How to Make 2020 Your Year of Traveling

Many of us have a resolution this New Year, and one of those resolutions may be to travel more. Traveling can be good for you and it helps expand your horizons, but when you’re working a tough job or don’t have the money, you may have a hard time adding travel to your itinerary. However, it’s possible! Here are some ways to travel more this year. 

  • Travel Locally 

Many people think of traveling as going to someplace far away. If you live in America, you may imagine Paris as the ultimate travel destination. However, it doesn’t have to be someplace far away. No matter where you live, there’s probably a cool place to visit within a few hours’ radii. Why not go camping in the summer in one of your local retreats, for instance? It’s not the biggest trip in the world, but it can give you that experience you’re craving. 

  • Go Solo 

Another reason why us busy folk don’t travel is that we want to travel with a group of friends or family members. However, the schedules never seem to line up. When you’re busy, they’re free, and vice versa. Sometimes, it’s okay to travel solo, or just with your significant other. We understand that you may feel a little disappointed over not bringing your best friend, but bringing a full group can sometimes take forever, and you are only young once. 

  • It Doesn’t Have to Be Long 

When we think of traveling, we imagine staying for a few weeks. However, there are plenty of vacation deals where you can get a decent experience within a weekend. Even if you only stay for a little bit, traveling to a new place is better than not traveling at all, at least in our humble opinions. 

  • Consider a Career from Home 

Thanks to the Internet, the 2010s have given birth to an emerging online market. For instance, if you search “therapists near me,” you can find many therapists who work online and don’t need an office to provide their services. 

Your office job may have a work from home option, or you may be able to use your talents to provide services from home, such as writing, art, and more. It may begin as a side hustle, but if you’re persistent and talented enough, you may be able to make a career from home. Working from home allows you to have the freedom to travel anywhere, and quite often, you can stay in a vacation spot for much longer than someone who depends on vacation days. 

  • Use Your Vacation Days Wisely

Speaking of which, if you have a career with vacation days, why not plan what you’re going to do with them? Some people use them all at once and have a grand vacation, while others may spread them out and have smaller mini-vacations. Mini-vacations may be able to help you prevent burnout, but wanting to use everything in one big vacation isn’t a bad idea, either. 

  • Make Financial Plans 

There are many ways you can save money while traveling. When it comes to flights, not booking them on the weekend can save money, and so can buy the tickets ahead of time. You can also check services like Airbnb, which offer places to stay for a much cheaper rate than your traditional hotel. In addition, you can purchase packages that give you a full experience of a place you want to visit, all while saving money. Many people pay more than they can afford, and you don’t want to leave a vacation feeling like you’re in debt and regretting it. 

  • Vacationing is Good for You 

Finally, remember that traveling and having a vacation isn’t a bad thing. There is no shame in escaping from your world for a while and taking a break. It can prevent burnout, help expand your horizons, and it’s just fun. Don’t let anyone shame you for traveling. Don’t wait until you’re old and gray to travel. Do it now. 

We hope this post encouraged you to make some travel plans. Where is your dream vacation? Do you have any plans this year? Tell us in the comments. 

About the author:
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.