensive, so if the weather is not too bad, consider off-peak times as well.
4. Give yourself enough time to pay
With all the above set, you’ll know how much time you have to pay for the trip. Be sure to set money aside each month towards your goal. Open a separate savings account if you have to. Try and make security deposits as well to the accommodation so that you know you’re definitely doing it. Group trips are a great choice if you know your friends are unreliable! Most allow you to pay a security deposit, and then finish off the rest in installments.
Hopefully this guide will give you a good template on how to set travel goals you can achieve. Let us know in the comments where you intend to go!