So you’ve booked your ticket, you’re going to travel the world. Goodbye life, au revoir, see ya later suckers… oh, wait, you have to work for a year/six months/ however long to save for the trip and it may well kill you…
Whenever the going gets tough and you feel as though you’ll never make it through this time of waiting with your sanity intact, here are some tips to help you overcome. You can do it!
Keep Visual Reminders… Everywhere!
Whether it’s a photo of a tropical beach as your screensaver, a map pinned up on your bedroom wall or cuttings of the places you want to visit around the world. Every time you want to throw yourself off the nearest bridge you can look at these and imagine yourself in paradise.
Check Your Bank Account Regularly
Okay, so you’re poor, very poor. You live in a cold country, you’re working a boring office job and to top it off, all your pennies are going straight into your trip fund. Once you see those zeros start to increase and the pounds or dollars starting to add up then you’ll know that all those hours sat in a gloomy office are worth totally worth it and you’re one step closer to your first flight!
Plan, plan, plan
Get out those guidebooks, log on to as many travel blogs as you can and learn about all those new cultures and places you’re going to visit. Not to mention the logistics of it all, and there are flipping loads (visa, flights, injections, packing, hostels and way, way more) you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied.
Learn a New Language
Not only will you look like an absolute G when you casually drop your mad Spanish skills in Latin America or handily know how to ask where the best street food is in New Delhi but it will come in very handy. Knowing how to communicate with people will never not be a good idea. Plus, you can stick it on your CV… if you ever come back from your travels.
Count the Days
There’s no satisfaction quite like a countdown – whether you do it old-school and mark a giant cross on a paper calendar, or download one of the many apps designed to tell you exactly how many days, hours and minutes you have left ‘til your trip. There’s a great sense of achievement, getting through those months, that will help you through the waiting period.