7 Ways to Make Your Travel Plans for the Year

Picture this. It’s the start of a new year and you’ve made travel goals for yourself but have no idea where to start. Have no fear! We’re here to help. Follow these tips to help you plan your travel for 2019:

  1. Start planning early.

    This goes without saying but it needs to be said! It never hurts to start thinking of the places you want to visit this year. I always start my year thinking about where I’d like to go because I think it’ll keep my travel wheels turning. Even if I don’t make it there, it’s still on my list of future vacation destinations.

  2. Look at your calendar and plan your paid-time-off.

    I’m a big believer in maximizing long weekends and holidays in order to make the most of your vacation. You can still work full-time and find the time to travel the world. There are 10 holidays recognized by the Federal Government (sometimes 11 if it’s an inauguration year) between January 1st and December 31st. That means there are 10 (sometimes 11) days that you potentially have off and can use to go on vacation. Use them wisely!

  3. Identify festivals and events you want to go.

    Have you always wanted to go to Essence Festival but it always seems to sneak up on you? Not this year! Pull out your calendar and google each event or festival you’re interested in attending. Keep them on your radar by setting up travel alerts on helpful travel sites like Kayak or Skyscanner. The alerts will not only remind you of places you want to go and when, but they’ll help you keep an eye on the price changes.

  4. Open a travel savings account.

    This was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I opened a checking and savings account with Charles Schwab because they don’t charge any withdrawal fees abroad. I’ve allotted money to automatically be withdrawn from my paycheck to go into this savings account. When the time comes for me to travel, not only have I already saved for my trip’s expenses, but I’m also able to access this money abroad without paying a fee. Genius!

  5. Get a travel rewards credit card.

    If you’re not using a travel credit card (and paying it off monthly), you’re not living right. My mother and I traveled to Paris completely free (in Economy Comfort, by the way) because of my American Express points. If you’re wondering how I did it, become a believer and read more about that here.

  6. Follow travel hacking sites on social media.

    You must, must, must do this and have your friends do it too! This is the best way to find places to travel cheaply and will allow you to see more of the world.

  7. Stop making excuses.

    There’s no time like the present. Travel is a privilege but it’s one you can take advantage of with proper research and planning. Use these tips and get to it!

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Where Am I Headed in 2019?

In 2018, I went to Miami, Tanzania, Seychelles, Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, Memphis, Paris, Nice, Nigeria and Amsterdam. Absolutely none of these places were on my 2018 wish list, but it’s fun looking back to see where my mind was around this time last year. I still believe in manifesting my dreams so cheers to putting them out there and praying they come true! And that absolutely includes dream travel destinations, so here’s what I’m thinking for 2019:

Confirmed Travel

Tanzania

I’m heading to Tanzania for the third time and I still think it’s such a travel-worthy destination. I hope to learn more Swahili and delve deeper into Tanzanian culture.

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Wish List

(in no particular order)

Portugal

I’ve been thinking about heading to Portugal for my birthday but I still haven’t decided. In any case, Lisbon, Porto and the Azores are on my radar!

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Greece

I’ve always longed to go to Greece but always put it on the back burner. I love that it’s a country full of culture, history, good food, beautiful scenery, and romance.

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Mexico

Would you believe I’ve never been to Mexico? Shocking, I know. But I think it’s time! I think I’ll start with Cancun, but only time will tell.

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Martha’s Vineyard

I’ve been to Martha’s Vineyard before but I’ve always wanted to go back again. It has such a chill, quaint townsy vibe that visiting will be a nice change of pace in late summer (and perhaps I’ll even run into the Obamas!).

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Los Angeles

I put L.A. on my wish list last year and wasn’t able to make it, but the City of Angels is still calling my name!

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Write down your wish list too! And even if you don’t make it to those destinations, your travel thinking wheels will start turning and I promise, you’ll still end up somewhere. So, tell me where you want to go in 2019!