Travel bug (idiom); the strong desire to travel.
After being bitten by the travel bug you will really want to wander- to go from one place to another.
Most people believe you get bitten by the travel bug while on holiday but I don’t think that’s what happened with me. I’ve always been interested in learning about the world and different cultures have always amazed me. When social media started taking off I was in high school. Facebook was massive and the pages that caught my attention most were the travel-related ones.
I think I was bit by the travel bug as a child. It was something that was always lying inside of me and my first trip overseas unleashed the beast. Now I spend my days day-dreaming about the next destination, planning the holidays of my dreams and looking at photos of places I want to visit.
How do you manage the travel bug?
If you’re here, you’ve probably been bitten by the bug so you’ll no doubt want to know how to manage it, right? Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t! Let it take you around the world, but do it in a way that works for you and your situation.
Here are a couple of my tips:
- Keep a list
Keep a list of the destinations you absolutely need to visit. That way when you get the chance to travel, you’ll have a list of places to pick from. I always write down the destination and how long I’d need to spend there to see everything I want to see. That way if I know I can get a week off work, I’ll look to the smaller-sized holiday destinations I want to visit.
- Save. Save. Save!
You’ll need money to travel so start saving. I have a separate account which I save my holiday money into each pay day so there’s always a little something there.
- Keep an eye out for deals and sales
A lot of your dream destinations are no doubt going to cost quite a bit of money. Keep your eye out for the latest sales and deals for the destination you want to go to. Remember, these sales often have set dates and they don’t work for everyone. You’ll need to be open to travelling at any time of the year.
- Make the most of public holidays
If getting time off work is the biggest issue, plan your trips around long weekends and public holidays. Accommodation and flights often cost a little more around public holidays but you’ll be able to take less days off work and that means extra annual leave for future trips. 😉
- Find a friend
If you have a partner or friend who also has the travel bug you’ll be able to halve the price of travel (most of the time). It makes booking accommodation a lot cheaper! I’m lucky I found a guy who loves travelling as much as I do and we also have the same interests so we can easily decide on a destination together.
How do you manage your travel bug? Let me know in the comments below!