Out of the list of dream destinations you just made or have in mind, you cannot possibly achieve reaching all of them, and nor should you perhaps. One can but wish and dream … Going after these dreams in a planned fashion will mean a significant investment of time, money, energy, talent, and opportunities. You will need to prioritize. Prioritizing should include travel items, trips, goals, and destinations that you really desire to visit, see, conquer, treasure, explore and would love to achieve in your lifetime. Realizing of course that these ‘dreams’ though, might not all be achievable immediately, or at all.You need to view this as a wish list, shortlist eventually becoming checklist! Then, move on to making at least the first goal or location visit on the list happen this year! (Alternatively, as soon as funds allow and you are able to make it happen).Hands-on work, defining and planning for travel in such a way that it will convey an actual goal or goals, destinations, budgets and periods.
A goal, in order to be effective and drive people towards it, should have the following
characteristics. The goal should be Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-constrained. In other words, it must be a SMART goal, (as referred to earlier).
SPECIFIC: The travel goal(s) should be specific. Detail is what matters here. Avoid generalizations; get to the point and crux of the matter. Specify your immediate travel needs and means. Then plan to go after it pro-actively.
For example, take that tropical island, destination dream vacation: “I have always wanted to …” seems a little general when compared to ‘I will travel, with my family to Hawaii for a vacation of two weeks within the next six months.’
MEASURABLE: The SMART travel goal must be measurable. This goes along with being specific. A goal defined specifically might already be measurable. The abovementioned goal stated an intention, involved parties, location, purpose and a timeframe – all measurable elements. A measurable travel goal, like going to Hawaii, with a family of four, including two children under the age of five, within the next six months helps you identify, plan, execute and track more efficiently and increase your odds of actually making it there! Considering the logistics in this fashion, makes it that more realistic to enable your family to take the planned trip of a lifetime, as opposed to just dreaming about it!
ACTION-ORIENTED: A SMART goal must also be action oriented. It cannot merely be stated. You must relate the goal to doing something, to indicate what needs to be done. An action verb will indicate what needs to be accomplished. “I will travel” is a good example of an action statement, stated intent and implies preparation and planning, will and persistence.
REALISTIC: For any goal to be motivational and get you committed to reaching it, it must be realistic. When a goal is not realistic and the person does not really believe it can be reached, then the commitment is lacking and the effort will not be there to permit the goal to be realized. Choosing realistic goals are based on your present status. What jumps to mind right away in our example, is whether and how you can afford it and make it happen! (Hopefully, this guide can also offer some tips to get your there).
TIME-CONSTRAINED: In order for a goal to move people towards it, it must be time-constrained. A timeline needs to be associated with it. It will entice people to move towards the goal. The timeline set will be based on the goal itself and the present status. Six months is stated here as a realistic timeline, leaving enough time to save for, plan, book and take your well-deserved vacation to Hawaii (as in our stated example), OR anywhere else YOU have chosen to go!
With these SMART goal insights in mind, the 101 TIPS are divided into four perspectives if
you will, for an easy reference-framework. These ‘categories’ almost are marked by the
following keywords, sometimes stated explicitly, sometimes implied and self-explanatory,
inferred and or assumed. They will appeal to the money-conscious and budget-savvy would-be
and seasoned travelers alike.
8 SAVE MONEY, shares suggestions on hotels, car rentals, airfare, destination travel, food, maximize discounts, comparison-shop, special offers, insider tips and more to put more hard cash in your travel pocket.
AVOID COST and costly mistakes, deals with impulse buying, un-reputable travel service providers, traveling without insurance, always read the fine print, buyer beware and other insights that will help you hold onto your travel dollar or spend it appropriately on what you want.
ENSURE DETAILS, involves paying close attention to confirming details, fine-print, insurance and other travel-related issues
BE SMART, will be offering travelers, general travel tips, as not only formulated in SMART goals, but also translating well into being an informed consumer, making wise choices and decisions on all their travel endeavors. Our acronym below summarizes the advantages and of budget-driven, planned travel for your inference and reflection:
S – Smart, well-informed and structured
m – Memorable, miles
a – advantage
r – Rigorous and regular
t – Thorough
In short, “101 Tips on traveling on a budget” strives to be a travel companion and tool. The the intention with this guide is to assist and enable world explorers and bag-toting travelers everywhere, to becoming frugal, informed, happy, innovative, creative, spend-thrift-averse and prepared travelers. Even when traveling on a limited or shoestring budget!