Are you ready to turn a dream vacation into a reality? Here are simple simple tips to take that dream vacation from just a whim to a real experience. 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road

The world is too vast for us to have small dreams. A lot of people don’t dare to dream big because they feel like they can’t turn their dreams into a reality or feel like it is impossible to achieve them. Unfortunately, it is these kinds of thoughts that chain us and make us live in a limited world of our own creation.

But it only takes one thought to change all of that. We all need to remember that we can do anything as long as we believe in ourselves and strive to do it.

There are many people who dream of traveling around the world. But some of them feel overwhelmed easily, while others feel discouraged and don’t go through with their plan. And other people achieve their dreams. So, how is it possible? How can you turn your dream vacation into reality?

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1. Make a Plan

You can’t expect to travel without having a thorough plan. Your travel plan should include everything from money and budget to the hotel, transportation company, food expenses, etc.

The first thing you need to do is to set a budget. Setting a budget first will help clear a lot of things for you. You will also need to plan how long you will stay and what you will do during these days. And this means that you will need to look up the best places that you can visit there. Write down the places you want to visit and take note of the shortest route that can get you there.

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Another thing you need to take into consideration is the company. If you are traveling with other people, you might split the costs with each other. You can share things like apartment rent, food, and ticket prices. Also, don’t forget to check the weather in said country; it might be unstable and unpredictable, so make sure you bring extra jackets with you. Travel planning guide

2. Budget

In order to set a budget properly, you need to how much you will spend on plane tickets, food, hotel, shopping, etc. You don’t have to know precisely know how much money you will need; you just need to approximately know the amount. You won’t face problems with fixed prices like with airplanes and hotels. But, this doesn’t apply to food and shopping, which is why you will need to have extra money with you just in case.

Another thing you need to keep in mind when budgeting is that you need to set it months before you travel because you might need to know how much money you will need. You might not have it at the moment, but you can save towards it. 

Budget Tips:

Did you take into consideration things such as an international calling plan for your trip?

  • I recommend T-Mobile if you travel a lot. It works everywhere. 
  • Here is a printable Travel-Budget worksheet to help you create your budget. 

3. Save the Change

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One of the greatest challenges that people meet when traveling is money. Either they don’t have enough so they can’t travel, or the whole thing is simply out of the budget they had set for themselves.

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So, how can you comfortably take on this challenge and actually travel to your dream destination? Well, you can start by saving your change.

There are many ways you can do this, but if you are looking for a fun way to save money, have a jar in your house, label it as a said country, and leave it on the counter. That way, whenever you get back home, you can drop the change that you have on you. We have a jar that counts the money and adds it up as you go. 

It won’t be much in the beginning, but over the months, they will add up to a significant amount of money. And remember, the earlier you start, the more money you will end up having. 

4. Use Extra Help

Saving your change is a good idea, but it might not be enough if it is all you have. If this is the case, and you don’t have enough money, consider borrowing a loan from a bank. 

There is no need to postpone your trip or dismiss it altogether if you are a bit short of cash. A lot of people are hesitant when it comes to borrowing money from a bank. Their hesitation comes from excessive worrying and lack of planning. Meaning that if you have a crystal clear plan about your finances and how you can pay off your debt, then you have no reason to worry.

If you are not comfortable enough with the idea, you might want to consider earning some money first and then borrowing the rest from the bank. This way, you won’t borrow a lot of money, and your debt will be easier to repay.

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5. Discounts

When you are planning to travel, the best thing you can do is to look for discounts early on. Sometimes hotels offer limited discounts, meaning they offer them within a certain month. If you don’t want to miss these discounts, it is better to vigilantly check out these hotels on a daily basis. You can even sign up for their mailing list to get possible discounts.

Another thing you can check is airline tickets. Sometimes airlines give discounts to groups. So you might receive a discount if you are traveling with a group of people.

Remember it is better to buy your tickets months before you travel. This allows you to purchase your plane tickets at a much lower price. The earlier you buy them, the cheaper they will be.


Traveling to your dream destination is not impossible. The only things you will need to turn your dream into reality are perseverance, vigilance, and hard work.

The best way to approach your dream is by taking it one step at a time. First, sit yourself down and learn things about your destination. Check the weather, attractions, history, etc. Then plan out things like budget, duration of the trip, timing, and places you want to visit. Remember to look out for any discounts that might be available and make sure you get the best offers.