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18 Essentials To Pack in Your Travel Carry-On

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One of the most challenging parts about packing for a trip is ensuring that nothing you’ll need on the trip is left behind. You also want to ensure that even if your bag makes the overhead bin above you, you can get all you’ll need during the trip when you need them. And if you’re traveling in a plane, you’ll agree that rummaging through your luggage in the bin for stuff  can be inconveniencing for you and for the others around you especially after takeoff with everyone fully seated.

So, what do you do then? Have everything you’ll need in large luggage and needing to stand every time to get something you want or simply have a carry-on bag with the travel essentials?

Of course, the carry-on wins it!

However, getting a carry-on is only half the solution, knowing what to include in it and what to leave in your luggage can make a world of difference to your entire trip.

So, what are the exact things you should have in your travel carry-on? You’ll find out soon.

Below, we outlined some travel essentials you should include in your carry-on for a hassle-free and happy trip.  Have other carry-on favorites or suggestions not included? Share in the comment section below.

Medications

Especially the daily ones! You don’t want to pack your medications in your checked luggage and end up stranded if your checked luggage gets missing. Or put yourself through the stress of reaching for it every time in the bin above you. So, ensure you pack your daily medications, and other over-the-counter meds you may need in your carry-on.

If you have medications in liquid form or have to take needles on your trip, make sure you get a letter as proof from your doctor. Doing this will help you prevent problems that could arise from taking restricted items on the plane.

Water bottle with a filtering system (collapsible type, if possible)

You need to stay as hydrated as possible during your drip and a water bottle provides you with the hydration you need. While airplanes typically give out water, it is often not enough.

A collapsible water bottle, on the other hand, can be filled with tap water after you get past security and it takes less space in your carry-on compared to a regular reusable bottle.

Journal and pen

Long-distance flights are great opportunities to let the thoughts flow especially if you’re traveling alone or traveling without toddlers. Make the most out of the hours of calm and quiet by writing your thoughts/inspiration as they come in a journal.

The next time you travel, grab a journal and a pen but remember to keep them in your carry-on.

Phone chargers

A phone charger is one thing you should never leave behind when you travel. You shouldn’t leave it in your luggage either.

You need your charger in your carry-on for use even before you arrive at the hotel. Your phone may need some boost and if you have important travel details stored in your email or folders in phone, a charger should absolutely get a place in your carry-on.

A change of underwear

Yes, you’ve packed tons of underwear in your checked luggage already but you still need a pair in your carry-on bag. For one, it’d be great to have a fresh pair to slip into after a long flight or if your luggage gets missing.

Important documents you’ll need during the flight

Your passport, flight tickets, and wallet should all be within immediate reach – in your carry-on. If you also have addresses jotted down or tickets for train rides or concerts, or just any other document given only in paper form, you should have it in your carry-on bag as well.

Besides, printing out documents as a precautionary measure even if you have them in digital form will save you a lot of stress if anything goes wrong with your phone or laptop.

Sunscreen and moisturizer (travel-sized bottles)

Your skin will need all the care you can provide the moment you land in a new climate or weather. Two things you want to have nearby – in your carry-on are a bottle of moisturizer and sunscreen. This is particularly important if you’re traveling to the tropics.

Thankfully, the United States TSA rules allow passengers bring in up to a quart-sized bag of liquids, creams, pastes, and gels in a carry-on and through checkpoint.

These are often limited to travel-sized containers within 100 milliliters or less per item. Find a Ziploc bag now and stock up those bottles of sunscreen and moisturizers.

Valuables

While airports and airlines take measures to prevent luggage theft, these things sometimes manage to slip through the cracks. You don’t want to be the unlucky fella with the missing luggage containing the valuables you had packed for the trip, do you?

Better safe than sorry; keep your laptop, jewelry, camera, and other luxury items in your carry-on. Unless you can afford to replace it easily or you won’t mind much if it gets stolen. Also, if you spent a lot on a piece of clothing, it should stay in your carry-on bag.

Aside from that, baggage handlers are not exactly the gentlest with passengers’ luggage. Fragile items such as your camera and laptop could break in the handling process. Also, in a plane, there is the ever-present possibility of turbulence that could cause your electronics and other valuable fragile items to break.

Entertainment

On a long flight, you’ll need some form of entertainment to keep you from getting bored. Unless of course, looking of the window does it for you. Otherwise, pack a game, download more than a few movies on your tablet, pack a magazine, a book or any other form of entertainment.

If you’re bringing books, you should avoid those with giant hardcovers, they’ll weigh you down and take up valuable space in your carry-on. Instead, you can stock your e-reader or audiobook library with books you’d like to read during the flight.

Snacks

You’ll probably be offered a can of soda, peanuts, and pretzels on the plane. This may not do, so pack your own snack or lunch if it’s going to be a long flight. Also pack if you have food allergies.

However, make sure it is wrapped and non-liquid to allow it get past security without a hassle. Also, make sure the food or snack you bring in is odor-free, you don’t want to upset the people around you with a strong-smelling meal.

You can opt for mixed nuts and dried fruit strips. These are all available in individual-sized packs that can be stacked easily in your carry-on, and also cheaper alternatives to airport meals. You can also try making your own DIY airplane snacks.

Toothpaste and toothbrush

On a long flight, a toothbrush and toothpaste are necessities you should include in your carry-on bag. What is better at creating a good first impression at your destination than a fresh-smelling breath? Can’t think of any!

IDs and Money

Keep every means of identification in your carry-on instead of rummaging in your luggage for them when needed or worse; if you lose the checked luggage. If that happens, you may never see the luggage and your IDs again.

Also keep your credit cards, debit cards and other things with monetary value in your carry-on. You’ll lose all of them if your luggage ever gets lost or someone goes through the bag and picks your valuables.

A change of clothing

If you’re heading to someplace with a different weather be it in the tropics or the artic, pack a change of clothing in your carry-on. The one thing you want to do is start off your visit with hypothermia or a heat stroke.

Sunglasses

Your carry-on should never be too full for a pair of sunglasses. It is possible to include it in your checked luggage but you need them in nearby – in your carry-on to protect your eyes when you arrive your destination. Or serve as alternatives to eye masks during the flight.

Lip balm/lip gloss/lipstick

The air in the plane can be particularly dry, not to mention that it is recycled air and you’ve had to share it with strangers. All of those can dry out your lips, so ensure you throw in a lip balm or gloss in your carry-on bag for use on your lips during and after the flight.

Jacket/scarf/small blanket

Pack a jacket, a scarf, a small blanket or just anything that will offer you some warmth during a long flight, road trip or on a cruise ship. A scarf or a jacket can double as a blanket in any weather plus it smells familiar – just like home.

Eye mask

What is a long plane ride without a good shut-eye? Not much. Make the most of your vacation from the very beginning by catching up on all the sleep you missed before the trip.

Simply turn off the alarms, grab your eye mask and go to bed without any worry about your seatmates wanting the shades up.

Headphones

Headphones! They’re needed everywhere and can be super-useful for shutting your ears from loudly talking passengers or crying babies. Headphones are useful for avoiding plane conversations and also when you need to meditate during the trip. But ensure you get only good quality ones.

Before you get a carry-on bag, consider the following factors;

Durability: while lightweight bags can be easier to lift, they may not be as durable as a carry-on bag made from a tougher fabric or a carry-on with a hard side.

Weight: before you pick a carry-on, you should make sure it is one you can easily lift into your plane’s overhead bin. If you can’t, you may need to get help to do so or you may be required to gate check the bag; defeating the whole idea of having a carry-on in the first place.

Ease of maneuver: consider the maneuverability of the carry-on before you choose it; is it easy to roll behind you? Is it fitted with comfortable straps?

Dimensions: the requirements on carry-on bags is that they should be small enough to effortlessly fit under the seat in front of you or the overhead bin. Anything more than that may need to be checked in. if that happens, you’ll miss out on the convenience offered by a carry-on and you’ll also be made to pay additional check-in fees.

Dawn is a health and fitness enthusiast, a massage therapist and she also loves to write!

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Solo Travels: Why You Should Travel Alone

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Solo travel! You’ve seen others take the leap. And while you admire the fact that they can just wake up and decide to travel alone, traveling alone isn’t something you look forward to or ever considered trying. Like most first-time solo travelers, the thought of being out there in the world, accompanied by no one or at least not by anyone you know can be too frightening.

If you have never tried traveling alone or felt “brave” enough to give it a shot, I’ll outline some of the reasons you should. Hopefully, these reasons will help to convince you that while travel companions are great and fun, you can still have the time of your life all by yourself in a new place.

                  Benefits Of Traveling Alone

You Leave Your Comfort Zone

As the saying goes, the comfort zone might be a very beautiful place but nothing new or interesting ever comes from it.

You need your solo trips not only as a way to get out of the old routine but as one of the several ways you can refresh yourself with new experiences. Scared of flying? Scared of the long bus or train trips? Try going on a solo trip! By pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you become more confident in yourself and how you look at things.

Take that first step; buy the plane, train, or bus ticket. And yes, the first time will not be easy but don’t let quitting be part of your options. You want to force yourself to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. And soon enough, solo traveling will be your new normal.

You Engage More With Your Destination

On solo trips, it is less about your companions and more about the destination. You are completely free of the distractions from the other person and have more opportunity to engage better with the destination. You engage with the culture and history of your destination instead of a travel companion.

You Making Lasting Friendships Easily

Think about it; when traveling or going anywhere at all, it is easier for you to be approached on your own than as a pair or in a group.

You are much more likely to begin and enjoy conversations with people you meet alone on your trip. And who knows, you may gain a friend for a lifetime with that simple encounter.

Curiosity Takes You Even Farther

When you travel solo, you earn the admiration, respect, concern, and interest from fellow travelers. People are eager to help and would go out of their way to improve your travel experience.

People are naturally more curious about the solo traveler than the pair and as such, would waste no time to be of help in any way possible.

You Get An Opportunity To Learn A Different Language

When traveling alone with no distraction from a companion, you are a lot more likely to make the most of your trip.

One of the several things you can do is learn the local language. And no, you don’t have to be fluent at it. Just simple words and sentences to help you know the places you’re visiting better and also understand the people there.

This also means that you’ll be more likely to engage in meaningful conversations with the inhabitants.

No Undesirable Habits To Deal With

Traveling alone can mean that you do not have to put up with annoying small habits you’d have dealt with. No snoring companion, no blanket-grabbing companion, and no arguments about decisions or possessions.

You Can Reflect And Think With No Distraction

True, traveling alone allows you to meet and make new friends along the way but it can also be an opportunity for deep reflections and thoughtfulness if you want.

This is especially true if you usually struggled to get the chance to be by yourself and think. Now, you have all the time and space in the world to look deeply into your life and redirect your path if needed.

Your Confidence And Self-Reliance Increases

You boost your self-confidence by forcing yourself out of your comfort zone and dealing with “uncomfortable” and unexpected events.

Your experiences from these events have taught you what to do and how to act in a tight spot. You have seen a lot to give you the experience to improve should the need ever arises.

For example, you know what to do during transport delays on backpacking trips; you know how to do the simple things like setting up a mosquito net, and how to manage if your bus develops a fault in the middle of nowhere. All of these experiences shape your character and build you to become more confident in yourself and your capability in many situations.

You Plan Your Trip However You Want It

Been trying to plan a perfect trip? Traveling solo gives you a chance to do so. When planning a trip for you, there are zero arguments about preferences. There are no compromises or worries about dining and touring. You can freely visit all of the places that you have always wanted to be without worrying about your travel partner not liking the places you choose.

Your Opinion Is All That Matters

When you travel solo, no other person’s opinions matter. You do not bear the burden of another’s opinions on your relationship choices, careers, or any other aspect of your life.

You Learn Through People

Thanks to the new people you will meet on your solo trip, you learn new things about places and ethnicity to broaden your knowledge. You will also understand and appreciate the vastness of life beyond what you have been used to.

Also, with frequent communications with other people, you will better understand your communication and interpersonal skills and the areas you can improve on. Your professional life also improves as you meet new people, new experiences, and adventures that add to you.

Romance

Until you set out alone, you will never know who you will meet on your trip. I mentioned meeting new friends as one of the perks of traveling alone. You could also find romance; a new relationship or a lifelong friendship that you would have missed out on had you stayed home or traveled with a companion. You will never know until you make that bold move and set off on your own.

Opportunity To Make New Memories

Solo traveling is an opportunity to make new interesting memories that you will hold dear forever. True, you can stay home, live “normal” and still be happy. But if you are looking to create new wonderful memories, make that move. Travel solo and consciously decide to make new experiences that you can share with others or even keep to yourself but cherish forever.

Before you travel alone, know the following;

You Will Never Be Lonely

The fear or worry of being alone in a new place is a common reason people put off traveling solo. Well, this fear is very much unfounded.

You are not the only one who will be on a solo trip to your destination. Several others are on solo trips as well. Plus, thousands of people travel by themselves every day. It is also very likely that you will meet more than a few of them in your travels. And who knows, your new best friend may just be sitting behind you in the backpacker bar or the overnight trains.

The point is; you’ll always have company when and if you want. Just a simple “hello” and small conversation can make a world of difference. The choice is yours; being lonely and staying lonely is always optional on solo trips.

Solo Travels Are Completely Safe

When many think about solo travel, “dangerous” is often what they associate it with. But this is as far from the truth as it gets. Yes, you do need to be careful but no more than you would need to be when traveling with a companion or in a group. Male or female, traveling alone is completely safe once you apply general travel safety precautions.

Why You Should Travel Alone: Conclusion

Solo traveling offers you so many benefits. You should give it a try and before you know it, you will soon start looking forward to solo travels. Simply follow basic safety precautions and you will be fine on your own. Besides, waiting for others to travel at the same time as you may mean that you would never get to experience new places as they may not be ready when you are ready.

Buy that ticket, take that solo trip and see parts of the world you have never before seen for yourself, believe it, you will love the experience.

To make your trips even more enjoyable from the start, make sure you follow the basic plane etiquette if you are traveling by air, and also, don’t forget to pack some delicious and nourishing homemade travel snacks.

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Should You Get Travel Insurance?

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Designed to protect you against travel-related problems and misfortunes, travel insurance continues to be a hot topic as more people continue to use it and more also wonder if it is truly worth it.

Should you get travel insurance?  Is it really necessary to buy travel insurance? You may have asked these questions in the past when you booked your flight or cruise. And maybe more than a few times, you actually bought travel insurance.

And these days, it’s even easier to purchase insurance thanks to travel sites and even credit card companies.  But then, is travel insurance worth it? Would you do just fine without the extra cost? We’ll find out as I discuss all of these questions and more in this post.  But first, we’ll look at the main types of travel insurance and what they cover.

Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption Insurance

With this insurance type, you are reimbursed on non-refundable travel costs if your trip is canceled or delayed due to ill-health, natural disaster, or your travel company goes out of business before you travel.

Many independent and carrier-provided insurance policies will offer you protection up to the amount of insurance you purchased.  If you want a raise on the cost of your insurance policy, you can always purchase the “cancel for any reason” coverage. To be eligible to purchase this package, you may have to buy your policy two to three weeks before buying your plane or cruise tickets. On this package, you can cancel up to just days before your departure and get around 50% to 75% of your travel costs.

True, it doesn’t seem too reasonable to get insurance for potentially changing your mind, but life happens.  Your family member’s illness, a job loss, or even any other unforeseen circumstance not covered by regular cancelation insurance may require it.

Travel Accident Insurance

One of the commonest travel insurance types, this plan typically covers doctor visits, ambulance rides, prescription medication, and hospital stays.  Some also cover evacuation costs back home in medical emergencies.  When traveling abroad, you want to stay covered in case of a health emergency.

Baggage And Personal Items Coverage

Another common travel insurance package, it covers the losses you could have incurred from baggage content theft, stolen, lost, or delayed baggage. The insurance will pay you for the troubles of replacing personal items.  It typically covers up to $1000 per lost bag and up to $500 for delayed baggage.

Dismemberment Insurance Or Accidental Death

This plan covers accidental loss of life or life-altering accident (losing a limb, eyesight, etc.) if it occurs to someone in your party.  The receiver may get up to $500,000 depending on the severity of the condition.

Should You Get Travel Insurance? When You Don’t Need Travel Insurance

Just like other insurance policies, travel insurance is more or less a gamble. You may never need it but you also don’t want to regret not buying one.

Should you or should you not get travel insurance? That will be for you to decide in the end. However, if you already have life insurance that covers situations such as death or dismemberment, or even health insurance covering overseas health emergencies, travel insurance may not be necessary.

Other reasons you may want to consider skipping on that extra cost are outlined below.

Traveling Within The Country

If you’re traveling to a state within the U.S/state within your country, remember that the travel costs are usually low; hence, spending extra on travel insurance may be pointless.

The airfares are relatively inexpensive and for most people, planning just days before the trip works for them (most travel insurance types will have to be bought more than a few weeks before).

Also, if you have medical or life insurance, you are usually covered for emergencies that could occur. That said, you should check to confirm exactly what the insurance covers and where the coverage ends.

If Your Credit Card Offers It

Does your credit card offer travel insurance as a bonus? Some reward credit cards provide users with complimentary trip protection benefits. These include cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, Citi Prestige, and the Sapphire Reserve. Some of these cards may reimburse non-refundable travel purchases, collision damage waiver, and accidental delay-related expenses.

May Not Be Needed For Flights

While it may seem like a smart move purchasing trip cancelation insurance on flights costing up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars it becomes pointless once you familiarize yourself with the rights you enjoy as a passenger.

An example is a canceled flight; you are by right supposed to get the next available seat on the next flight to your destination. Getting insurance, in this case, would be a waste of money plus it would do little or nothing to help you get booked again faster.

Also, you are supposed to get compensation if you experience a major delay or your flight gets canceled. You are not required to have insurance for this.  however, getting your due compensation may take some time, but there are organizations such as AirHelp that are set up to help hasten the process and get the payout in exchange for a set percentage of any compensation won.

When You Waited Too Long

With travel insurance, you want the best rates and coverage amounts.  To do this, you would need to buy travel insurance within 10 to 15 days of making your travel reservations. Beyond this time frame, you’ll have to pay higher for most packages or even have to settle for a significantly reduced policy.

Should You Get Travel Insurance? When You Need Travel Insurance

Unless you have a life insurance policy or any other wide-covering policy, many experts advise that you buy at least an emergency or evacuation insurance when traveling internationally.

This is particularly important if you have to plan the trip far ahead of your departure date. International trips are more expensive and travelers tend to stay longer than they would on domestic trips. According to these experts, you should consider buying a comprehensive coverage that covers you for a broad range of situations. That said, travelers are generally advised to buy travel insurance if they have to pay up to 80% of the trip cost upfront.

For Medical Reasons

During vacations, things can go wrong and when you’re far away from home, medical help may not be very easy to come by. Plus, it can be too expensive to comfortably afford from your pocket.

With a comprehensive travel insurance policy, you’ll avoid spending out-of-pocket. If you already have medical insurance or life insurance covering “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, you may not need it. However, serious issues can cause your bills to go up quickly. Medical evacuation internationally, for example, can cost as high as $50,000 depending on your health condition and the location and that is a lot of money to pay from your “travel pocket”.

Cruises

Cruises often require upfront payment, carry a much higher risk of problems, and usually involve international travel; hence they tick virtually every requirement for comprehensive insurance. You can buy the insurance through your cruise company when booking or from a travel insurance company. There isn’t much difference between the options offered.

Buying Travel Insurance: deciding if is it really worth It?

Travel insurance to some may seem like those several other types of “pointless” insurance. But is it really? Maybe, maybe not. In some cases, it can be one of the smartest moves you make towards your travel and in some other cases, it can be truly pointless.  If you’re still not sure, the following considerations may help you arrive at a final decision.

The Amount At Stake If Something Goes Amiss On The Trip

On local trips, travel insurance may not be needed but on an expensive international trip, you don’t want to take chances. For one, there’s a higher chance of something going wrong and if it does go wrong, you want the trip insured.

Does Your Credit Card Offer Travel Insurance?

As discussed earlier, most reward cards offer users some coverage. But don’t assume. Instead, read the fine print to be certain that it would take care of your insurance needs on trips. And if you don’t already, try to book your trips with the cards offering travel insurance.

Does Your Life Insurance Policy Provide You With Trip Coverage?

Health emergencies are often the most important and as discussed earlier, if your life insurance policy or any other insurance type covers international travel health emergencies, it’d be pointless to get travel insurance.

Conclusion: Should I Get Travel Insurance?

Is travel insurance worth it? Once again, you’ll decide this. However, keep in mind that travel insurance can be a huge blessing for expensive, non-refundable travel costs. While it may seem like a financial loss when all goes well on a trip, it is always more than worth it if and when accidents occur.

Finally, start getting familiar with your credit card travel insurance offers, know the extent of your life insurance, or any other coverage, and this way, you can maximize the benefits on future trips.

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How To Travel More Even With A Busy Schedule

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Travel can be expensive but even more expensive is the time needed for traveling. Time! You never seem to ever get enough of it for the vacations you really want to take.  And you wonder how the others make it happen. Do people who travel regularly even work? Well yes, many do.

How Can You Travel More With A Tight Schedule? Is This Possible?

If you’ve been thinking about traveling more with a busy schedule, know this; it is completely doable. I’ll share some of the ways you can prioritize traveling even with a heavy workload or a super-busy schedule.

Set Aside A Travel Budget And Fund Monthly (Or Weekly If You Can)

Travel is essential and if you can afford to, set aside a travel budget; just like you do for rent, groceries, or any other necessity.

It doesn’t have to be huge, just a small budget. Having one will also constantly serve as a reminder to take a trip. You’re also inclined to fund this budget and that in turn makes you feel OK when you take out of it for its specified purpose.  With a set travel budget, you won’t ever feel guilty for taking out cash for a plane ticket, car rental or train ticket, hotel accommodation whenever you feel like seeing new sites or just visiting family or friends.

Take Unpaid Leave

Paid leaves especially when you need them are hardly ever guaranteed. What can you do then? Take unpaid leaves! You have your travel fund and your company will most likely allow this arrangement as long as it is not for an extended period.

You can start planning now; while not ideal from a financial point of view especially if you’re yet to set up a fund designated for travels, unpaid leaves allow you to travel longer than your paid leave vacation would likely have allowed.

Discover Your Main Travel Motivation

What motivates you to travel? Knowing this is crucial to creating the time and devotedly saving up to travel.

Do you see travel as a form of self-care and a way to reset and feel rejuvenated from the usual? Do you simply have a desire to experience new things? Is travel the way you get some relaxing alone time with your significant other?

Find what spurs you to travel and let it push you to create time and make plans to travel more than you currently do.

Make Use Of Weekends

Yes, a week may not seem long enough but it’s enough to get away from the usual. It’s enough to get away from the hustle and grind in the town you’ve lived in since almost forever. Just two days away from the usual will do so much if you put it to good use.

It doesn’t have to be a long-distance trip. You can take a hike with friends or colleagues, visit the nearby city, go on that mindfulness retreat you’ve been putting off, visit relatives in the country, or even go for a spa weekend. Think of anything; the options are unlimited. The best part? You can make it a long weekend; leave on Friday and return on Monday morning.

Utilize Holiday Breaks

You have no excuses, lots of workers get days off during major holidays. These holidays include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. Most also let workers get some time off for the Fourth of July celebrations.

While it would mean missing out on the usual festivities and traditions, these holidays are excellent opportunities to finally go on that vacation. You can even request for a few more days off; this way you can have an entire week or more to travel wherever you want.

Take Some Time Off Between Jobs

Take that period between leaving your old job and taking up a new one to travel. You’re as free as bird within this time frame even though briefly.

Unless finance is a huge constraint, you shouldn’t be too eager to begin a new job (yeah, you want to impress your new boss) that you jump right into it even before you’re officially required to begin.

Also, many companies let you negotiate a start date and if your new company allows for that, you can request a later start date. You don’t have to reveal why. And even if you do reveal your intentions, they may not mind at all especially if you aced the interviews and already got the job offer.

Find A Travel Buddy

This could be significant other, your friend, a sibling, or even your neighbor. It’s all too easy to cancel or postpone trips if you have to travel by yourself.  But with a travel buddy, you become more accountable.

Your buddy will remind and force you to go on the vacations. You’ll be reminded of how much you deserve and need the trip if you ever start feeling guilty or too busy with work to take some time away.

Fully Build On Work Trips

Not everyone has the opportunity to travel on the job but if you’re lucky enough to land a job or run a business involving regular trips, then milk it.

Take advantage of the free flights, take some time to explore the new place, request for, and spend a few more days if possible to fully tour the area. Visit interesting places, see amazing sites, and taste different cuisines.

Negotiate Favorable Vacation Time For Yourself Before You Begin A New Job

You did it! You got the job! Great! Now, this is the moment to negotiate vacation time, yes, you should negotiate vacation time or you’ll likely have to make do with whatever you’re offered for a very long time.  However, make sure you only do this when you have the job offer in hand, you don’t want to give off the impression that you’re more focused on your time off. No recruiter wants that.

That said, once you get the offer; negotiate favorable time frames if the one offered isn’t.  Another way to negotiate for more vacation time is by asking for more pay than you were offered, if they refuse, you can ask for an extra week or two of vacation time. Most will agree to it than paying you more.

Make Travel A Priority

Your self-care should be a priority. And priorities help you decide what you need to leave out or allow. You should never get too busy to give yourself the care you deserve.  Make traveling a priority and when you do so, you won’t have to wait until a perfect opportunity arises. The perfect opportunity may never come.

And no, you don’t have to disrupt your entire schedule to take trips. Watch out for gaps in your schedule; take advantage of holiday breaks, take advantage of tasks you can easily handle later, or have a colleague handle for you. And before you know it, you’ll be relaxing by the pool in a different country.

Start Your Business

Start a business! Quit that job now!

Just kidding. But then, starting a business is something you should consider if you’re looking to gain more travel experiences. And yes, it’s easier said than done but it’s still achievable.

These are just basics but should help steer you in the right direction; get marketable skills and in-demand expertise. Learn, learn, and learn! Find new challenges, new experiences, and read books on those in the same or similar line of business.

Read books on entrepreneurship, do your research, test the waters, build relevant contacts, and pursue that ambition fully once you feel ready.

It would take a while, lots of sweat and tears but rewards are always worth it in the end.  Plus, once you set the ball rolling, you can finally travel as much as you’ve always wanted.

How To Travel More With A Busy Schedule: Conclusion

In this increasingly busy world, putting yourself first can be hard. Even when you try, there’s always some quote about why you should be grinding round the clock.

Unless you inherited a huge fortune, you need to work to fund the vacations in the first place so the quotes are not exactly wrong. But the thing is; work never stops and until you make yourself a priority, the perfect opportunity to travel may never land on your laps.

Put self-care first, and if you haven’t been doing that, you should begin right now. Your physical and mental health needs it and if traveling is something that helps you feel so much better, then make it a priority on your list of “true” priorities.

Don’t feel guilty about traveling, learn to see it for what it is; an investment in your wellness. Budget, save up, find a travel buddy, use the weekends, start a business, build on work trips; do just about anything legal if it helps you give yourself the care you deserve. Again, don’t ever feel guilty about it.

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