Motivation is not an unlimited wellspring but a battery that has to be kept fully charged. While the idea of travel is always inspiring, sometimes life gets in the way and then suddenly, your eyes are no longer on the prize.
It’s important to find ways to stay motivated, and here’s we share five tips on how to stay motivated to travel, whether you are planning your trip or feeling a little burnt out on the road:
1. HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
The best thing you can do to stay focused is to be held accountable. Being accountable to others will help make sure that you don’t fall off the wagon. They will help keep you focused on your goal, and the social pressure to stay on track will provide some extra motivation to follow through. Accountability ensures action and can force you to follow through when a lack of energy would otherwise hold you back.
2. DEVOTE TIME
Decide the day you’re going to plan your trip. Pick a day and time you are normally not busy and devote that time to planning your trip. Make it a consistent part of your schedule and develop a habit so that it doesn’t feel like a task you “have” to do it becomes just something you do automatically. Set thirty minutes aside each day to focus on travel or to plan your trip. Turn it into part of your everyday routine.
3. READ TRAVEL BLOGS OR BOOKS
Reading about other travelers adventures can show you that it is easier to travel than you thought, provide advice and tips on the art of travel, and teach you about places you’ve never heard of. One day you’ll get sick of living vicariously through others, and you’ll go out and create your own travel stories. They will show you that yes, travel is realistic, practical, and financially possible. While reading travel blogs is great, travel books are even better because they cut deep into a destination and open it up in a way a short blog post can’t.
4. MEET OTHER TRAVELERS
Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated if the people around you aren’t supportive of your desire to travel. An encouraging environment is a better environment! And a community of traveler’s telling you aren’t crazy and this is possible will drown out all the naysayers in the world. Hanging out on travel forum will also help you tune out the naysayers who don’t believe long-term travel is possible because you’ll see from all these people encouraging you that it really is.
5. RESEARCH PLACES TO GO
Keep reading about places you want to visit and eventually you’ll get there. It may sound trite, but by always keeping travel on mind, you’ll keep excited about the trips. Researching destinations online, reading news from overseas, looking up flights, reading blogs, and generally getting to know the world better. Travel isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, and spending a lot of time on the road can lead to burnout. That’s going to sap your motivation and might even have you thinking about home.