That’s another day in the office gone. One day closer to another week’s wages in the bank. Which will be one week closer to hitting that financial target, and one week nearer to a departure date.
In many ways this is the most painful part of the build up. It almost feels like wishing time away which is never a good thing.
So I started to think of the positives I can take from this experience because, unless you’re lucky to be simply handed wads of cash, burrowing away pennies is all part of the experience of travelling (namely, the first part) and almost every backpacker out there has to suffer the same torment.
Here are three things to think about that will hopefully give you the juice to keep going on the occasional moments of weakness:
1. Saving teaches you the value of money. Going months on end without splashing on frivolous accessories, not spending every Friday and Saturday in a bar or club is not easy, especially when your friends are out living it up. At this time, it helps to look at the bigger picture. The cost of a beer could be a night in a beach hut on a beautiful Thai island, so a whole night of drinking is one week’s accommodation when you’re away. Totally worth it.
2. Patience is a virtue, as the saying goes. I know from experience it’s a satisfying feeling when you look at your swelled bank balance for the final time before you begin to devour it in some far away land. Knowing you achieved that through sheer determination and discipline is no mean feat and one you should be proud of. It makes it all the more special when you hand over a fistful of notes for your Queenstown bungee jump.
3. Keep your eyes on the prize. Surround yourself by reminders of what the next chapter of your life has in store for you. Set your desktop background to Ayers Rock, make travel websites your homepage, go on forums and social media sites to talk with people also preparing to go.
I’m sure you have some of your own ways of dealing with this difficult time and I’d love to hear them!
Whether it’s days, weeks, months or even years until your trip starts, it’s a rite of passage you have to go through so try to embrace it. What doesn’t kill you…