Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - TRAVEL -

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Write a wan­derlist.

Goals help to mo­ti­vate you into ac­tion and fine-tune the plan­ning steps re­quired.

Have an open mind.

From sav­ing for your travel and quit­ting your job to deal­ing with de­lays and last-minute changes to your plans while you’re on the road, the na­ture of travel re­quires you to be flex­i­ble.

Bud­get at least 10% more than you think you’ll need.

There are al­ways un­ex­pected ex­penses. For ex­am­ple, there was a city tax we had to pay in Italy as we checked out of a ho­tel that we didn’t ex­pect.

Start liv­ing with less now.

The sooner you get into a sav­ing mind-set, the closer you’ll be to your one-way ticket. Open a new ac­count that you save into, and pri­ori­tise your travel sav­ings over other lux­ury spends. Ev­ery rand makes a dif­fer­ence! Your sav­ing may take time – we took a year be­tween de­cid­ing we wanted to quit our jobs and get­ting on the plane. Fo­cus, but also be re­al­is­tic about your sav­ing timeline.’

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