Going back to the question I get asked the most, how I can afford to travel… I’m going to reveal how I plan my trips. My trips aren’t typically anything fancy and luxury, but budget travel means more adventure which is what I’m looking for. You have to put yourself in unfamiliar situations in order to get to know yourself, to see how you can adapt. At the end, I always walk away proud of myself that I was able to make it happen. That I’m stronger than I thought.
The truth is, I don’t blow all my money traveling. I have goals that I’m saving up for as well. I actually save quite a bit in comparisons to others around me. I just choose to travel ‘smarter’ as I like to call it. See… for me, I rather take 10 budget trips a year rather than taking 2 luxury trip a year. I worked full time, Monday-Friday, and I still managed to take at least 10 trips a year. I would just extend every long weekend by a couple of days, or I would leave straight from work to go catch a flight, or I even walked in with my luggage to work once in the morning! A weekend warrior I like to call it.
I’m going to show you how you can take a weekend 4 nights/4days trip to Los Angeles from Toronto for only $650 CAD including all transportation and accommodation.
As most of you folks know, you can’t really get a mountain/sea view by driving 3 hours out of Toronto. So when I am in LA, I try to maximize my time to see as much as possible by doing road trips. What I love about LA is that you can get into totally different scenery by driving a couple of hours. This past weekend we decided to make our way up north to Santa Barbara, which is also known as the American Riviera… after my visit I can see why. Imagine the most picturesque white houses with red Spanish roofs, beautiful vegetation and flowers, and the dramatic backdrop of the mountains lined with palm trees. It’s such a cool, hip, and artsy town that makes you not want to leave.
As some of you may know, I have just completed a post-grad certificate in IT Business Analysis (told you I don’t just travel!). I love it when I can take things that I learned in the classroom and apply them directly to everyday life.
The new year is right around the corner and everyone is setting up new goals to conquer in 2017. But how often do we see/experience goals not getting accomplished or only get worked on in January?
When I thought about setting my new year’s goals, I started to list stuff like this:
- I want to work out more
- I want to cook more
- I want to broaden my career path
But then I stopped myself, and thought about what my professor would constantly say.
“Make sure your requirements are testable, traceable, and verifiable”
That’s right! How can I say I actually worked out more when there are no success criteria?