Let’s face it: one of the biggest problems that can impede us from following our goals (such as wandering around the globe) is a lack of funds. As a university student ready to enter grad school this coming September, the fear of not being able to travel for the next little while has me riddled with worry. I can’t imagine not being able to visit at least one new place a year, be it internationally or within my own beautiful country. However, with the right amount of planning and self-control, you’ll still be able to take those trips on a tight budget.
Deciding where your next trip will be can be a tough conclusion to come to, particularly because there are so many potential options to narrow it down from. For me, I know that traveling to a new country is certain before February of 2018, as I’m moving away for school (currently looking at the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, and England right now), but there is so much more I want to see beyond any one of those countries. I have my friend in Manila, Philippines that I want to see; to travel with her to the gorgeous and vibrantly lush island of Palawan during that trip would be certain. I want to go to Moscow, Russia with another friend and spend my evenings gallivanting at the Russian ballet. I want to travel to Reykjavik, Iceland and wander through the rich natural landscapes and drink Icelandic vodka cocktails. I want to visit my cousins in Edmonton, Alberta – the opposite side of my own country – and drop into British Columbia while I’m over there to wander through the towering forests. But how do I narrow down such an extensive list? I certainly don’t have the money (or frankly, the ability to take the time off of work) to do all of these trips by the end of 2017. Ideally, I would spend my whole life traveling, but that’s not possible… for right now, at least.
So, then, how does one choose which trip to take when so many options are available?