I had a conversation with my girlfriend that I’ve been thinking about for some time now. We talked about travelling and exploring the world together. She said; “These sort of things are easier for celebrities, their lives are just easy”.
While I can’t even begin to peel the layers of bias in that statement, what struck me was the sense of fictitious fantasy and surrealism that was in her voice which made our goal of travelling and exploring sound like a farther reality than I undoubtedly know it to be.
This got me thinking, the spirit of adventure is driven by two key things: passion and resources. We all have the former in abundance but the latter seems far-fetched.
Going on the adventure of our dreams, no matter how expensive it seems, becomes very possible with just one thing: an adventure fund.
Call it the trap you set to catch your dream trip and feel it in your hands.
An adventure fund is money set aside over a period of time to cover the cost of holidays and adventures. This is the plan I figured we needed to bring us closer to a point where the trips we dream about start to appear as the reality they are.
Thus i realized, the reason why we spoke about our adventure dreams and goals with such dreamy words was because we were convinced we are not able to afford them at the time.
The solution to this? An ‘adventure fund’. We no longer speak with dreamy words, so I thought to share with you.
You need an adventure fund because it helps you take a step past dreaming. Once you make a habit of putting money aside, you can start counting the days towards your first trip.
You need resources to embark on an adventure, but no rule says you need to have it all at once. Deciding to create an adventure fund is proof that you are willing to take responsibility for giving yourself the great experiences you desire and deserve.
Here’s how it works;
Choose a specific location and do a research on how much you need, realistically, to fund the journey. It is important to take into consideration all aspects – from transportation to accommodation, feeding, payment for on-site fun activities and even souvenirs. After this, decide, realistically, the date and timeline you want to embark on this adventure.
Calculate how much you need to save per month before the set date to reach the needed amount. Do not be discouraged if the amount you need to save is more than what you can afford.
All you need to do is work with your purse by pushing the date further and further until you reach a date where the amount required monthly, to save up the total cost, is attainable.
There you are! You have your travel date and you can start saving and counting down. I advise you get a digital piggy bank to store your adventure fund away from your other funds and also have an accountability partner, perhaps someone you plan to make the trip with, where’s the fun in travelling alone anyways? Your accountability partner makes sure you don’t dip your hand into your savings.
You might have to make sacrifices, maybe a few changes to your spending habit, to achieve your goal. If you’re asking “how much should I sacrifice?”, well, my answer to you is hidden in the question“how badly do you want your dream holiday?”
Now you can stop day dreaming about the Bahamas, you can save up and make that trip!