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Tips for Achieving Your Travel Goals

12/18/2018 Whitney Watt 0 Comments


2019 is right around the corner, and I'm sure many of you are in the process of thinking about what the new year looks like for you and things you want to accomplish.

For many, doing more traveling is a big goal but some aren't sure where to start. We all want to use that #travelgoals tag on our IG posts.

This can be especially challenging when funds are low and you aren't sure when you'll be able to take your next trip. Looking back on the past year, I'm proud to say I tackled some of my biggest travel goals and had a great time in the process, all while never breaking the bank. I would like to share a few tips so your travel forecast for 2019 can be bright!


Build Travel Rewards...Now


I can't stress enough how being able to use travel rewards over the past year helped me go to a few places FREE or for a fraction of the price. I am so grateful for travel reward credit cards and airline points! 

Capital One Venture Card

If you don't already own a travel rewards card, please look into getting one. Earlier this year I got a $700 roundtrip flight to Thailand for free by using points I had saved up the previous year with my Capital One Venture Card. It has been the best credit card decision I have made because I'm still booking free flights with all the points! Apply for one now and spend $3000 within the first 3 months using the card and get 50,000 bonus points (which equals $500 that you can use with the travel eraser feature). Continue building up points by using the card regularly and you can fly to that bucket list destination you've always wanted to visit for free in 2019 or 2020. 

Oh... and if you hate waiting in long lines at airport security, the Venture card also covers the cost of TSA PreCheck or Global Entry, which I just applied for (more on that in 2019)! 

It goes without saying that you should be saving up money to travel. Even better if you use apps that do the work for you. Check out these money saving apps you need to help with that.

Airline Rewards

I'm also very thankful for airline rewards. Over the years it has gotten me a few free flights and saved me money. Because I travel often, my points rack up with Delta SkyMiles, American Airlines, and Southwest. Every now and then I will log into my account and realize I have enough for a flight somewhere. This year I used it for a quick trip to New Orleans and applied it towards part of a flight for next year. If you travel exclusively with any airline, you may earn points quicker, but I tend to travel with the above 3 mostly. You may have enough points in your account for a trip, so make sure you check!

Write Out a List


I'm always making lists, and I find it helps me to stick to my goals. Write down your dreams and goals, and say them out loud! That's the first step to accomplishing anything, and not just for travel goals. It's also very rewarding when you can come back to that list and cross off a few things. 

Where do you want to go? What do you want to do there? I always thought Thailand would remain on my bucket list forever... but when I made it happen, I feel like going anywhere is possible! 

Plan Ahead & Research


This goes along with the previous two points. After making my list and deciding to start saving up rewards, I started to realize my travel goals would happen. So, the next step was to plan ahead for the trips and do my research. 

Find out what other people did while they visited a location and make note of the good and bad (so you will know what to avoid). Once you have found what you want to do while there, start making arrangements and creating an itinerary - booking activities, making reservations, and looking at maps and menus. Plan ahead so your trip goes smoothly while you are there - I hate wasting time trying to figure out what to do while I am on vacation. 

My favorite tool to use for creating itineraries is Travefy, a free online trip planner. It's such a great tool to keep all your trip plans and documents in one place and also share with anyone traveling with you. No one will be left in the dark or have questions about how each day will go while on your trip. It also is a big help when packing my suitcase and knowing what I need to bring for any given day. When planning your itinerary, make sure you leave room to explore, because this is when you can discover some hidden gems! 

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So what are some of your travel goals for the new year? How do you plan on making it happen? 

Let me know how you use these tips and if you have any others!

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